Head of "Mechanical Behavior of Materials"
Prof. Dr. habil. Benoit Merle
Benoit Merle is an expert in nanomechanical testing. He graduated with distinction from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France in 2005. After spending a few years as an engineer with Siemens AG, he joined the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg to pursue a PhD on the mechanical behavior of thin films. He obtained his doctorate degree (Dr.-Ing.) with distinction in 2013 (advisor: Prof. M. Göken) and went on to establish the nanomechanics group which he leads until 2022. He spent the summer 2018 at Texas A&M university on an extended research stay with Prof. George Pharr. Back in Erlangen, he completed his habilitation (Dr.-Ing. habil.) in the field of materials science in May 2019. In May 2022, he joined the University of Kassel as professor for materials engineering with a research group on the „Mechanical Properties of Materials“.
|Habilitation in Materials Science, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg|
|06/2013||PhD in Materials Science, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg|
|11/2005||M.Sc. in Engineering, École Centrale de Lyon, France|
|since 2022||Professor for Materials Engineering - Mechanical Behavior of Metals at the University of Kassel|
|2019 - 2022||Privatdozent (Akademischer Oberrat a.Z.), Group Leader, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg|
|2018||Visiting Scholar, Texas A&M University, USA|
|2013 – 2019||Akademischer Rat a.Z. , Group Leader, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg|
|2007 – 2013||Research Associate|
|2006 – 2007||Engineer, Siemens AG|
Prof. Merle is the author or co-author of many publications in international peer-reviewed and principal editor of the Journal of Materials Research. He has given numerous invited presentations (TMS, DPG, MSE, ESMC…) and organized symposia at major international conferences (ICMCTF, E-MRS, TMS). The quality of his work has been acknowledged by several awards, e.g. from the German materials society (DGM) and the Staedtler Foundation. He has also received teaching awards for his lectures at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. In 2020, he was awarded a prestigious ERC Starting Grant by the European research Council.
|2021||Masing Award, German Society for Materials Research (DGM)|
|2020||ERC Starting Grant, European Research Council|
|2020||Wolfgang Finkelnburg Habilitation Award, Erlangen|
|2019||Best lecture award from the Faculty of Engineering (rank 1/57), Erlangen|
|2016||Best lecture award from the Faculty of Engineering (rank 3/53), Erlangen|
|2015||Best Poster Award at the „Nanomechanical Testing in Materials Research & Development V“ Conference, Albufeira, Portugal|
|2015||Best lecture award from the Faculty of Engineering (rank 1/24), Erlangen|
|2014||Young Researcher Award, German Society for Materials Research (DGM), Darmstadt|
|2014||Best PhD Award, Staedtler Foundation, Nürnberg|
|2011||Best Poster Award at the „Nanomechanical Testing in Materials Research & Development III“ Conference, Lanzarote, Spain|
|2009||Best Poster Award at the „Nanomechanical Testing“ Conference, Barga, Italy|