Wetting and interfacial reactions are important material processes and are critical steps in widely applied technological processes, such as joining and coating. The properties of the resulting joint or coating depend largely on the microstructure of the reaction product at the interface, which is itself in a complex way affected by the material properties and conditions during the wetting process. Better insights in the nano- and microscale processes during reactive wetting, and how they interact, are required to unravel these complex correlations. The aim of the project is to develop a multi-scale modeling approach considering all the energy dissipating processes on the various length-scales, using nanoscale molecular dynamics simulations and microscale phase-field simulations, and apply it to a number of relevant technological applications.The multi-scale framework will be supported and validated by specialized experiments and multi-scale characterization of the interfaces. These insights and such a computational model has great potential in guiding the design and optimization of material joints and coatings, and can reduce the development time of new materials in a wide range of technologies.
Hard working, enthusiastic and intelligent students with a strong interest in understanding the fundamentals of materials behavior, as well as its implications for engineering applications
We are searching for 3 researchers in total: 1 researcher would work on the high-temperature experimentation, 1 researcher on the meso- to microscale modeling and 1 researcher on the nano-scale modeling.
- A PhD of KU Leuven (for PhD students), or the opportunity to perform a postdoc at a highly ranked university (for early stage researchers after their PhD)
- International environment
- Guidance by leading scientists
- Competitive fellowship, social security, and other benefits