Introducing plenary speakers for EUROMAT 2021 – Professor Helmut Clemens

Over the coming weeks, FEMS will be profiling this year’s EUROMAT 2021 plenary speakers on their careers, what they are most looking forward to at the event and their upcoming talks in the lead up to the virtual event in September 2021.

First up in our series, we have Helmut Clemens who will be presenting his paper on ‘Intermetallic TiAl based alloys – from fundamental research to application.’

Professor Helmut Clemens is Chair of Physical Metallurgy and Metallic Materials at Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria.

Helmut Clemens studied materials science at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria, gaining his doctorate in 1987. He joined Plansee SE, Austria, as head of the Advanced Materials R&D group in 1990, gaining his lecturing qualification in 1997. From 1998 to 2000 he was Professor for Metallic Materials at the Institute for Physical Metallurgy, University of Stuttgart, Germany, before moving to the Institute for Materials Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum, Geesthacht, in a joint appointment as Professor at the Christian-Albrechts University Kiel, Germany. Since July 2003 he is head of the Chair of Physical Metallurgy and Metallic Materials at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben.

Throughout his career, he has been involved in a broad range of topics, including powder metallurgy, surface modification of medical implants, phase transformations, and recovery and recrystallization behavior of refractory metals. In particular, he is a well-known expert on the field of intermetallic titanium aluminides, with special focus on alloy and process development as well as microstructure-property relationship. He has authored or co-authored over 600 publications and given more than 110 invited talks.

Prof. Clemens has received over 20 national and international awards. In 2019 he received the Henry Clifton Sorby Award of the International Metallographic Society (USA).

What are you most looking forward to for EUROMAT 2021?

Reunion with old professional friends, interaction with young scientists and a variety of interesting lectures and discussions.

What would you say to those thinking of attending (virtually or physically) in September?

Like every EUROMAT conference, this year’s event will be a very interesting and well-organised event. Due to the large number of different symposia, there is something for everyone interested in materials science. Either to find out about new developments or to find out about the latest findings in your own specialist field. Do not miss this opportunity.

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