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 14th Materials Day " Innovative Lösungen in der modernen Fügetechnik" will take place at TU Graz on 28 Nov 2019, organised by IMAT

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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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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

Erste Professur für Luftfahrtforschung in Graz ...


Institute of Materials Science, Joining and Forming
Graz University of Technology
Kopernikusgasse 24/I
8010 Graz - Austria

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