Dr Nils Warnken

Dr Nils Warnken

School of Metallurgy and Materials
Senior Lecturer in Materials Modelling

Contact details

School of Metallurgy and Materials
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Nils Warnken is lecturer at the School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham.

His research interest is the study and modelling of phase-transformation in metals and alloys, with a special interest in solidification related phenomena.

Nils has published over 30 research papers in scientific journals as well as conference proceeding and book chapters.


  • Dr.Ing. in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, RWTH-Aachen University, Germany, 2007
  • Dipl. Ing. in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, RWTH-Aachen University, Germany, 2000


  • Fundamentals of Materials a (FOMa) [04 17033]
  • Control of Microstructure (COMa)


Research themes:

  • Phase-field modelling of microstructure evolution
  • Diffusion in multi-component alloys
  • Thermodynamics of metalls and alloys
  • High temperature materials
  • Alloy development
  • Solidification
  • Phase separation in nano alloys


Selected Publications:

Huang, J. L.; Warnken, N.; Gebelin, J.-C.; Strangwood, M.; Reed, R. C. (2012), On the mechanism of porosity formation during welding of titanium alloys, Acta Materialia, 60:1359-6454

Warnken, N.; Reed, R. C., (2011), On the Characterization of Directionally Solidified Dendritic Microstructures, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 42A: 1675-1683

Mottura, A.; Warnken, N.; Miller, M. K.; Finnis, M. W.; Reed, R. C., (2010), Atom probe tomography analysis of the distribution of rhenium in nickel alloys, Acta Materialia, 58: 1359-6454

Warnken, N.; Ma, D.; Drevermann, A.; Reed, R. C.; Fries, S. G.; Steinbach, I., (2009), Phase-field modelling of as-cast microstructure evolution in nickel-based superalloys, Acta Materialia, 57: 1359-6454   

Reed, R. C.; Tao, T.; Warnken, N. (2009), Alloys-By-Design: Application to nickel-based single crystal superalloys, Acta Materialia, 57: 1359-6454 

Warnken, N.; Larsson, H.; Reed, R. C., (2009), Coupled modelling of solidification and solution heat treatment of advanced single crystal nickel base superalloy, Materials Science and Technology, 25: 0267-0836

Warnken, N; Drevermann, A; Ma, D; Fries, SG; Steinbach, I, (2008), Development of a simulation approach to microstructure evolution during solidification and homogenization using the phase field method, Superalloys 2008, ed. Reed, RC; Green, KA; Caron, P; Gabb, TP; Fahrmann, MG; Huron, ES, 951-960

Steinbach, I.; Boettger, B.; Eiken, J.; Warnken, N.; Fries, S. G. (2007), CALPHAD and phase-field modeling: A successful liaison, Journal of Phase Equilibria and Diffusion, 28: 1547-7037

Herzog, R.; Warnken, N.; Steinbach, I.; Hallstedt, B.; Walter, C.; Mueller, J.; Hajas, D.; Muenstermann, E.; Schneider, J. M.; Nickel, R.; Parkot, D.; Bobzin, K.; Lugscheider, E.; Bednarz, P.; Trunova, O.; Singheiser, L., (2006), Integrated approach for the development of advanced, coated gas turbine blades, Advanced Engineering Materials, 8: 1438-1656  

Warnken, N; Ma, D; Mathes, M; Steinbach, I, (2005), Investigation of eutectic island formation in SX superalloys Materials Science and Engineering-A, 413: 0921-5093

Walter, C; Hallstedt, B; Warnken, N, (2005), Simulation of the solidification of CMSX-4, Materials Science and Engineering-A, 397: 0921-5093