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We are an Interdisciplinary Research Group, working at the Institute of Scientific Computing and the Dresden Center of Computational Materials Science of TU-Dresden. We develop mesoscale models to study material properties comprehensively, predict/explain experimental behaviors, and investigate the complexities of crystalline materials. This research is carried out with the aid of numerical simulations and state-of-the-art computational techniques.

The research activities illustrated here started a few years ago carried out by the PI and co-workers. They merged into the 3MS group in early 2021 with funding from the DFG Emmy Noether Programme.

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April. 2nd, 2022

Back-to-back papers on out in Acta Materialia

The research on "Disconnection-Mediated Migration of Interfaces in Microstructures" carried out together with D. Srolovitz and J. Han is now published in a two-paper series in Acta Materialia: Part I: Continuum Description, Part II: Diffuse Interface Simulations


March. 23th, 2022

PFC/APFC modeling of elastic inclusions published

The modeling of elastic inclusions in APFC is now published in Examples and Counterexamples, 2, 100067 (2022). It reports on a framework to include eigenstrain is presented and it is shown to match well the analytical solution of the Eshelby problem.

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Feb. 15th, 2022

We introduce a magnetic APFC model

A novel magnetic APFC model has been developed in collaboration with Dr. Backofen and Prof. A. Voigt. The preprint "Magnetic APFC modeling and influence of magneto-structural interaction on grain shrinkage" is available in arXiv


Feb. 8th, 2022

Preprint of APFC model review available in arXiv

The topical review on the APFC model written with Prof. Ken Elder and entitled "Coarse-grained modeling of crystals by the amplitude expansion of the phase-field crystal model: an overview" is available in arXiv


Jan. 1st, 2022

Welcome to Lucas, new group's postdoc

Lucas Benoit-Maréchal, former PhD student et École Polytechnique (Paris), joined the groups after being a guest for a few months at the end of 2021. He will work on APFC modeling and its applications to surface crystals. Welcome!



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A Mesoscale framework for the modeling of defects and interfaces in crystals

DFG Project (Emmy Noether Programme) - 2021-2026. Group Role: PI, Postdoc, PhD Students

This project addresses the mesoscale modeling of crystalline systems. It builds on the phase-field crystal (PFC) model and its amplitude expansion (APFC), which provide convenient coarse-grained descriptions of crystalline structures. It aims at i) delivering novel theoretical tools that bridge micro- and macroscopic features while studying crystals accounting for real material properties, ii) overcoming limitations of current state-of-the-art theoretical approaches in this field through new and hybrid approaches, iii) enabling applications to technology-relevant crystalline systems and related open problems in materials science.

NAtuRal instability of semiConductors thIn SOlid films for sensing and photonic applications - NARCISO

EU FET-Open Project - 2019-2022. Group Role: Research partner as IWR

NARCISO "NAtuRal instability of semiConductors thIn SOlid films for sensing and photonic applications"is an interdisciplinary project merging physics, chemistry, material science, fluid dynamics, and photonics with a high potential for applications and industrial scale-up of the relevant results. We propose to exploit the natural instability of thin solid films (solid state dewetting of silicon and germanium, SSD) to form complex patterns and nano-architectures (e.g. monocrystalline atomically-smooth structures, disordered hyperuniform metamaterials) that cannot be implemented with conventional methods.

Micro-crystals Single Photon InfraREd detectors – µSPIRE

EU FET-Open Project - 2017-2021. Group Role: Research partner as IWR

µSPIRE aims at establishing a technological platform for homo- and hetero- structure based photonic and electronic devices using the self-assembling of epitaxial crystals on patterned Si substrates. Emerging micro-electronic and photonic devices strongly require the integration on Si of a variety of semiconducting materials such as Ge, GaAs, GaN and SiC, in order to add novel functionalities to the Si platform. µSPIRE pursues this goal employing a novel deposition approach, which we termed vertical hetero-epitaxy (VHE), optimizied with the aid of simulations. VHE exploits the patterning of conventional Si substrates, in combination with epitaxial deposition, to attain the self-assembly of arrays of Ge and GaAs epitaxial micro-crystals elongated in the vertical direction, featuring structural and electronic properties unparalleled by “conventional” epitaxial growth.


