Mission and Vision

Mission and Vision

"Passionate Lecturers and Researchers" - As a result of our high teaching standards coupled with the external funds we acquired, we have gradually created an exciting and stable working environment  

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Fields of Research

Fields of Research

The rapid development of technology, the limited resources of raw materials and energy, and the increasing requirements for minimum environmental impact are making the materials science to a key technology  more...


guest lecture - Leonardo Bresciani Canto

“Injection overmolded lighweight polymer/metal hybrid structures”

The hybridization of polymers and metals has emerged as an innovative and promising approach from technical, economic, and environmental perspectives for obtaining hybrid structures endowed with synergistic properties of their constituents, including mechanical strength, lightness, design flexibility, and chemical durability. These hybrid structures are gaining traction, particularly in the transportation sector, and hold promising applications in the biomedical sector. In this talk, we will delve into recent scientific studies we have performed in this domain, focusing on topics such as processing, microstructure, and mechanical properties of polymer-metal hybrid structures fabricated using the injection overmolding technique.

lecturer: Prof. Leonardo Bresciani CANTO

from Universidade Federal de São Carlos - UFSCar, Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais - DEMa

6. June 2024, 1 a.m.
Lecture room HS BMT, Stremayrgasse 16

or follow online via webex-link

IMAT Best Paper Award 2023

Award for the paper with the highest impact factor of all the publications produced by the Institute of Materials Science and Welding.
IMAT Best Paper Award 2023 awarded t
o Dr. Wilian Carvalho for the paper:

"Joining of additively manufactured fiber-reinforced thermoplastic and metals by ultrasonic energy: Mechanical and corrosion behavior"
Willian Sales de Carvalho*, Guilherme S. Vacchi, Carlos A.D. Rovere, S. T. Amancio-Filho
in Materials & Design, volume 234, 2023



Inventor of TU Graz

Ehrung der Erfinderinnen und Erfinder 2023, MedUni Graz, TU Graz , Universität Graz;
pictures: ©Lunghammer

guest lecture - Mario Boccalini

In his guest lecture at Graz University of Technology, Dr. Mario Boccalini, Researcher at IPT – Instituto de Pesquisas Technologicas / Institute for Technological Research in Brazil, will first give a brief overview of the work portfolio at IPT. He will talk about Advanced Materials and their Technological Axes. Also, he will show examples of past and further research projects as a starting point for discussing possibilities of collaborative work with TUGraz.

TEL Pilotprojekt – Exam Management

Nach 1,5 Jahren Entwicklungszeit war es nun soweit. Im Rahmen des Technology Enhanced Learning -  TEL Marketplace der TU Graz haben wir gemeinsam mit dem Institut für Maschinenelemente und Entwicklungsmethodik, dem Institute of Innovation and Industrial Management sowie Organisationseinheit Lehr- und Lerntechnologien (LLT) ein neues Tool zur Erstellung von Präsenzprüfungen entwickelt. Am 13. Sept. konnten wir das Projekt beim f2f Marketplace 2023 präsentieren. Lehrende der Technische Universität Graz können nun ganz einfach ihre Prüfungsfragen im TeachCenter (Moodle 4.1) verwalten und automatisiert Prüfungsbögen für Präsenzprüfungen erstellen.

Dadurch ergeben sich folgende Vorteile:
  • Einfaches Erstellen und Verwalten von Prüfungsfragen für die eigene LV im TeachCenter.
  • Tags ermöglichen es, automatisiert Prüfungsbögen nach spezifischen Anforderungen (Schwierigkeitsgrad, Fragentyp, …) zu erstellen.
  • Prüfung einmalig konfigurieren - danach für Prüfungstermin, PRÜFUNGSBOGEN MIT ZUFALLSFRAGEN AUF KNOPFDRUCK
  • Lösung für jede Frage hinterlegen und Musterlösung als PDF exportieren

Wie einfach man Prüfungsfragen verwalten und Prüfungsbögen erstellen kannst, zeigen wir in diesem kurzen DEMO-Video

Das ProjektTEAM:
IMAT: Sebastian Fritsche, Norbert Enzinger, Daniel Radowski
IME: Stefan Kollegger, Michael Bader, Emre Enis Ketan
IIM: Matthias Wolf
LLT: Maria Haas, Josef Wachtler
Digitale TU Graz Marketplace


guest lecture - Carlos Eduardo Chaves

A large amount of the engineering work for the aircraft structure development is related to fatigue and damage tolerance. In the lecture, first a short overview of the fundamentals of fatigue and fracture mechanics disciplines will be presented. Lessons learned from the past will help to explain the evolution of philosophies for fatigue evaluation, from safe-life to fail-safe, and then to damage tolerance. The present fatigue and damage tolerance requirements will be also discussed in short.

It can be said that the aviation and mobility industries is experiencing a revolution period in terms of new technologies. The lecture closes with an overview of future challenges on the development of aircraft structures, such as damage tolerance for composite and hybrid structures, new materials, additive manufacturing, smart structures, and others.

The above topics will be addressed by Dr. Carlos Chaves, Principal Structures Engineer at Embraer, in his guest lecture at Graz University of Technology.

guest lecture - Sorin Keller

One characteristic of the gas and steam turbines built since 1929 by BBC / ABB / Alstom and today GE is that the rotor is welded from individually tempered forged components. With more than 89 years of experience with welded rotors for steam turbines, gas turbines and turbogenerators, GE has successfully welded together more than 7800 turbine rotors. Rotor welding technology can also be used to repair damaged rotors of any type if welding is possible.

In his guest lecture at Graz University of Technology, Sorin Keller, Manager Welding & Brazing Technology – GE Power Switzerland and President of the International Institute of Welding, talks about past developments and future challenges.

