Prof. Dr. Peter Gumbsch

Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM

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Peter Gumbsch received the diploma degree in physics in 1988 and his PhD degree in 1991 from the University of Stuttgart. After extended visits at the Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, postdoctoral work at the Imperial College, London and the University of Oxford he returned to the Max-Planck-Institute in Stuttgart as a group leader and established the group »Modeling and Simulation of Thin Film Phenomena«. In 2001 he took the chair for Mechanics of Materials at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT and the position as head of Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM.

His research activities focus on modeling and simulation of materials, in particular multiscale modeling approaches. The intention is to make materials and components safer, more reliable and durable. He and his team are pioneering the integration of material modeling in the product development process. His current interest is in the investigation of friction and wear processes, where complex interactions of mechanics, physics and chemistry are important. The aim is to improve material and energy efficiency in technical systems.

Amongst other recognitions he was awarded the Masing Memorial Award (1998), the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (2007) and the DGM-Prize (2013). In 2009, Gumbsch was nominated as Hector Fellow and in 2011 he was appointed as Advisory Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. He is chairman of the section Engineering Sciences of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. He is a member of the German Council of Science and Humanities since 2015. In 2016, Gumbsch was elected for membership in the USA’s National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

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