On the 9th of April we had organized our 5th Academia Day in conjunction with the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid.
We had 7 outstanding presentations from international lecturers all dealing with the mechanical testing of lightweight materials. This was an excellent insight about some of the most important research fields. Weight reduction to make airplanes and vehicles more efficient with less carbon dioxide emission is one of the challenges for mankind.
In this context we saw applications using carbon composites as well as magnesium alloys just to name a few and their challenges to define the mechanical properties of the materials itself on a coupon level all the way to full scale tests.
But the highlight of the day was the rewarding of the 2013 winners of the Zwick Science Award.
With 119 submissions it has proved to be a difficult but enjoyable task, assessing the entries in order to draw up a shortlist and get the winners nominated. Our international panel of judges finally came to the following conclusion with a split 3rd place:
1. Debrupa Lahiri, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Roorkee, India
“Carbon Nanotubes: How Strong Is Their Bond with the Substrate?”
2. Beth Mortimer, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
“Forced Reeling of Bombyx mori Silk: Separating Behaviour and Processing Conditions”
3. Javier G. Fernandez, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, USA
“Unexpected Strength and Toughness in Chitosan-Fibroin Laminates Inspired by Insect Cuticle“
3. Jochen Hempel, University of Freiburg, Germany
“SAW Strain Sensors – High Precision Strain Sensitivity Investigation on Chip-Level”
After the reward ceremony all 4 winners had the chance to present their scientific work to an audience of more than 120 attendees of this Academia Day.
We are all looking for the next Academia Day in 2015 which will be announced soon and a large attendance in the 2014 Zwick Science Award.