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Frank Muecklich

Plenary Speaker


Frank Muecklich, Head, Institute for Functional Materials, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Saarland University, Germany.



Professor Frank Muecklich is head of the Institute for Functional Materials at Saarland University and director of the Material Engineering Center Saarland (MECS). He is also chairman of the European School of Materials (EUSMAT). His research fields are: (1) 3D microstructure research in the micro, nano and atomic scale, (2) advanced surface functionalization by interfering laser beams and, (3) process imprinted materials by tailored morphology.


Among numerous scientific awards, he recently received the Henry Clifton Sorby Award from ASM International in 2016 (USA) for the lifetime achievements in his 3D microstructure research. For his development of the Direct Laser Interference Patterning (DLIP) technique to design surfaces with superior functionalities, he was awarded the international Berthold Leibinger Innovation Prize for novel laser applications, also in 2016.


Muecklich has published more than 300 peer reviewed papers, holds 11 patents, and serves as editor of the tradition-rich international journal Practical Metallography – Preparation, Imaging and Analysis of Microstructures. For the Federation of European Materials Societies he served as the conference chair of EUROMAT2013 in Sevilla, the major Materials Science Conference in Europe.

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