A major challenge in future will be to reliably weld established and new materials. The focus is on rationalising welding processes to increase the efficiency of power plants and thus make a lasting contribution to protecting the environment.

AMAG Innovationspreis 2023

© TU Graz / IMAT - Peter Auer

Emir Hodžić was awarded the AMAG Innovation Prize in the category Best Paper "technological" on April 26, 2023 at the "AMAG Innovation, CIP and Social Award Presentation 2023" event for his publication:
"Influence of alloy composition and lubrication on the formability of Al-Mg-Si alloy blanks" in the "Journal of Manufacturing Processes" as part of his PhD thesis and was recently presented by Dr. Werner Fragner, Head of AMAG Corporate Technology.


AMAG Austria Metall

Yoshiaki Arata Award 2023

Prof. Sergio Amancio was honored with the prestigious Yoshiaki Arata Award 2023.

This internationally renowned prize of the IIW International Institute of Welding is awarded for outstanding achievements in basic research in welding and joining technology.

Prof. Sergio Amancio was presented with the award at this year's IIW ANNUAL ASSEMBLY AND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WELDING AND JOINING in Singapore.


We are also very pleased that our institute can thus present two winners of the ARATA Award. Emeritus Prof. Horst Cerjak was honored for his achievements in 2007.

... Arata Award

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Conference Thermec'2023

all pictures: © Dagmar Fischer / TU Wien

THERMEC’2023, the world largest international conference on the Processing & Manufacturing of Advanced Materials, was jointly organized by IMAT/TU Graz and WWT/TU Wien in Vienna from July 2 – 7, 2023. It was the twelfth international conference on advanced materials upon the proven concept that continues the tradition of its

predecessors: virtual conference (2021), Paris/France (2018), Graz/Austria (2016), Las Vegas/USA (2013), Canada (2011), Germany (2009), Canada (2006), Spain (2003), pUSA (2000), Australia (1997) and Japan (1988).

In Vienna, Thermec attracted over 1150 delegates from 40 countries around the globe in the field of advanced materials and manufacturing technology representing universities, government research labs and industrial organizations. More than a fourth of the participants came from Japan, followed by the countries with the most participants: South Korea, Germany, Austria, France, and The People’s Republic of China.

The conference covered all aspects of processing, fabrication, structure/property evaluation and applications of both ferrous and non-ferrous materials, composites including biomaterials, fuel cells/hydrogen storage technologies, batteries, super capacitors, nanomaterials for energy and structural applications, aerospace structural metallic materials, bulk metallic glasses, and other advanced materials.

The plenary lectures were given by Terry Langdon from University of Southampton/UK and Prof. Tadashi Furuhara from Tohoku University, Japan.

The conference was held at TU Wien.

Two workshops have been organized in front of the conference: „Advanced steel – microstructure design, characterization, and modeling”and “Aluminium Alloys”.

The Conference dinner, together with the distinguished THERMEC award ceremony, was hosted by ACV – Austria Center Vienna. The dinner was accompanied by the “Swobodas Swing Trio”.

Special thanks go to the sponsors voestalpine, AMAG, MatCalc, and the Mayor of Vienna. In addition, our exhibitors Dynamic Systems Inc (DSI)/USA, Trans Tech Publications/Switzerland, PULSTEC Industrial Co.Ltd/Japan, ThermoCalc/Sweden, MDPI, PR China/Spain, MatCalc Engineering/Austria, Zeiss Microscopy/Austria, Matplus GmbH/Germany, SURFACE systems/Germany played an important role so that the Conference Organizers have received very positive feedback from participants from all over the world.

Thermec’2023 conference was a great success and we received very good feedback and acknowledgment.

The next Thermec conference will be held in Tours in France in July 2025.

guest lecture - Armin Paar

Talk Sciene To Me

© Lunghammer – TU Graz

listen to our new podcast episodes at the TU Graz channel:


"Smart Products from Smart Factories"
If we think today about the factory of the future, robots, artificial intelligence, resource-efficient production methods and new materials have a firm place in it. At TU Graz, research is being carried out o turn this vision into reality.
Interviews by Birgit Baustädter:

podcast#6 Christof Sommitsch on smart production.
podcast#7 Franz Haas on future production
podcast#8 Rudolf Pichler the smartfactory@tugraz
podcast#9 Sergio T. Amancio Filho on new joining techniques

Printversion: TU Graz research#28

guest lecture - Sorin Keller

DGM Nachwuchspreis 2021 and DGM Preis 2022

© IMAT - TU Graz
all other pictures: © Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V.

We are very honored that this year two prestigious prizes from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V. (DGM) were awarded to our institute.

The presentation of the awards took place at the DGM Day on September 26, 2022 in Darmstadt.

"DGM Nachwuchspreis 2021" to Ricardo Buzolin

Every year, the DGM awards the "DGM Young Investigator Award" to doctoral students or postgraduates in the field of materials science and materials engineering for the above-average study and work results of four talented young researchers.

Laudatio for Dr. techn. Ricardo Henrique Buzolin


"DGM Preis 2022" to Sergio Amancio

The DGM Prize is awarded to an excellent mid-career scientist for outstanding scientific or scientific-technical achievements that represent a breakthrough in materials science and engineering documented by publications or have opened up a new field of research.

