On Feb. 17th, 2020, in Aachen, there has been the Kick-off meeting of the Collaborative Research Center (CRC1394) that aim at building fundations of defect phase diagrams. This project funded for 4 years by the DFG (German Research Agency) gathered the strengths of 19 principal investigaors (PIs) from the RWTH Aachen, the Max-Planck Institut for Iron Research (MPIe, Düsseldorf) and the FAU Erlangen-Nurnberg.

LOGO CNRS 2019 RVBFrom January 1st, 2020, I am most happy and pround to be part of the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research). As tenured CNRS research scientist (Chargé de recherche) assigned to the LEM3 laboratory (CNRS - Lorraine University - Arts et Métiers ParisTech), I will pursue my work on the atomistic origin of defects and their consequences on mechanical properties, and on building bridges with continuum mechanic approaches.

1st Colloquium on Theoretical and Experimental Micro-MechanicsI will give the oral presentation "Slip across complex interfaces: the case of Mg based Laves phases" at the 1st Colloquium on Theoretical and Experimental Micro-Mechanics that will be held in Metz (France) on November 18th and 19th, 2019. This colloquium is co-organized by Université de Lorraine (Dr. S. Berbenni) and Universität des Saarlandes (Prof. C. Motz).
The program can be downloaded here.

Stg Korte KerzelHead of the Institute for Physical Metallurgy and Materials Physics (IMM), Prof. Sandra Korte-Kerzel has been awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research CouncilSandra Korte-Kerzel has been awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council. This prestigious funding of 1.5 million euros over 5 years will be dedicated to this study: "Fundamental Building Blocks - Understanding plasticity in complex crystals based on their simplest, intergrown units". As member of the IMM, it was a pleasure to work on some of the preliminary work of this research project.

On April 5th, 2019, I'll present my work at the Intergranular and Interphase Boundaries in Materials (IIB) conference held in Paris from the 1st to the 5th of July. In particular, I'm glad to show new numerical and experimental evidences of matrix slip across complex precipitate interfaces obtained at the IMM of the RWTH Aachen.