The “Advanced Polymer-Metal Hybrid Structures” Young Investigator Group
The activities in science and technology of polymer-metal joining at HZG started in 2003 with the first experiments on friction riveted polymer-aluminium joints by Amancio and collaborators at the Solid State Joining Processes Department. Although still recent, this joining research area at HZG has achieved recognition from the international community of science and technology of welding and joining. As result of its R&D efforts the polymer-metal joining area at HZG has been awarded several patents on innovative joining process as well as industrial and scientific prizes.
Led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sergio Amancio, a materials engineer with over 10 years of experience in friction-based related joining processes, the "Advanced Polymer-Metal Hybrid Structures” workgroup has been officially established in January 2010 in the Institute of Materials Research, Materials Mechanics (Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Norbert Huber), Solid-state Joining Processes Department (Dr.-Ing. Jorge F. dos Santos). Being co-financed by the Helmholtz Association and the Helmholtz-Center Geesthacht with a starting budget of over EUR 2 million within the programme Helmholtz-University-Nachwuchsgruppe (Young Investigator Groups) The workgroup has currently four young scientists directly sponsored by the Nachwuchsgruppe-grant and eight young scientists sponsored by third-party scholarship programmes and by HZG.
Since September 2011 the workgroup is also integrated in the Institute of Polymer Composites at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) through an Assistant Professorship ("Juniorprofessur”) in Joining of Polymer-Metal Hybrid Structures. Through this academic and scientific cooperation both workgroup’s and TUHH’s scientists can exchange ideas, perform common research and have access to available laboratories and research equipment. Furthermore the young investigators have the possibility to obtain their academic degrees at TUHH, currently one of the best emerging German technical universities.