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Members of DFG Committees Prof. Dr. Peter Gumbsch (IAM-CMS) was elected to the selection committee for the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG). Prof. Dr. Hans J. Seifert (IAM-AWP) will be a member of the DFG Senate Committee and the DFG Grants Committee for Collaborative Research Centres (SFB) from July.
Bronislava Gorr at IAM-AWP Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Bronislava Gorr was appointed to the W3 professorship for material behaviour under extreme environmental conditions at the IAM-AWP as of 01.10.2020. She is currently supported by a Heisenberg professorship.
Ulrike Krewer appointed to IAM-ET The IAM-ET, whose research is dedicated to the core components of electrochemical energy technology for electromobility and stationary energy conversion and storage, is headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Krewer since April 2020.
Christoph Kirchlechner at IAM-WBM Prof. Dr. mont. Christoph Kirchlechner took over the leadership of the IAM-WBM at the beginning of 2020, where metallic, ceramic, polymeric and natural materials are investigated.
Board of AWT Prof. Volker Schulze (IAM-WK, WBK) was elected to the board of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Wärmebehandlungs- und Werkstofftechnik e.V. (AWT). The AWT is a technical-scientific association dealing with material-oriented technologies.
Call to the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katrin Schulz (IAM-CMS) has accepted an appointment at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. Here she is professor for engineering mechanics and materials science at the faculty of mechanical engineering and mechatronics.
European Soft Innovation Prize The work "Development of advanced solid neutron multiplier for innovative T-breeding blanket design" of the group led by Dr. Pavel Vladimirov at IAM-AWP was awarded the 2nd prize of the "European Soft Innovation Prize" by the EU Commission.
New member of acatech The German Academy of Science and Engineering (Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften (acatech)) has elected Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Peter Gumbsch(IAM-CMS) to the circle of its members.


Federal Order of Merit

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Britta Nestler(IAM-CMS) received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for her research achievements in the field of computer-aided materials research. A video about this in the KIT-Mediathek



IAM participates in Refrabund The DFG research group "Multifunctional, coarse-grained, refractory composites and material composites for large-volume key components in high-temperature processes" (Refrabund) involves not only the TU Freiberg but also various subinstitutes of the IAM (AWP, KWT, WK).
Bertha Benz Prize 2019 Almut Albiez (IAM-WBM) was awarded the Bertha Benz Prize 2019 for her outstanding dissertation during the Bertha Benz Lecture at the SRH University of Applied Sciences in Heidelberg.
Adolf Martens Prize Dr. Christian Greiner (IAM-CMS) was awarded the Adolf Martens Prize of the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM).
New Research Training Group The DFG funds the new joint research training group on high-temperature composites of the partners KIT, TU Darmstadt and DECHEMA. Spokesperson of the "MatCom-ComMat" research training group is Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Heilmaier (IAM-WK).
Erwin Schrödinger Prize 2019 Dr. Susanne Wagner and Prof. Dr. Michael Hoffmann (IAM-KWT) received the research prize for the elucidation of the properties of modern perovskite solar cells.

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Young Scientist Award At the "1st International Conference on Advanced Surface Enhancement" (INCASE 2019) in Singapore, the contribution of Mr. M.Sc. Michael Seitz (IAM-WK) "Mechanical Investigations on Composite Peened Aluminium" (authors: M. Seitz, K.A. Weidenmann) was awarded.


German Science Slam Championship 2018 Dr. Anastasia August (IAM-CMS) could take the (shared) second place at the German Science Slam Championship on November 24th, 2018 in Wiesbaden. In her contribution "Overcoming thermal resistance" she explained the principle of an autonomous heat storage module based on paraffin.
Jens Reiser receives SOFT Innovation Prize Dr.-Ing. Jens Reiser (IAM-AWP) was awarded the prize at SOFT-2018 (Sicily). He received the first prize of the SOFT Innovation Prize of the European Commission for his contribution "Ductile tungsten (W): Novel rolling technique opens a new era for commercial exploitation of tungsten".

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Astrid Pundt Professor at the IAM Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Astrid Pundt holds the chair "Material Characterization" at IAM-WK since mid-June 2018. Previously, she was a professor at the Institute for Material Physics at the University of Göttingen, funded by the Heisenberg Programme.
Faculty teaching award 2018 for Anastasia August On suggestion of the student council the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering has awarded Dr. Anastasia August (IAM-CMS) the Faculty Teaching Award 2018 for her lecture "Microstructure Simulation". The award was presented during the KIT annual celebration on April 19.

