Karsten Woll

Dr. Karsten Woll

Research Interests

- Reactive Materials, Self-Propagating Reactions

- Phase Transformations in Metallic Multilayers under Slow and Rapid Heating

- Intermetallic Thin Films

- Mechanical Properties of Thin Films


Professional Experience

Since 2017

Emmy-Noether-Group Leader "Pulsed Metallurgy on Metallic Thin Films"

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), IAM-WBM

08/2013 - 12/2016

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), IAM-WBM

02/2012 - 07/2013

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Johns Hopkins University (JHU)

Dept. Materials Science and Engineering (Tim Weihs), Baltimore, MD, USA


University Education


PhD (Dr.-Ing.) from Saarland University (Frank Mücklich)

“Synthesis of RuAl Thin Films via Solid State and Self-Propagating Reactions in Multilayers” (grade: summa cum laude)


Diploma in Materials Science and Engineering from Saarland University

"Interdiffusion in the B2-RuAl Intermetallic Compound and Isothermal Phase Scanning in the Binary Ru-Al System“


Study of Materials Science and Engineering, Saarland University



2010 Fellowship of the German Academic Research Service (DAAD) for supervising foreign PhD candidates

2012 Young Researcher Award of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde (DGM) 


Publications (peer-reviewed)

1. Woll K., Gibbins J. D., Slusarski K., Kinsey A., Weihs T.P., Metal/Metal Oxide Core- Shell Powders that Optimize the Dilution of Thermite Mixtures, Combust Flame 167 (2016) 259

2. Kinsey A., Slusarski K., Woll K., Gibbins D., Weihs T.P., Effect of dilution on reaction properties and bonds formed using mechanically processed dilute thermite foils, J. Mater. Sci. 51 (2016) 5738

3. Woll K., Bergamaschi A., Avchachov K., Djurabekova F., Gier S., Pauly C., Leibenguth P., Wagner C., Nordlund K, Mücklich F., Ru/Al Multilayers Integrate Maximum Energy Density and Ductility for Reactive Materials, Sci. Rep. 6 (2016) 19535

4. Woll K., Gunduz I.E., Pauly C., Doumanidis C.C., Son S. F., Rebholz C., Mücklich F., Numerical modeling of self-propagating reactions in Ru/Al nanoscale multilayer foils, Appl Phys Lett 107 (2015) 073103

5. Pauly C., Woll K., Bax B., Mücklich F., The  role  of  transient  phase  formation  during  ignition  of reactive Ru/Al multilayers, Appl. Phys Lett 107 (2015) 113104

6. Gibbins J. D., Stover A. K., Krywopusk N. M., Woll K., Weihs T.P., Properties of Reactive Al:Ni Compacts Fabricated by Radial Forging of Elemental and Alloy Powders, Combust. Flame 162 (2015) 4408

7. Grapes M. D., LaGrange T., Woll K., Reed B. W., Campbell G. H., LaVan D. A, Weihs T. P., In situ transmission electron microscopy investigation of the interfacial reaction between Ni and Al during rapid heating in a nanocalorimeter, APL Mater 2 (2014) 116102

8. Swaminathan P., Woll K., Grapes M., Barron S.C., LaVan D.A., Weihs T.P., Studying exothermic reactions in the Ni-Al system at rapid heating rates using a nanocalorimeter, J. Appl. Phys. 113 (2013) 143509

9. Guitar M.A., Woll K., Ramos-Moore E., Mücklich F., Study of grain growth and thermal stability of nanocrystalline RuAl thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering, Thin Solid Films 572 (2013) 1-8

10. Bax, B., Pauly, C., Leibenguth, P., Woll, K., Mücklich, F.: In situ generation of B2-RuAl coatings on mild steel using laser cladding. Surf. Coat. Tech. 206 (2012) 3931-3937

11. Mitov, G., Heintze, S.D., Walz, S., Woll, K., Mücklich F., Pospiech P., Wear behavior of dental Y-TZP ceramic against natural enamel after different finishing procedures, Dent. Mater. 28 (2012) 909-918

12. Mitov, G., Gessner, J., Lohbauer, U., Woll, K., Mücklich, F., Pospiech P., Subcritical crack growth behavior and life data analysis of two types of dental Y-TZP ceramics, Dent. Mater. 27 (2011) 684-691

13. Zotov, N., Woll, K., Mücklich, F., Phase formation of B2-RuAl during annealing of Ru/Al multilayers, Intermetallics 18 (2010) 1507-1516

14. Woll, K., Holzapfel, C., Mücklich, F., Effects of composition and grain size on the interdiffusional behavior in B2-RuAl intermetallic compound intermetallics, Intermetallics 18 (2010) 553-559

15. Woll, K., Chinnam, R.K.S., Mücklich, F., Thin-film synthesis and cyclic oxidation behavior of B2-RuAl, Mater. Res. Soc. Proc 1128 (2009) U06-10

16. Mücklich, F., Ilic, N., Woll, K., RuAl and ist alloys, Part II: Mechanical properties, environmental resistance and applications, Intermetallics 16 (2008) 593-608 (invited review article)

17. Hermann, R., Vinzelberg, H., Behr, G., Woll, K., Mücklich, F., Büchner, B., Magnetic field controlled floating-zone crystal growth and properties of RuAl single crystal, J. Cryst. Growth 310 (2008) 4286-4289

18. Woll, K., Holzapfel, C., Gobran, H., Mücklich, F., Single-phase interdiffusion in B2-RuAl intermetallic compound, Scripta Mater. 57 (2007) 1-4


1. Woll, K.,  Mücklich, F.: Reaktive metallische Systeme und Verfahren zum Herstellen von reaktiven metallischen Systemen. (EP2646599 (A1))

2. Weihs T.P., Woll K., Kinsey, A., Gibbins J.D., Slusarsky K., Reactive Composite Foils, U.S. Patent App. No.: 14/954,508 (2014) (pending)