Martin Friak obtained his Ph.D. degree in solid state physics at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic in 2002. The Ph.D. degre thesis “Electronic structure, phase transformations and stability of phases” was supervised by Professor M. Šob. Dr. Friak’s first postdoctoral stay (from November 2002 till May 2005) was in the Theory Department of Professor M. Scheffler at the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society in Berlin, Germany, as a Fellow of the NANOPHASE Research Training Network and later of the NANOQUANTA Network of Excellence. Since June 2005, Dr. Friak has been leading the “Ab Initio Thermodynamics” Group within the Computational Materials Design Department of Professor J. Neugebauer at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (MPIE) in Düsseldorf, Germany. The group of Dr. Friák is focused on the development and applications of theoretical approaches allowing scale-bridging simulations of materials properties. Employing them, a theory-guided design of materials intended for specific industrial applications is performed. Due to the complex multiscale nature of most of the studied problems, the applied strategies are intrinsically multidisciplinary and multimethodological. Cooperating closely with scientists from different fields from both inside and outside the MPIE, the key objectives of the group are (i) the development of ab initio based theoretical/computational tools that provide data not accessible by experiment and (ii) a systematic screening and design of alloys with tailored macroscopic elastic properties. The range of materials studied in the group covers single-phase and double-phase metallic alloys as well as multiphase hierarchically organized biocomposites. Aiming at exploring new metallurgical concepts and extending the limits of materials design, novel alloys with extreme but technologically highly relevant properties are searched for.
Biography Updated on 2 January 2012