Invited Speakers

Gerhard Ziegmann

Senior Professorship Composite Materials -

Institute for Polymer Materials and Plastics Engineering; Clausthal University of Technology

Study of mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen, specialising in plastics technology.

1979 - Doctorate at the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) Subject: Temperature-resistant plastics - production, structure and properties using selected examples.

1980 - Dornier, Friedrichshafen. Development of new construction methods for aircraft construction, mainly fibre composite structures.

1986 - Fa AKZO, Wuppertal. Head of application technology fibre composites (carbon and aramid fibre); establishment of a quality assurance system for the application technology laboratory, qualification for various aviation companies.

1990 - Head of the Construction Laboratory at ETH Zurich; development and expansion of the research laboratory with a focus on fibre composite technology.

Nov. 1998- Sept. 2012 - Head of the Institute of Polymer Materials and Plastics Engineering, TU Clausthal.

Oct. 2012 - Holder of the Lower Saxony Professorship in Composite Plastics.

Keynote Lecture: "Challenges for Composite Processing for Series Application"

The lightweight potential of fibre reinforced polymers in relation to light weight metallic structures is convincing in many applications and is transferred to series production in the transportation industry (automotive-, aircraft-, train applications) as well as in windmill production, sporting goods industry etc.

On the market there are different production technologies for different endues applications like filament winding, RTM technology with different variations, fibre placement (AFP etc.) or prepreg technology. With a new processing concept for an “Online Prepreg Technology” it can be demonstrated, that by this processing concept structural elements can be produced with a minimum of scrap and with short cycle times to produce highly sophisticated structures for different end use markets. This process will be explained in a detailed description and the advantages/sustainability aspects in relation to standard prepreg processes will be discussed intensively.

Seeram Ramakrishna


Professor Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng, Everest Chair  is a world-renowned poly-disciplinary scholar at the National University of Singapore, NUS. He is an elected Fellow of UK Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), Singapore Academy of Engineering, and Indian National Academy of Engineering. He is also an elected Fellow of AAAS, ASM International, ASME, and AIMBE (USA); IMechE and IoM3 (UK); ISTE (India); International Union of Biomaterials Science & Engineering (FBSE). His publications to date have received 177 H-index and 153,940 citations. He is named among the World’s Most Influential Minds (Thomson Reuters) and the Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in cross-field (Clarivate Analytics). Stanford University C-score ranks him among top six impactful researchers of the world in materials, biomedical engineering, and enabling & strategic technologies. He is the Director of Center for Nanotechnology and Sustainability. He served as NUS Dean of Engineering and University Vice-President of Research Strategy, which are ranked among the world’s top ten and twenty, respectively.

Plenary Lecture: "Future Directions of Materials"

For millennia, thousands of materials have been sourced, synthesized, developed and employed in the service of humans. Scholars grouped them to denote their historical significance, and to provide cumulative knowledge of enabling scientific principles and advances. Poly-disciplinary approach, which draws upon advances in diverse scientific fields, sets the stage for imagining future directions of materials, i.e. Intelligent Materials and Sustainable Materials.
Sustainable materials foster a healthy living environment via circular economy and elimination or reduction of associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, wastage, and resources depletion. They are purposely designed, selected with lower environmental footprint and social costs, and higher circularity while satisfying the cost as well as functional requirements. In other words, the sustainable materials are friendly to the Earth’s ecosystem and human health with high circularity performance. Intelligent materials are capable of sensing and processing external signals as well as internally generated signals, and produce optimized responses | behaviors. Shape memory materials, piezoelectric materials, photoelectric materials, protein and lipid-based biomaterials, and thermoelectric materials are rudimentary examples of intelligent materials. They are often interchangeably referred as smart materials.

This lecture seeks to describe and discuss the principles of sustainable materials as well as intelligent materials while siting case studies and examples.