Didier de Fontaine

Professor, Dept. of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering
469 Evans Hall
University of California, Berkeley CA 94720



  • M.S. (Metallurgical Engineering), University of Louvain (Belgium), 1955
  • Ph.D. (Materials Science), Northwestern University, 1967

  • Lecturer, Lovanium University, Congo, 1962-1963
  • Postdoctoral Research, Bell Telephone Laboratories, 1966-1968
  • Associate Professor of Materials Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 1969-1975
  • Professor of Materials Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 1976-1978
  • Visiting Professor, Ecole Polytechnique de Grenoble (France), Jan.-June 1979
  • Professor of Materials Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1979-1994
  • Associate Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 1981-1997
  • Emeritus Professor, University of California, Berkeley, 1994-present

    Research is in the area of phase transformations in alloys, crystallography and thermodynamics of phase changes, particularly ordering reactions and phase separation. Specifically: calculations of phase equilibria by combined quantum and statistical mechanical methods.


  • TMS Hume Rothery Award, 2010
  • Senior Visiting Fellow, Science Research Council, Oxford, 1974
  • Exceptional Creativity Awards, National Science Foundation, 1981 and 1985
  • Chairman, Physical Metallurgy, Gordon Research Conference, 1984
  • Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 1987
  • Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Metallurgy and Ceramics, U.S. DOE Awards, 1987 and 1990
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 1993
  • Awarded Berkeley Citation, 1994
  • Turnbull Award, Materials Research Society, 1995
  • Honorary Member, Japanese Institute of Metals, 2000
  • Fellow, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), 2003

  • Société Royale Belge des Ingénieurs et Industriels, 1955-present
  • American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, 1966-present
  • American Crystallographic Association, 1969-present
  • American Physical Society, 1975-present; elected Fellow, 1993
  • ASM Phase Transformation Committee, 1971-1973
  • TMS-AIME Chemistry and Physics of Metals Committee, 1981-1986
  • Hume-Rothery Award Committee, 1982-1984
  • Editorial Board of Phase Transitions, an international journal, 1980-1984
  • Advisory Editorial Board of Computational Materials Science, an international journal, 1991-present
  • Advisory Board, Northwestern University Materials Science Department, 2000-2002

    Over 225 publications in the fields of Materials Science and Condensed Matter Physics, including two major review articles for "Solid State Physics". Complete bibliography.


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