Mgr. Martin FRIÁK, Ph.D.

Institute of Physics of Materials of the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic, v.v.i, Brno, Czech Republic, EU


Position: researcher at the Department of structure of materials at the Institute of Physics of Materials, v.v.i, Brno, Czech Republic, EU

Specialization: Nano-scaled composites and Multi-scale, multi-methodological and multi-disciplinary modeling in materials science


At the NANOCON 2014 conference Dr. Friák will deliver the invited lecture at the thematic session A – Preparation
and Properties of Nanostructures.


Education and career:
Martin Friák received his Master of Science degree (Mgr.) in solid-state physics at the Masaryk University, Faculty of Science, in Brno, Czech Republic, EU, in 1998, and his Ph.D. at the same faculty in 2002. His first post-doc stay from November 2002 till May 2005 was in the Theory department of Prof. Matthias Scheffler at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, in Berlin, Germany, EU, with the funding through the NANOPHASE Research Training Network and later through the NANOQUANTA network of Excellence. From June 2005 till September 2013 he worked as a group leader in the Computational Materials Design department of Prof. Jörg Neugebauer at the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research in Düsseldorf, Germany. Doctor Friák was awarded by the Fellowship of Jan Evangelista Purkyně of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and works as a researcher at the Institute of Physics of Materials of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Brno since October 2013. He is an associated PhD supervisor of the Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science (AICES) in Aachen, Germany, and he is also remotely cooperating with the International Max Planck Research School for Surface and Interface Engineering in Advanced Materials (IMPRS-SurMat) at the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research in Düsseldorf, Germany, EU. Since February 2014 he is involved in teaching at Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, EU.


Research interests:
Martin Friák’s research activities are focused on the development and applications of theoretical approaches allowing scale-bridging simulations of materials properties. Employing them, a theory-guided design of materials is performed. Due to the complex multi-scale nature of most of the studied problems, the applied strategies are intrinsically multi-disciplinary and multi-methodological (quantum-mechanical, atomistic, continuum). Cooperating closely with scientists from different fields, key objectives are (i) the development of ab initio based theoretical/computational tools that provide data not accessible by experiment and (ii) a high-throughput systematic screening and design of materials with specifically tailored properties (see e.g. the patent [1]). The range of materials studied covers single-phase and two-phase metallic materials (see e.g. [2,3]) as well as biomaterials [4] and multi-phase hierarchically organized bio-composites [5].

  • [1] T. Beck, M. Friák, S. Weber, W. Theisen, G. Brueckner, N. Nabiran, J. Lackmann, B. Sahebkar: Stainless, ferritic steel for preparing high-temperature component, comprises alloy component containing specified amount of C, Si, Cr, Al, Ni, N, Mo, W, V, Mn, and Co, Patent Number:  DE102012100289-A1; WO2013104357-A1.

  • [2] D. Legut, M. Friák, and M. Šob: Why is polonium simple cubic and so highly anisotropic?, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 016402 (2007).

  • [3] M. Friák, T. Hickel, B. Grabowski, L. Lymperakis, A. Udyansky, A. Dick, D. Ma, F. Roters, L.-F. Zhu, A. Schlieter, U. Kühn, Z. Ebrahimi, R. A. Lebensohn, D. Holec, J. Eckert, H. Emmerich, D. Raabe, and J. Neugebauer: Methodological challenges in combining quantum-mechanical and continuum approaches for materials science applications, Eur. Phys. J. Plus 126, 101 (2011).

  • [4] M. Petrov, L. Lymperakis, M. Friák and J. Neugebauer: Ab initio based conformational study of the crystalline alpha-chitin, Biopolymers 99, 22 (2013).

  • [5] S. Nikolov, M. Petrov, L. Lymperakis, M. Friák, C. Sachs, H.-O. Fabritius, D. Raabe, and J. Neugebauer: Revealing the design principles of high-performance biological composites using ab initio and multiscale simulations: The example of lobster cuticle, Adv. Mater. 22, 519–526 (2010).