... The German Society for Materials Science e.V. awards Univ.-Prof. Dr.-lng. Sergio Amancio the DGM Award 2022 for his fundamental and innovative contributions to nanomechanics and plasticity of complex materials.
Materials engineer and materials scientist Univ.-Prof. Dr.-lng. Sergio Amancio has been working on the materials science and manufacturing processes of metal-fiber composite hybrids since the early 2000s. The focus of his highly successful research career has been on the development of more energy efficient as well as effective joining and additive manufacturing processes for hybrid materials. For his extensive engineering achievements, Prof. Amancio has been recognized not only by the scientific community but also by the industry with over 100 Scopus-referenced publications, 22 patent grants and 17 awards. These outstanding achievements, which Sergio Amancio can already show in the middle of his research career, point to a promising scientific future and make him an outstanding candidate for this year's DGM Award.

Laudatio for Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sergio Amancio


New book

“Advances in Metal Additive Manufacturing”

published by Elsevier / Woodhead Publishing

Authors: Sachin Salunkhe, Sergio T. Amancio-Filho and J. Paulo Davim

The new book provides fundamental information and the latest research on metal additive manufacturing technologies, including powderbedfusion, direct edenergy deposition using high-energy beams, and hybrid additive and subtractive methods.

We would like to thank all book chapter authors for their valuable contribution to this project. A special thanks to Rafael Paiotti from our institute, who led the preparation of two excellent chapters (Chs. 1 and 2) with the participation of University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria and JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH.

guestlecture Prof. Antonio J. Ramirez

Save the date:
September 1, 2022, 2 p.m., lecture room E, Kopernikusgasse 24/I

As the Welding Engineering undergraduate programme at The Ohio State University (OSU) is completing 75 years in 2023, it has evolved to become a key player in the education and research on materials joining within the U.S. and across the world. In 2010 OSU joined efforts with the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and other key universities across North America to establish the Manufacturing and Materials Joining Innovation Center (Ma2JIC). This center has brought together researchers from seven different universities in U.S. and Canada and more than 60 industrial and government organisations from around the globe to cooperatively develop state-of-the-art and economically relevant research on materials joining and metal additive manufacturing (AM), totaling more than US$50M. Today Ma2JIC invests $5.5M per year to support approximately 30 different research projects, which involve about120 researchers and students across The Ohio State University, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Pennsylvania State University, Colorado School of Mines, and the University of Waterloo.

In his Guest Lecture, Antonio J. Ramirez from Ma2JIC will present highlights of the research and technologies developed by OSU and Ma2JIC, ranging from fundamental studies on solidification cracking during welding and Additive Manufacturing, powder- and wire-based metal AM, and conventional welding processes like friction stir welding and resistance spot welding of advanced steels and dissimilar materials.

About Antonio Ramirez

Antonio Ramirez from the Ohio State University (OSU) – which is the top ranked university in welding and joining in the US) – is an expert in Metal Additive Manufacturing and solid-state welding processes and director of the Ma2JIC center.

IIW "Welding in the World Best Paper"

© TU Graz/IMAT

We are pleased to announce another great award.

Florian Pixner was awarded the "Welding in the World Best Paper" sponsored by the IIW International Institute of Welding at the 75th IIW Annual Assembly in Tokio 2022 http://www.iiw2022.com/
in the Category A: Welding Processes and Additive Manufacturing in Recognition of his outstanding research paper:

Contactless temperature measurement in wire-based electron beam additive manufacturing Ti-6Al-4V

Co-authors: Ricardo Buzolin, Sebastian Schönfelder from pro beam additive GmbH
, Gilching, Germany; David Theuermann, Fernando Warchomicka and Norbert Enzinger.

Energy Globe Award Styria

pictures: ©_johannes_gellner

We are happy to announce our award at this year's Energie Globe Award Styria 2022.

The project team at IMAT, Willian Carvalho, Carlos A. Belei and Prof. Sergio T. Filho Amamcio, BMK Endowed Professorship for Aviation and head of the institute Prof. Christof Sommitsch was awarded for the project: "GreENJOINable - Enabling next-generation green aircraft structures" in the research category and is nominated for the international Energy Globe Award in the AIR category.
Content: Innovative composite materials and efficient ultrasonic joining technology reduce CO2 emissions through lower aircraft weight.

to the award:

new plasma welding machine at IMAT

© TU Graz / IMAT Thomas Mayr

After receiving our new welding machine in April, we were now able to carry out the official introduction and demonstration by Matthias Moschinger followed by a celebration.
Head of the joining group is Norbert Enzinger: "SBI M3DPSL plasma welding unit with multiple filler material input options opens a whole range of new possibilities.

equiment at the joining lab

guest lecture - Sorin Keller

Guest lecture "Welding and repair solutions for damaged large components in turbomachinery".
Sorin Keller, President of IIW (International Institute of Welding) and  Manager Welding & Brazing Technology, GE Power.

Save the date:

27th of April 2022, at 13:00 in the lecture room A, Kopernikusgasse 24/I

GE has many years of experience with welded rotors for steam, gas turbines and turbogenerator rotors. From 1929 to the present, more than 7,800 rotors have been manufactured from identical materials or different combinations of materials. The future challenge lies in mastering the welding technology on new materials, as well as in further optimizing and streamlining the welding processes, with the aim of increasing the efficiency of the power plants. The greatest challenge lies in the development and implementation of repair processes that ensure the operation of these machines to a modern environmentally friendly standard, thus making a sustainable contribution to the conservation of resources and the environment. In the context of these developments, failure analysis is an essential tool that is used to bring reliable products to market.


Advanced Materials Poster Day 2022

for the next ADVANCED MATERIALS POSTER DAY on 22nd of April 2022

submit the abstract of your poster online until 11th of April

FFG Project IonAs_2 - Ionic wind propulsion system for aircrafts - part 2

Hybrid electrode out of aluminium alloy and Carbon fibre-reiforced polymer for possible aerofoil
© IMAT / Fortmüller

A constant motivation in aeronautical engineering is the research of new materials that enable the weight reduction of flying objects without reducing their strength and thus effectively decrease their fuel consumption. However, since most of today’s commercial airplanes and helicopters are powered by fossil fuels, a reduction of the CO2 emissions towards zero is not possible. Therefore, another research focus is looking at the development of alternative propulsion systems that can reduce CO2 emissions even further and thus effectively counteract future climate changes.

