The world needs new multi-materials that are mechanically strong and tough in the practical continuum framework. These materials must be sustainable - even programmable to become compostable. These materials are researched via synthesis, experimental characterization, and numerical simulation. I target to progress the research of load carrying composite materials, focusing on i) scalability of thermo-mechanical features from micro to macro length scales, and ii) fracture, environmental degradation, thermo-mechanical deformation, and the durability of any bio-organism response. I love multi-disciplinary studies that combine various characterization methods, quantitative experiments, and numerical modelling.
My research in the research group of Plastics and Elastomer Technology is focused mainly on polymer and elastomer based composites and polymer/metal hybrids. Sustainability is one of the most important driving forces in my work and therefore topics, such as recycling of composites and plastics or microplastics, are in core of my studies. Characterization of the interfacial properties between the reinforcements and matrix and controlling the properties and degradation of the structure, are typical research questions in my projects. In addition, I am very interested in the correlation between microscopic and macroscopic test results, which I think is the key to implement our scientific research results into industrial applications. In addition to traditional experimental test methods, micro-/precision-robotic test concepts are often applied in my research projects, which allows us to study the mechanical properties of fibres and fibre/matrix interfaces in micro scale and enables unique possibilities to study the degradation of composite materials in a reliable manner. I am actively collaborating with industrial and academic partners both nationally and internationally.