Ken R. Elder - Oakland Univeristy, USA  ■  David J. Srolovitz  - The University of Hong Kong ■  Jian Han - City University of Hong Kong  ■  Marco Abbarchi, Isabelle Berbezier - IM2NP, Aix-Marseille Universite', France ■  Steven M. Wise - The University of Tennessee, USA  ■  Francesco Montalenti, Roberto Bergamaschini - University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy  ■  Giovanni Isella, Monica Bollani - LNESS, Politecnico di Milano, Italy ■  Luiza Angheluta - University of Oslo, Norway  ■  Jorge Vinals - University of Minnesota, USA  ■  Zhi-Feng Huang - Wayne State University, USA  ■  

Library Shelves



J. B. Claude, M. Bouabdellaoui, J. Wenger, M. Bollani, M. Salvalaglio, M. Abbarchi

Germanium-based, disordered hyperuniform nanoarchitectures by ion beam impact


R. Backofen, M. Salvalaglio and A. Voigt

Magnetic APFC modeling and the influence of magneto-structural interactions on grain shrinkage

M. Salvalaglio and K. R. Elder

Coarse-grained modeling of crystals by the amplitude expansion of the PFC model: an overview

V. Skogvoll, L. Angheluta, A. Skaugen, M. Salvalaglio, J. Viñals

A phase field crystal theory of the kinematics and dynamics of dislocation lines

K. Chockalingam, W. Dörfler, A. Voigt, M. Salvalaglio

The elastic inclusion problem in the (amplitude) phase-field crystal model

M. Salvalaglio, D. J. Srolovitz, J. Han

Disconnection-mediated Migration of Interfaces in Microstructues: II. diffuse interface simulations

J. Han, D. J. Srolovitz, M. Salvalaglio

Disconnection-mediated Migration of Interfaces in Microstructures: I. continuum model


M. Albani, R. Bergamaschini, A. Barzaghi, et al.

Faceting of Si and Ge crystals grown on deeply patterned Si substrates in the kinetic regime

Z. Chehadi, M. Bouabdellaoui, M. Bochet-Modaresialam et al.

Scalable disordered hyperuniform architectures via nano-imprint lithography of metal oxides

M. Salvalaglio, A. Voigt, Z.-F. Huang, K. R. Elder

Mesoscale Defect Motion in Binary Systems: Effects of Compositional Strain and Cottrell Atmospheres

M. Salvalaglio, M. Selch, A. Voigt, S. Wise

Doubly Degenerate Diffuse Interface Models of Anisotropic Surface Diffusion


M. Salvalaglio, M. Bouabdellaoui, M. Bollani, et al.

Hyperuniform monocrystalline structures by spinodal solid-state dewetting

A. Barzaghi, S. Firoozabadi, M. Salvalaglio et al.

Self-assembly of nanovoids in Si micro-crystals epitaxially grown on deeply patterned substrates

C.L. Manganelli, M. Virgilio, O. Skibitzki et al.

Temperature dependence of strain-shift coefficient in epitaxial Ge/Si(001): a comprehensive analysis

M. Salvalaglio, L. Angheluta, Z.-F. Huang et al.

A coarse-grained phase-field crystal model of plastic motion

A,Benali, J. B. Claude, S. Checcucci et al.

Flexible photonic based on dielectric antennas

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Dr. Marco Salvalaglio,

Group Leader

Visitor Address, IWR

Barmerbau, B 237,

Zellescher Weg 25, 01217 Dresden, Germany

Visitor Address, DCMS

Hallwachsstraße 3,

01069 Dresden, Germany

Postal Address:

Technische Universität Dresden

Institut für Wissenschaftliches Rechnen

Helmholtzstr. 10

01069 Dresden

Tel.: +49 351 463-35657

Fax: +49 351 463-37096

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