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Joint International Research Laboratory for Light Alloys, MOE


The Joint International Research Laboratory for Light Alloys aims to be a world-class research platform for light metals and alloys. Stimulated by the strategies of the development for light metals and alloys in China and guided by the significant demands for light metals and alloys in transportation, aviation and aerospace industries, the laboratory supports collaboration with international leading research institutions and facilitates the integration of top scientists, equipment and platforms on light metals and alloys. The goal of the laboratory is to foster a world-class international research platform based on the concept of joint-construction, joint-use and joint-research. The laboratory is run using a highly efficient first-rate international management system, supporting the cultivation of creative scientists and distinguished research leaders, and allowing scientists working in the laboratory to solve key scientific problems and tackle important engineering difficulties on light metals and alloys, and to achieve a series of world-class basic research findings and technological advances.

2. Related Platforms

(1) National “111 project” for Genome Characterization and Tailoring of Advanced Materials

(2) National Engineering Research Center for Magnesium Alloys

(3) Chongqing Automotive Collaborative Innovation Center

(4) Chongqing Large-scale Platform for Multi-dimensional Quantitative Characterization

(5) Chongqing Key Laboratory for Science and Technology of Light Metals

(6) Chongqing University Center for Electron Microscopy

3. Cooperativeinstitutions

Key cooperativeinstitutions

(1) Technical University of Denmark

(2) University of British Columbia, Canada

(3) Norwegian University of Science and Technology

(4) The University of Queensland, Australia

Main cooperativeinstitutions

(1)Monash University,Australia

(2)Magnesium Innovation Center, Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany

(3)Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA

(4)Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany

(5)Kyoto University, Japan

(6)Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan

(7)Ford Motor Company, USA

(8)The Boeing Company, USA

(9) General Motors Company, USA

4. Main research fields

(1) Advanced Characterization Techniques: Microstructural characterization of light metals and alloys; development of novel characterization methods, including 3D characterization techniques.

(2) Phase transformation and alloy design: Nucleation and growth mechanism of precipitation; micro-alloying of advanced light alloys; quantitative theoretical modeling of precipitation strengthening.

(3) Deformation mechanism and microstructure control: Microscopic deformation mechanisms under coupled deformation and phase transformation; Quantitative relationship between deformation microstructure and mechanical properties.

(4) Novel processing and forming technology: Combined processing and forming technologies, including: casting-rolling forming technology for large components, new vacuum die casting - heat treatment technology, new joining - plastic deformation technology, multi-field coupled simulation technology for forming processes.

(5) Magnesium alloys and their applications: Development of high performance magnesium alloys and advanced magnesium-based functional materials; Novel technology for fabrication and processing of magnesium alloys.

(6) Aluminum alloys and their applications: Development of high performance Aluminum alloys; Fabrication and processing of high performance aluminum alloys and their microstructural control.

5. Key Scientists

From Chongqing University:

(1) Xiaoxu Huang: “Thousand talents plan” scholar, Dean of School of Materials Science and Engineering, Chongqing University

(2) Qing Liu: Yangtze River Scholar, National Distinguished Young Scholar, Key Scientist of National “973 Scheme”, Professor of Chongqing University

(3) Fusheng Pan: “Ten Thousand People Plan” Scholar, National Distinguished Young Scholar, Director of National Engineering Center for Magnesium Alloy, Chair of International Organization for Standardization of Magnesium Alloy, Editor in chief of Journal of Magnesium Alloys

(4) Jianfeng Nie: “Thousand talents plan” scholar, Yangtze River Scholar, Professor of Chongqing University, Associate editor of MMTA

(5) Robert Sanders: “Thousand talents plan” scholar, Professor of Chongqing University, Former Alcoa Technical Director of the Pacific

(6) Xiaodong Peng: Professor of Chongqing University, Vice director of National Engineering Research Center for Magnesium Alloys

(7) Wenxin Tang: Professor of Chongqing University

From foreign institutions:

(1) Dorte Juul Jensen: Fellow of the Danish academy of sciences, Professor of Technical University of Denmark, Honorary Professor of Chongqing University

(2) Niels Hansen: Fellow of the Danish Academy of Sciences, Fellow of American Academy of Foreign Academicians, Fellow of European Academy of Sciences, Honorary Professor of Chongqing University

(3) Enrique J. Lavernia: Fellow of American Academy of Engineering, Distinguished Professor in UC Davis, Dean of Engineering College, UC Davis, Editor in chief of MSEA

(4) Hans Roven: Fellow of Norway Academy of Sciences,Professor of Norwegian University of Science and Technology

(5) Karl Ulrich Kainer: International Chair of Magnesium Association, Director of Magnesium Innovation Center, Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, Guest professor of Chongqing University

(6) Warren Poole: Head and Professor of Department of Materials in University of British Columbia, Guest Professor of Chongqing University

(7) Nabuhiro Tsuji: Head and Professor of Department of Materials, Kyoto University

(8) Mingxing Zhang: Professor of Queensland University, Editorial Board Member of MMTA

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