In the course of the FFG-funded project IonAs, an all-electric propulsion system powered by ion wind was studied by IMAT in cooperation with the IHS (Institute of High Voltage Engineering and System Performance – TU Graz) and the IAV (Institute of Aviation – FH-Joanneum). Due to the fact that such ionic wind powered systems provide much lower thrust than conventional systems, weight reduction is even more important. This goal can be achieved by combining lightweight materials and additive manufacturing (in this case Laser – Powder Bed Fusion), which enables the production of highly complex parts that cannot be manufactured in any other way.

In this project, the team has successfully manufactured a hybrid demonstrator in the shape of an air foil that consists of two parts: The front part was additively manufactured with the use of AlSi10Mg alloy and shows the possibility of printing small structures of 200µm in thickness. The rear part of the air foil was made out of CFRP (Carbon Fibre-Reinforced Polymer) and was manufactured by the colleagues of IAV. Due to the great outcomings of this project, the follow up FFG-project IonAs² was approved and is already running, including two additional project partners (Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer – TU Graz and Institute of Electrical Measurement and Sensor Systems – TU Graz), with the aim to bring the idea of flying with the power of ions to a new level!

Inventors of the TU Graz

© sonja biedermann photography

On the occasion of the event "From Science to Innovation" on 9th of November at the Karl-Franzens University the Technische Universität Graz honors its inventors.
The award "Inventor of the TU Graz" was given to Sergio T. Amancio Filho, Christof Sommitsch, Pedro Effertz and Mohammad Reza Ahmadi (from left to right) for their groundbreaking inventions in the field of materials science.

  • "Method and equipment to produce metallic wire and polymeric filament using friction energy"  - with focus on materials recycling and repurposing for additive manufacturing
  • "Ferritic steel for service temperatures from 650 to 700°C"
  • "Development of post heat treatment for terrific creep resistant steels containing 15% Chromium"
  • "Additive manufacturing powders for use in additive manufacturing processes resulting in improved stability of steel melt-track"

Richard Marek Preis 2021


Mr. Dipl.-Ing. Matthias Moschinger, IWE and university project assitant at the IMAT Institute, has received the “Richard Marek Award 2021” for his article „Elektronenstrahlschweißen dünnwandiger Aluminium Liner“  Congratulations!

The award was handed over by the speaker of the presidium of the ÖGS, Mr. Guido Reuter. The prize was given for innovative solutions in welding technology.

further information

Once again on the 1st place

© sail attack
© sail attack

The HPS students managed again, after an exciting overtaking jad before the last stroke, with only a distance from 0.2 nautic miles but with a 30-minute lead over the second-place finisher in the home stretch, after a continuous 3-day race over the distance of 370 nautical miles in the class B46.

Round Palagruza Cannonball in 2016 1st place and again 1st place in 2021.


Our Congratulations  to the High Performance Sailing HPS Students Team of TU Graz:

Felix Meixner from IMAT, Tobias Wöhr, Jakob Fuchsberger, Bernhard Golser, Michael Kolm, Jakob Kreisel, Valentin Leutgeb and Vincent Philipp


guest lecture - Sorin Keller

Guest lecture "Welding and Brazing technology, as key processes in the manufacturing of power generation components" Sorin Keller, IIW president and  Manager Welding & Brazing Technology, GE Power on


new book

New book on Numerical Modeling and Simulation of Metal Processing edited by Prof. Christof Sommitsch.

published - open access - on the MDPI Books platform!


Our AddLab was presented during the 11th Conference of Learning Factory on 1-2 July 2021 in Graz.

Emission-Free Speed Record and offshore transportation!

V_REX by Peter Steinkogler

Peter Steinkogler, multiple state champion in various boat classes, designed a revolutionary sailboat concept, not only as a record-breaking sailboat, but especially how a sailboat could function most economically and effectively. - This especially for possible implementations for zero-emission cargo sailboats.
IMAT and furhter institutes at TU Graz were partners in the development of the V_REX in the fields of avionics, sensor technology, materials science, fluid mechanics, optimization and modeling.

At IMAT, bachelor theses for the finite element calculation of the hydrofoils as well as the production of the boat models for tests, which is now being put into action and can be actively supported via Kickstarter.

Build the fastest serial sailing vessel this summer AND scaling it up for emission-free offshore transportation for the future!

Projekt Partners and Institutes at TU Graz:

Univ.-Prof. Siegfried Vössner, Institute of Engineering and Business Informatics

Univ.-Prof. Franz Wotawa; Institute of Software Technology

Assoc.Prof. Walter Meile; Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer

Student Projects at IMAT:

  • Miha Gulic, 2020: „Designing a hydrofoil of an A-Class catamaran using Altair OptiStruct™ for composite analysis“
  • Bernhard Staggl and Julia Pohn, 2016: „Werkstoffwahl und Spannungsberechnung am Hydrofoil eines Hochgeschwindigkeitssegelbootes“
  • Hanno Pardatscher, 2018: „Modellbau eines Hochgeschwindigkeitssegelbootes für Windkanalversuche“
  • Christoph Resch, 2018: „Durchführung von Windkanaltests am V_REX Modell“

Poster: New concept highspeed sailing boat – model setup and wind tunnel test
H. Pardatscher1, C. Resch1, P. Steinkogler2, W. Meile3, L. Weingrill1 and C. Sommitsch1

  1. Graz University of Technology, Institute of Materials Science, Joining and Forming, Kopernikusgasse 24, 8010 Graz, Austria
  2. Godspeed sail racing academy, Pfaffingstraße 20, 4802 Ebensee, Austria
  3. Graz University of Technology, Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, Inffeldgasse 25F, 8010 Graz, Austria

15. Werkstofftagung

© TU Graz / IMAT Hoflehner

Das Programm zur 15. Werkstofftagung steht unter dem Motto "Additve Fertigung von performanten und hybriden Strukturen" und ist online verfügbar. Weitere Informationen zur Anmeldung und zu unserem Sponsoringangebot finden Sie unter

Materials Day

Professor Herman Nied - Fulbright Professor at IMAT

© TUGraz IMAT / Hoflehner

We welcome Prof. Herman Nied, Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics at the Lehigh University, Pennsylvania U.S. at Graz University of Technology.

