Dr. M.H.F. Sluiter

Dr. M.H.F. Sluiter



[2005- present] Associate Professor (UHD), Dept. MSE, Delft University of Technology. 
Statics for freshmen: all about forces, moments, frames and machines, (static) friction, hydrostatics, virtual work. 
Error analysis for bachelor students: pitfalls when designing experiments and sources of problems during measurements, estimations of propagation of errors in derived quantities. 
Structure and Properties of Materials for beginning graduate students in Materials Science: crystallography, introduction to quantum mechanics with the aim to better comprehend the periodic table and chemical trends, various characterization methods, and various interatomic bonding mechanisms. 
Computational Materials Science for graduate students in Materials Science: students learn to write their own computer programs (currently using Matlab, soon python) in order to gain an understanding in processes that due to spatial aspects or inherent complexity are not amenable for one-variable analysis.  Typical topics are the energetics of static crystal structures containing defects, role of boundary conditions, molecular dynamics of atomic solids and liquids in 1d, 2d or 3d, Potts and Ising lattice models, ensembles and intricacies of sampling. 
Computational Materials Science  II: In the advanced course typical phenomena such as grain growth, nucleation and growth, spinodal decomposition are treated using Potts model and phase field model, using (non)conserved order parameters.  Using self-developed codes! 

Research on phase stability, diffusivity and atomistic computational studies of processes and phenomena in materials together with students and postdocs. 
Diffusivity in concentrated alloys, development of formalism to treat environmental dependence of activation barriers, creation of tools to calculate ab initio activation barriers, development of kinetic Monte Carlo codes to simulate diffusion in alloys. 
Efficient generation of interatomic potentials for molecular dynamics and other simulations. 
Solubility limit & solubility product prediction using ab initio (electronic density functional) methods. 
Systematic prediction of substitution of scarcely available elements. 
Modeling of graphene growth on substrates. 
Ionic liquid interaction with metallic surfaces. 

Software development with Biovia (formerly Accelrys) and SCM. 

Summer 2012, 2017: Visiting Professor at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. 

[1997- 2005] Associate Professor, Institute of Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. 
Research on thermodynamics of complex (tetrahedrally close-packed) phases & mineral alloys, antiphase boundaries and interfaces. Prediction of Composition-Temperature-Pressure phase diagrams.  Phonons in alloys.  Development of ab initio potential for alkanes in Zeolites. Transformations in carbon nanotube bundles.  Magnetic properties of transition metal clusters.
Wrote arbitrary lattice multicomponent CVM code and all-electron full-potential mixed-basis electronic structure code. 
Teaching computational materials science to graduate students.    

[1996] Associate Physicist, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York, USA. 

[1994-1995] Visiting Associate Professor, Institute of Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. 

[1988-1993] Metallurgist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, & Lawrence Berkeley National laboratory, California, USA.


[Scientific:] ab initio metallurgy, density functional electronic structure, statistical thermodynamics: cluster variation, cluster expansion, (kinetic) Monte Carlo. More than 200 publications (ResearcherID: E-6086-2010, ORCID ID: 0000-0002-6514-4318, Google Scholar page under "Marcel Sluiter").

[Teaching:] graduate level Solid State Physics, Physics of Materials, Structure & Properties, Thermodynamics, Computational Materials Science, undergraduate level Statics, Optical Materials, Error Analysis and others.

[Editorial:] Associate Editor CALPHAD, formerly Editorial committee of the Japan Institute of Metals (Materials Transactions).

[Other:] Software design.  Interdisciplinary projects with electron microscopists, solid state physicists, thin-film growers, and computer scientists. ``Hands on" experience with number of experimental techniques, such as X-ray diffraction, alloy preparation, rapid solidification and casting, optical metallography.

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