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Our group is concerned mainly with structure and phase formation in non-equilibrium materials. Particular interests are in solidification of undercooled liquids, crystallization of metallic glasses, short-range atomic order and dynamics in liquid and amorphous metals, solid/liquid interfaces, and heterogeneous nucleation.

Group leader

Phone: +49 351 4659 252
Email:  i.kaban(@t)

Congratulations to Angelo Fernandes Andreoli on a successful defence of the PhD thesis at the Technische Universität Dresden on 12 January 2022!
Thesis title: “Non-equilibrium solidification of high-entropy alloys monitored in situ by X-ray diffraction and high-speed video”
Supervisors: Dr. Ivan Kaban & Prof. Dr. Kornelius Nielsch (IFW Dresden & TU Dresden)

Congratulations to Ju Wang on a successful defence of the PhD thesis at the Technische Universität Dresden on 26 November 2020!
Thesis title: “Formation, structure and properties of ultrahigh-strength Co-Ta-B bulk metallic glasses”
Supervisors: Dr. Ivan Kaban & Prof. Kornelius Nielsch (TU Dresden & IMW at IFW Dresden)

Congratulations to Hans Weber on a successful defence of the PhD thesis at the Technische Universität Dresden on 7 September 2020!
Thesis title: “Structural and physical properties of Ge-Sb-Te phase-change alloys in the liquid state”
Supervisors: Dr. Ivan Kaban & Prof. Werner Skrotzki (TU Dresden)


Fragile-to-Strong Transition in Phase-Change Material Ge3Sb6Te5  (Advanced Functional Materials)

In situ correlation between metastable phase transformation mechanism and kinetics in a metallic glass (Nature Communications)
Also featured as Editor’s Highlights in Materials Science and Chemistry (listing the top 50 papers published recently in Nature Communications)

Fast-current-heating devices developed at IFW Dresden for in-situ studies of phase formation in metallic glasses using high-energy synchrotron radiation (Review of Scientific Instruments).

Metastable solidification pathways of undercooled eutectic CoSi-CoSi2 alloys revealed by in-situ high-energy synchrotron XRD (Acta Materialia).

Effect of TiB2 particles on microstructure and crystallographic texture of Al-12Si fabricated by selective laser melting (Journal of Alloys and Compounds).

Correlating ultrafast calorimetry, viscosity, and structural measurements in liquid GeTe and Ge15Te85 (Physical Review Materials).

Wetting, reactivity, and phase formation at interfaces between Ni–Al melts and TiB2 ultrahigh-temperature ceramic (Journal of the American Ceramic Society, best paper award).

Local microstructure evolution at shear bands in metallic glasses with nanoscale phase separation (Scientific Reports).

Mapping of residual strains around a shear band in bulk metallic glass by nanobeam X-ray diffraction (Acta Materialia).

Flash Joule heating for ductilization of metallic glasses (Nature Communications).

Atomic structure and formation of CuZrAl bulk metallic glasses and composites (Acta Materialia).

Interfacial tension, wetting and nucleation in Al-Bi and Al-Pb monotectic alloys (Acta Materialia).