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Ruth Schwaiger Meeting Chair of the MRS Spring Meeting 2019 Dr. Ruth Schwaiger (IAM-WBM) was appointed Meeting Chair of the Materials Research Society (MRS) alongside Yuping Bao (University of Alabama), Bruce Dunn (University of California), Subodh Mhaisalkar (Nanyang Technological University) and Subhash L. Shinde (University of Notre Dame). The MRS Spring Meeting took place on April 22-26, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. Read more about the meeting
Michael Schönleber receives Carl Freudenberg Prize Mr. Dipl.-Ing. Michael Schönleber (IAM-ET) was awarded the Carl Freudenberg Prize 2017 (1st place) for his dissertation "Method for characterizing the low-frequency behavior of lithium-ion batteries". The prize, which is endowed with 10,000 euros, serves to promote science at KIT. It is awarded every two years.
European Research Council Consolidator Grant to Christian Greiner The aim of the working group around Dr. Christian Greiner (IAM-CMS) is to reduce the consumption of energy and raw materials by reducing friction and wear. The European Research Council (ERC) has now awarded Dr. Greiner with a Consolidator Grant and will fund him with two million euros over the next five years. Link to KIT press release


Sosman Award 2017 presented to Michael J. Hoffmann

(October 2017)

Prof. Michael J. Hoffmann (IAM-KWT) was presented with the Robert B. Sosman Award at the Material Science & Technology 2017 in Pittsburgh. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Basic Science Division of the American Ceramic Society in recognition of outstanding achievements in basic research. MoreExternal Link
Martin Dienwiebel Visiting Professor at IROAST


The International Research Organization for Advanced Science & Technology (IROAST) of Kumamoto University in Japan has appointed Professor Martin Dienwiebel (IAM-CMS) as a visiting professor.
Award of the Faculty Teaching Prize 2017 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kay André Weidenmann (IAM-WK) and Dr. rer. nat. Joachim Binder (IAM-KWT) were awarded the Fritz Weidenhammer Prize of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the KIT anniversary celebration for their outstanding teaching work, in particular the lecture "Materials Process Technology". Further information on the annual celebrationExternal Link
New method for recording boundary layer conditions Prof. Volker Schulze (IAM-WK) coordinates the DFG priority program "Surface conditioning in machining processes". The aim is to research a new machining method to improve the reliability and lifetime of components. Further InformationExternal Link
Winner of the study award of the company Dörrenberg Edelstahl


Anna-Maria Jung won the first place of the study award of the company Dörrenberg Edelstahl. The mechanical engineering student convinced the jury with her bachelor thesis written at IAM-WK and her presentation entitled "Investigations on the influence of external stresses on the tempering behaviour of martensitic 42CrMo4".
Peter Gumbsch Chairman of the Scientific Commission of the German Science Council


