We are happy to welcome Professor Dr. rer. nat. Blazej Grabowski at the Institute of Materials Science as the new Professor of Material Design.
His research focuses on computer-aided modeling of material properties and processes. Research topics include the development and application of efficient and highly accurate simulation methods to determine reliable material properties for the design of new materials. The methods are based on ab initio approaches (especially density functional theory) and range from large-scale molecular dynamics simulations with interatomic potentials to analytical approaches.
Professor Grabowski studied physics at the University of Paderborn and completed his studies with his diploma thesis "Ab initio free energy surfaces: method development and application for aluminum and iron". Following his PhD in late 2009 on "The path to ab initio assisted material design: DFT-based thermodynamics to melting point" at the Max Planck Institute für Eisenforschung (MPIE), postdocs at the MPIE and the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in the USA followed. Since 2012 Professor Grabowski has been group leader at the MPIE.