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Dr. Christoph Kirchlechner

Materials Science, Max Planck Institute for Iron Research, Düsseldorf

Christoph Kirchlechner

Christoph Kirchlechner

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Since 2013 Kirchlechner has led the working group ‘Nano-/Micromechanics of Materials’ at the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research in Düsseldorf, where he and his team study the deformation and failure of materials in mesoscopic dimensions. The team’s combination of micromechanical experiments and innovative methods for the characterisation of structures – including the so-called micro-Laue method – is unique. One measurement method co-developed by Kirchlechner makes it possible to investigate the influence of atomic defects on specific material properties. It therefore provides answers to key questions in materials science and engineering, specifically the mechanisms of fine grain hardening and the formation of dislocation structures during fatigue processes. Kirchlechner is already considered an internationally recognised expert in micromechanical experiments on synchrotrons.



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