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1975: Master of science (Bergsingenjör), Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

1981: TeknD in physical metallurgy; “Computer simulations of diffusional reactions in multicomponent alloys with special applications to steel”, supervisor: Prof. Mats Hillert

1981-1982: Scientist at ManLabs Inc., Massachusetts USA

1986: Docent in physical metallurgy

2019 – : Visiting professor at Northwestern University, USA

2020-: Professor Emeritus Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Earlier positions

1982: Research associate, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

1983 (fall): Acting professor in physical metallurgy, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

1983 - 1993: Department head of physical metallurgy, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

1988 - 1990: Acting professor in mechanical metallurgy, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

1991-2017: Chaired Professor at Materials Science and Engineering (fullmaktsprofessur), Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden 70% research in position.



Statistics of graduate education.

Main supervisor for 30 graduated PhDs

Main supervisor for 3 PhD-students at present


 International Prizes/Awards/Academy memberships

2005: honorary chairman of the International Conference on Diffusion in Solids and Liquids, Aveiro,

2006: member of IVA (Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences)

2011: Hume-Rothery Award, presented by the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (USA).

2011: Fellow of ASM (USA)

2012: The Sefström medal

2013: The Jacob Wallenberg Foundation Award

2017: The NIMS award (Japan)

2018: Member of NAE (US National Academy of Engineering)

2019: The Gibbs Triangle award

2020: ASM Gold medal

2021: The Gibbs Award (ASM)


Leadership experience

1993 - 1997: Department head of Materials Science and Eng., Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

1995 - 1999: Member of directory board of the Swedish Institute for Metals Research, Sweden

1996 – 1998, 2004-2006: Director of the Brinell Centre- Inorganic Interfacial Engineering, a Vinnova competence centre.

1997 - 2006: Member of directory board of the Consortium for materials technology for thermal power generation

1999 - 2003: Chairman of graduate studies in mechanical and materials engineering at Royal Institute of Technology

2003-2006: Member of KTH faculty board

2007- 2012: Director of Vinnova Excellence centre – Hero-m


Further Academic, Professional and Entrepreneurial Activities

1997: One of the founders of Thermo-Calc Software company

1997 – 2000: Member of directory board of Thermo-Calc Software AB

2001 - present: Chairman of the directory board of Thermo-Calc Software AB

Reviewer of research proposals for TFR 1998-2000

Reviewer of research proposals for the Swedish Research Council 2001 – 2002, 2004, 2007

Reviewer of research proposal for Fundamenteel Onderzoek der Materie (The Netherlands) 1999

Member of scientific advisory board of Max Planck Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart 2006-2009

Member of scientific advisory board of Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science, Leoben, 2008-2013

Member of organizing committee (chairman of 2) of 5 international conferences in Stockholm

Guest scientist at Max Planck Institut fur Eisenforschung, Dusseldorf, periods of time 1988-1990

Member of the “Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) Committee”, TMS, 2009-

2013-2014 Responsible for WG Education in KIC EIT RawMaterials proposal

2015 – Member of Board of Governors Acta Materialia


Organisation of International conferences in the field of the applicant (membership

in the steering and/or programme committee)

2002: Calphad XXXI, May 5-11, Stockholm, Sweden (B. Sundman and J. Ågren chairs)

2005: PTM 2005, May 29-June 3, Phoenix, USA (member in international advisory committee)

2006: International Symposium on Inorganic Interfacial Engineering, June 20-21, Stockholm, Sweden (L. Bergström and J. Ågren Chairs)

2004: Hillert symposium on thermodynamics and kinetics of migrating interfaces in steels and other complex alloys, Dec 2-4, Stockholm, Sweden, (chair)

2008: DIMAT 2008, Oct 28-31, Lanzarote, Spain (member in international scientific committee)

2010: PTM 2010, June 6-11, Avignon, France (member in international scientific committee)

2019: EUROMAT 2019, Sept 1-5, Stockholm, Sweden (member of Scientific committee)


Memberships to Editorials Boards of International Journals

previous Member of Editorial board of J. of Mater. Sci. and Eng.  

previous Member of Editorial board of J. Refractory Metals and Hard Materials,

previous Associate editor of J. of Phase Equilibria and diffusion


Scientific publications

Ågren has published more than 200 journal articles within the areas of phase transformations, diffusion and thermodynamics with an emphasis towards modelling and simulations. Ågren’s expertise covers a wide range of materials such as steels, super alloys, cemented carbides as well as topics like powder-metallurgical processing and heat treatment of steels.


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