Professor Felix Hofmann

Associate Professor


To optimise material performance, understanding how defects affect material properties is essential. Felix Hofmann and his research group develop new X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy techniques to image defects, new laser methods to quantify transport properties, and new macro- to nano-mechanics approaches to probe deformation behaviour. These are combined with multi-scale calculations ranging from electronic structure to continuum that seek to capture and predict the effects of defects. At the moment this work focusses mainly on crystalline structural materials for energy and aerospace applications, but we also work on semiconductors, piezoelectrics and bio-materials.


  • Materials
  • Fusion reactors
  • Microscopy
  • Mechanics
  • Aerospace materials
  • Microscopy
  • Defects
  • Material failure