Douglas Hofmann

2001, AA Engineering Sciences, Santa Rosa JC
2003, BS Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego
2004, MS Engineering Science: Mechanical Engineering, UC San Diego
2006, MS Materials Science, California Institute of Technology
2008, PhD, Materials Science, California Institute of Technology

Research Interests:
- Metallic glass composites with tensile ductility and high fracture toughness
- Increasing the engineering usefulness of bulk metallic glasses and their composites
- Low density and high strength metallic glass composites for titanium replacement
- Friction stir welding and processing
- Advanced engineering materials

- Hofmann, D.C., et al. Designing bulk metallic glass matrix composites with high toughness and
   tensile ductility. Nature, 451: 1085-1089, (2008) Hofmann, Nature, 2008
- Hofmann, D.C., Duan, G, Johnson, W.L. TEM study of structural evolution in a copper mold cast
   Cu46Zr54 bulk metallic glass. Scripta Mater. 54 (6): 1117-1122 (2006)
- Hofmann, D.C., Vecchio, K.S. Submerged friction stir processing (SFSP): An improved method for
   creating ultra-fine-grained bulk materials. Mat. Sci. Eng. A: 402 (1-2): 234-241 (2005)
- Hofmann, D.C., Vecchio, K.S. Thermal History Analysis of Friction Stir Processed and Submerged
   Friction Stir Processed Aluminum. Mat. Sci. Eng. A: (2007)
- Hofmann, D.C., Lubarda, V.A. New method for determining hexagonal direction indices and their
   relationship to crystallographic directions. J. Appl. Crystallogr. 36: 23-28 (2003)

Contact Information:
California Institute of Technology
Department of Materials Science
Mail Stop 138-78
Pasadena, CA 91125
(626) 395-4774
dch at caltech dot edu
dhofmann at gmail dot com (use either email address)

Selected News Articles:
For current news and related articles click here
"Making the Paper: Douglas Hofmann," Nature; 451, xiii, February 28, 2008
"A perfect match," Nature; 451, February 28, 2008
"New Method for Creating Tough Metallic Glass Composites," Caltech Media Relations, February 28, 2008
Also see articles related to the Caltech press release in the following online sources: Pasadena Now,,
Nanotechnology Now,, Materials Gate, Spektrum Direkt,, Research SEA,
Futura-Sciences, Science News Daily, R&D Magazine, Vatly Vietnam, and World Tempus

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