Professor Marc De Graef-Department of Materials Science and Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Professor Marc De Graef

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-389
Office: Roberts Engineering Hall 130
Phone: (412) 268-8527
Fax: (412) 268-7596


Professor De Graef received his BS and MS degrees in physics from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) in 1983, and his Ph.D. in physics from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) in 1989, with a thesis on copper-based shape memory alloys. He then spent three and a half years as a post-doctoral researcher in the Materials Department at the University of California at Santa Barbara before joining Carnegie Mellon in 1993 as an assistant professor.He is currently professor and co-director of the J. Earle and Mary Roberts Materials Characterization Laboratory.


Ph.D., Catholic University Leuven (Belgium)


Professor De Graef’s research interests lie in the area of microstructural characterization of structural intermetallics and magnetic materials. His current focus is on the development of experimental and modeling techniques for the quantitative study of magnetic domain configurations in a variety of materials, including ferromagnetic shape memory alloys, magnetic thin films, and patterned structures. This study includes a theoretical analysis of the use of shape functions in the computation of shape-dependent material properties. A second research focus is on the acquisition and representation of the three-dimensional character of microstructures. Work in this area includes development of experimental and numerical techniques to extract quantitative3-D data from serial sectioning experiments using a focused ion beam. The generation of accurate forward models for many different characterization modalities is also a topic of current interest.


J.I. Deitz, S.D. Carnavale, M. De Graef, D.W. McComb, and T.J. Grassman, "Characterization of encapsulated quantum dots via electron channeling contrast imaging". Applied Physics Letters, 109, 062101 (2016).

C. Phatak, A.K. O. Heinonen, M. De Graef and A.K. Petford-Long. "Nanoscale skyrmions in a non-chiral metallic multiferroic Ni2MnGa", NanoLetters, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b01011 (2016).

P.G. Callahan, M. Groeber, and M. De Graef. “Towards a quantitative comparison between experimental and synthetic grain structures”. Acta Materialia, 111, 242-252 (2016).

M. Chapman, P.G. Callahan, and M. De Graef. “Determination of sample surface topography using electron back-scatter diffraction patterns”. Scripta Mater., 120, 23-26 (2016).

S. Singh and M. De Graef, "Orientation sampling for dictionary-based diffraction pattern indexing methods". MSMSE 24, 085013 (2016).