Introduction Prof. Jürgen Eckert

On September 1st, 2015, Prof. Dr.-Ing.habil. Dr.h.c. Jürgen Eckert took over the Professorship for the Department of Materials Physics of the University and became the new Director of the Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

1st prize for poster at ICSMA in Brno, Czech Republic

Dipl.-Ing. Benjamin Schuh was awarded the first poster price at the International Conference on the Strength of Materials 17 (ICSMA) in Brno, Czech Republic.

His poster entitled “Microstructural investigations of a nanocrystalline CoCrFeMnNi high-entropy alloy” covered the progress of his PhD thesis.

Besides this, several other contributions were given by scientists and PhD students of the institute, and some related pictures can be found below.

1. ESI HPT Seminar July 27-28, 2015

From 27th to 28th of July 2015 the 1. ESI HPT Seminar took place at the institute. It started with a comprehensive lecture of Prof. Pippan on the research in the field of severe plastic deformation performed over the last 15 years (containing almost 300 slides), and, more importantly, what aspects are still not well understood and potential topics for future research. In a Feynman-like statement, Prof.

Businessrun in Bruck an der Mur

ESI’s staff is known for being an internationally accepted institution in materials science research –but they also show high competitiveness in running!

Three of our PhD students participated at the Businessrun in Bruck an der Mur and achieved quite remarkable results. The team won the Montanuniversiät Leoben competition and scored on second and third place in the Montanuniversität single challenge.

All results can be found here:

ICM 12 conference in Karlsruhe, Germany

The 12th international conference on the mechanical behavior of materials, which takes place every four years, was held in Karlsruhe from the 10th to the 14th of May 2015. Among the over 400 participants from all over the globe, our institute was represented by Prof. R. Pippan, who delivered a plenary lecture on fracture and fatigue of ultra-fine grained materials, and Prof. D. Kiener, who gave an invited lecture on local probing of thermally activated properties. In addition, DI. W. Ochensberger had a talk about his Ph.D.

Danke, Doris!

Wir danken Dir für 16 Jahre und wünschen Dir alles Gute für Deine Zukunft!

Dein ESI-Team

Best Student Talk Award for Dipl.-Ing. Imrich

Dipl.-Ing. Peter J. Imrich was awarded “Best Student Talk” at the Nanobrücken 2015, Nanomechanical Testing Workshop & Hysitron User Meeting in April 2015. His oral presentation entitled “In situ compression testing of miniaturized twinned Cu bicrystals” covered part of his PhD thesis aimed at better understanding the influences of grain boundaries on the mechanical behavior of micromechanical samples.


From left to right: O. Warren, P.J. Imrich, J. Ast, D. Stauffer

10th Meeting of ESIS-TC2 on Micromechanisms

13th−14th April in Leoben, Austria

The anniversary 10th meeting of the re-established Technical Committee TC2 on Micromechanisms of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) was held 13th−14th April 2015 at the Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria.

Program released - 10th Meeting of ESIS-TC2 on Micromechanisms

The program of the 10th Meeting of ESIS-TC2 on Micromechanisms will be very exciting, consisting of one keynote lecture and 37 oral lectures.

International Symposium on Plasticity – Montego Bay, Jamaica

New year 2015 had just started, but the annual “International Symposium on Plasticity” took already place in Montego Bay, Jamaica from Jan. 4th to Jan. 9th, where 300 international participants in 3 parallel sessions met to share their newest scientific results in the widespread field of plasticity. Prof. O. Kolednik and Prof. D. Kiener presented invited keynote lectures on new concepts of materials design and thermo-mechanical properties of ultra-fine grained materials, respectively. Moreover, within extended keynote lectures, Dr. V. Maier, DI M. Kapp, and DI O.