Dr. Paraskevas Kontis

Group Leader

High Performance Alloys for Extreme Environments



I'm Paraskevas Kontis, head of the of the High Performance Alloy for Extreme Environments group in Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung. 

Our group focuses on investigating the physical interactions between solutes and crystal defects and providing a fundamental understanding of the structure-chemistry relationship in metallic alloys at the atomic level, by exploiting a framework of high-end microscopy and microanalysis.

Understanding how solutes and defects interact will unlock new alloy design strategies and pave the way towards solving complex engineering and material design problems, that limit the operating temperature and hence the efficiency and environmental character of aero-engines. Primary goal is to design alloys that will allow the use of hydrogen as a fuel, aiming to make true the zero emissions dream.

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July 2020-Present

Group Leader

August 2018-June 2020

Deputy Group Leader

Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung

Atom Probe Tomography group

Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung

High Performance Alloys for Extreme Environments group

July 2016-Present

Postdoctoral Researcher

Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung

Department of Microstructure Physics and Alloy Design

May 2016-July 2016

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Oxford

Department of Engineering, Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering


DPhil Research

University of Oxford

Department of Materials



Max-Planck-Strasse 1

40237 Düsseldorf



Tel: +49 (0) 211 6792 938

Email: p.kontis(at)mpie.de

© 2020 by Paraskevas Kontis