International Francqui Professor Chair for Prof. Dr. Anthony D. Rollett

(10-02-2022) We have the pleasure to invite you to the inaugural lecture and subsequent lectures of Prof. Dr. Anthony D. Rollett, International Francqui Professor.

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Prof. Dr. Anthony D. Rollett

Materials in the 21st Century: State of the Art

Inaugural lecture 

Prof. Dr. Rik Van de Walle, rector Ghent University
Prof. Dr. Mieke Van Herreweghe, vice-rector Ghent University
Prof. Dr. Patrick De Baets, dean Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Ghent University
Prof. Dr. Leo Kestens, promotor, department Electromechanical, Systems and Metals Engineering, Ghent University

have the pleasure to invite you for the inaugural lecture and subsequent lectures of Prof. Dr. Anthony D. Rollett, International Francqui Professor, hosted by Universiteit Gent in collaboration with Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Université de Liège and Université Catholique de Louvain.

The inaugural lecture will be given in the Aula of Ghent University on Thursday 10 March 2022 at 16:30.
* Following the lecture, a reception will be offered in the Peristilium of the Aula. (according to applicable covid-19 guidelines)

Subsequent lectures

Subsequent lectures are taught at:

  • Université Catholique de Louvain on Monday 28 March 2022 at 16:30
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven on Wednesday 20 April 2022 at 16:30
  • Université de Liège on Monday 25 April 2022 at 16:30

* A reception will be offered after each lecture subject to possible COVID-19 restrictions.

Program details & registration

Attending the lectures is free of charge, but registration is required. Lectures will also be live streamed.

  1.  Inaugural lecture UGent: 3D Printing: Will It Revolutionize Manufacturing and Why Is It the Best Thing in 50 Years for Materials Science?
  2. Lecture UCL: Advances in Materials Characterization and Modeling
  3. Lecture KULeuven: Synchrotron Diffraction Experiments and Synchrotron-based Dynamic X-Ray Radiography
  4. Lecture ULiège: How to Understand and Exploit Materials Anisotropy

Anthony D. Rollett

Anthony Rollett

Prof. A.D. (Tony) Rollett - Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, USA) Department of Materials Science and Engineering - is widely known as a top scientist in the field of crystal plasticity, structure evolution and microstructure-property relations, to which he has recently added 3D printing.

He has developed a unique approach in combining excellent experimental work with advanced physical modelling of material properties achieving major breakthroughs in understanding the physics of recrystallization and grain growth in metal alloys and ceramic materials. 

In recent years Prof. Rollett has also contributed to our physical understanding of microstructural formation not just in conventionally processed materials but also in additive manufacturing.

Prof. Rollett started out his research career in 1979 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he rose to the position of Deputy Division Director. He then moved to Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in 1995 where he is a full Professor and was also Department Head 1995-2000.

At CMU he is currently heading a research group of approximately 20 graduate students (including M.Sc, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows).

Advances in Materials Characterization and Modelling

The characterization of the internal structure of materials has been the key to building quantitative processing-structure-properties (PSP) relationships since the days of Sorby. Modeling PSP relationships has made substantial progress from unit processes to genuine representations of polycrystalline or composite materials. Key developments will be reviewed concerning

  1. a) synchrotron x-ray diffraction experiments for microstructure mapping and high-speed tracking of phase transformations;
  2. b) ultra-high speed imaging of laser melting processes;
  3. c) spectral, i.e., image-based methods for simulating the anisotropic response of polycrystals;
  4. d) advances in understanding microstructural evolution during materials processing; and
  5. e) the many ways in which metals additive manufacturing has opened up multiple avenues of research in PSP relationships.