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Professor Mike Finnis

Professor Mike Finnis
Department: Materials
Position: Permanent staff
Institution: Imperial College
Phone: +44 (0)20 7594 6812
Website: Website

Research Summary:

* Understanding the role of impurities in the strength of Ni-based superalloys, e.g. how does Rh raise their yield stress?

* The theory and calculation of point defect energies and concentrations, especially in alumina and titania; this combines large density-functional calculations with atomistic thermodynamics.
Dislocations and grain boundaries in alumina, what is their structure and how do they control processing and properties?

* Theory of space charges at interfaces, classical and atomistic: the task is to provide a fundamental understanding of why charge separation occurs and what controls its spatial extent around, e.g., grain boundaries.

* Electronic structure and properties of La(Sr)Co(Mn,Fe)O3 with a view to applications in solid oxide fuel cells.

* Simulation of the liquid-solid interface, calculation of the interfacial free energy; the long-term goal is to develop new methods for use in real alloys.

* The role of impurities in the shape-memory effect of NiTi; how might we control the transition temperature for this alloy?

* The structure and properties of interfaces between oxides; what is the mechanism and relative magnitude of conduction?

Keywords:

Fuel Cells, Shape-Memory Alloys, Alumina, NiAl, NiTi, Strontium Titanate, Titanium Oxides, Zirconia, Grain Boundaries, Interfaces, Melting Properties, Point Defects, Space Charge, Superalloys, Free Energy, Metadynamics, Poisson-Boltzmann Theory, Superalloys, Free Energy