Alan Savan, M.Sc.

Alan Savan, M.Sc.

Room: IAN 01/03
Phone: +49 (0)234-32-29398


Alan Savan studied electrical engineering and materials science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in Cambridge, USA and graduated in 1980 with bachelor's degrees in both fields. In 1982 he earned his master's degree as an engineer of materials science at Stanford University. Subsequently, he works for the company Plasma-Therm inc. in the area of reactive ion etch (RIE) and plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). In 1983 he joined Vaian Associates in Palo Alto, California as a process development engineer for physical vapor deposition (PVD). In 1986, he moved to the Dutch department of Varian Benelux in Amsterdam, where he continued his work on the process control of PVD and CVD processes. After starting his work at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) in 1990 and further work on micro- and nanostructured materials, in 2004 he joined the research group for combinatorial material research of Prof. Dr.-Ing. A. Ludwig.


T. Löffler, A. Savan, A. Garzón-Manjón, M. Meischein, C. Scheu, A. Ludwig, W. Schuhmann (2019)
Towards a Paradigm Shift in Electrocatalysis Using Complex Solid Solution Nanoparticles
ACS Energy Lett., 2019, 4, 5, 1206-1214, DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.9b00531

T. Löffler, H. Meyer, A. Savan, P. Wilde, A. Garzón-Manjón, Y.T. Chen, E. Ventosa, C. Scheu, A. Ludwig, W. Schuhmann (2018)
Discovery of a multinary noble metal free oxygen reduction catalyst
Adv. Energy Mater. 1802269. DOI: 10.1002/aaenm.201802269

Z. Li, A. Ludwig, A. Savan, H.Springer, D. Raabe (2018)
Combinatorial metallurgical sythesis and processing of high-entropy alloys
Journal of Materials Research, DOI: 10.1557/jmr.2018.214

Y. Li, A. Kostka, A. Savan, A. Ludwig (2018)
Atomic-scale investigation of fast oxidation kinetics of nanocrystalline CrMnFeNiCo thin films
J. Alloys and Compounds 766, 1080-1085DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2018.07.048

O. Kasian, S. Geiger, M. Schalenbach, A. Mingers, A. Savan, A. Ludwig, S. Cherevko, K.J.J. Mayrhofer (2018)
Using instability of a non-stoichiometric mixed oxide oxygen evolution catalyst as a tool to improve its electrocatalytic peformance
Electrocatalysis (2018) 9:139-145

Y. J. Li, A. Savan, A. Kostka, H. S. Stein, A. Ludwig (2018) 
Accelerated atomic-scale exploration of phase evolution in compositionally complex materials
Materials Horizons 5, pp 86 - 92, DOI: 10.1039/c7mh00486a!divAbstract

O. Kasian, S. Geiger, M. Schalenbach, A. Mingers, A. Savan, A. Ludwig, S. Cherevko, K. J. J. Mayrhofer (2017) 
Using instability of a non-stoichiometric mixed oxide oxygen evolution catalyst as a tool to improve its electrocatalytic performance
Electrocatalysis, pp 1-7

V. Nikolic, S.Wurster, A. Savan, A. Ludwig, R. Pippan (2017)
High-throughput study of binary thin film tungsten alloys
International Journal of Refractory Metals & Hard Materials, Vol. 69, pp 40-48, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrmhm.2017.07.017

J.-P. Grote, A. R.Zeradjanin, S. Cherevko, A.Savan, B. Breitbach, A. Ludwig, K. J.J.Mayrhofer (2016)
Screening of material libraries for electrochemical CO2 reduction catalysts – Improving selectivity of Cu by mixing with Co
Journal of Catalysis, Vol. 343, pp: 248-256, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2016.02.026

