Keynote speakers


5 keynote speakers confirmed their participation: 



Dr. Helge-Otto Fabritius, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH (Germany)
Dr. Helge-Otto Fabritius holds a diploma degree in Biology from the University of Ulm, where he also received his doctoral degree in 2008 with a dissertation on biomineralization in Crustacea. During his postdoc at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH (MPIE), he built up a research group operating at the interface between Biology, Physics and Materials Science. Since 2009, he is the head of the research group Biological Composites at the MPIE. His research activity is driven by the desire to understand how nature designs and optimizes materials through modifications in structure and composition from the molecular level up to specialized tissues and functional parts to achieve physical properties optimized for a wide range of functions. To achieve this, he pursues an interdisciplinary, integrative approach combining experiments and theoretical modelling and simulations that is mainly based on structural characterization combined with mechanical testing using a wide range of techniques to cover all accessible length scales. In his lab, nanoindentation is the key method to determine the microscopic mechanical properties on the local level in biological nano-composite materials. Dr. Fabritius has long-lasting experience in using this method for characterizing the mechanics of many natural materials such as the exoskeletons of arthropods and vertebrate teeth and bones.                         
Ezio Gandin, Principal Scientist at Solvay (Belgium)
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Prof. Dr. Alexander Hartmaier, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany)
Dr. Alexander Hartmaier is currently Professor of Materials Science (Chair in Mechanics of Materials) at Ruhr-Universität Bochum/Germany and Director at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS), heading the department Micromechanical and Macroscopic Modelling. Since 2016 he is guest professor at the Harbin Institute of Technology/China within the Jang Chiang Scholar Program. Besides his academic activities, Dr. Hartmaier is currently chairman of the German Materials Society (DGM). The focus of his research work lies on scalebridging modeling of deformation and fracture mechanisms of structural materials. Of particular interest are various size effects in nanoindentation that are described with atomistic, dislocation-based and continuum methods. Furthermore, his scientific work includes applications of indentation experiments in conjunction with inverse modeling as a probe of local material properties.
 Dr. Johann Michler, EMPA (Switzerland)
Johann Michler is head of the Laboratory of Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures at EMPA. He received his diploma in Materials Science at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany in 1995 and a PhD degree in Materials Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Switzer-land in 2000. He is lecturer at EPFL since 2005. At EMPA he started his activities as staff scientist in me-chanical properties of thin films in 2000. His current research interest focuses on scale dependent me-chanical properties of materials. His research efforts include the development of in-situ SEM, Raman, AFM mechanical testing methods and novel synthesis methods for metals and semiconductors like electrochemical or physical vapor deposition. He is the author or co-author of more than 300 publica-tions, organized several international conferences, and is co-founder of two start-ups.
Dr. Ruth Schwaiger, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
Dr. Ruth Schwaiger is head of the research group “Nanomechanics” at the Institute for Applied Materials of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). She studied physics at the TU Wien (Vienna, Austria) and obtained her doctoral degree in Materials Science from the University of Stuttgart in 2002. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), she established a research group at the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, and then worked as a management consultant for the automotive industries. She joined the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in 2010. Her research aims at developing a mechanism-based understanding of deformation and failure of materials. She is working on nanoindentation characterization using various techniques with the goal to determine principles for materials design towards improved strength and damage tolerance.