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26.09.2016 | Awards

DGM Prize “Breakthrough” 2016 awarded to Jörg F. Löffler

Jörg F. Löffler wins the DGM Prize “Breakthrough” 2016 of the German Society of Materials. This award is “bestowed on an excellent scientist in the middle of his/her research career for outstanding scientific achievements which represent a breakthrough in materials science and/or for initiating a new research field.” Read more 

28.04.2016 | Awards

Stefan Pogatscher wins the Houska Prize 2016

Stefan Pogatscher wins one of Austria’s highest research prizes for his work on aging of aluminum alloys, which solved a long-standing problem regarding the negative effect of “natural aging” in Al6000 alloys and described the atomistic mechanism controlling this aging. These results, elaborated at the Montanuniversität Leoben and ETH Zurich, have led to significantly improved properties of AlMgSi alloys at shorter processing times on an industrial level. Read more 

11.04.2016 | Publications

Nature Comm. article on solid-solid phase transitions via melting

This Nat. Comm. article presents experimental evidence for a solid-solid phase transition via the formation of a metastable liquid in a metallic glass system. It provides further insight into phase transition theory and may also be of great importance for the understanding of new processing techniques where rapid cooling and heating are applied (e.g. 3D printing of metals). Read more 

18.12.2015 | Events

Christmas Party 2015

The 2015 LMPT Christmas Party took place at the ETH Zurich faculty restaurant. It was a special event, as on the same occasion we had to say “goodbye” to our dear group members Bernd Schönfeld and Peter Uggowitzer, who officially retired – unlike as it seemed! Read more 

13.10.2015 | Publications

Phys. Rev. Lett. article on “order in disordered materials”

Icosahedral short-range order (SRO) often dominates the structure and thus the properties of metallic glasses. This Phys. Rev. Lett. article now clarifies via MD simulations how such icosahedral SRO influences glass formation and mechanical properties. Read more 

20.07.2015 | Awards

Senior Scientist Award

Prof. Jörg Löffler has received the Senior Scientist Award of this year’s International Symposium on Metastable, Amorphous, and Nanostructured Materials (ISMANAM 2015, Paris). Read more 

01.05.2015 | Job Openings

Stefan Pogatscher accepts Assistant Professorship

Stefan Pogatscher, former postdoc at LMPT, has accepted an Assistant Professorship in the area of “Materials Technology of Aluminum” at the Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria. Read more 

01.04.2015 | Job Openings

Robert Maaß accepts Assistant Professorship

Robert Maaß, former postdoc at LMPT, has accepted an Assistant Professorship at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Read more 

18.03.2015 | Publications

Feature article on shear-band dynamics in Advanced Functional Materials

This Adv. Funct. Mater. article summarizes our research over the last decade involving in-situ analysis of shear-band dynamics during straining experiments. It discusses the various stages of shear banding together with the extended time and length scales involved, also in the more general context of disordered materials. Read more 

16.10.2014 | Events

Group Trip 2014 Lake of Biel

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22.09.2014 | Awards

Peter J. Uggowitzer awarded the Tammann Medal

The German Society for Materials Science awards the Tammann Medal 2014 to Professor Peter Uggowitzer for his outstanding metallurgical work in the areas of alloy and process development of steels and light metals; in particular nitrogen steels and aluminum and magnesium alloys for the automotive industry and medical technology. Read more 

06.06.2014 | Publications

Phys. Rev. Lett. article on the control of precipitation aging in Al6000 alloys

This Phys. Rev. Lett. article describes how precipitation aging can be controlled in AlMgSi alloys via a part-per-million addition of Sn solutes, and explains via thermodynamic modeling and DFT calculations that this control of aging is due to vacancy diffusion which can be tuned by the Sn solutes. This “diffusion on demand” principle has great scientific and technological ramifications. Read more 