Y. Motemani, C. Khare, A. Savan, M. Hans, A. Paulsen, J. Frenzel, C. Somsen, F. Mücklich, G. Eggeler, A. Ludwig (2016)
Nanostructured Ti–Ta thin films synthesized by combinatorial glancing angle sputter deposition
Nanotechnology, Vol. 27 (49), p 13, DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/27/49/495604

O. Kasiana, S. Geiger, P. Stock, G. Polymeros, B. Breitbach, A. Savan, A. Ludwig, S. Cherevkoa, K. J. J. Mayrhofer (2016)
On the Origin of the Improved Ruthenium Stability in RuO2–IrO2 Mixed Oxides
Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol. 163 (11), pp F3099-F3104, DOI: 10.1149/2.0131611jes

P. Decker, H. S. Stein, S. Salomon, F. Brüssing, A. Savan, S. Hamann, A. Ludwig (2016) 
Structural and Multifunctional Properties of Magnetron-Sputtered Fe-P-Mn Thin Films
accepted by Thin Solid Films DOI: 10.1016/j.tsf.2016.02.023

S. Cherevko, S. Geiger, O. Kasian, N. Kulyk, J.-P. Grote, A. Savan, B. R. Shrestha, S. Merzlikin, B. Breitbach, A. Ludwig, K.J.J. Mayrhofer (2016) 
Oxygen and hydrogen evolution reactions on Ru, RuO2, Ir, and IrO2 thin film electrodes in acidic and alkaline electrolytes: A comparative study on activity and stability 
Catalysis Today, Vol. 262, 170–180 DOI:10.1016/j.cattod.2015.08.014

S. Salomon, S. Hamann, P. Decker, A. Savan, L. Meshi, A. Ludwig (2015) 
Combinatorial synthesis and high-throughput characterization of the thin film materials system Co–Mn–Ge: Composition, structure, and magnetic properties 
Physica Status Solidi, Vol. 212, Issue 9, 1969-1974 DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201532075

A. Mardare, A. Ludwig, A. Savan, A. Hassel (2014)
Electrochemistry on binary valve metal combinatorial libraries: niobium-tantalum thin films, Electrochimica 
Acta Vol. 140, 366-375, DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2014.02.138

A.K. Schuppert, A. Savan, A. Ludwig, K.J.J. Mayrhofer (2014)
Potential-resolved dissolution of Pt-Cu: A thin-film material library study
Electrochimica Acta 144, 332–340, DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2014.07.113

A.K. Schuppert, A.A. Topalov, A. Savan, A. Ludwig, K.J.J. Mayrhofer (2014)
Composition-dependent oxygen reduction activity and stability of Pt-Cu thin-films
ChemElectroChem 2, 358-361, DOI: 10.1002/celc.201300078

A.I. Mardare, A. Ludwig, A. Savan, A.W. Hassel (2014)
Properties of anodic oxides grown from a Hafnium-Tantalum-Titanium thin film library
Sci. Technol. Adv. Mater. 15, 015006, DOI: 10.1088/1468-6996/15/1/015006

S. Borhani-Haghighi, M. Kieschnick, Y. Motemani, A. Savan, D. Rogalla, H.-W. Becker, J. Meijer, A. Ludwig (2013)
High-Throughput Compositional and Structural Evaluation of a Lia(NixMnyCoz)Or Thin Film Battery Materials Library
ACS Comb. Sci. 2013, 15, 401−409, DOI: 10.1021/co4000166

A. I. Mardare, A. Ludwig, A. Savan, A.W. Hassel (2013)
Scanning droplet cell microscopy on a wide range hafnium–niobium thin film combinatorial library
Electrochimica Acta 110, 539-549, DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2013.03.065

C. Khare, K. Sliozberg, R. Meyer, A. Savan, W. Schuhmann, A. Ludwig (2013)
Layered WO3/TiO2 nanostructures with enhanced photocurrent densities
Int. J. Hydr. Energy, Vol. 38, Iss.: 36, 15954-15964, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2013.09.142

