Program Period: 8/1/2017 – 7/31/2021
The field of “High-Entropy Alloys (HEAs)” originated in Taiwan. The number of papers concerning HEAs worldwide has grown rapidly since 2013, and Taiwan has been a leader in this field. In view of the numerous opportunities for academic research and industrial applications, many advanced and developing countries are devoting extensive funding to the development of this field. This has been reflected by the large increase in the number of papers, projects, conferences, special issues, and books on this subject.
This special program seeks to encourage materials scientists in Taiwan to research creative, innovative and breakthrough topics in high-entropy alloys through a team approach. The program’s goals are to pursue outstanding academic performance and develop industrial applications ushering in a new era HEAs for Taiwan and the world.
The program’s research topics for 2017 (first phase) included lightweight high-entropy alloys, nanoscale to large-scale deformation behavior and mechanisms, development of high-performance multiphase high-entropy alloys, high-entropy alloys able to withstand high temperature environments, and environment-induced damage of high-performance high-entropy alloys and damage prevention. The five main topics for 2018 (second phase) include development and performance evaluation of lightweight high-entropy alloys, development of high-performance multiphase high-entropy alloys, development of functional high-entropy alloys and related high-entropy materials, development of high-performance high-entropy composite materials, and environment-induced damage to high-performance high-entropy alloys and damage prevention. Research on all of these topics will make use of computer simulation and modeling.
The chief goals of this special field program include:
1. Academic and technological innovation, in-depth theoretical investigation, and attainment of academic excellence.
2. Integration of domestic equipment, manpower, and budgetary resources to ensure effective use of R&D capabilities.
3. Establishment of research teams, training of leadership and integration talent in order to achieve continuity.
4. Feasibility assessment, application of R&D results, and advancement of understanding.