Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kaysser

Wolfgang Kaysser

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kaysser
Scientific Director

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Professor Wolfgang Kaysser was appointed Scientific Director of Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht in July 2003. He is responsible for managing and coordinating research at the Research Centre across its full spectrum of activities in the fields of materials research, polymer research, regenerative medicine, neutron and synchrotron scattering methods and coastal research.

Before his appointment as Scientific Director at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Prof. Kaysser served as Director of the Institute of Materials Research at the German Aeronautics and Space Centre (DLR) in Cologne from 1992, a position held in conjunction with the Chair of Applied Metallurgy in Nonferrous Metals at the RWTH University in Aachen. After completing his doctorate, Prof. Kaysser led a research group at the Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy of the Max Planck Institute of Metal Research in Stuttgart over the period from 1979 to 1992.

The group’s activities focused on the activated sintering of metals, ceramics and composite materials, on gas atomisation and on hot isostatic pressing. During this time, Prof. Kaysser was also active in teaching or research at a variety of national and international scientific establishments — such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Jozef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Berlin University of Technology — where his scientific interests included metallic and ceramic sintering processes, light-metal alloys (Al, Ti), copper alloys, intermetallic phases, steel, high-temperature protective and thermal-insulating layers, metallic and ceramic fibre composites, thermoelectric materials and the field of material mechanics.

Prof. Kaysser served as an executive member of a number of scientific bodies for several years, including the Functionally Graded Materials Forum (JSNT) and the International HIP Committee (ICH), and he is a member of numerous scientific organizations.

Prof. Kaysser commenced studies in metallurgy at the University of Stuttgart in 1971, obtaining his doctorate with a thesis on “Reactions during the Liquid Phase Sintering of Binary Systems” in 1978 and a postdoctoral qualification on the subject of “Sintering with Additives” at Berlin University of Technology in 1990.