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«To receive an ECR means a lot to me. It tells me that my work is recognised for its quality and importance», says Postdoc researcher at CASA, Emil Christiansen. 

Emil Christiansen in front of the supermicroscopeTEM

Christiansen, who is one of three postdoc researcher awardees were supposed to receive the grant at ICAA17 (International Conference on Aluminium Alloys) in Grenoble, France, just before summer. The young awardees were supposed to give a 20 minutes plenary talk, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ICAA17 was postponed. Now the conference is going virtual 25-29 October.
«I am still going to hold a digital plenary 20-minute talk», says Christiansen.
The ICAA distribute awards to early career researchers based on the quality of their scientific research and on their ability to communicate these results.


The 29-year-old researcher is thrilled to receive an ECR. He thinks the award confirms that his work is recognised for its quality and importance.
«When working with so many great colleagues in the TEM Gemini Centre and in SFI CASA, it is easy to downplay your own efforts when comparing to others», he says.
Dr Christiansen obtained his PhD at the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) group of  Department of Physics at NTNU. Head of the group is Professor Randi Holmestad, who was Christiansen´s primary supervisor. Holmestad is also head of programme Lower Scale in SFI CASA. The Centre initiated and supported Christiansen´s PhD work.

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He defended his thesis titled “Nanoscale characterisation of deformed aluminium alloys” in September 2019.


The nomination letter for the ECR Award describes him like this: «Dr Christiansen is a dedicated and thorough experimentalist with an excellent overview and a deep understanding of his experimental work. He is excellent in data analysis, applying theories, and setting up simple simulation models to illustrate and shed light on different phenomena» (…).
Today Emil Christiansen works in a shared position as a Postdoctoral Fellow at CASA and head engineer at the NORTEM national infrastructure laboratories at the Department of Physics.
Currently, he is involved in several projects that include both industrial and academic partners.

The title of Christiansen digital plenary talk at ICAA17 is «Detailed investigation of the shearing mechanism of β″ precipitates in Al-Mg-Si alloys». His co-authors are Calin Daniel Marioara, Inga Ringdalen, Ruben Bjørge, Bjørn Holmedal, Odd Sture Hopperstad and Randi Holmestad.