• At the Department Materials Physics of the Montanuniversität Leoben (MUL), Daniel Kiener focusses on the understanding of deformation and failure processes on a nanometer length scale. Aim of his work is a knowledge driven design of novel high strength and extremely fracture resistant materials. This effort is now also recognized by the European Research Council (ERC), which supports the excellent fundamental research of Dr. Kiener via a Consolidator Grant over the next five years by two million Euros, awarded to the project TOUGHIT* (Tough Interface Tailored Nanostructured Metals)

    Daniel Kiener is awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant  Daniel Kiener is awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant

    More on the project here 


    replacing any letter of the acronym  (G by CH, GH by GHS) may result in laughsuit.

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  • Dear Colleagues,


    During the Spring E-MRS 2018 in Strasbourg, France (15-22 June, 2018) we* will hold a symposium titled “Strength, plasticity, fracture and fatigue behavior controlled by interfaces and grain boundaries” (Symp. AA). More details about the symposium can be found at: https://www.european-mrs.com/strength-plasticity-fracture-and-fatigue-behaviour-controlled-interfaces-and-grain-boundaries-emrs

    Please consider submitting an abstract for an oral presentation or poster related to the symposium scope. Also, please encourage young post-docs and PhD students to submit and abstract and attend this meeting that is being sponsored by the MECANO network. The meeting will be an excellent place to network and showcase your research.

    E-MRS is also sponsoring Graduate Student Awards of €450 for each symposium (https://www.european-mrs.com/meetings/2016-spring/graduate-student-awards). Winners are chosen at the conference and awarded at the Wednesday Plenary (must be present to win).

    The deadline for abstract submission is 18 January 2018


    *Megan Cordill, Sandrine Brochard, Marc Legros and Erik Bitzek

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  • The symposium "Mechanical properties at small scales" is organised at the joint meeting of the German and European Physical Societies (DPG and EPS) in Berlin, March 11-16 2018. You will find a more detailled description of the scope of the symposium in the attached file.


    On behalf of the organizing committee we would like to invite you to participate in this symposium. Your participation and that of your co-workers will be a valuable contribution to the success of this meeting. Please feel free to distribute this announcement to your colleagues and students working in the field.


    Please submit your abstract at:


    (Choose “MM: Metal and Material Physics Division” and then “Topic Session (Symposium of MM and EPS): Mechanical properties at Small scale”)




    The symposium organizers : Gerhard Dehm, Olivier Thomas, Laurent Pizzagalli

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  • Date: Wednesday 13th December afternoon Workshop and Thursday 14th December – 1 day Conference.

    Description: This event, which is being kindly hosted by WMG in the IDL building on the central campus of the University of Warwick at Coventry, will cover a wide range of topics in nano-mechanical testing, including microfracture, modelling, length-scale effects, novel test methods, high temperature testing and coating.

    Who should attend ?

    · Anyone interested or involved in the study, development or research at the nanoscale of materials and coatings.

    · Those interested in high temperature measurements.

    · Prospective users who wish to discover more about how nanoindentation can assist them in their R&D.

    Registration is free but participants must arrange and pay for their own travel and accommodation.

    Please register before 6th December 2017.

    For more details and to download the conference programme and registration form, please visit:


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  • The abstract submission deadline (December 1st) for the Fundamentals of Fracture Symposium at the joint meeting of the German and European Physical Societies (DPG and EPS) in Berlin, March 11-16 2018 is rapidly approaching.

    For more information about the symposium and abstract submission please see http://www.eam.fau.de/fundfracture/ .

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