Department of Chemistry and Materials Science

Advanced and Functional Materials

Professor Simo-Pekka Hannula's Research Group for Advanced and Functional Materials (AFM) conducts high-quality basic and applied materials research related to both current materials production and new advanced materials. The group is for its part responsible for teaching in materials science bachelor program and in functional materials master’s program.
CHEM_Advanced and functional materials

The group's present areas of research include microstructure and property relationships of functional materials, in particular of:

  1. Complex metal alloys such as magnetic shape memory alloys (MSMAs), radiation resistant high entropy alloys (HEAs) and next generation ferritic-martensitic (F/M) alloys for fission and fusion applications

  2. Composites such as metal-ceramic and ceramic-ceramic composites

  3. Nanomaterials based on titania, alumina, silica, and semiconductors such as CuSbS2

AFM group core knowledge and capabilities are in controlling and characterization of materials microstructure and properties. At the moment AFM group is participating in three different joint projects:

  • THERAD-project funded by the Academy of Finland, where AFM group is responsible of developing new IR filter preparation techniques based on semiconductor-dielectric composites
  • HEAFNA-project initiated by European Energy Research Area (EERA), where AFM group is involved in developing powder based irradiation resistant FeCrNiMn-HEAs
  • M4F-project funded by the EU, where AFM group is responsible for developing nanoindentation techniques for obtaining mechanical properties of irradiated materials based on ball nanoindentation data.

In addition, a company funded project on developing new filter material technologies is carried out.

The main tools used by the group are various microscopy techniques at different scales (i.e., optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and related analysis (EDS, WDS, EBSD)) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM-STEM, EDS). XRD analyses are used extensively for crystallography. Other characterization techniques used include magnetic measurements (VSM), optical measurements (UV-Vis, IR), nanoindentation (NI) etc.

Latest publications

Analysis of the Magneto-Mechanical Anisotropy of Steel Sheets in Electrical Applications

Floran Martin, Ugur Aydin, Avaz Ruzibaev, Yanling Ge, Laurent Daniel, Laurent Bernard, Paavo Rasilo, Abdelkader Benabou, Anouar Belahcen 2020 IEEE Transactions on Magnetics

Round robin into best practices for the determination of indentation size effects

Ana Ruiz-moreno, Peter Hähner, Lukasz Kurpaska, Jacek Jagielski, Philippe Spätig, Michal Trebala, Simo Pekka Hannula, Susana Merino, Gonzalo de Diego, Hygreeva Namburi, Ondrej Libera, Dimitry Terentyev, Tymofii Khvan, Cornelia Heintze, Nigel Jennett 2020 Nanomaterials

Origin of nanoscale incipient plasticity in GaAs and InP crystal

Dariusz Chrobak, Michał Trębala, Artur Chrobak, Roman Nowak 2019 Crystals

Robustness of Adamussium colbecki shell to ocean acidification in a short-term exposure

Ombretta Dell'Acqua, Michal Trębala, Mariachiara Chiantore, Simo Pekka Hannula 2019 MARINE ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH

Effect of process parameters on non-modulated ni-mn-ga alloy manufactured using powder bed fusion

Frans Nilsen, Inigo Flores Ituarte, Mika Salmi, Jouni Partanen, Simo-Pekka Hannula 2019 Alloys for Additive Manufacturing Symposium, AAMS 2019

Effect of process parameters on non-modulated Ni-Mn-Ga alloy manufactured using powder bed fusion

Frans Nilsén, Inigo Flores Ituarte, Mika Salmi, Jouni Partanen, Simo-Pekka Hannula 2019 Additive Manufacturing

Transflective Mesoscopic Nanoparticles Synthesized in the Leidenfrost Droplet as Black Absorbers

Moheb Abdelaziz, Ramzy Abdelaziz, Shahin Homaeigohar, Eman S. Zarie, Mehmet Z. Yetik, Linda P. Sederholm, Touko M. Liljeström, Nella Peippo, Sebastian Pflesser, Ahmed B. Soliman, Mady Elbahri 2018 Advanced Materials Interfaces

Silica–gentamicin nanohybrids

Dina Ahmed Mosselhy Abdelrehiem, Wei He, Ulla Hynönen, Yaping Meng, Pezhman Mohammadi, Airi Palva, Qingling Feng, Simo-Pekka Hannula, Katrina Nordström, Markus Linder 2018 International journal of nanomedicine

Effect of Morphology and Crystal Structure on the Thermal Conductivity of Titania Nanotubes

Saima Ali, Olli Orell, Mikko Kanerva, Simo Pekka Hannula 2018 Nanoscale Research Letters
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