Head of "Mech­an­ical Be­ha­vior of Ma­ter­i­als"

Prof. Dr. habil. Ben­oit Merle

Institute of Materials Engineering
Mechanical Behavior of Materials
Moenchebergstr. 3
34125 Kassel

Phone: +49 561 804-3656
Fax: +49 561 804-3650
Room: 2106
Email: benoit.merle[at]uni-kassel[dot]de

Scientific Career

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“.

Academic Education

    05/2019

    Habilitation in Materials Science, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
    06/2013PhD in Materials Science, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
    11/2005M.Sc. in Engineering, École Centrale de Lyon, France

    Positions

    since 2022Professor for Materials Engineering - Mechanical Behavior of Metals at the University of Kassel
    2019 - 2022Privatdozent (Akademischer Oberrat a.Z.), Group Leader, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
    2018Visiting Scholar, Texas A&M University, USA
    2013 – 2019Akademischer Rat a.Z. , Group Leader, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
    2007 – 2013Research Associate
    2006 – 2007Engineer, Siemens AG
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    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.

    2021Masing Award, German Society for Materials Research (DGM)
    2020ERC Starting Grant, European Research Council
    2020Wolfgang Finkelnburg Habilitation Award, Erlangen
    2019Best lecture award from the Faculty of Engineering (rank 1/57), Erlangen
    2016Best lecture award from the Faculty of Engineering (rank 3/53), Erlangen
    2015Best Poster Award at the „Nanomechanical Testing in Materials Research & Development V“ Conference, Albufeira, Portugal
    2015Best lecture award from the Faculty of Engineering (rank 1/24), Erlangen
    2014Young Researcher Award, German Society for Materials Research (DGM), Darmstadt
    2014Best PhD Award, Staedtler Foundation, Nürnberg
    2011Best Poster Award at the „Nanomechanical Testing in Materials Research & Development III“ Conference, Lanzarote, Spain
    2009Best Poster Award at the „Nanomechanical Testing“ Conference, Barga, Italy