Group Web Site: http://www.cmpe.ubc.ca

Microstructure engineering encompasses a broad range of activities with the goal of optimizing the structure and properties of metals and alloys. This is an exciting area which has seen tremendous advances in the past 10 years related, at least in part, to the incorporation of advanced computational approaches to materials science. Our approach stresses novel experimental approaches combined with the development of physically based models which are often fully integrated into continuum deformation or temperature models (i.e. FEM models). There still remain enormous opportunities in this field and we are actively seeking highly motivated graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.


  • Deformation and fracture of Mg alloys
  • The UBC Hot Strip Mill Rolling Model
  • Microstructure engineering of hot rolled advanced high strength steels
  • Novel processing of Al-Mg-Si based alloys for automotive applications
  • Advanced microstructure and property modelling for new multi-phase steels
  • Efficient thermal processing for microstructural control of advance sheet metals and alloys
  • New approaches to deformation and fracture of non-dilute multi-phase materials
  • Microstructure evolution in Cu films for novel interconnects
  • Microstructure evolution in deformed aluminum alloys
  • Formability of stainless steels

Experimental Facilities

  • DSI Gleeble 3500 Thermomechanical Test System
  • DSI Hot Torsion Testing Machine
  • Digitally controlled MTS hydraulic load frames (testing capability from 77 to 1000 K)
  • Hitachi H800 Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope
  • Hitachi Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope
  • Hitachi Scanning Electron Microscope with Electron Backscatter Diffraction System (HKL Channel 5 acquisition and post-processing software)
  • Setaram Thermal Analysis Suite
  • Advanced optical microscopy including quantitative image analysis
  • Custom built low temperature resistivity rig

Computational facilities and specialized software packages

  • Compaq compute server for intensive numerical analysis
  • 4 SGI work stations for visualization
  • Thermocalc

Furnaces in Room 119

Tube Furnaces:
  • Heineken: Max Temp. : 750 C Controlled Atmosphere (Ar.) High Vacuum
  • Blue: Max Temp. : 750 C Controlled Atmosphere (Ar.) High Vacuum
  • Chimay Blue: Max Temp. : 1200 C Controlled Atmosphere (Ar.) No vacuum
Box Furnaces:
  • Guinness: Max Temp. : 1000 C No Controlled Atmosphere No Vacuum
  • Boddingtons: Max Temp. : 1100 C No Controlled Atmosphere No Vacuum
  • Caffrey’s Irish Ale: Max Temp. : 1100 C No Controlled Atmosphere No Vacuum
  • Kingfisher: Max Temp. : 1000 C No Controlled Atmosphere No Vacuum
  • Smithwick’s:Max Temp. : 1000 C No Controlled Atmosphere No Vacuum
  • Tetley English Ale:Max Temp. : 750 C No Controlled Atmosphere No Vacuum

Salt and Oil Baths:

  • Salt Spring Golden Ale: Salt bath Max Temp. : 650 C
  • Rickard’s Red: Oil bath Max Temp. : 200 C
  • Grandville Pale Ale: Salt bath Max Temp. : 450 C



Ben Britton

August 18, 2020

Associate Professor
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Research interests:

Materials characterisation & microstructure, metallurgy, electron diffraction & microscopy, deformation, microstructure/property models, manufacturing

FacultyGraduate advisor

Matthias Militzer

August 20, 2020

Research group:
Research interests:

Multi-scale modelling of microstructure evolution, physical metallurgy of advanced high strength steels, Cu interconnects


Warren Poole

August 20, 2020

Research group:
Research interests:

Advanced aluminum alloys, high strengths, high formable steels. metal matrix composites, microstructure/property models


Chad Sinclair

August 20, 2020

Research group:
Research interests:

Prediction of microstructure and properties of engineering alloys through the use of experiments and modelling, predicting the correlation between the structure of alloys, at the microstructural and atomic scale, and their mechanical behaviour