Statut : Directeur de Recherche CNRS
Equipe : ERMEN

Curriculum Vitae

Directeur de Recherche – CNRS, Physics Institute, section 5

Groupe de Physique des Matériaux – UMR 6634 (University of Rouen)


Research field

Metallurgy, Ultrafine Grain Materials, Severe plastic deformation, Phase transformations


Prior activities and education

2010: « Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches », University of Rouen

2001-2002 : Post-doc at the Max-Planck-Institute of Stuttgart Germany

“HRTEM investigation of order fluctuations in Cu3Au close to the critical temperature”

1998-2001 : PhD in material science at the University of Rouen

Supervisor Prof. D. Blavette, “Phase transformations induced by SPD in steel cords and Cu/Nb nanocomposite materials”

1997: Master of Science: “Physics of materials” - University of Rouen

1996 : Agrégation de Génie Mécanique (Mechanics of materials) - ENS Cachan

1993-1996: Student of Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France)


Publication record

More than 70 scientific papers published in peer reviewed international journals, 4 book chapters and more than 35 conference proceeding papers.



- “Gold Medal Award” in 2004 from TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society), for the oral presentation performed at the UFG III symposium of the TMS 2004 Annual Meeting in Charlotte (USA).

- Médaille Jean Rist in 2009 from SF2M (Société Française Métallurgie et de Matériaux)

- FEMS Young Lecturer Award in 2010 (Federation of European Materials Societies)


Experimental skills and expertise

Characterization Techniques in Material Science

- Atom Probe Tomography (APT)

- Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)


Physics of Materials

- Phase transformations, thermodynamics, diffusion, precipitation

- Mechanics of materials, relationships between microstructure and mechanical properties

- Material processing, Severe Plastic Deformation (SPD)


Research fields

- Severe plastic deformation of metallic alloys

- Properties and structures of cast alloys

- Stability of metallic nanostructures

- Phase transformations induced by SPD

- Deformation mechanisms in nanostructured materials



Selection of publications from the past 3 years



Design and synthesis of a magnesium alloy for room temperature hydrogen storage

Kaveh Edalati, Ryoko Uehiro, Yuji Ikeda, Hai-Wen Li, Hoda Emami, Yaroslav Filinchuk, Makoto Arita, Xavier Sauvage, Isao Tanaka, Etsuo Akiba and Zenji Horita

Acta Materialia 149 (2018) 88-96


Phase transformation and grain growth in nanograined aluminum oxide by straining via high-pressure torsion

Ikuro Fujita, Kaveh Edalati, Xavier Sauvage and Zenji Horita

Scripta Materialia 152 (2018) 11–14


Ultra-severe plastic deformation: Evolution of microstructure and phase transformations in immiscible systems

Kaveh Edalati, Ryoko Uehiro, Keisuke Fujiwara, Yuji Ikeda, Hai-Wen Li, Xavier Sauvage, Ruslan Z. Valiev, Etsuo Akiba, Isao Tanaka, Zenji Horita

Materials Science and Engineering: A 701 (2017) 158-166


Room-Temperature Superplasticity in an Ultrafine-Grained Magnesium Alloy

Kaveh Edalati, Takahiro Masuda, Makoto Arita, Mitsuaki Furui, Xavier Sauvage, Zenji Horita and Ruslan Z. Valiev

Scientific Reports 7 (2017) 2662.


Impact of the nanostructuration on the corrosion resistance and hardness of irradiated 316L austenitic stainless steels

E. Hug, R. Prasath Babu, I. Monnet, A. Etienne, F. Moisy, V. Pralong, N. Enikeev, M. Abramova, X. Sauvage, B. Radiguet

Applied Surface Science 392 (2017) 1026–1035.