S. Hamann, H. Brunken, S. Salomon, A. Savan, A. Ludwig (2013)
Synthesis of Au micro wire-arrays by selective oxidation of Au-W thin film composition spreads
Science and Technology of Advanced Materials 14 015003, DOI: 10.1088/1468-6996/14/1/015003

R. Zarnetta, P.J.S. Buenconsejo, A. Savan, S. Thienhaus, A. Ludwig (2012) 
High-throughput study of martensitic transformations in the complete Ti–Ni–Cu system
Intermetallics 26, 98-109, DOI: 10.1016/j.intermet.2012.03.044

P.J.S. Buenconsejo, A. Siegel, A. Savan, S. Thienhaus, A. Ludwig (2012)  
Preparation of 24 ternary thin film materials libraries on a single substrate in one experiment for irreversible high-throughput studies
ACS Comb. Sci. 14, 25-30, DOI: 10.1021/co2001263

A. Abboud, S. Send, R. Hartmann, L. Strüder, A. Savan, A. Ludwig, N. Zotov, U. Pietsch (2011)
Applications of an energy-dispersive pnCCD for X-ray reflectivity: Investigation of interdiffusion in Fe–Pt multilayers
Phys. Status Solidi A 208, No. 11, 2601–2607, DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201184268

H. Brunken, D. Grochla, A. Savan, M. Kieschnick, J. D. Meijer, A. Ludwig (2011)
Combinatorial investigation of Fe–B thin-film nanocomposites 
Sci. Technol. Adv. Mater. 12 054208, DOI: 10.1088/1468-6996/12/5/054208

Y.W. Lai, M. Krause, A. Savan, S. Thienhaus, N. Koukourakis, M.R. Hofmann, A. Ludwig (2011)
High-throughput characterization of film thickness in thin film materials libraries by digital holographic microscopy
Sci. Technol. Adv. Mater. 12 (2011) 054201, DOI: 10.1088/1468-6996/12/5/054202

J. Sonntag, P. Ziolkowski, A. Savan, M. Kieschnick, A. Ludwig (2011)
High-throughput characterization of the Seebeck coefficient of a-(Cr1-xSix)1-yOy thin film materials libraries as verification of the extended thermopower formula
J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 23, 265501, DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/23/26/265501

N. Zotov, J. Feydt, A. Savan, A. Ludwig, J. von Borany (2011)
Interdiffusion in Fe/Pt Multilayers: In situ high temperature synchrotron radiation reflectivity study
Adv. Engineering Materials 13, 475-479, DOI: 10.1002/adem.201000358

D. König, R. Zarnetta, A. Savan, H. Brunken, A. Ludwig (2011)
Phase transformation, structural and functional fatigue properties of Ti Ni Hf shape memory thin films
Acta Materialia 59, 3267–3275, DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2011.01.066

D. Schäfer, C. Mardare, A. Savan, M.D. Sanchez, B. Mei, W. Xia, M. Muhler, A. Ludwig, W. Schuhmann (2011)
High-throughput characterization of Pt supported on thin film oxide material libraries applied in the oxygen reduction reaction
Analytical Chemistry Volume:83 Issue: 6 Pages:1916-1923, DOI: 10.1021/ac102303u

V.S. Vidyarthi, M. Hofmann, A. Savan, K. Sliozberg, D. König, R. Beranek, W. Schuhmann, A. Ludwig (2011)
Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Properties of WO3 Thin Films Fabricated by Reactive Magnetron Sputtering
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 36, 4724-4731, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2011.01.087

R. Meyer, S. Hamann, M. Ehmann, D. König, S. Thienhaus, A. Savan, A. Ludwig (2011)
Small Scale Deposition of Thin Films and Nanoparticles by Micro-Evaporation Sources
JMEMS 19, 1264-1269, DOI: 10.1109/JMEMS.2010.2090506

