Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Mücklich honored by several institutions of materials science
All good things come in threes. The Saarbrücken-based materials researcher and Steinbeis director Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Mücklich has been honored by three German and international institutions for his outstanding expertise in the field of materials science.
The world’s biggest society of experts in materials science, ASM International, has named Mücklich an ASM Fellow. Announcing the honor, ASM pointed to Mücklich’s outstanding theoretical knowledge and his technological contributions to the field of 3D microstructure research. Only a small number of foreign scientists have ever been honored with the American award. Mücklich is a professor of functional materials at Saarland University and the director of the Material Engineering Center Saarland (MECS, a Steinbeis Research Center). He is the only German to be honored as a new fellow this year. The American society of experts is appointing Mücklich as an ASM Fellow in acknowledgement of his scientific achievements as a material researcher over the past decades.
Mücklich was also appointed as one of the two presidents of the German Materials Society (DGM) at the society’s annual conference. Working alongside Dr. Oliver Schauerte (Volkswagen AG), he will be the joint chair of the traditional German society. And last but not least, the German Academy of Science and Engineering (Acatech) has appointed Mücklich as a member. His task will be to provide advice on recommendations made to the Federal Government regarding materials topics.
Mücklich’s work at the University of Saarland focuses first and foremost on the inner structures of materials. “Our 3D analysis techniques allow us to capture quantitative changes in the microstructures of materials. Development engineers working in industry have known little until now about the mechanisms within the inner structures of high-performance materials, or how these affect desired properties,” explains Mücklich. “So we can work out which tweaks to make to change the functional properties of a material – targeted and quantified – even on a micro, nano, and atomic scale.”