Metalloid substitution elevates simultaneously the strength and ductility of face-centered-cubic high-entropy alloys

Daixiu Wei, Liqiang Wang, Yongjie Zhang, Wu Gong, Tomohito Tsuru, Ivan Lobzenko, Jing Jiang, Stefanus Harjo, Takuro Kawasaki, Jae Wung Bae, Wenjun Lu, Zhen Lu, Yuichiro Hayasaka, Takanori Kiguchi, Norihiko L. Okamoto, Tetsu Ichitsubo, Hyoung Seop Kim, Tadashi Furuhara, Evan Ma, Hidemi Kato

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Recently-developed high-entropy alloys (HEAs) containing multiple principal metallic elements have extended the compositional space of solid solutions and the range of their mechanical properties. Here we show that the realm of possibilities can be further expanded through substituting the constituent metals with metalloids, which are desirable for tailoring strength/ductility because they have chemical interactions and atomic sizes distinctly different from the host metallic elements. Specifically, the metalloid substitution increases local lattice distortion and short-range chemical inhomogeneities to elevate strength, and in the meantime reduces the stacking fault energy to discourage dynamic recovery and encourage defect accumulation via partial-dislocation-mediated activities. These impart potent dislocation storage to improve the strain hardening capability, which is essential for sustaining large tensile elongation. As such, metalloid substitution into HEAs evades the normally expected strength-ductility trade-off, enabling an unusual synergy of high tensile strength and extraordinary ductility for these single-phase solid solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number117571
JournalActa Materialia
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Feb 15


  • High entropy alloys
  • Mechanical performance
  • Metalloids
  • Microstructure
  • Strength ductility trade-off

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


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