P.J.S. Buenconsejo, R. Zarnetta, D. König, A. Savan, S. Thienhaus, A. Ludwig (2011)
A New Prototype Two-Phase (TiNi)-(β-W) SMA System with Tailorable Thermal Hysteresis
Advanced Functional Materials 21, 113 - 118, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201001697

S. Hamann, M. E. Gruner, S. Thienhaus, A. Savan, A. Ludwig (2011) 
Combinatorial Development of Fe-Pd-X thin film systems with improved intrinsic properties
3rd International Conference on Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloys, Dresden, 18.-22.07.2011

H. Brunken, C. Somsen, A. Savan, A. Ludwig (2010)
Microstructure and magnetic properties of ferromagnetic protective nanocomposite coatings prepared by annealing of FeCo/Ti multilayers in nitrogen
Thin Solid Films 519, 770-774, DOI: 10.1016/j.tsf.2010.09.008

S. Hamann, M. E. Gruner, S. Irsen, J. Buschbeck, C. Bechtold, I. Kock, S. G. Mayr,g, A. Savan, S. Thienhaus, E. Quandt, S. Fähler, P. Entel, A. Ludwig (2010)
The ferromagnetic shape memory system Fe-Pd-Cu
Acta Materialia 58, 5949-5961, DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2010.07.011

R. Zarnetta, M. Ehmann, A. Savan, A. Ludwig (2010)
Identification of optimized Ti-Ni-Cu shape memory alloy compositions for thin film microactuator applications
Smart Mater. Struct. 19 065032, DOI: 10.1088/0964-1726/19/6/065032

R. Zarnetta, R. Takahash, V. Srivastava, M. L. Young, A. Savan, Y. Furuya, S. Thienhaus, B. Maaß, M. Rahim, J. Frenzel, H. Brunken, Y. S. Chu, R. D. James, I. Takeuchi, G. Eggeler, A. Ludwig (2010)
Identification of quaternary shape memory alloys with Near-Zero thermal hysteresis and unprecedented functional stability
Advanced Functional Materials, Volume 20 Issue 12, Pages 1917 - 1923, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.200902336

A. I. Mardare, A. Ludwig, A. Savan, A. D. Wieck, A. W. Hassel (2010)
Combinatorial investigation of Hf-Ta thin films and their anodic oxides
Electrochimica Acta, Vol. 55, Iss. 27, 7884-7891, DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2010.03.066

N. Zotov, R. Hiergeist, A. Savan, A. Ludwig (2010)
Effects of Annealing Time on the Structural and Magnetic Properties of L10 FePt Thin Films
Thin Solid Films 518 4977–4985, DOI: 10.1016/j.tsf.2010.03.076

C.C. Madare, M. Spiegel, A. Savan, A. Ludwig (2009) 
Thermally oxidised Mn-Co thin films for application as protective coatings for SOFC interconnects
Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol. 156, Issue 12, B1431-B1439, DOI: 10.1149/1.3240597

A.I. Mardare, A. Savan, A. Ludwig, A.D. Wieck, A.W. Hassel (2009)
High-throughput synthesis and characterization of anodic oxides on Nb-Ti alloys
Electrochimica Acta 54, 5973–5980, DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2009.02.104

A.I. Mardare, A. Savan, A. Ludwig, A.D. Wieck, A.W. Hassel (2009)
A combinatorial passivation study on Ta-Ti alloys
Corrosion Science, Vol. 51 (7), 1519-1527, DOI: 10.1016/j.corsci.2008.12.003

A.I. Mardare, A. Ludwig, A. Savan, A. Wieck, A.W. Hassel (2009)
High throughput study of the anodic oxidation of Hf-Ti thin films
Electrochimica Acta 54, 5171-5178, DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2009.01.016

C. Mardare, M. Spiegel, A. Savan, A. Ludwig (2008)
Investigation of thin coatings from Mn-Co-Fe system deposited by PVD on metallic interconnects for SOFC Applications
Materials Science Forum, 595-598, 797-804, DOI: 10.4028/

