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Dr. Christoph Kenel

I was born in Switzerland and later got a B.S./M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from ETH Zurich in 2012.  For my Master thesis I joined the group of Christian Leinenbach at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa (Link: working on characterization of the deformation and failure mechanisms of high temperature brazed steel components. I returned to the Alloy Design for Advanced Processing Technologies (ADAPT) group later to work on development of oxide dispersion strengthened titanium aluminides for additive manufacturing as a PhD student until 2016. The project was performed in the frame of the multinational European Union FP7 project OXIGEN focusing on development of oxide dispersion strengthened alloys for high temperature components produced by additive manufacturing. I joined both the Dunand and Shah research groups early 2017 as a Postdoc funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.


My research at NU focusses on the densification mechanisms of 3D-printed micro-trusses upon reduction and sintering. For this we use synchrotron-based in situ X-ray diffraction and tomography to reveal the fundamentals of reduction, densification, and interdiffusion.



Dr. Sc. ETH Zurich


Phone: 847-491-5888
Address: Materials Science & Eng
2220 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

Select Honors

  1. Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellowship, Swiss National Science Foundation
  2. Larry Kaufman Scholarship for the CALPHAD XLIV Conference
  3. CALPHAD Poster Award for the best poster presented at the CALPHAD XLIV Conference
  4. Best Paper Award - 2014 SFF Symposium
  5. Willi Studer Prize for the best student in the Material Science Master programme 2013


  1. A. Lis, C. Kenel, C. Leinenbach: Characteristics of reactive Ni3Sn4 formation and growth in Ni-Sn interlayer systems, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A 47(2016):2596-2608.
  2. C. Kenel, P. Schloth, S.V. Petegem, J.L. Fife, D. Grolimund, A. Menzel, H. Van Swygenhofen, C. Leinenbach: In situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction and small angle X-ray scattering studies on rapidly heated and cooled Ti-Al and Al-Cu-Mg alloys using laser-based heating, JOM (2016):1–7.
  3. C. Kenel, D. Grolimund, J.L. Fife, V.A. Samson, S. Van Petegem, H. Van Swygenhoven, C. Leinenbach: Combined in situ synchrotron micro X-ray diffraction and high-speed imaging on rapidly heated and solidified Ti–48Al under additive manufacturing conditions, Scripta Materialia 114(2016):117-120. doi:10.1016/j.scriptamat.2015.12.009.
  4. C. Kenel, C. Leinenbach: Influence of Nb and Mo on microstructure formation of rapidly solidified ternary Ti-Al-(Nb, Mo) alloys. Intermetallics 11/2015; 2016(69):82. doi:10.1016/j.intermet.2015.10.018
  5. M. Koster, A. Lis, W.J. Lee, C. Kenel, C. Leinenbach: Influence of elastic–plastic base material properties on the fatigue and cyclic deformation behavior of brazed steel joints. International Journal of Fatigue 08/2015; 82: 49-59. doi:10.1016/j.ijfatigue.2015.07.029
  6. A.B. Spierings, C. Leinenbach, C. Kenel, K. Wegener: Processing of metal-diamond-composites using selective laser melting. Rapid Prototyping Journal 03/2015; 21(2015):130-136. doi:10.1108/RPJ-11-2014-0156
  7. C. Kenel, C. Leinenbach: Influence of cooling rate on microstructure formation during rapid solidification of binary Ti-Al alloys. Journal of Alloys and Compounds 03/2015; 637(2015):242-247. doi:10.1016/j.jallcom.2015.03.016
  8. M. Koster, C. Kenel, W.J. Lee, C. Leinenbach: Digital Image Correlation for the Characterization of Fatigue Damage Evolution in Brazed Steel Joints. Procedia Materials Science 12/2014; 3:1117-1122. doi:10.1016/j.mspro.2014.06.182
  9. M. Koster, C. Kenel, A. Stutz, W.J. Lee, A. Lis, C. Affolter, C. Leinenbach: Fatigue and cyclic deformation behavior of brazed steel joints. Materials Science and Engineering A 12/2013; 581: 90–97. doi:10.1016/j.msea.2013.05.083


March 31, 2017