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Klaus-Dieter Liss at Spring-8

Klaus-Dieter Liss during a high-pressure experiment at BL04B1 SPEED-Mk.IISPring-8, Japan.

Prof Klaus-Dieter Liss, Senior Researcher, project leader
Educated in general physics, Klaus-Dieter is an expert in neutron and synchrotron X-ray scattering techniques. He has developed a great interest in employing in situ and time-resolved studies in materials science over the past years. One of his reviewers wrote: "these measurements can be untertaken routinely at modern facilities, but the slant of this group is somehow different."

Ms Lisa Thoennessen, PhD Student
With a background in materials science, Lisa works on phase transformation in titanium alloys, especially on temperature and stress induced omega precipitation in beta-quenched material. Principal investigation methods are in-situ neutron and high-energy X-ray studies, complemented by electron microscopy. In co-supervision with Rian Dippenaar, University of Wollongong, and Klaus-Dieter Liss, ANSTO.


Xi Li at Wombat

Xi Li undertaking texture measurements on TRIP-steel on WOMBAT.

Ms Xi Li, PhD Student
Xi is a material scientist working on transformation induced plasticity steels. Her interests comprise microstructural response to applied load of differently heat treated specimens, examined by in-situ high-energy synchrotron radiation, neutron texture measurements and electron microscopy. In co-supervision with Elena Pereloma, University of Wollongong, and Klaus-Dieter Liss, ANSTO.

Mr Yi-Sun Wu, PhD Student

The physics educated researcher employs diffraction methods to examine the microstructure and strains of ultra-fine grained materials, such as obtained by consolidation of metal powders by severe plastic deformation. In co-supervision with Kenong Xia, The University of Melbourne, and Klaus-Dieter Liss, ANSTO.


Former members


Dr Saurabh Kabra  
Has been a post-doctoral researcher within the project.Saurabh paved the way to apply Rietveld analysis to our measurements and studied zirconium alloys under high temperature. His main interest was on shape memory alloys, on which he undertook high-energy synchrotron X-ray experiments during plastic deformation. Dr Saurabh Kabra is now beamline scientist at Engin-X at the ISIS neutron facility in the United Kingdom.


Dr Ulf Garbe
Held a post-doctoral position on the project. He is specialised in texture analysis and has first-hand experience using neutrons as well as high-energy X-ray beams for his studies. Further, he develops state-of-the-art software for the analysis of his data. Dr Ulf Garbe is now the instrument scientist leading the construction, commissionng and operations of the imaging instrument DINGO at OPAL.


Dr Kun Yan

Worked on her PhD project entitled "Phase Transformations and Microstructures of Metals under Thermo-Mechanical Load", which was co-supervised by Professor Rian Dippenaar, University of Wollongong and Dr Klaus-Dieter Liss. Dr Kun Yan is now on a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


Mr Ian Watson

Was a year-in-industry student. Ian Watson studied physics at the University of New South Wales. He worked on titanium aluminides and also tested out tomography experiments with synchrotron light.


Mr Ross Whitfield
Was a Year-in-industry student 2007. Ross studies physics at the Australian National University (ANU) and recently joined the team to take over the data analysis for high-energy x-ray diffraction data on steel and titanium aluminides.

Ms LaReine A. Yeoh, laboratory assistant, December 2007 - February 2008
Year-in-industry student, February 2006 - January 2007. LaReine studies physics and engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and is back as a laboratory assistant for the analysis and interpretation of diffraction data. In 2006, she performed synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments at the ESRF, developed data reduction routines and presented an order-disorder Rietveld analysis on titanium aluminides.