September: Dr Kevin Laws, "A predictive structural model for bulk metallic glasses"
A topological tiptoe through the finer aspects of metallic glass-formation.
Bulk metallic glasses exhibit exceptional mechanical and functional properties in comparison to regular crystalline alloys and have been described as “the most significant development in materials science since the discovery of plastics more than 50 years ago”. However, describing the atomic structures of these materials which are responsible for the ability of an alloy to maintain an amorphous structure are far from understood. This work unravels the topological aspects of the likely atomic arrangements found in bulk metallic glasses responsible for high glass-forming ability, enabling the prediction of new glass-forming alloy compositions.
Click here to read the full journal article, as published in Nature.