Prof. Nied was selected for a Fulbright Award to Austria by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, a presidentially appointed 12-member board. The Fulbright Program is one of the most important and prestigious international educational exchange program of the United States.

Since 2009, several Fulbright Professors have been active in reserach and teaching at Graz University of Technology and we are proud to announce our first fulbright professor at IMAT for this summer term 2021.

Gastvortrag "Behebung von Schäden an Dampf und Gasturbinen -Rotoren durch Schweissen"

Gastvortrag "Behebung von Schäden an Dampf und Gasturbinen -Rotoren durch Schweissen" von Hr. Dr. Sorin Keller, Manager Welding & Brazing Technology, GE Power am

Montag, online am 08.03.2021 14:15 - 17:15 Uhr


Recent advances in additive manufacturing of shape memory alloys

© TUGraz / IMAT – Christian Hoflehner

The development of structural shape-memory alloys dates back the 1940s and 1950s, being the most employed alloy the well-known Nitinol (or NiTi). Due to the shape memory effect, these functional metals have the ability to be deformed and recover their shape when heated. In a nutshell, these functional effects deliver high stresses, therefore enabling Nitinol to be used as an actuator. However, their use in main stream functional-structural applications has been somehow hindered mainly to their complex processing, machining, and high reactivity. Additive manufacturing has the potential to mitigate these drawbacks, as near-net shape parts can be produced with lesser manufacturing steps and higher materials savings. In our recent publication https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1464420720975059 we have shown that NiTi alloys can be successfully additively manufactured with electron beam free forming fabrication (EBF3), also known as wire-based electron beam additive manufacturing (w-EBAM). The project has been led by Rafael Paiotti, project assistant and PhD candidate at BMK Endowed Professorship of Aviation in close collaboration with Florian Pixner from the Joining Technology group  Printed parts were tested in cooperation with Institute for Chemistry and Technology of Materials, under ad-hoc consultancy of Embraer.
Contact: Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sergio Amancio

our new Elite Students

from left to right: Jakob Wilhelm Hinum-Wagner, Talina Terrazas Monje, Stefan Ernst Herbst and Markus Tresniowksi

The best students are in great demand at all institutions in order to collaborate in research projects as well as in teaching. As a consequence, the ESP – IMAT Elite Student Programme for Materials Science, Joining and Forming was launched in the academic year 2016/17 to enable high-potential students to be in an interesting programme.  We welcome our new Elite Students for the academic year 2020/21.

furhter information ...

CANCELATION - guest lecture - Dr. Silvana Sommadossi, 29 October 2020

the guest lecture is canceled.

1st Meeting of the Brazilian Scientific Diaspora in Austria

From the left-hand side: Willian Sales de Carvalho, Marina Melo Gontijo, Minister Marcos Pontes and Sergio Amancio.

Vienna, 9/26/2020

The 1st Meeting of the Brazilian Scientific Diaspora was held on 9/26/20, in Vienna, with the presence of the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations, Mr. Marcos Pontes, the Ambassador of Brazil in Vienna, José Antônio Marcondes de Carvalho, and 21 researchers, residing in Austria and Slovakia. The meeting was opened with the words of the Ambassador of Brazil to Austria, which was followed by a speech by Minister Marcos Pontes and interactive debate with members of the diaspora. In his opening speech, Ambassador Marcondes highlighted the importance of observing the phenomenon of emigration of qualified professionals from the perspective of networks formed by researchers, instead of a concept exclusively of “brain drain”. He noted the diversity of present researchers, coming from different regions of Austria, and with different areas of expertise. The Brazilian Ambassador stressed the fact that ‘Brazil is an innovative and creative country’ and mentioned ‘the mobilization of Brazilian scientific diasporas abroad as one of the main tools to increase the scientific and technological cooperation between Austria and Brazil.’

Minister Marcos Pontes – an engineer and retired NASA astronaut - welcomed the organization of the meeting of the Brazilian scientific community in Austria, highlighting the importance of technology in human development and the fundamental role played by science, technology and innovation. Following topics were discussed in this meeting: (a) exchange of Brazilian and Austrian students, by supporting partnerships between research and teaching institutions in both countries; (b) identification of new R&D trends in Austria as a way to contribute to the establishment of new topics in Brazil; (c) Creation of an association for the Brazilian diaspora in Austria to foster the above-mentioned topics.

Marina Melo Gontijo, Willian Sales de Carvalho and Prof. Sergio Amancio (in the picture with Minister Marcos Pontes) had the honor of representing TU Graz and IMAT in this important event. Prof. Amancio had the chance to discuss current and future developments in the field of materials science and manufacturing with Minister Pontes.

