June, 2007

Werner-Köster Prize


Frank Mücklich, Andrés Lasagni, and Claus Daniel of the Saarland  University received the "Werner-Köster Prize" to the best publication  of the year 2006 in the International Journal of Materials Research.  The publication (Laser Interference Metallurgy: using interference as a tool for micro/nano structuring, Vol. 97. No.  10, 2006) describes a new method for the fabrication of periodical structures in the micro/nano scale on metallic surfaces. The prize was granted on June 2007 during the DGM-Day in  Karlsruhe, Germany. 




March, 2007

Inmpact Resistance of Glass-Ceramics


The focus in ceramic armour development today is towards improved protection capability combined with an overall reduction in production costs. The development of transparent glass-ceramics. with a reinforced surface layer is a promissing approach to novel armour materials. The impact resistance of a new type of transparent glass-ceramic (recently developed) is analysed in the present work.


This work was recently published in the Journal of Advanced Engineering Materials by our colleagues Aldo Boccaccini, Thiana Berthier, Edgar Zanotto, Jeremy Wu, Oscar Peitl, Vladimir Fokin and Lorenzo Ianucci, and awarded with the journal cover page.


Well done!!!

The cover shows digital camera images showing macroscopic damage induced on transparent glass or glass-ceramic discs after ballistic test at low impact energy. Glass beads were used as projectiles in a gas gun. More details can be found in the article of A. R. Boccaccini et al. on page 191 (Advanced Engineering Materials, Vol. 9, No. 3, March 2007).


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December, 2006

Doctoral Thesis 


Our colleague Andrés Lasagni from Saarland University defended his doctoral thesis entitled "Advanced design of periodical structures by laser interference metallurgy in the micro/nano scale on macroscopic areas" on 8th December 2006. 

He passed his examination with distinction.

Congratulations Doc!!!



November, 2006

Laser Interference Metallurgy


Interfering laser beams of a high-power pulsed laser provides the opportunity of applying a direct lateral interaction with the surface microstructure of metals in micro/nano-scale based on photo-thermal nature mechanisms. The “Laser interference metallurgy” allows the creation of periodic patterns of features with a well defined long-range order on metallic surfaces at the scale of typical microstructures (from the sub micrometer level up to micrometers). This technique is an approach to initiate metallurgical processes such as melting, recrystallization, recovery and defect and phase formation in the lateral scale of the microstructure itself and with an additional long range order given by the interference periodicity.


This work was recently published in the International Journal of Materials Research by our colleagues Frank Mücklich, Andrés Lasagni, and Claus Daniel and awarded with the cover page.




October, 2006

Doctoral Thesis 


Our colleague Fernando Lasagni defended his doctoral thesis entitled "The role of Si on the microstructure of Al casting alloys and short fibre composites" on October 2006. The grant of Mr. Lasagni was financed partially by the ADEMAT Network and the Non Kplus Programme via the Austrian Research Center - LKR Ranshofen.

He passed his examination with distinction.

Congratulations Fernando!



September, 2006

Novel FIB cross sectioning method for 3D representation of Al-alloys  


A novel FIB-EDX method was performed in order to determine the architecture of different AlSi cast alloys. In comparison with conventional X-ray tomography, this new technique achieves a resolution 100-times higher, were details of some nanometers can be measured. Furthermore, EDX mapping can be performed in order to investigate components with very low contrast during SEM observation in SE or BSE modes.

This work was recently published in the Journal of Advanced Engineering Materialsby by our colleagues Andrés Lasagni, Christian Holzapfel, Frank Mücklich (of Saarland University) and, Fernando Lasagni and H. Peter Degischer (TU-Vienna), and awarded with the cover page.




The cover shows the 3D-morphology of the eutectic Si phase in an unmodified AlSi12-alloy. These 3D-structures were reconstructed by means of a new Focused Ion Beam Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (FIB-EDX) method. More about the study of the three-dimensional morphology of different eutectic architectures of unmodified and Sr-modified AlSi-alloys can be found in the article by F. Lasagni et al. on page 719 (Advanced Engineering Materials, Vol 8 - No. 8, August, 2006).


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Carbon 2006 Morgan Prize


S. Sánchez, J. Narciso, E. Louis  and F. Rodríguez-Reinoso  of the Alicante University received the "The Carbon 2006 Morgan Prize" to the best Innovative research in Carbon which demonstrated both technical capability and recent progress in recognising, and realising, the potential for commercialization of a new technology. The prize was granted to the work:  "Influence of K2ZrF6 on graphite preforms infiltrated with AlSi12 by means of squeeze casting and gas pressure infiltration" on August 2006.




June, 2006

Heat Spreaders for Electronic Devices


Javier Narciso, Richard Prieto and Alejandro Rodriguez of the Alicante University received "The Fundeun Prize" to the best  applicable scientific project in UA: "Heat spreaders for electronic devices". The prize was  granted on June  2006 by the Alicante University.


well done!


August, 2005

Member met Nobel Laureates in Lindau 


Prof. Richard Ernst (Nobel-Chemistry 1991), Eng. Andrés Lasagni (Saarland University)

Our colleague Andrés Lasagni of Saarland University (Saarbrücken) participated at the 55th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates at the end of June ( 

Mr. Andrés Lasagni, who is originally from Argentina, is one of only 700 outstanding young researchers and graduate students from around the world to have been invited to this scientific meeting that is held annually in the German town of Lindau, on the shores of Lake Constance. Mr. Lasagni was nominated by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and after that accepted by the scientific committee of the meeting. 50 Laureates of Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, and Physics assisted to the conference bringing interesting formal and informal discussions.

