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 

Scientific Events

Scientific Events

the Thermec'2021- International Conference on Processing & Manufacturing of Advanced Materials will take place in Vienna, May 9 - 14, 2021

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guest lecture - Dr. Silvana Sommadossi, 29 October 2020

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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