A highlight for me is the meanwhile high recognition of AMAG's Scientific Advisory Board in the research landscape. For example, our work is regularly highlighted by international research awards.
A statement from Dr. Stefan Pogatscher
Scientific Advisory Board, endowed professorship and top-notch equipment
from PhD student to permanent guest
Ten years ago, when I was working on my PhD and first heard about AMAG's Scientific Advisory Board, I had no way of knowing what that would mean for me. My route from awestruck PhD student, nervously presenting my work to the Advisory Board in June 2009, to a participating role is admittedly hardly obvious or predictable.
I could sense the innovation drive straight away, and I still keep on finding good reasons to get involved.
endowed professorship - combined expertise
In 2015, I was working at ETH Zurich as a postdoc when I received the offer of an endowed professorship. No hesitation!
Of course, there are always excellent aluminium research projects going on at Montanuniversität, but the endowed professorship really established a nucleus around which materials engineering of aluminium could be built up within an Austrian university.
Christian Doppler Laboratory
In 2018 we opened a new Christian Doppler Laboratory in Leoben. Alongside AMAG, there are three PhD students and a postdoc who will work together for the next seven years on applied fundamental research. Concretely, we are working to combine better deformability with increased strength in aluminium alloys.
Recently we have been able to install a scanning transmission electron microscope, the only one of its kind in Austria. This means we can now investigate aluminium alloy compositions in three dimensions in the sub-nanometer range.
AMAG's interest in acquiring an in-depth understanding of their materials brings me to fundamental open questions. Last year, I received Europe's most prestigious funding, the ERC grant, to help me answer these. The European Research Council provides a budget of 1.5 million euros over five years for pioneering research on topics of our choice. For us, this includes non-equilibrium diffusion in metals. Ultimately, this is something we need to understand if we want to understand and simulate hardening in aluminium.
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