Bo Sundman is professor emeritus at the Computational Thermodynamics (CT) division at the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) department at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). He graduated as a master in physics engineer at KTH in 1974, got a PhD in physical metallurgy in 1981, became a lecturer at KTH in 1986, assistant professor in 1994 and professor in 2000. After 2006 he was fully or partially on leave to work in France and other countries. From 2006 to 2009 he was at CIRIMAT at Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse and from 2009 at INSTN, CEA Saclay and together with Dr. Constantin Meis arranged an annual summer school on the use of thermodynamic calculations. He retired from KTH in 2012 and since then has worked part time as professor emeritus at INSTN, CEA Saclay and as distinguished visiting professor at the Central South University in Changsha, China.
The activities at the division of CT are devoted to the development of modelling of thermodynamic properties from atomistic properties, development of software and databases for thermodynamical calculations and the application of thermodynamics in process simulation. The Thermo-Calc (TC) software system was developed at the division. The databases are developed in cooperation with the Scientific Group Thermodata Europe (SGTE). As thermodynamics is an integral part of many fields of science, he got in contact with a large group of users of the Thermo-Calc software. Previously this has mainly been producers of steels, superalloys and other metals but recently also with users of metals and materials like ceramics, electronic materials, superconductors, nuclear materials etc. Many contacts are also interested in the use of thermodynamics in process simulation, corrosion, energy production, microstructure evolution etc.
Dr. Sundman has published more than 150 papers and received the Calphad “Triangle” Award 2002, the Hume-Rothery Award 2005 from IOM3 and a Humboldt senior researcher award in 2012. Together with Dr Leo Lukas and Dr Suzana G Fries he has written a book “Computational Thermodynamics, the Calphad Method” published by Cambridge University press in 2007.