Prof. Sommitsch is Speaker at the 11. Ranshofenener Leichtmetalltage

"Leichtmetalle, Werkstoff- und Prozesstechnologien im Kontext von Dekarbonisierung und Digitalisierung"

Stahlforschung auf Biegen und Brechen / steel research by hook or crook

© Lunghammer – TU Graz

The widely known and respected newspaper “Der Standard” publishes weekly a portrait of a young talent from science in the column called “Geistesblitz”. Researchers working in Austria are interviewed and invited to tell about their work, motivation and a small personal insight.

Marina Gontijo, one of the PhDs at IMAT, was invited to share about her work in this column, published on the 4th of March.

the article

Influence of Melt-Pool Stability in 3D Printing of NdFeB Magnets on Density and Magnetic Properties

3D printed NdFeB magnets; © IMAT – TU Graz

The publication of IMAT team brings new insight to the successful printing process of the neodymium-based magnets.The paper describes in an detailed way behaviour of the material molten by laser and its influence on the final magnetic properties of a 3D printed component.



Effective 3D printing of super-strong magnets

Siegfried Arneitz preparing the printing process on ORLAS CREATOR 3D printing system;
© Hoflehener, IMAT – TU Graz

One step closer to effective 3D printing of super-strong magnets. The team of IMAT / TU Graz researchers developed an effective 3D printing process of NdFeB magnets. Next goal is to translate the lesson learned to another promising material: FeCrCo.


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WKO research fellowship

© Foto Fischer
WKO president Josef Herk with Anto Zelic
© Foto Fischer

The Chamber of Commerce of Styria awarded the WKO Research Promotion Prize to 19 fellows and institutes this year. Mr. Anto Zelic received for his outstanding master’s thesis, which he carried out at our IMAT institute and under the supervision of Mr. Florian Pixner, the research prize of EUR 2,100 that was given by Mr. Josef Herk, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Styria on December 4, 2019 as part of the official grant ceremony. In total there were 5 scholarship holders from TU Graz.

We congratulate quite cordially!

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AddLab at TU Graz - opening on 11.12.2019

The AddLab@tugraz has recently started as cooperation between the two institutes IMAT (Institute of Materials Science, Joining and Forming) and IFT (Institute of Production Engineering) in the area of metal additive production using selective powder printing techniques. Currently two printers are available:

  • the SLM solutions 280 HL printer focuses on the printing process, the optimisation of the topology and the printing of comlex parts particularly of stainless steel
  • the printer Coherent ORLAS Creator RA is used in the area of materials research in particular of Ti alloys and magnetic materials as well as for the research topics reduction of support structures and the use of optimized powder

It is planned to extend together the AddLab@tugraz regarding technologies and materials

Student Project Marathon - Best Project!

Matthias Moschinger (IMAT TU Graz) and Alina Kuzicheva (Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University) won the first price for their work with the title "Comparison of LBM and EBW using the material 6082-T6" after presentation in St.Petersburg.


The Student Project Marathon

The Student Project Marathon


The international student project marathon was a cooperation between Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) and Graz University of Technology. The IMAT was involved in two out of six projects.

The Student Project Marathon

14th Materials Day

Rector Prof. Harald Kainz, Prof. Horst Cerjak and Prof. Christof Sommitsch
Students HTL Mödling
all pictures © TU Graz, IMAT - Hoflehner

The 14th Materials Day of the Institute of Materials Science, Joining and Forming of Graz University of Technology took place on November 28, 2019 and focused on innovative solutions in modern joining technology. In the beautiful assembly hall, Rector Prof. Harald Kainz welcomed around 130 participants coming from science and business, among them selected students of the vocational education and training college – HTL Mödling. In his opening speech, he introduced the impressive development of Graz University of Technology and responded to the contribution on this success of Em.Prof. Horst Cerjak, the person celebrating his big birthday. The head of the institute, Prof. Christof Sommitsch, subsequently paid tribute to his predecessor Em.Prof. Dr.mont. Horst Cerjak on his 80th birthday by pointing out selected contributions from his very fulfilling and and successful professional life. Afterwards Prof. Sommitsch presented an overview of the ongoing and prospective main topics of the institute.

In the first block of the event, two specialist lectures on current research topics were presented. Mr. F. Pixner talked about the wire based additive manufacturing as part of joining technology and Dr. M. Skalon presented the powder bed process, where he focused his lecture on an innovative approach to parameter development of new powders. After the coffee break Prof. G. Wilhelm, who also works for Lorch Schweißtechnik GmbH, introduced his research results of the MSG build-up welding processes of iron-tungsten pseudo-alloys under consideration of the welding process. Mr. E. Wagner focused then on the current situation of the additive manufacturing with electron beam in general and in particular on features at pro-beam GmbH. Ms. A. Putz presented parts of her PhD thesis in the field of flux-cored wire welding of standard duplex steel, notably the very innovative AHT method. After lunch, Mr. Th. Willidal (voestalpine Böhler welding Austria) presented the concept of the flux cored wire in general and in particular the implementation for a nickel-based alloy. Mr. H. Staufer from Fronius International GmbH, demonstrated the possibilities and potential of the laser-MAG tandem hyprid process in terms of the large tolerance to variable gap dimensions. Next, Prof. Amancio presented selected methods for joining dissimilar compounds, paying particular attention to the friction-based processes. The last presentation of Ass.Prof. Domitner focused on the simulation of self-pierce riveting in modern car body construction.

