Dr. Pierre Hirel

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  • 2-7 October 2022: our work on grain boundaries in MgO and in forsterite are presented by Philippe Carrez and Jean Furstoss, during the MMM 10 conference in Baltimore (USA).
  • 1 September 2022: new article about domain wall pinning in ferroelectric BaTiO3, published in Phys. Rev. B.
  • 28 August 2022: new article about grain boundary complexions in rock-salt materials, published in Acta. Mater.
  • 11-13 July 2022 : contribution to the Matelec colloquium in Lille, France.
  • 13 April 2022: new article modelling grain boundaries in forsterite, published in Amer. Miner.
  • 06 April 2022: Jean Furstoss presents the results of our NuMoGO project at the colloque Plasticité in Toulouse, France.
  • 31 March 2022: Konstantinos Thomaidis defended his PhD thesis entitled "Do mantle xenoliths preserve water signature from the lithospheric mantle and how? An analytical, experimental and numerical approach", and was awarded the title of Doctor of the University of Lille. I co-supervised this thesis with Jannick Ingrin.
  • 12 November 2021: new article comparing interatomic potentials for forsterite, published in Phys. Chem. Miner..

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I am Assistant Professor in materials physics at the University of Lille, France, where I work at the UMET laboratory. My main centers of interest are the mechanical properties, dislocations, and diffusion in complex materials such as ceramics and minerals, which I study with atomic-scale simulations. To know more about my research topics, refer to this page.

After studying physics at the University of Rennes, France, I performed my PhD thesis at the Phymat laboratory at the University of Poitiers, France. After that, I worked as a post-doc researcher at the KIT in Karlsruhe and the Fraunhofer IWM in Freiburg, Germany. Then I worked as a post-doc researcher at the UMET laboratory at the University of Lille, France. You may read more about my cursus on this page.

I am also the author of Atomsk, a code for creating and manipulating atomic systems for simulations and visualization.

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