Bo Sundman



I am professsor emeritus at the Computational Thermodynamics (CT) division at the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) department at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). I graduated as a physics engineer at KTH in 1974, got a PhD in physical metallurgy in 1981, become lecturer at KTH in 1986, assistant professor in 1994 and professor in 2000 and I am retired since 2012. The head of the CT division is now professor Malin Selleby

The activities at the division of CT are devoted to the development of modelling of thermodynamic properties from atomistic properties, development of software and databases for thermodynamical calculations and the application of thermodynamics in process simulation. The Thermo-Calc (TC) software system was developed at the division. A free but limited version of this software can be downloaded here.. The databases are developed in cooperation with Scientific Group Thermodata Europe (SGTE). As thermodynamics is an integral part of many fields of science I have contacts with a large group of users of the Thermo-Calc software. Originally this was mainly producers of steels and other metals but recently there are also users of metals and other types of materials like ceramics, electronics, superconductors, nuclear fuels etc. Many contacts are also interested in the use of thermodynamics in process simulation, corrosion, energy production, microstructure evolution etc.

I have published more than 170 papers listed here and received the Calphad "Triangle" Award 2002, the Hume-Rothery Award 2005 from IOM3, UK, a Humbolt Senior researcher Award 2012, Germany and the NIMS Award 2017, Japan . My CV can be found here

Together with Leo Lukas and Suzana Fries I have written a book "Computational Thermodynamics, the Calphad Method" published by Cambridge University press. There is a web page with additional materials for the book here

In the 2008 international evaluation of researchers at KTH I found that I have a paper among the top 10 cited papers published by KTH researchers since 1975 and also a paper among the top 10 cited papers published by KTH researchers since 2000

Since 2006 I have been on leave to work at in France, for 3 years I was at CIRIMAT, ENSIACET in Toulouse and between 2009-11 at INSTN, CEA Saclay. Together with Constantin Meis I arranged an exciting winter school on Fundamentals of Thermodynamic Modelling of Materials in 2009.

Since September 2012 I am retired and work on a free thermodynamic software, OpenCalphad. I have written a short presentation of this software.

The beginnings of a tutorial on phase diagrams

Last update August 2018