At the end of the seminar guided tours through the labs of the institute were offered. Summing up the Materials Day showed current trends and innovative solutions in modern joining technology from a scientific and industrial point of view and everybody had the chance of interdisciplinary discussions and networking.

further upcoming events

Inaugural Lecture Sergio Amancio

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On November 7, 2019 Prof. Sergio Amancio delivered his cutting-edge Inaugural Lecture at TU Graz with the title: Flying fast forward: Innovative hybrid materials and manufacturing technologies for aviation. In his talk he addressed the historical aspects of lightweight materials and structures in modern civil aviation and presented the latest developments on manufacturing of lightweight hybrid structures for future airplanes. The focus of Prof. Amancio’s lecture was set on novel joining and additive manufacturing techniques for metals, composites and metal-composite structures.

pictures of the event

guest lecture Dr. Sorin Keller

IMAT excursion to Diamond Aircraft

© IMAT/Hoflehner

Our last IMAT institute's excursion took us to Diamond Aircraft Industries. One of the leading aircraft manufacturer in general aviation. Thanks for the very interesting tour.


Richard Marek Award 2019

© Reed Exhibitions

Mr. Josef Plangger, Master student at the IMAT Institute, has received the this year’s “Richard Marek Award” for his article „Process development for additive manufacturing of a crane component“ within the scope of the fair „Schweissen 2019“ in Linz. Congratulations!

The award was handed over by the speaker of the presidium of the ÖGS, Mr. Guido Reuter. The prize was given for innovative solutions in welding technology.

further information

Advanced Materials Day

for the next ADVANCED MATERIALS DAY on 26th of Septmeber 2019

submit the abstract of your poster online until 20th of September

IMAT auf der Messe "Schweissen" vom 10.-12. September im Design Center Linz

Guest lecture from Dr. Sandip Ghosh Chowdhury at IMAT

40 Jahre Jubiläum - Österreichische Gesellschaft für Zerstörungsfreie Prüfverfahren

Innovatives Pulver revolutioniert 3D-Metalldruck

Downskin comparison of unsupported surfaces printed at decreasing leaning angle
© TU Graz / IMAT - Hoflehner

Mateusz Skalon hat ein innovatives Pulver für den 3D-Metalldruck entwickelt und arbeitet nun an dessen Marktreife.

An der TU Graz wurde ein Stahlpulver für die additive Fertigung entwickelt, das die Produktion komplexer Bauteile entscheidend vereinfacht. In einem Spin-Off-Förderprogramm wird nun an der Marktreife gearbeitet.

Kürzere Produktionszeiten, geringere Kosten und weniger Produktionsfehler: Dies sind nur einige Gründe, warum die metallverarbeitende Industrie immer öfter additive Verfahren einsetzt. 

... zum Artikel

STYRIAM METALS at the Fifteen Seconds Festival

Mateusz Skalon presenting NewGen Powders
Team: Miron Hrnić, Mateusz Skalon, Elisabeth Poandl, Martin Glinik, Timur Cerimagic
© TU Graz / IMAT - Glinik

Recently the STYRIAM METALS team took part in Fifteen Seconds Festival from 6 - 7 June 2019 in Graz and gave a pitch about the product.

STYRIAM METALS is a start-up team located in Graz (Styria, Austria) at TU Graz working on metallic powders for Additive Manufacturing.

Head of the team is Mr. Mateusz Skalon from IMAT.

The team develops a modification process of steel powders utilised for Selective Laser Melting (SLM). The powder modification allows to eliminate the need of supporting the printed components during the printing process. This extends a freedom of design by enabling a unique feature of horizontal printing without supports. With this unique technology it is planned to enter the rapidly growing market of additive manufacturing.

STYRIAM METALS is an outcome of FFG Spin-Off Fellowship programme: NewGen SLM Powder.

distinguished lecturer Prof. Majid Ayatollahi at IMAT

Jana Joeressen awarded with the Dörrenberg StudienAWARD 2019

Foto: © Doerrenberg / P. Krempin
fornt row from left to right: Hanne Schäfers, Sven Müller, Louis Becker, Jana Joeressen
rear row from left to right: Dr. Frank Stahl, Prof. Christoph Escher, Prof. Werner Zoch, Gerd Böhner


On March 7 2019, the Dörrenberg Studien AWARD was awarded for the 11th time to students, who have studied materials engineering topics such as steel, heat treatment, surface engineering or process engineering.

Ms. Jana Joeressen is one of this year’s award winners!
She was honored for her excellent Bachelor thesis „Corrosion tests on duplex steels“, that she carried out at the IMAT institute in 2018 under the supervision of Prof. Norbert Enzinger, Dipl.-Ing. Andrea Putz and Wolfgang Steinbäck from the corrosion laboratory. Congratulations!

Presentation of the Research, Technology and Innovation (FTI) Strategic Advisory Board for the Austrian aviation sector

Fotocredit: BMVIT / Mike Ranz

In a press conference on Dec. 12, 2018, the Austrian minister Mr. Hofer (BMVIT) has launched the Research, Technology and Innovation (FTI) Strategic Advisory Board for the Austrian aviation sector. Prof. Sergio Amancio – a member of the board - represents TU Graz in the area of materials and manufacturing technologies.

... for further information

Guest lecture from Prof. Dr. Nenad Gubeljak at IMAT

Metal-Polymer Multi-Material Structures and Manufacturing Techniques in Transportation

We would like to inform you about the open acess in the journal "materials"

Deadline for manuscript submission: 1 August 2019

BMVIT press conference

from left to right: Sebastian Schlund (TU Wien), Cristina Olaverri (TU Linz), Federal Minister Norbert Hofer, Mathias Böhm (TU Graz), Sergio Amancio (TU Graz). - © BMVIT/Mike Ranz

Vienna, 13.09.2018. Prof. Sergio Amancio met the Federal Minister of Transport, Information and Technology, Ing. Norbert Hofer at the official BMVIT Endowed Professorship event introducing the new university professors.

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The Behaviours of Alloys under Thermo-Mechanical Treatment

We would like to inform you about the open acess in the journal "metals" Deadline for manuscript submission: 10 May 2019

Excursion to Zellstoff Pöls AG

© IMAT/Hoflehner
Our last IMAT institute's excursion took us to Zellstoff Pöls AG , one of the biggest pulp manufacturer in Europe. Thanks for the very interesting tour.

