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ERC Consolidator Grant:

HZG scientist receives top EU research funding

Great success for Professor Benjamin Klusemann: The head of the department at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht receives two million euros in ERC Consolidator Grants for his outstanding, future-oriented research.

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Professor Benjamin Klusemann [Photo: Brinkhoff-Mögenburg/ Leuphana]

Aircraft construction, automotive development or modern mechanical engineering: many branches of industry are placing ever higher demands on the behaviour of materials. For example, modern material combinations should be both high-strength and ultra-light. In Professor Benjamin Klusemann's department at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), research is being conducted, among other things, on friction-based processes for the production of materials and additive processing of such materials. Numerical models play a major role in this.

"I am very pleased about this grant and see it as a real motivation boost for my research," says Benjamin Klusemann. The vision of the project, now funded by the EU with two million euros, is to develop tailor-made materials and alloys with so-called "value-added" properties for use in additive processing using friction-based methods and then to apply the new alloys.

Benjamin Klusemann explains: "The main objective is the construction of the real process chain, coupled with the development of a digital twin, i.e. a digitalised model of the process chain". This is intended to achieve a hitherto unavailable understanding of the process-microstructure-property relationships, including the chemical composition for these processes, in order to be able to produce new and better materials and structures.

In his innovative approach Benjamin Klusemann wants to pursue combined modelling approaches to understand how the physical mechanisms in the processes work within the considered processes.

About Benjamin Klusemann

Benjamin Klusemann completed his doctorate in mechanical engineering at the TU Dortmund University in 2010. His postdoctoral position took him to the RWTH Aachen University. He then worked as an academic advisor at the Institute for Continuum Mechanics and Mechanics of Materials at the TUHH in Hamburg and for a further research stay in the USA at the California Institute of Technology. In 2015 he completed his habilitation in the field of engineering mechanics. Since 2015 he has been a professor at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and initially worked as a group leader in the department of laser material processing and structural evaluation at the HZG before he took over the department of solid state joining processes in 2019. He has received several awards for his research, including the GAMM Richard von Mises Prize in 2017 and the ESAFORM Scientific Prize in 2019.

About the ERC Grant:

With the ERC Consolidator Grant the European Research Council (ERC) supports excellence in science. The ERC Grant has been awarded for ten years and, with two million euros, is one of the EU's highest endowed funding measures for individual researchers. In order to receive funding, not only scientific excellence but also the groundbreaking approach of the project and its feasibility must be demonstrated. This year, projects in 23 European countries will be funded in total.

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