Damien Tourret

Modelling and Simulation of Materials Processing

Damien Tourret received an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from INSA Toulouse (France) in 2006 and a PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from École des Mines de Paris (Mines ParisTech, France) in 2009. In 2017, he joined IMDEA Materials Institute to lead the research group on Modelling and Simulation of Materials Processing. Before joining IMDEA Materials, Damien was a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL, Los Alamos, NM, USA) from 2014 to 2017. He also held postdoctoral positions at the German Aerospace Center (DLR, Cologne, Germany) from 2010 to 2011 and at Northeastern University (Boston, MA, USA) from 2011 to 2014.


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His main research interests revolve around linking materials processing routes to microstructures and properties, with a particular emphasis on multi-scale modelling of solidification and phase transformations in metallurgical processing of metals and alloys.

  • Linking materials processing, structures, and properties
  • Microstructure selection, growth, and evolution in structural materials
  • Solidification processing (e.g. casting, welding, additive manufacturing)
  • Computational modeling and simulation, using phase-field and multiscale approaches
  • In situ imaging of metals and alloys microstructure (e.g. X-ray radio-/tomography)


  • Since 2017 Researcher at IMDEA Materials Institute, Spain
  • Since 2020 Adjunct Professor at University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain
  • 2014-2017 Postdoctoral Director’s Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  • 2011-2014 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Northeastern University, USA
  • 2010-2011 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, German Aerospace Center – DLR, Germany
  • 2006-2009 Research Assistant, Ecole des Mines de Paris, France
  • 2006 Research Assistant, EDF R&D, France


  • 2006-2009 PhD Materials Science and Engineering, MINES ParisTech, France
  • 2005-2006 MSc Mechanical Engineering, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse, France
  • 2000-2005 Engineering Degree, Mechanical Engineering, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse, France
  • 2020 Ramón y Cajal Fellowship, Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation
  • 2020 MPMD Young Leader Professional Development Award, TMS
  • 2019 Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship, European Commission
  • 2015 Postdoctoral Director’s Fellowship, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  • 2014 Top Discoveries in Microgravity Award by The American Astronautical Society
  • 2010 Grant for Young European Materials Science and Engineering Scientists from the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), the German Federation of Materials Science and Engineering (BV MatWerk) and the German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • 2006 PhD Fellowship by the French Ministry of Education, Research and Technology (MENRT)
  • Review Board, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A
  • Scientific Board, International Conference on Advances in Solidification Processes (ICASP)
  • Solidification Committee of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)
  • International symposia organisation: Frontiers in Solidification Science and Engineering @ TMS 2018 (Phoenix, AZ, USA, March 2018); Phase-Field Methods in Science and Engineering @ SES 2018 (Madrid, Spain, October 2018); Computational Thermodynamics and Kinetics @ TMS 2019 (San Antonio, TX, USA, March 2019); In Situ Characterization of Dynamic Phenomena During Materials Synthesis @ MRS Fall 2019 (Boston, MA, USA, December 2019); Interface-driven Phenomena in Condensed Matter Systems: Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Chemistry @ MMM 2020 (Baltimore, MD, USA, Oct 2020)