Research Activities

Research Activities

Existing and Promising R&D activities:

– New engineering metal and composite materials and processes:


– TiAl

– CMCs

– MAX Phases

– BJ printing


Fields of activity

Metallurgical processes: casting and alloying – Kazakin, Michael


Lead-free copper

Development of novel ecologic harmless materials with good tribological properties by substitution of Lead (Pb) in copper-based alloys by Carbon structures.


Amorphous Mg alloys

Development and characterization of novel amorphous Mg-based alloys composition and manufacturing processing, study of microstructural evolution under elevated temperatures and thermal stability in exploitation thermal conditions.


Mg alloys based metal/nano-ceramic composites

Development of semisolid stirring / US liquid blending assisted manufacturing processing and microstructure/properties characterization of Mg-based nano-ceramic composites.


Integration of metal foam inserts into High-Pressure Die Casting (HPDC) process of Aluminum

Development of manufacturing processing of Aluminum made foam structures in HPDC assisted integration in cast Aluminum based alloys made parts and characterization of bulk metal / foam interface and properties. 


Extrusion (Al, Mg) and rolling – Kazakin, Muller


Extrusion of Al and Mg based nano-ceramic particles reinforced MMCs

Development of extrusion processing of Aluminum and Mg-based nano-ceramic particles reinforced MMCs produced by direct particulate additions in a liquid metal followed by HPDC and product’s characterization.


Hot deep drawing of Mg-based alloy made sheet

Development of hot deep drawing processing for Mg-base alloys made sheets and microstructural / mechanical examination of the product. 

Heat treatment – Kazakin, Michael  


Control and improvement of heat treatment AA6061 alloy made back extruded parts

Improvement of AA6061 alloy made back extruded parts solution and ageing heat treatment routs using electric conductivity changes measurements. 


Ceramic containing composites: WC-Co, Si-SiC, Al/Cu-SiC – Muller, Kazakin


Binder Jet (BJ) based 3D printing with finalizing treating (impregnation, infiltration, sintering, etc.) – Muller, Rudnik


Advanced characterization (XRD, SEM and HRSEM, EBSD, TEM and HRTEM, thermal conductivity measurements, mechanical testing) – Katz, Vompe


Processes modeling and advanced simulation – Katz, Vompe


Failure analysis – Katz, Vompe