Dr. Jakob Schwiedrzik - Personal Page
Dr. Jakob Schwiedrzik is group leader for Architectured Materials at the Laboratory for Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures. He received his diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Vienna Univer-sity of Technology in 2010 and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from University of Bern in 2014. He joined Empa in 2014 as a Postdoc working on nanomechanical instrument and method development. In 2017, he received a SNSF Ambizione grant that allowed him to start an independent research team. Since 2021, he leads the group for Architectured Materials.
Dr. Schwiedrzik's research interests lie in the design, synthesis, and multiscale analysis of architectured materials through combined experimental and modeling approaches. He investigates fundamental pro-cesses of small scale plasticity under extreme conditions, e.g. cryogenic temperatures and high strain rates. Furthermore, he studies multiscale failure and toughening mechanisms in existing hierarchical ma-terials such as bone or wood. This knowledge is translated into the simulation-guided design, synthesis, and characterization of microscale metamaterials that fill desirable white spots in Ashby diagrams and feature unusual combinations of properties.