SFI PhysMet

SFI PhysMet

– Centre for Sustainable and Competitive Metallurgical and Manufacturing Industry
Researchers in the TEM lab. Photo
Photo: Ole Morten Melgård

PhysMet is an interdisciplinary centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) in the field of physical metallurgy.

Our goal is to establish knowledge and technology to realise new innovative materials solutions in cost-efficient, low-carbon production chains in the metallurgical and manufacturing industry in Norway.

About SFI PhysMet



Group of participants at Bårdshaug. PhotoSeminar on clustering and precipitation in aluminium alloys 

May 23, 2023  46 participants attended a successful seminar on clustering and precipitation in aluminium alloys MAY 10-11, 2023. Talks and topics included advanced experimental characterization techniques (TEM, APT, DSC, SAXS) at the nanoscale and novel atomistic and mesoscopic scale modelling in aluminium alloy design with focus on nucleation and early stages, and how to manipulate thermomechanical processing to obtain the best alloy properties. Read more here.

Delegates to Japan Travel. Group photoA fruitful visit to our Japanese partners

May 10, 2023  April 11th - 20th a large delegation from NTNU, SINTEF and Hydro travelled to Japan. The purpose of the travel was to visit several universities and industry companies and organize a two-day workshop. In the delegation were 2 professors from NTNU, 3 researchers from SINTEF, 3 PhD candidates, 2 Postdocs and 2 MSc students and one representative from Hydro, Sunndalsøra. Read more here.

Prof Di Sabatino, Alf Bjørseth and Anne Borg. PhotoAlf Bjørseth received NTNU’s Award of Honour 

March 22, 2023  March 10th Alf Bjørseth received NTNU’s Award of Honour. Alf Bjørseth has played a crucial role in Norwegian industry and has been a pioneer in research and production of renewable energy. He founded the company ScanWafer in 1994 (later REC). He was the director of Norsk Hydro from 1984-1990 and director of technology at Elkem from 1990-1994. He received NTNU’s award of honour at the doctoral seremony in the Aula at Gløshaugen. Read more here.

Screenshot front page of new articleNew insights: Orientation dependent nucleation and growth behavior during recovery and recrystallization with strong concurrent precipitation in Al–Mn alloys.

February 22, 2023  The paper Orientation dependent pinning of (sub)grains by dispersoids during recovery and recrystallization in an Al–Mn alloy has been published in the journal Acta Materialia. The paper presents the application of a recently developed experimental methodology to directly correlate (sub)grains and particles during recovery and recrystallization in an Al-Mn alloy. Read more here.

Panel debate EU conference. Photo7th NTNU European Conference

February 21, 2023  Centre leader Knut Marthinsen participated 9th February at the 7th NTNU European Conference, organized by NTNU at the Residence Palace in Brussel, where he chaired a session on Critical Raw Materials. The topic of the conference was: The Future guiding the Present: The Role of R&I and Education in navigating current and incoming EU Challenges. Read more here.

Data collection illustrationA common language for data from material science

January 30, 2023 Researchers from SFI PhysMet develop ontologies as a common language for describing and connecting data from different sources. Read more in this article published in Dagsavisen. The article gives a brief historical background to ontologies and points out resent applications for new innovations. 

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Vacant positions available

PhD/postdoc positions and master projects available

We are looking for competent and motivated candidates: 

The first PhD candidates started working at SFI PhysMet in 2021. See presentations of their projects here. Recruitment of more PhD-students and postdocs continue in 2022. Contact the centre management for information on more positions. We also have projects available for motivated Msc students! More information on recruitment and student projects here.

Would you drive a car made of recycled materials?

Close collaboration between research institutions and industry is crucial to make the transition to a green future. SFI PhyMet has published a chronicle about the need to produce more knowledge on recycling and sustainable production of metal products. Read the chronicle here (in Norwegian).



Upcoming events

Upcoming events

June 20th SFI webinar: 

Jianguo Lin. Portrait photoThe current and future challenges of metals processing technologies by Professor Jianguo Lin, Imperial College London

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Annual Report 2022

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