What are you researching right now, Mr Gonzalez-Julian?
Jun.-Prof. Jesus Gonzalez-Julian, Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Materials Synthesis and Processing (IEK-1)
“Some hot stuff: together with my team, I am developing new materials which are particularly heat-resistant, for example for turbines in power plants and aircraft or for solar power plants. These so-called MAX phases combine the positive properties of ceramics and metals. Ceramic can withstand high temperatures, but is brittle, while metal is very stable, but deforms in the heat. The MAX phases are heat-resistant and not brittle. We are also the first in the world to combine MAX phases with silicon carbide fibres. This is to further improve the mechanical properties.”
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