Liesbeth  Vanherpe


›› 01/01/2018
Open sourcing of BluePyMM, Blue Brain Python Cell Model Management.

›› 01/01/2018
Started working at ASML, Veldhoven, the Netherlands.

›› 05/12/2017 at 17:00
OSPF Concert, Eglise de Puplinge, Puplinge, Switzerland.

›› 05/11/2017 at 17:00
OSPF Concert, Eglise Notre Dame des Grâces, Lancy, Switzerland.

›› 03/11/2017 at 20:00
OSPF Concert, Salle Frank Martin, Geneva, Switzerland.

›› 11/2017
Release of the Simulation Neuroscience MOOC on the edX platform; I contributed to the development of the exercises.

›› 12-13/09/2017
HBP Young Researchers Event, Campus Biotech, Geneva, Switzerland.

›› 23/06/2017 at 19:00
OSPF concert, Fête de la Musique, Salle de spectacle de l'Institut International de Lancy, Grand-Lancy, Switzerland.

›› 06-09/06/2017
Human Brain Project Brain Simulation Platform Hackathon, Campus Biotech, Geneva, Switzerland.

›› 26/04/2017
Member of the 9th edition of the Réseau romand de mentoring pour femmes.

›› 09/04/2017 at 17:00
OSPF Concert, Eglise Notre Dame des Grâces, Lancy, Switzerland.

›› 07/04/2017 at 20:00
OSPF Concert, Temple de Coppet, Coppet, Switzerland.

›› 06-10/03/2017
Workshop on Big Data Management Systems in Business and Industrial Applications, Stuttgart, Germany; I'm a member of the program committee.


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Until October 2010, I worked at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Leuven, Belgium), where I defended my PhD thesis on the numerical modeling and simulation of grain growth.

Numerical modeling and simulation of grain growth

The microstructure of materials is often composed of multiple grains with different crystallographic orientations. Under certain conditions, the larger grains start to grow and the smaller grains shrink, increasing the mean grain size. Insight into this phenomenon, called grain growth, and its parameters is of great technological importance, since tailored grain size is often required to obtain materials with specific properties. Computer simulations are a practical tool in this study.

Phase field modelling is a versatile tool for simulating microstructural evolution phenomena. One type of phase field models is studied at the department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering of the K.U.Leuven. Unfortunately, realistic three-dimensional grain growth simulations with these models demand significant amounts of computation power. The goal of my research was therefore to develop efficient methods to perform these simulations. My research work involved partial differential equations, parallel computing, search for efficient algorithms, simulation and finding new materials science results through dedicated data analysis.

This research was conducted in collaboration with Nele Moelans, Stefan Vandewalle and Bart Blanpain.

Selected publications

Articles in internationally reviewed journals

Publications in international conference proceedings

  • N. Moelans, L. Vanherpe, J. Heulens, B. Rodiers, B. Blanpain, P. Wollants, S. Vandewalle, Quantitative phase-field modeling of microstructure evolution in multi-component and multi-phase alloys, Supplemental proceedings, Vol 2: Materials Characterization, Computation, Modeling and Energy, TMS 2010, Hume-Rothery Symposium: Configurational Thermodynamics of Materials, 399-410, February 2010
  • N. Moelans, A. Serbruyns, J. Heulens, B. Blanpain, P. Wollants, L. Vanherpe, S. Vandewalle and B. Rodiers, Quantitative phase-field simulations of coarsening and growth in complex systems, Discovery and Optimization of Materials through Computational Design, MS&T '08, 494-505, 2008