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Professor Peter Gumbsch

Head of the
Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials (IWM)
Professor, Mechanics of Materials
University of Karlsruhe (TH)
Karlsruhe, Germany
Phone: +49-761-5142-100
Peter Gumbsch is head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials (IWM), with locations in Freiburg and Halle/Saale, Germany. He is a full professor in Mechanics of Materials and head of the Institute for Reliability of Systems and Devices (IZBS) at the University of Karlsruhe (TH). Before that he was head of the Research Group Modelling and Simulation of Thin Film Phenomena at the Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung in Stuttgart, Germany. His research interests include Materials Modelling, Mechanics and Physics of Material, Defects in Solids, Failure of Materials.

Professor Gumbsch is a member of the scientific and technical council (WTR) of the Fraunhofer society, and a member of the board of directors of the Fraunhofer group Materials and Devices (VWB). He is also a member of Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde (DGM), the Materials Research Society (MRS), and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP/UK).

He has won the Masing Memorial Prize, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde (DGM), and the Peter Haasen Prize, Institut für Metallphysik, Universität Göttingen. In 2007, he won the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz award of the German Research Foundation (DFG), the highest German research prize.

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