Marc De Graef
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Marc De Graef received his M.S. in Physics from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) in 1983. After a six-month research stay at the Gorlaeus Laboratory for Solid State Chemistry in Leiden (The Netherlands) he joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), from where, in May of 1989, he graduated with a Ph.D. in Physics. His graduate research centered on the microstructure and phase stability of Cu-Al and Cu-Al-Zn shape memory alloys.

In September of 1989 he joined the Materials Department at the University of California at Santa Barbara as a post-doctoral researcher. Under supervision of Profs. A. Evans and D. Clarke, he worked in various areas of materials science, using transmission electron microscopy and computer simulations as main research tools. Among the topics covered during that period are:
  • Interface structure in metal-ceramic composites (Pt-sapphire, Cu-sapphire, Au-sapphire)
  • Crystallography of titanium borides in TiAl intermetallics
  • Ferroelectrics (relaxors, antiferroelectrics)
  • Phase stability and decomposition in rapidly solidified yttria-zirconia mixtures
  • Strain contrast around crack tips in thin foils
  • Automated strain mapping
  • Vortex-dynamics in two-dimensional arrays of superconducting Josephson junctions
In March of 1993 he joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University as Assistant Professor. He has initiated research on the influence of hydrogen on titanium aluminides, magnetostrictive microstructures in Terfenol-D, grain boundary segregation in ZnO varistors, and a fundamental study of the use of energy-filtered TEM. He has won the Carnegie , Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America in 2009, and the TMS Educator award in 2012.

Since July 1, 2002, Prof. De Graef has obtained indefinite tenure along with a promotion to Full Professor.

Recent research interests are in the area of quantitative Lorentz microscopy, as applied to the study of magnetic thin films and magnetostrictive materials, and the three-dimensional microstructure of structural intermetallics.
Prof. De Graef has authored or co-authored over 200 publications in the open literature and is an active member of TMS and MSA. He has also published two textbooks with Cambridge University Press: Introduction to Conventional Transmission Electron Microscopy (graduate level), and (with M. McHenry) the Structure of Materials (undergraduate level, 2 editions).