DPG Meeting of the Condensed Matter Section in Regensburg on September 4-9, 2022

The Metal and Material Physics Division (MM) invites to submit abstracts for contributed talks or posters addressing the following MM topics:

  • Computational Materials Modelling: density functional theory; atomistic, mesoscale and macroscale modelling, materials design
  • Hydrogen in Materials
  • Liquid and Amorphous Metals
  • Materials for Storage and Conversion of Energy
  • Materials for Sensors and Actuators
  • Mechanical Properties: plasticity, fracture, fatigue, wear
  • Microstructures and Phase Transformations
  • Nanomaterials
  • Structural Materials: steels, light-weight materials, high-temperature materials
  • Transport in Materials: diffusion, conductivity of charge or heat
  • Data Driven Materials Science (Topical Session of MM): materials design; machine learning for properties, damage prediction, processing and characterization of materials; materials data management
  • Non-equilibrium phenomena in materials induced by electrical and magnetic fields (Topical Session of MM): field assisted synthesis, densification, deformation and processing; field induced non-equilibrium phenomena; thermo-chemo-electro-mechanical modelling and simulation

Invited  Speakers of the MM division

  • Dr. Christian Greiner (KIT, Karlsruhe, Deutschland)
  • Prof. Carolin Körner (FAU Erlangen, Deutschland)
  • Dr. Fritz Körmann (TU Delft, Niederlande)
  • Prof. Jörg Löffler (ETH Zürich, Schweiz)

Symposium SYNM: From Physics and Big Data to the Design of Novel Materials 

Joint symposium organized by the MM division (together with CPP, HL, and DS)


Combining concepts from big data analytics with experimental and theoretical techniques in solid state physics has opened exciting new routes to designing materials with superior mechanical, electronic or optical properties as well as to enhance resolution and performance of established experimental techniques as e.g. electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, or atom probe tomography. The symposium will bring together leading experts who pioneer the application of these techniques for their respective fields. The intention is to show success stories but also to critically discuss present limitations as well as emerging areas. A critical aspect that will be in the focus of the symposium is that big data analytics alone, i.e. without a deep understanding of the underlying physics, turns out to be insufficient in successfully addressing experiment or materials related challenges.

Topics to be addressed in the symposium are: Exploring high-dimensional chemical, crystallographic and microstructural compound spaces by big data analytics; Linking physical, chemical, and mechanical theories with materials data platforms across scales; Pushing resolution limits of atomic-scale and meso-scale experimental techniques in microscopy, spectroscopy, and tomography; Applications ranging from structural materials surviving extreme conditions to soft matter and solid-state surfaces.

Invited speakers

  • Prof. Mario Boley (Monash Univ., Australia)
  • Prof. Claudia Draxl (Humboldt University Berlin)
  • Prof. Andrew Ferguson (University of Chicago, USA)
  • Prof. Surya Kalidindi (Georgia Tech, USA)
  • Prof. Chris Wolverton (Northwestern University, USA)


  • Prof. Jörg Neugebauer, MPI für Eisenforschung Düsseldorf,
  • Prof. Matthias Scheffler, Fritz-Haber-Institut der MPG Berlin,
  • Prof. Kurt Kremer, MPI für Polymerforschung Mainz,

MM Topical Session Data driven materials science


This topical session covers innovative high-throughput and materials-informatics approaches for the discovery, description and design of materials. The contributions should address recent developments in the fields of data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence for the identification of structure-composition-property relationships in the highly diverse, but often sparse materials data space. Contributions from experiment such as diffraction and various tomography techniques, materio-graphic feature identification, as well as simulation results from the atomistic up to the continuum level are foreseen. A particular focus will be on the consideration of extended materials defects (grain boundaries, stacking faults, dislocation cores) and microstructures. Furthermore, submissions of contributions on accumulating, analyzing, interpreting, storing, and sharing fundamental knowledge about materials are solicited. Contributions may range, and preferably bridge, from physics-based materials understanding to data-driven and application-oriented development. If you are performing experiments or simulations in this emerging field, you are most welcome to contribute your abstract. Please note that this topical session is not identical with the symposium SYNM " From Physics and Big Data to the Design of Novel Materials", which is on invitation only. Our session in MM is more focused on structure-composition-property relationships in materials science.

Invited topical speakers

  • Christoph Koch (HU Berlin)
  • Cécile Hébert (EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Jan Janssen (Los Alamos National Lab, USA)
  • Stefan Sandfeld (Forschungszentrum Jülich)


  • Tilmann Hickel, MPI für Eisenforschung Düsseldorf,
  • Eric Bitzek, FAU Erlangen,
  • Thomas Hammerschmidt, ICAMS, Ruhr-Universität Bochum,

MM Topical Session Non-equilibrium phenomena induced by electrical and magnetic fields


In recent years, electric and magnetic fields have been utilized as a new tool for manipulating the synthesis and processing conditions, tailoring microstructures of materials out of equilibrium. They enable to tune transport kinetics for sintering, grain growth and creep and might activate reactions and transformations for obtaining new phases that are far from equilibrium.

In last decades, excellent scientific studies were carried out that help unveiling the fundamentals behind the interaction of these fields with matter on different scales. This has led to the emergence of electro-chemo-mechanics, where the external fields, temperature and mechanical driving forces act together to influence the phase composition, microstructure evolution and deformation behavior of materials. Nevertheless, these interactions are extremely complex and depend on the material’s properties, so that a general description and quantitative models have not been established yet.

The key interest of discussion in this topical session will be the advancement in understanding the influence of magnetic and electric fields on non-equilibrium phenomena involved during synthesis, processing, grain growth and affecting material properties. Special attention will be devoted to gain insights by integration of experimental findings and in-situ experiments with theoretical modelling and simulations.

Invited topical speakers

  • Fernando Maccari (TU Darmstadt)
  • Mattia Biesuz (Trento, Italy)
  • Juan Luo (UC San Diego)
  • Reiner Kirchheim (Universität Göttingen)
  • David Mueller (FZ Jülich)
  • Daniel Urban (Fraunhofer IWM Freiburg)
  • Heechae Choi (Univ. Köln)
  • Olivia Graeve (UC San Diego)


  • Veronika Brune, Universität Köln,
  • Sabrina Ecker, Forschungszentrum Jülich,
  • Sanjay Mathur, Universität Köln,
  • Olivier Guillon, Forschungszentrum Jülich,