01.06.2014 | Job Openings

Esther Amstad accepts Assistant Professorship

Esther Amstad, former diploma student at LMPT, has accepted an Assistant Professorship on “Soft Materials” at the Institute of Materials at EPF Lausanne. Read more 

01.04.2014 | Job Openings

Eric Daub accepts Assistant Professorship

Eric Daub, former postdoc at LMPT, has accepted an Assistant Professorship on “Earthquake Physics” at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis, USA. Read more 

05.04.2013 | Awards

David Klaumünzer awarded the ETH Medal

David Klaumünzer has been awarded the ETH Silver Medal for his outstanding Ph.D. thesis “Stick-slip shear banding in metallic glasses”. The ETH Medal is awarded to the top 5% of ETH theses. Read more 

17.11.2012 | Awards

Peter J. Uggowitzer wins the Goldene Eule

For the second time, the ETH Students' Association (VSETH) has selected Peter J. Uggowitzer as a recipient of the Goldene Eule (“Golden Owl”) prize, awarded by students to instructors who they deem particularly competent in teaching.   Read more 

01.03.2012 | Job Openings

Kisor K. Sahu accepts Assistant Professorship

Kisor K. Sahu, former postdoc at LMPT, has accepted an Assistant Professorship in the School of Minerals, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar. Read more 

25.10.2011 | Publications

Phys. Rev. Lett. article on shear-band initiation in metallic glasses

This Phys. Rev. Lett. article shows via in-situ acoustic emission monitoring that shear-band initiation results from a softening mechanism by local structural dilatation with volume changes of a few percent only. Because these are typical values of excess free volume in the undercooled liquid region near T g , the onset of plasticity is attributed to a “stress-induced glass transition”. Read more 

27.07.2011 | Publications

Phys. Rev. Lett. article on unusual magnetization jumps in mixed-spin oxide systems

This Phys. Rev. Lett. article describes the low-temperature freezing dynamics of the hemo-ilmenite mixed-spin oxide system. Above the Fe(III) percolation threshold unusual magnetic jumps occur at low temperatures (< 3 K), which is explained by a layerwise partitioning resulting from strong exchange and superexchange interactions that generate a collective rotation of the magnetic moments within this quasistochastic system. Read more 

04.07.2010 | Events

ISMANAM 2010 at ETH Zurich

LMPT organized the 17th International Symp. on Metastable, Amorphous and Nanostructured Materials in the Main Building of ETH Zurich, July 4th -9th , 2010. More than 400 scientists participated in this symposium. Read more 

21.05.2010 | Awards

Alban Dubach and Anja Hänzi awarded the ETH Medal

Alban Dubach and Anja Hänzi are awarded the ETH Silver Medal for their outstanding Ph.D. theses “Inhomogeneous deformation of Zr-based bulk metallic glasses” and “Development of biodegradable magnesium alloys for cardiovascular stent applications”, respectively. Drs. Dubach and Hänzi received these awards on the occasion of the doctoral awards ceremony on May 21th , 2010 at ETH Zurich. Read more 

10.05.2010 | Awards

Anja Hänzi wins MRC Prize

Together with two other young researchers, Anja Hänzi wins this year's Materials Research Prize (MRC Prize), which is awarded for the best materials-related Ph.D. thesis with relevance to industrial applications at ETH Zurich. Dr. Hänzi received this award on the occasion of the 5th MRC Graduate Symposium on May 10th , 2010 in Zurich. Read more 

27.09.2009 | Publications

Nature Materials article on MgZnCa glasses for biodegradable implant applications

This Nat. Mater. article presents the development and characterization of a new class of biodegradable MgZnCa glasses with tailorable corrosion properties, which result from an extended solubility of Zn in the amorphous structure generating a passivating ZnO layer. Apart from great scientific ramifications, these properties together with high mechanical strength and adequate tissue healing reported in in-vivo tests render these materials ideal candidates for temporary implants Read more 

07.05.2004 | Events

Inaugural Lecture of Jörg F. Löffler

A Journey into the Future of Metals. Read more 

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