Plenary Speakers
                      (The following speakers are updated on Feb. 17, 2020)

1. Tadashi Furuhara - Tohoku University, Japan (Hillert-Cahn Lecturer)


Presentation Title: Interface in solid-solid transformation - interplay of kinetics and crystallography

Tadashi Furuhara is a Professor and a Deputy Director of the Institute for Materials Research (IMR), Tohoku University, Japan. He obtained Bachelor and Master degrees at Kyoto University, Japan and a PhD at Carnegie Mellon University, U.S.A. Immediately after graduation, he joined the faculty of engineering, Kyoto University in 1989 and made research and education as an assistant and associate professor. Then he became a professor at Tohoku University in 2005. 

His research activity covers a broad area in physical metallurgy of steels and non-ferrous alloys, such as phase transformations and precipitation, deformation and recrystallization, microstructure control by thermo-mechanical and thermo-chemical processing. Particularly, crystallography and interfacial phenomena in solid-solid phase transformation and their relation to nucleation and growth kinetics are main subjects of interest throughout his entire career.  
He also actively contributes to various academic societies in metallurgy field, the Japan Institute of Metals and Materials (JIM), the Iron and Steel Institute of Japan (ISIJ), the Japan Society for Heat Treatment (JSHT), the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) and ASM International (ASMI). He was a past vice president of JIM and currently a vice president of ISIJ. He is also an editor of Acta and Scripta Materialia. 

2. Long-Qing Chen - The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Chen is Hamer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, and Professor of Mathematics at Penn State and the Editor-in-Chief for npj Computational Materials by Springer-Nature. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in Materials Science and Engineering in 1990 and joined the faculty at Penn State in 1992. He has published over 600 papers (with > 40,000 total citations and H-index of 95 according to the Google Scholars) in the area of computational phase transformations and microstructure evolution and multiscale modeling of structural metallic alloys, functional oxide thin films, and energy materials and is a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher. He received the 2014 MRS Materials Theory Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005, a Humboldt Research Prize in 2017, 2011 The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) EMPMD Distinguished Scientist Award, 2008 ASM International Silver Medal, and the 2015 Lee Hsun Lecture Award by the Shenyang Institute for Metals of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow and Life Member of TMS and a Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS), American Physical Society (APS), American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), American Ceramic Society (ACerS), and ASM International (ASM).

3. Alexis Deschamps - Univ. Grenoble Alpes, France

Presentation Title: Kinetics of phase transformations: what do we learn from in-situ studies? 

Alexis Deschamps did his undergraduate studies at Ecole Centrale de Paris in France, followed by a Master degree at McMaster University in Canada and a PhD at Grenoble Institute of Technology, France. After a post-doctoral stay at UBC, Vancouver, Canada, he has held an academic position at the Grenoble Institute of Technology since 1998, with research stays at Monash University, UBC and NTNU. His main research focus is on the experimental determination of the kinetics of phase transformations, mainly in aluminum alloys and in steels, using the combination of large scale facilities, electron microscopy and atom probe tomography. His broader research area deals with the link between the obtained microstructures and various properties, including strength, strain hardening, fracture and corrosion.

4. Jeffrey Hoyt - McMaster University, Canada

Presentation Title: Phase transformations and molecular dynamics simulations

In 1986, Jeff Hoyt received his PhD in Physical Metallurgy from the University of California, Berkeley.  From 1988-1996, he was a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University.  For the next ten years Dr. Hoyt was a member of the technical staff at the Sandia National Laboratories at both the Livermore, CA and Albuquerque, NM sites.  In 2007 Dr. Hoyt returned to academia and joined the faculty at McMaster University in the Department of Materials science and Engineering.  After serving as Department chair for five years, Prof. Hoyt semi-retired in 2016.  Prof. Hoyt’s research interest is all aspects of phase transformations, as well as computational techniques such as molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo methods.

