Christoph Kirchlechner Markus Breig, KIT

Prof. Dr. mont. Christoph Kirchlechner

Christoph Kirchlechner studied material science and received his PhD at the University of Leoben in Austria. Subsequently, he held an Assistant Professor position at the University of Leoben (2012-1018) and was a group leader for in situ Nano- and Micromechanics at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung in Düsseldorf, Germany (2013-2020), with an interim stay at the UT Knoxville and the Oak Ridge National Lab with Prof. George M. Pharr.

Since 2020, he is head of the Institute for Applied Materials – Mechanics of Materials and Interfaces (IAM-MMI) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

His research focusses on a mechanism-based understanding of plasticity, fatigue and fracture at the micron scale, particularly at single interfaces. For this purpose, he is using electron microscopy as well as advanced synchrotron techniques.

Christoph Kirchlechner was awarded with a promotion sub auspiciis praesidentis rei publicae (Austrian President), the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz prize (German Research Foundation) and with a ERC Consolidator Grant.



- Plasticity and fracture at the micron scale

- Mechanical properties of interfaces

- Damage of materials under complex loading scenarios

- in situ microstructure characterization

- Tomography (e.g. Laue Tomography)


since 01.2020 Head of the IAM-MMI and Professor for nanostructured functional materials
03.2013 - 12.2019 Group leader for Nano- and Micromechanics and deputy head of the SN-Department (Prof. Dehm), Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Düsseldorf
2018 Habilitation, Material Physics, University of Leoben
09.2012 - 03.2018 Assistant Professor at the University of Leoben
2003 - 2011 Material Science (Bachelor, Master, PhD) at the University of Leoben

[1] M.K. Kini, G. Dehm, C. Kirchlechner, Size dependent strength, slip transfer and slip compatibility in nanotwinned silver, Acta Materialia 184 (2020) 120-131.

[2] C. Tian, D. Ponge, L. Christiansen, C. Kirchlechner, On the mechanical heterogeneity in dual phase steel grades: Activation of slip systems and deformation of martensite in DP800, Acta Materialia 183 (2020) 274-284.

[3] A.K. Saxena, A. Kumar, M. Herbig, S. Brinckmann, G. Dehm, C. Kirchlechner, Micro fracture investigations of white etching layers, Materials and Design 180 (2019).

[4] J. Li, G. Dehm, C. Kirchlechner, How close can indents be placed without risking an erroneous pop-in statistics?, Materialia 7 (2019).

[5] V.G. Arigela, T. Oellers, A. Ludwig, C. Kirchlechner, G. Dehm, Development of a high-temperature micromechanics stage with a novel temperature measurement approach, Review of Scientific Instruments 90(7) (2019).

[6] J. Kacher, C. Kirchlechner, J. Michler, E. Polatidis, R. Schwaiger, H. Van Swygenhoven, M. Taheri, M. Legros, Impact of in situ nanomechanics on physical metallurgy, MRS Bulletin 44(6) (2019) 465-470.

[7] X. Fang, M. Rasinski, A. Kreter, C. Kirchlechner, C. Linsmeier, G. Dehm, S. Brinckmann, Plastic deformation of tungsten due to deuterium plasma exposure: Insights from micro-compression tests, Scripta Materialia 162 (2019) 132-135.

[8] N.V. Malyar, H. Springer, J. Wichert, G. Dehm, C. Kirchlechner, Synthesis and mechanical testing of grain boundaries at the micro and sub-micro scale, Materialpruefung/Materials Testing 61(1) (2019) 5-18.

[9] N.J. Peter, T. Frolov, M.J. Duarte, R. Hadian, C. Ophus, C. Kirchlechner, C.H. Liebscher, G. Dehm, Segregation-Induced Nanofaceting Transition at an Asymmetric Tilt Grain Boundary in Copper, Physical Review Letters 121(25) (2018).

[10] N.V. Malyar, B. Grabowski, G. Dehm, C. Kirchlechner, Dislocation slip transmission through a coherent Σ3{111} copper twin boundary: Strain rate sensitivity, activation volume and strength distribution function, Acta Materialia 161 (2018) 412-419.

[11] R. Soler, S. Gleich, C. Kirchlechner, C. Scheu, J.M. Schneider, G. Dehm, Fracture toughness of Mo2BC thin films: Intrinsic toughness versus system toughening, Materials and Design 154 (2018) 20-27.

[12] G. Dehm, B.N. Jaya, R. Raghavan, C. Kirchlechner, Overview on micro- and nanomechanical testing: New insights in interface plasticity and fracture at small length scales, Acta Materialia 142 (2018) 248-282.

[13] N.V. Malyar, G. Dehm, C. Kirchlechner, Strain rate dependence of the slip transfer through a penetrable high angle grain boundary in copper, Scripta Materialia 138 (2017) 88-91.

[14] N.V. Malyar, J.S. Micha, G. Dehm, C. Kirchlechner, Size effect in bi-crystalline micropillars with a penetrable high angle grain boundary, Acta Materialia 129 (2017) 312-320.

[15] N.V. Malyar, J.S. Micha, G. Dehm, C. Kirchlechner, Dislocation-twin boundary interaction in small scale Cu bi-crystals loaded in different crystallographic directions, Acta Materialia 129 (2017) 91-97.

[16] S. Djaziri, Y. Li, G.A. Nematollahi, B. Grabowski, S. Goto, C. Kirchlechner, A. Kostka, S. Doyle, J. Neugebauer, D. Raabe, G. Dehm, Deformation-Induced Martensite: A New Paradigm for Exceptional Steels, Advanced Materials 28(35) (2016) 7753-7757.