Research statement Sven Rogge

Sven’s research aims to develop computational methods to fully characterise spatial disorder in realistic nanostructured materials and to quantify their impact on the macroscopic material behaviour. Recent examples of these developments are the micromechanical model concept and the emergence of strain fields to understand the relationship between the structure of materials and their macroscopic properties. His research spans fundamental method development (how to quantify strain fields, how to model spatially heterogeneous materials, how to model materials under realistic conditions of stress and strain…) to more practical applications (how to steer solid-state phase transitions, how to design efficient shock absorbers), adopting spectroscopy as a tool to bridge these areas. These research questions require integrating knowledge from statistical physics, quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, and thermodynamics for real-life applications in challenging nanostructured materials.