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Peter Müllner

Research Interests

Image o f Peter MüllnerI like microstructures of crystalline materials. I have worked on the formation and characterization of microstructures, including phase transformations, defect characterization and modeling defect interaction. The objects of study included structural materials (austenitic steel) and functional materials; metals, ceramics, intermetallics and semiconductors; materials in bulk form and thin films. I was mainly concerned with mechanical properties, more recently also with magnetic properties. While perambulating through a variety of topics (plasticity of steels, ferroelasticity of ceramics, microstructure and phase transformation of metallic thin films, magnetoplasticity of magnetic shape-memory alloys), I always liked to ponder the formation of crystallographic twins, their formation, and their description in the language of dislocations and disclinations. The magneto-mechanics of magnetic shape-memory alloys, is the field of my primary interest nowadays.

Since about 2010, I became also interested in transferring magnetic shape memory technology to the market. In 2015, I started Shaw Mountain Technology LLC, which produces MSM-based devices.

Professional Preparation (Formal Education)

Diploma (M.S.):1991, ETH Zürich, Materials Engineering
Dr. sc. techn. (Ph.D.):1994, ETH Zürich, Materials Engineering

Appointments (Professional Employment)

2013 – 2016Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
2012 – PresentDistinguished Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
2011 – PresentFoundational Studies Program Faculty, Boise State University, Boise, ID
7/’09 – PresentProfessor, Materials Science & Engineering, Boise State University, Boise, ID
12/’06 – 2011Director of the Boise State Center for Materials Characterization, Boise, ID
7/’04 – 6/’09Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, Boise State University, Boise, ID
1998-2004Senior Researcher, ETH Zürich, Inst. of Appl. Phys., Zürich, Switzerland, with Dr. G. Kostorz
1996-1998Research Associate, Max-Planck-Inst. für Metallforsch., Stuttgart, Germany, with Dr. E. Arzt
1995Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, with Dr. W. M. Kriven