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Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht’s Magnesium Award

Materials researcher Prof. Nicole Stanford was honoured with the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht’s Magnesium Award on October 13th, 2015. The scientist from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, received the award endowed with five thousand Euros for her research on developing new magnesium alloys. The prize was granted in Jeju, South Korea, as part of the "10th International Conference on Mg Alloys and their Applications”.


Dr. Nicole Stanford

Prof. Karl Ulrich Kainer, institute director at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht and director of MagIC praised the recipient:

“Nicole Stanford is still at the early stages of her carrier but is without a doubt an influential researcher in the area of alloy development. Her research has fundamentally contributed to a better understanding of how admixtures of rare earths affect the deformation and recrystallization behaviour of magnesium alloys. She was, in addition to the scientists at our institute, one of the first to point out a direct connection between texture and ductility.”

Magnesium, a lightweight engineering material, plays an increasingly crucial role in transportation technology applications. Hurdles still remain in the widespread use, for example, of magnesium wrought alloys, particularly of magnesium sheets, due to limited plasticity at low temperatures and altered mechanical properties. Under the leadership of Prof. Karl Ulrich Kainer, the work undertaken at the globally unique research platform MagIC is involved with intensive research into magnesium technologies of the future in order to better understand this behaviour.

About Nicole Stanford

The materials researcher earned her doctorate in 2003 at Wollongong University in Australia. Her thesis involved the study of microstructural stability of aluminium crystals. After time spent as visiting researcher at Imperial College, London, and at the University of Manchester, England, she now works at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

The Magnesium Award

Magnesium can assist overall in reducing weight, therefore making cars more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendlier. Chassis, steering wheels and instrument panels contain a considerable amount of magnesium even today. In order to advance magnesium research, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht founded the Magnesium Award in 2007. The prize is endowed with five thousand Euros and has been awarded every two years. The honour is bestowed on those with exceptional service in magnesium materials research.



Heidrun Hillen

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