C.C. Mardare, H. Asteman, M. Spiegel, A. Savan, A. Ludwig (2008)
Investigation of thermally oxidised Mn-Co thin films for application in SOFC metallic interconnects
Appl. Surf. Sci. 255 5, 1850-1859, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2008.06.052

A. Ludwig, R. Zarnetta, S. Hamann, A. Savan, S. Thienhaus (2008)
Development of multifunctional thin films using high-throughput experimentation methods
International Journal of Materials Research 99 (10), 1144-1149, DOI:10.3139/146.101746

S. Hamann, M. Ehmann, S. Thienhaus, A. Savan, A. Ludwig (2008)
Micro-hotplates for high-throughput thin film processing and in situ phase transformation characterization
Sensors and Actuators A, 147, 576 - 582, DOI: 10.1016/j.sna.2008.05.007

R. Löbel, A. Savan, S. Thienhaus, A. Ludwig (2008)
Combinatorial fabrication and high-throughput characterization of a Ti-Ni-Cu shape memory thin film composition spread
Materials Science and Engineering A 481-482, 151-155, DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2007.02.168

R. Zarnetta, A. Savan, S. Thienhaus, A. Ludwig (2008)
Combinatorial Development of Ti-Ni-X Shape Memory Thin Film Actuators
Actuator 2008, conference proceedings

S. Hamann, A. Savan, S. Thienhaus, A. Ludwig (2008)
Combinatorial Development of Fe-Pd-Mn Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Thin Films
Actuator 2008, conference proceedings

C.C. Mardare, A. Savan, A. Ludwig, M. Spiegel (2008)
Investigation of the protective properties of Mn-Co-Fe Spinel films deposited by magnetron sputtering on ferritic stainless steel for SOFC Applications
Proceedings of the 8th European SOFC Forum, DOI: 10.4028/

C. C. Mardare, M. Spiegel, A. Savan, A. Ludwig (2008)
Investigation of Thin Film Mn-Co-Fe Spinel Oxide Coatings Deposited by RF-Magnetron Sputtering on Metallic Interconnects for SOFC Applications
TMS 2008 Annual Meeting Supplemental Proceedings, Vol I: Materials Processing and Properties, 567-572

R. Zarnetta , A. Savan, S. Thienhaus, A. Ludwig (2007)
Combinatorial study of phase transformation characteristics of a Ti–Ni–Pd shape memory thin film composition spread in view of microactuator applications 
Applied Surface Science 254, 743-748, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2007.03.074

A. Ludwig, J. Cao, A. Savan, M. Ehmann (2007)
High-throughput characterization of hydrogen storage materials using thin films on micromachined Si substrates
Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 446-447, 516-521, DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2007.01.069

N. Zotov, J. Feydt, A. Savan, A. Ludwig (2006)
Interdiffusion in Fe-Pt multilayers 
Journal of Applied Physics 100, 073517, 1-11, DOI: 10.1002/adem.201000358

A. Ludwig, N. Zotov, A. Savan, S. Groudeva-Zotova (2006)
Investigation of hard magnetic properties in the Fe-Pt system by combinatorial deposition of thin film multilayer libraries 
Applied Surface Science 252, 2518-2523, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2005.04.058

S. Groudeva-Zotova, H. Karl, A. Savan, J. Feydt, B. Wehner, T. Walther, N. Zotov, B. Stritzker, A. Ludwig (2006)
Structural and magnetic characteristics of FeCo thin films modified by combinatorial ion implantation 
Thin Solid Films 495, 169-174, DOI: 10.1016/j.tsf.2005.08.279

S. Thienhaus, R. Hiergeist, A. Savan, A. Ludwig (2006)
Design and application of gradient annealing devices for the parallel thermal processing of Fe/Pt multilayers 
MRS Proceedings, Vol. 894, DOI: 10.1557/PROC-0894-LL01-04