Grain boundary stability governs hardening and softening in extremely fine nanograined metals

J. Hu, Y. N. Shi, X. Sauvage, G. Sha, K. Lu

Science 24 Mar 2017: Vol. 355, Issue 6331, pp. 1292-1296


Mechanisms of deformation induced precipitation in the Al-Cu system

Y. Nasedkina, X. Sauvage, E. Bobruk, M. Murashkin

Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Volume 710 (2017) pages 736–747


Origin of the influence of Cu or Ag micro-additions on the age hardening behavior of ultrafine grain Al-Mg-Si alloys

Xavier Sauvage, Seungwon Lee, Kenji Matsuda and Zenji Horita

Journal of Alloys and Compounds 710 (2017) 199-204


Precipitation and Hardness of Carbonitrides in a CrMnFeCoNi High Entropy Alloy

Mathilde Laurent-Brocq, Xavier Sauvage, Alfiya Akhatova, Loïc Perrière, Eric Leroy, Yannick Champion

Advanced Engineering Materials 19, No. 5 (2017) 1600715.


Nanostructured Al and Cu alloys with superior strength and electrical conductivity

M.Yu. Murashkin, I. Sabirov, X. Sauvage, R.Z. Valiev

J Mater Sci 51 (2016) p. 33–49.


Mechanical and electrical properties of an ultrafine grained Al–8.5 wt. % RE (RE=5.4wt.% Ce, 3.1wt.% La) alloy processed by severe plastic deformation

M. Murashkin, I. Sabirov, A. Medvedev, N. Enikeev, W. Lefebvre, R. Valiev, X. Sauvage

Materials and Design 90 (2016) 433–442.


Tailoring the mechanical properties of steel sheets using FeC films and diffusion annealing

E. Cantergiani, A. Fillon, B. Lawrence, X. Sauvage, M. Perez, C.P. Scott, A. Weck

Materials Science & Engineering A 657 (2016) 291–298.


Low weight steel-magnesium composites achieved by powder compaction

Julien Nguyen, Frédéric Douville, Olivier Bouaziz, Xavier Sauvage

MaterialsScience & Engineering A660 (2016) 77–83.


A direct evidence of solute interactions with a moving ferrite/austenite interface in a model Fe-C-Mn alloy

F. Danoix, X. Sauvage, D. Huin, L. Germain, M. Gouné

Scripta Materialia 121 (2016) 61–65


Metallurgical mechanisms involved in the static strain ageing of heavily drawn pearlitic steel wires

A. Lamontagne, V. Massardier, X. Kléber, X. Sauvage, D. Mari

MaterialsScience & Engineering A667 (2016) 115–124.


On the direct nucleation and growth of ferrite and cementite without austenite

A. Fillon, X. Sauvage, B. Lawrence, C. Sinclair, M. Perez, A. Weck, E. Cantergiani, T. Epicier, C.P. Scott

Scripta Materialia 95 (2015) pp. 35–38.


Insights into the phase diagram of the CrMnFeCoNi high entropy alloy

Mathilde Laurent-Brocq, Alfiya Akhatova, Loïc Perrière, Siham Chebini, Xavier Sauvage, Eric Leroy, Yannick Champion

Acta Materialia 88 (2015) 355–365


Microstructural heterogeneity and its relationship to the strength of martensite

G. Badinier, C. W. Sinclair, X. Sauvage, X. Wang, V. Bylik, M. Gouné, F. Danoix

Materials Science & Engineering A638 (2015) 329–339.


Comparative study and quantification of cementite decomposition in heavily drawn pearlitic steel wires

A. Lamontagne, V. Massardier-Jourdan, X. Kléber, X. Sauvage, D. Mari

Materials Science&Engineering A644 (2015) 105–113.


Optimization of electrical conductivity and strength combination by nanoscale structure design in an Al-Mg-Si alloy

X. Sauvage, E.V. Bobruk, M.Yu. Murashkin, Y. Nasedkina, N.A. Enikeev, R.Z. Valiev

Acta Materialia, Volume 98, 1 October 2015, Pages 355-366.


Ultrafine grained structures resulting from deformation induced phase transformation in Al-Zn alloys

X. Sauvage, M. Yu. Murashkin, B. B. Straumal, R. Z. Valiev

Adv. Eng. Mater. 17 (2015) No. 12, pp. 1821-1827.