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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Benjamin Klusemann (PI)

Benjamin Klusemann is professor at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg as well as the head of the department “Solid State Materials Processing” at Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon. He studied mechanical engineering followed by a PhD in computational mechanics at TU Dortmund. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at RWTH Aachen University and the California Institute of Technology and as senior engineer at TU Hamburg. His current research interests include solid state processes, machine learning, micromechanics and process simulations, all with particular focus on experimental-modeling correlations. He received a number of awards, including the Richard-von-Mises-Prize of GAMM 2017 and the ESAFORM scientific award 2019.

Chang Yin-Cheng (Friction Extrusion)

Chang Yin-Cheng Chan is a PhD student at the Solid State Materials Processing Department at Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon. He studied Interdisciplinary Program of Sciences in Program of Physics and in Program of Materials Science for Bachelor at the National Tsing Hua University, followed by a Master in Materials Science at the University of Augsburg. His current research interest is solid state processes development with focus on microstructure evolution and phase transformation.

Lars Rath (Friction Extrusion)

Lars Rath is doctoral student at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and the department "Solid State Materials Processing" at Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon. He studied mechanical engineering and specialized in product development, materials and production at TU Hamburg. His current research in process development of solid state processes focuses on friction extrusion of aluminum and magnesium alloys.

Dr. Uceu Suhuddin (Friction Extrusion)

Uceu Suhuddin joined Helmholtz Zentrum Hereon after completing his PhD in Friction Stir Welding at Tohoku University, Japan. He started his career as a postdoctoral researcher and became group leader of Friction Spot Welding group in Solid State Joining Processes Department. His research activities are focused on friction based welding and processing of lightweight alloys (mainly aluminum and magnesium) and microstructure-properties understanding. Currently, Uceu Suhuddin is a scientist and group leader of Friction Extrusion and Consolidation group in Solid State Materials Processing Department at Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon

Pietro Aspes (Friction Surfacing)

Pietro Aspes is a PhD student at the department of "Solid State Materials Processing" at Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon. He studied materials engineering and nanotechnologies at Politecnico of Milano. In the ERC he is working on WP4. His research is on process development and material characterization of solid state depositions (friction surfacing) with a focus on friction extruded aluminium alloys.

Dr.-Ing. Zina Kallien (Friction Surfacing)

Zina Kallien is a scientist at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and the department of “Solid State Materials Processing” at Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon. She studied engineering sciences with focus on production engineering at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Her current research activities concentrate on the experimental and numerical investigation of the friction surfacing process for aluminium alloys also with regard to additive manufacturing applications.

Pedro Campos (Microstructure Modeling)

Pedro Campos is a PhD student at the department of Solid State Materials Processing at Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon. He studied Mechanical Engineering and completed his Master degree in Mechatronics at the TUHH. He also completed the program to get his MBA degree in Technology Management at the Northern Institute of Technology. His research interests are machine learning algorithms, artificial intelligence as well as computational mechanics to focus on materials microstructural behavior as well as process behavior prediction.

Dr. Rupesh Chafle (Microsturcture Modelling)

Rupesh Chafle is a scientist at the department of “Solid State Materials Processing” at Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon. He studied Metallurgical and Materials Engineering for Bachelors at the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, followed by a Masters and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. His research areas involve solid-state phase transformations, microstructure simulation in technologically significant materials (e.g. Ni-based superalloys, Al-Cu alloys), phase-field modelling under external magnetic and elastic fields, mesh-free process simulations and ICME approach for additive manufacturing.

Elizabeth Mathew (Microstructure Modeling)

Elizabeth Mathew is a PhD student at the department of “Solid State Material Processing” at Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon. She earned her bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering from B.I.T Sindri in Dhanbad, India. Later she was employed as an assistant manager at Bharat Aluminium Company in India for two years. Following this work experience, she completed her master's degree in material science and simulation at the Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Material Simulation, Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Germany. Her current research interest includes thermodynamic modelling and DFT calculations.

Vimukthi Nanayakkara (Microstructure Modeling)

Vimukthi Nanayakkara is currently a PhD candidate associated with the Division of Solid State Material Processing at Helmholtz Zentrum Hereon Germany. He earned his bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka and subsequently served as a research assistant at the same university. Additionally, he is a former master's graduate of Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation-Ruhr university Germany. His current research focuses on microstructure modeling using the Phase-Field approach, with a specific emphasis on implementing the crystal plasticity approach in the context of friction extrusion.

Ali Safi (Microstructure Modeling)

Ali Safi is a PhD student at the department of Solid State Materials Processing of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon. He studied materials science and engineering at the RWTH Aachen University and the Imperial College London. His current research interests include computational materials science and mechanics with focus on crystal plasticity and phase-field methods.