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Tim Lienig

Doctoral researcher at the Peter Grünberg Institute and Ernst Ruska-Centre

Tim Lienig works at the Peter Grünberg Institute as a doctoral researcher in the field of microstructure research. As part of a priority programme funded by the German Research Foundation, he is investigating novel metal alloys known as high-entropy alloys (HEAs). In addition to manufacturing these alloys and characterizing their mechanical properties, he uses state-of-the-art electron microscopes at the Ernst Ruska-Centre to gain valuable insights into the microstructure of HEAs.

How did you hear about Forschungszentrum Jülich?

I was looking for a suitable dissertation project to finish my master’s degree in material sciences at TU Darmstadt when I came across Forschungszentrum Jülich during an online VDI recruitment event. When I checked out the job advertisements on Jülich’s website, I found an interesting vacancy at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research. Thanks to a collaborative project I participated in while completing my master’s dissertation, I later moved to the Peter Grünberg Institute. I’m now working on my doctoral degree in this exciting research environment.

Tim LienigCopyright: Forschungszentrum Jülich / Ralf-Uwe Limbach

What do you like about your work?

I love the sheer variety of my work, and also the sense of solidarity. If I had to describe the environment here in three words, it would be interdisciplinary, international, and collegial.

Here at the Peter Grünberg Institute, but also across the campus as a whole, I work with a huge number of scientists from many different disciplines. As a result, if I need to discuss questions arising from my work, I can consult with physicists, chemists, materials scientists, and many others who are always close at hand and available for a friendly discussion. In addition, Jülich’s excellent infrastructure means I have access to some of the most advanced facilities in the world for my research.

What are you currently working on?

To understand the exact relationship between the structure and properties of HEAs, I am currently working on manufacturing these alloys in the form of single crystals. This work is quite challenging and means investing a great deal of time in the lab. We hope that these single crystals will help us to gain a sound understanding of the mechanical properties of HEAs.