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Anirudh Raju Natarajan

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
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Scholar Citations

Anirudh received a B.Tech. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, a M.S in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Ph.D. in Materials from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He set up the laboratory of materials design and simulation (MADES) at EPFL in 2022. His research interests are in the computational design and discovery of advanced engineering materials.

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Alexandra Morrison

Administrative Assistant
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Doctoral Students

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Yann Lorris Müller

Doctoral Assistant
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Yann received a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the EPFL in 2021. After working for one year at the EMPA laboratory for Advanced Processing and Additive Manufacturing, he began a Ph.D. in Materials Science in the MADES laboratory in 2022. He uses first-principles electronic structure calculations and statistical mechanics techniques to compute thermodynamic and kinetic properties of multicomponent refractory alloys.

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Deepak Somani

Doctoral Assistant
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Deepak graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT KGP) in 2023 with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Thermal Science and Engineering. His research is focused on elucidating defect thermodynamics in alloys.

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Claire Paetsch

Doctoral Assistant
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Claire received her B.S and M.S in Materials Science and Engineering at ETH Zurich. She worked as a research scholar predicting the energy landscape of Li-S at LBNL using first-principles. In 2023 she began her Ph.D. at EPFL’s MADES laboratory. Her current research focuses on developing methods to design alloys for hydrogen related applications.

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Lorenzo Piersante

Doctoral Assistant
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Lorenzo received his Master of Physics from the University of Oxford. His PhD research focuses on the development of statistical mechanics approaches to the simulation of thermal processes in solid state systems, mainly metals.

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Abdullah Aydemir

Master's student
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Abdullah is pursuing his Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering at EPFL. His research focuses on the first-principles study of the thermodynamic and vibrational properties of metallic alloys.