Zwick Science Award – promoting science

On 9 April 2014 the winners of the Zwick Science Award 2013 received their awards during the fifth Zwick Academia Day, held at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid. The specialist technical setting was provided by lectures on testing lightweight materials.

This year’s winner of the Paul Roell medal, together with the first prize of 5,000 euros, is Debrupa Lahiri, of the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee. Debrupa Lahiri received her Master’s in Technology from the IIT Kanpur and her PhD from the Florida International University. In her paper she describes the bonding characteristics between carbon nanotubes and substrates. The findings can, for example, be applied  to coating technologies for endoprostheses to enable better embedding of them in human tissue.

Second prize this year went to a paper from the United Kingdom, while two scientists, one from the USA and one from Germany, made an equally strong impression on the international jury, with the result that they shared third place.

The total of 119 entries for the Zwick Science Award, together with the series of scientific lectures during Academia Day, provide a comprehensive overview of important contemporary issues in materials testing. In this way Zwick is making an important contribution to the advancement of science.

Entries for the Zwick Science Award are invited once again this year; the closing date for submissions is the end of November 2014. Full information can be found at