Catharina G. Wille, Dr. rer. nat.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellow​

Research Interests

  • Atom Probe Tomography (APT)
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Focussed Ion Beam (FIB)
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
  • X-ray Diffraction (XRD)
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Thermodynamics and kinetics of interfacial reactions
  • Metallic alloys
  • Nanostructured materials
  • Thermodynamics and kinetics of phase separation in alloys under equilibrium and non equilibrium conditions

Selected Publications

  • C. G. Wille, T. Al-Kassab, R. Kirchheim: 'Time Evolution of Morphology in Mechanically Alloyed Fe-Cu'. Ultramicroscopy, 111, 730-737 (2011)
  • C. Wille, T. Al-Kassab, P. P. Choi, Y. S. Kwon, R. Kirchheim: 'An Assessment of the homogeneityof nano-crystalline Fe-Cu powders as studied by means of APT'. Ultramicroscopy, 109 (5), 599-605 (2009)
  • C. Wille, T. Al-Kassab, M. Schmidt, P. P. Schmidt, Y. S. Kwon: 'Homogeneity of mechanically alloyed nano-crystalline Fe-Cu-powders'. Int. J. Mat.Res. 99, 541 (2008)


  • 03/2010 – 04/2012     Postdoctoral Fellow at the  King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia), group ‘Tomography of Nanostructured Materials’ of Prof. Tala’at Al-Kassab, microstructural characterisation of nanocrystalline metallic, semiconducting and ceramic materials
  • 12/2009 – 02/2010     Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Materials Physics, University of Goettingen (Germany), focus on thermal stability of ball milled Fe-Cu-alloys
  • 03/2006 – 11/2009     PhD Student, University of Goettingen (Germany), Institute for Materials Physics, supervisor Prof. Reiner Kirchheim, focus on ball milled Fe-Cu-alloys, title of the PhD thesis: ‘Investigation of the segregation behavior in nanocrystalline materials’
  • 10/2004 – 01/2006     Master Student, University of Goettingen (Germany), Institute for Materials Physics,  thesis in the field of nanocrystalline materials: ’Untersuchungen an nanokristallinem Ni and Co-3,2at% P mit der Fieldionenbild- und Atomsonden-tomographie’

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Member, German Physical Society (DPG) 
  • Member, International Field Emission Society (IFES)

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​MSE program
  • Imaging and Characterization Core Lab