5. Christopher Hutchinson - Monash University, Austraila
Christopher Hutchinson is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He obtained his PhD from the University of Virginia, USA, and after several post-doctoral years in Grenoble, France, joined Monash University. His research emphases the manipulation of the chemistry and processing of engineering alloys to create new alloy structures that exhibit improved combinations of mechanical properties such as strength, elongation, impact, wear and fatigue etc. Solid-state phase transformations is a core component of his work.  Approximately half of his research is conducted in collaboration with industry and half funded by fundamental research agencies such as the Australian Research Council (ARC). Professor Hutchinson was a recipient of an ARC Future Fellowship, was a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals and is currently a Chief Investigator in the ARC Industry Transformation Training Centre in Alloy Innovation for Mining Efficiency. He is an Editor for Acta and Scripta Materialia.

6. Alejandro G. Marangoni - University of Guelph, Canada

Presentation Title: Engineering the nanoscale and functionality of edible fat crystal networks: from chocolate to butter

Dr. Alejandro G. Marangoni is a Professor and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Food, Health and Aging at the University of Guelph, Canada.  His work concentrates on the physical properties of lipidic materials in foods, cosmetics and biolubricants. With an H-index of 70 and 18,000 citations of his work, he has published over 400 refereed research articles, 82 book chapters, 18 books, and over 40 patents.  He is the recipient of many awards including the 2013 AOCS Stephen Chang award, the 2014 IFT Chang Award in Lipid Science, the 2014 AOCS Supelco/Nicholas Pelick Award, the 2015 ISF Kaufmann Medal, the 2017 AOCS Alton E. Bailey Medal, and the 2019 European Lipid Technology Award from Euro Fed Lipids.  Marangoni is a fellow of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, the Institute of Food Technologists and the Royal Society of Chemistry (U.K.).  He is the first Editor in Chief of both Current Opinion and Current Research in Food Science, EIC of the Lipid Library (AOCS), and past EIC of Food Research International. Dr. Marangoni has trained over 100 people in his laboratory; many occupy positions of importance in the academe and industry, including 13 professors at major North American universities.  Dr. Marangoni was honored as one of the 10 most influential Hispanic Canadians in 2012 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the National Academy of Sciences, in 2018.

7. Matthias Militzer - The University of British Columbia, Canada

Presetation Title: Multi-scale modelling of phase transformations – Where do we stand?

Matthias Militzer is the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Chair in Advanced Steel Processing and the Director of the Centre for Metallurgical Process Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He received a Diploma in Physics from the University of Technology in Dresden, Germany in 1983 and a Ph.D. in Metal Physics from the Academy of Sciences in East Germany in 1987. He moved to Canada in 1990 where he was first a Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University before joining the University of British Columbia in 1993. He has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. His primary field of research is modelling the microstructure evolution during thermo-mechanical processing of steels and other metals. Currently, his major research activities include multi-scale modelling of phase transformations in steels, accelerated cooling of steels and in-situ measurements of microstructures using laser ultrasonics for metallurgy. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and received the ASM Henry Marion Howe Medal 2010 and the Canadian Metal Physics Award in 2014. 

8. Wenzheng Zhang
 - Tsinghua University, China

Presentation Title: Role of Interfaces on the Morphology of Phase Transformation Products

Wenzheng Zhang graduated from Fuzhou University in 1978, and earned her M.D. from USTB in 1983 and Ph.D. from McMaster University in 1991. She joined Tsinghua University in 1997, and became a professor in the Department (School) of Material Science and Engineering since 1999. Her research interests focus on quantitative understanding of microstructures developed from solid-state phase transformations. She identified the general features of preferred interfaces between the precipitates and the matrix in terms of singularity and periodicity, and developed a generic approach for quantitatively interpreting the precipitation crystallography, especially with measurable 
Δg reciprocal vectors. She and her students have continuously made advances in the interfacial dislocation theory, for calculating the geometries of preferred interfaces and complicated dislocation structures. They also made progress on the experimental and simulation study of interface migration, and revealed the shear-coupled migration of the habit plane as the cause to the surface relief effect associated with growth of precipitates. In addition, her team has contributed both free software and database to facilitate the study of transformation crystallography. Wenzheng Zhang has authored ~130 peer-reviewed papers. She is a member of Phase Transformations Committee (TMS) and Committee of Defects in Solids (Chinese Society of Physics).
Key Dates
Abstract Submission Deadline:
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Extended Abstract Submission Deadline:
Sunday, January 31, 2021

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