Dr. Jakob Schwiedrzik - Personal Page
Dr. Jakob Schwiedrzik is head of the biomechanics research team at the Laboratory for Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures. He received his diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Vienna University of Technology in 2010 and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from University of Bern in 2014. He joined Empa in 2014 as a Postdoc. In 2017, he started working as Scientist and received a SNF Ambizione grant to build up a biomechanics research team. His research interests lie in the analysis of multiscale mechanics of hierarchical materials using combined experimental and modeling approaches. The work of the biomechanics research team focuses on the microscale investigation of deformation mechanisms and yield properties of bone as well as their changes in the ageing skeleton. The aim is to gain a better understanding of bone fractures in order to predict fracture risk in patients more reliably in the future. Furthermore, other biological materials featuring a hierarchical architecture such as wood are investigated and new methods are developed for validating multiscale mechanical models or identifying nanoscale properties based on a combination of microscale experiments and analytical modeling.