Numerical Modelling and Simulation of Metal Processing

We would like to inform you about the open acess in the journal "metals" Deadline for manuscript submission: 30 June 2019

Advanced Materials Day

for the next ADVANCED MATERIALS DAY on 21st of Septmeber 2018 submit the abstract of your poster online until 14th of September

Embraer visits BMVIT Endowed Professorship for Aviation at Graz University of Technology

© TU Graz / IMAT, Sergio Amancio and Fernando Fernandez at the TU Graz- ACStyria Technology Meeting in Graz.
Senior research engineer Fernando Fernandez – responsible for new advanced materials and Processes at Embraer, Brazil - visited the new BMVIT Endowed Professorship for Aviation at the Institute of Materials Science, Joining and Forming (IMAT) from July 10th to 13th 2018. This was the first time a representative from the third biggest airplane producer visited IMAT, following an invitation from Prof. Sergio Amancio. “This was an important milestone to establish future projects and collaborations between TU Graz and Embraer in the fields of new structural materials and manufacturing techniques” says Sergio Amancio. Apart from visiting the facilities of IMAT, Mr. Fernandez met Prof. Franz Haas (head of the Institute of Production Engineering – IFT) who presented the facilities of IFT and the Smartfactory. Moreover Mr. Fernandez hold a keynote lecture at the “the ACstyria Technology Meeting Materials & Structures for Aerospace”co-hosted by TU Graz on July 12th (http://www.acstyria.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/180712_TM-Materials-and-Structures.pdf). He addressed Embraer’s visions and challenges for the next 20 years in the area of aircraft materials for an audience of industry and academia representatives.

New book on Joining Technology released by Austrian and German Materials Scientists

Photo: Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht / Rasmus Lippels
Passenger seats made of aluminum, railings made of reinforced plastics and struts out of carbon: the most disparate materials are combined in modern aerospace and automotive engineering. Joining these hybrid structures so that they are tear-resistant, and therefore secure, requires experience as well as precise expertise. In addition to conventional joining processes, such as adhesive bonding, welding or mechanical fastening, advanced joining methods have been introduced in the last decade. It has so far required a great deal of effort to identify the benefits and drawbacks of these various methods. This has changed in March 2018 with the publication of the new book Joining of Polymer-Metal Hybrid Structures: Principles and Applications (Wiley, USA) edited by Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Prof Sergio T. Amancio-Filho (Graz University of Technology, TU Graz, Austria) and Dr.-Ing. Lucian-Attila Blaga (Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, HZG, Germany). The book comprehensively describes the scientific basis and engineering properties of the state-of-the-art and novel joining technologies for the first time. Joining technology experts from North and South America, Europe and Asia have contributed with their expertise to the new book. We revised the fundamentals, properties and applications of advanced joining methods together with other joining experts from all over the world,” explains Prof. Amancio. “In addition to conventional methods, such as adhesive bonding and riveting, we address solid-state joining methods developed by my team of engineers in Germany, and now within the scope of my new BMVIT endowed professorship for aviation in Graz”. In these new joining processes, the metallic material is plasticized by using a rotating or vibrating tool that applies pressure and creates heat by friction, softening the metallic material, whereby the plastic or the composite polymeric matrix is partially fused or softened. These various materials are thus joined to each other mechanically and physically, forming connections that are exceptionally strong without the need for adhesives, filler materials or heavy fasteners. Technologies comprehensively described for the first time
The book deals with scientific properties, including structural, physical, chemical and metallurgical and/or polymer phenomena as well as technical properties, such as mechanical performance, design or application of the different methods. The theoretical descriptions are supplemented by applied examples from industry and research.
  Target Group: Higher Education and the Industrial Sector
The book’s target group consists of engineers in automotive and aerospace engineering and in the construction industry. Furthermore, it is also oriented toward students in the fields of mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, materials sciences, aerospace and automotive engineering. The editors also bear in mind the regional industry: “Numerous manufacturers in the fields of aerospace engineering and automotive as well as their associated suppliers are located in the Hamburg metropolitan region, as well as in the state of Styria in Austria. Their research departments especially will benefit from the expertise collected in the book," says Dr. Blaga with certainty.

... more information on wiley.com

New professorship at IMAT

Sergio Amancio - © Lunghammer - TU Graz
Christof Sommitsch, Sergio Amancio, Hermann Steffan and Franz Haas - © Lunghammer - TU Graz

The Graz University of Technology, and Austrian industry key-players establish Austria’s first endowed chair for aerospace research

With an average annual growth of over three percent globally, the aerospace sector is taking off. In order to take advantage of this potential, an endowed chair has been established at the Graz University of Technology in cooperation with industry partners voestalpine, Fuchshofer Präzisionstechnik, TCM International, and Diamond Aircraft Industries. Since March this year, this position has been officially held by German-Brazilian materials scientist Sergio Amancio. The aim of this cooperation between science and business is to establish an international competence center for the development of pioneering materials and production technologies in the aerospace sector. voestalpine is the largest industrial partner and, with its high-performance materials and special forgings used in extremely high-load-bearing structural, engine, and undercarriage parts, is one of the world’s major suppliers to the aviation industry. Harald Kainz, Rector of TU Graz, says “The new endowed chair and the team of experts at the Graz University of Technology is helping to turn Graz into a scientific hotspot, one closely linked to the regional aircraft supplies industry. Our aim is to become an internationally renowned center for aerospace materials and production technologies.” ... More

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Institute of Materials Science, Joining and Forming
Graz University of Technology
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