Peter Gumbsch (IAM-CMS) took over the chairmanship of the scientific commission of the German Science Council. This advises the Federal Government and the governments of the Länder on issues relating to the development of content and structure of higher education, science and research. Link to KIT press releaseExternal Link
New Emmy Noether Junior Research Group Under the leadership of Dr. Karsten Woll (IAM-WBM), the junior research group, funded with 1.4 million €, develops nanostructured thin films by means of electrical current pulses. Read moreExternal Link
Britta Nestler receives the Leibniz Prize Prof. Dr. Britta Nestler (IAM-CMS) was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for her contribution to computer-aided materials research. The prize is endowed with 2.5 million € and is the most important research award in Germany. Link KIT press release
New X-ray microscope in operation at MZE A new large-scale facility was put into operation in the Materials Science Center (MZE) of KIT. With the Zeiss Xradia 520 Versa, the participating institutes IAM-WET , IAM-KWT, and MVM-VM now have a high-resolution X-ray microscope of the latest generation for non-destructive analysis of porous materials at their disposal.
Opening of the Materials Science Centre The Materials Science Center (MZE) brings together 150 researchers from chemistry, physics, materials science, electrical engineering and process engineering under one roof. The scientists focus on materials for energy systems. The ceremonial handover of the new building took place on 23.11.2016 with Science Minister Theresia Bauer. KIT Press Release
Heinrich Hertz Guest Professorship 2016 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Karlsruhe University Society (KUG) award the Heinrich Hertz Guest Professorship 2016 to J. Menno Harms. more
Materials Science in the Lead Nationwide In the NTU Ranking, KIT takes first place among German universities in the subjects natural sciences (worldwide rank 53) and engineering sciences (worldwide rank 80). The subject Material Sciences is ranked 1st in Germany and 62nd worldwide. more
Science Slam victories for Anastasia August The mathematician Dr. Anastasia August (IAM-CMS) won the 7th Wiesbaden "Science Slam". With her lecture "Storing heat like a bear" she already won the "Women in Science Slam" in Cologne in 2015 and the 1st prize at the "Climate Special Science Slam" in Erlangen. To the videos on youtube and the University of Erlangen
Heisenberg Professorship for Martin Dienwiebel The German Research Foundation (DFG) supports the research of Prof. Dr. Martin Dienwiebel (IAM-CMS) with the Heisenberg Professorship for Applied Nanotribology. more
Poster prize for Mr. Simone Pupeschi Mr. Simone Pupeschi (IAM-KWT) received one of the three PhD poster prizes at SOFT 2016 (29th Symposium on Fusion Technology, Prague) for his poster "Effective thermal conductivity of advanced ceramic breeder pebble beds".
Sparkassen-Environment-Prize 2015 For his dissertation "Synthesis and Characterization of Lithium Metal Fluorides as Positive Electrode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries", Dr.-Ing. Georg Lieser (IAM-KWT) is awarded the Sparkassen-Umwelt-Preis 2015 at the annual conference of the KIT Climate and Environment Center on July 25, 2016. more
Höfler doctoral prize for Kathrin Krannich Dr.-Ing. Kathrin Krannich (IAM-AWP) was awarded the "Dr.-Ing-Willy-Höfler-Doctoral Prize 2015" for the best dissertation of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering with production, measurement or control engineering objectives. The award ceremony was held on the KIT Mechanical Engineering Day by the Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Jörg Bauer. The prize is endowed with 4,000 €.
Thomas Hupfer Receives Poster Prize The 1st prize in the poster competition of the 12th International Symposium on Systems with Fast Ionic Transport (ISSFIT-12, Kaunas, Lithuania) went to Mr. Thomas Hupfer (IAM-KWT) for the poster "Li+ diffusion in LATP solid ionic conductors studied by neutron diffraction".
ITK Student Award for Leonie Tatzel At the IAM-ET Institute Seminar at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Leonie Tatzel, master student of the Electrical Engineering and Information Technology course, was awarded the ITK Student Award.
Christian Friedrich Schönbein Award for Sebastian Dierickx The Christian Friedrich Schönbein Medal in Silver was awarded to Mr. M. Sc. Sebastian Dierickx (IAM-WET) during the "European SOFC & SOE Forum 2016" in Lucerne. His scientific contribution "Electrochemical Analysis of Sulfur Poisoning in Ni/8YSZ Cermet Anodes" was awarded.
Nature Materials: World's smallest truss Metamaterials for the construction of microscopic 3D trusses (developed at IAM-WBM) achieve higher specific strength The picture of the smallest truss in the world was named Picture of the Month April by the daily newspaper Badische Neueste Nachrichten (BNN) more
Professor Peter Gumbsch new member of the NAE The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) of the USA accepted Peter Gumbsch as a new member. The Professor of Mechanics of Materials is being honored with the election for his innovative research work on multiscale material modeling. more
Katrin Schulz selected for funding in the Wrangell Habilitation Programme Dr. Katrin Schulz (IAM-CMS) was selected for the Margarete von Wrangell Habilitation Programme. Through this programme, the state of Baden-Württemberg supports outstanding female researchers on their way to professorship. The engineer and materials scientist works on the modelling of plastic deformations in metallic materials on the microscale. more
2015 Karlsruhe, May 10-14, 2015 is closed since February, 26th - if you need access to the files (book of abstracts, program) please click here: ICM 12

Ellen Ivers-Tiffée appointed Fellow of the University of Tokyo

(December 2015)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ellen Ivers-Tiffée (IAM-ET) has been appointed Fellow of the School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo - in recognition of her scientific merits in the field of functional ceramics of high-temperature fuel cells (SOFC) and lithium-ion batteries and in view of her longstanding fruitful cooperation with the School of Engineering in research and scientific education.