Congratulations Andrés!


Predoctoral Grant in Materials Science


The Instituto Universitario de Materiales de Alicante (IUMA) at the University of Alicante (Spain) invites applications for a four year fellowship in Materials Science to begin May 1st 2005. Candidates should have a degree in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or related areas. The candidate will be working within the framework of an European Project (FP6) called EXTREMAT. 38 groups participate in the project and its main objective is the development of materials suitable to operate under extreme conditions. Focus will be on fabrication (through gas pressure infiltration) of metallic alloys into graphite performs and evaluation of properties (mainly thermal expansion and thermal conductivity) of the produced composites.  Salary will be slightly above 1000 euros/month. It is expected that the work could conduct to a PhD thesis. The applicants should contact either Prof. J. Narciso ( or Prof. E. Louis (

March, 2005

ADEMAT Junior Meeting


We are glad to inform you about the 1st ADEMAT Junior meeting which will be held at the Saarland University (Universität des Saarlandes) from 17th to 18th March.


It will be possible for all the ADEMAT students who will be in Europe at that time to present the first results of their training activities they are/have carrying/carried out.


We are waiting for you!


New Joint European Master Programme in Advanced Materials Science and Engineering


One of our German partners - the Saarland University - starts a new Master Programme in co-operation with the Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine (Nancy, France), the Universitat Politčcnica de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain) and the Luleĺ tekniska universitet (Luleĺ, Sweden) on September 2005.
The master was awarded the ERASMUS MUNDUS Programme (from the EU) for financial support. Through this programme 26 "Elite-scholarships" per year will be available for students not belonging to the European Union.

The study programme takes two years and the students must spend a first year at the entrance university and then they have to change to a second university for at least one semester. In the fourth semester a master thesis must be done at one of these two universities. A particular distinction of the programme is that the languages of instruction are the national languages of each university (except for Sweden where it is English). In this way, besides the technical side, a truly integrated language and cultural experience is provided.

Partnerships were established with several third-countries for the dissemination of information and for selection of students, in particular with the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional - Prof. J. Vivas Hohl - (Argentina) and the Universidad Central de Venezuela - Prof. Mariana Staia -, also members of our ADEMAT-Network. The programme is supported by the German Materials Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde - DGM) and the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS).

For further information, visit the homepage:


May, 2004

Fellowship of the Society of Glass Technology

Our colleague Prof. Dr. Edgar Dutra Zanotto was distinguished in April 2004 with the award: Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology (SGT). The SGT, funded in 1915 in UK, awarded Dr. Zanotto in recognition of the fruitful investigations in the field of glass technology he and his workgroup (LaMaV) has been carrying out in the last decades. Among others more than 20 projects for know how transfer in the field of glass ceramics, with numerous publications and patents. Edgar is the first Latin American citizen to receive such a recognition.

He was also awarded with the membership of the International Academy of Ceramics during the International Forum for Nanotechnology carried out in Faenza, Italy in May 2004. 

Congratulations Edgar!


Doctoral Thesis

Our colleague Guillermo Requena defended his doctoral thesis entitled "Creep Behaviour of Discontinuosly Reinforced Aluminium Alloys" on May 2004.

He passed his examination with distinction.

Congratulations Guillermo!


December, 2003

FEMS Science and Technology Prize 2003 

Our colleague Dr. Aldo Boccaccini of Imperial College London received the Materials Science and Technology Prize 2003 by the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) for his contribution as a most promising and talented young materials scientist, during the EUROMAT 2003 conference held in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Dr. Boccaccini has an enviable international reputation for his contribution to the field of glass ceramic materials. 


Aldo has a keen interest in the development of glasses, ceramics and glass-ceramic composites and has specialized in the study of processing-microstruture-property relationships.



Our colleague Dr. Jose Luis GARCIA was awarded with the Dr. Ernst FEHRER Prize of the Vienna University of Technology for his outstanding research developments on the field of cemented carbonitride cutting tools, especially for his PhD work "Formation of graded microstructures in (Ti,W)C-based cemented carbonitrides by vacuum sintering".

The prize is sponsored by the FEHRER AG Textile-Industry from Linz, Upper Austria with an amount of 7500.- Euro. 
The intention of the award is to promote researchers, who carry out applied science and innovation.

Jose Luis recieved the 22nd edition of the Fehrer Prize from Mrs. Sen.h.c. Monika Fehrer during a special ceremony at the Boeck Auditorium of the Vienna University of Technology on 2nd December 2003 (see Tu Wien news).


Alßan Programme

The Alßan Programme aims at the reinforcement of the European Union – Latin America co-operation in the area of Higher Education and covers studies for postgraduates as well as higher training for Latin America professionals/future decision-makers, in institutions or centres in the European Union. The first grantees of the Alßan Programme will enrol in postgraduate – master and doctorate – or higher specialised training from the academic year 2004/2005. The periods of education and training may range from 6 months to 3 years depending on the level and the education/training programme envisaged.

Participant countries are the 15 Member States of the European Union and the following 18 countries of Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. 


The ADEMAT Network is capable of helping candidates to establish contact with a host university where they could carry out their research studies.


For any questions contact us!


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