• Hector Fellows

    Distinguished researchers in STEM fields.

Prof. Dr. Peter Gumbsch

Institute of Applied Materials, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM

Hector Fellow since 2008

Peter Gumbsch holds the chair for Mechanics of Materials at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and is Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials in Freiburg and Halle.

His research activities focus on modeling and simulation of materials, in particular multiscale modelling approaches. His activities cover atomistic simulation, mesoscopic modeling as well as macroscopic materials descriptions. Central research topics are deformation and fracture processes as well as interface properties in metals and ceramics. He has recently started new activities in the area of tribology.

For his scientific work, Peter Gumbsch received the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG). He is member of the German Council of Science and Humanities, of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), of the German Academy of Engineering Sciences (acatech) and the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Since 2017, he has been chairman of the Scientific Commission of the German Council of Science and Humanities. He has been a member of the Presidential Board of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft since 2019.

Research fields

Material Mechanics / Materials Physics

  • Deformation & fracture processes
  • Interface properties in metals and ceramics
  • Tribology


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