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 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 working on nanomechanical instrument and method development. In 2017, he received a SNSF Ambizione grant that allowed him to start an independ-ent research team. Since 2021, he leads the group for Architectured Materials.
His research interests lie in the design, synthesis, and multiscale analysis of architectured materials through combined experimental and modeling approaches. He investigates fundamental processes of small scale plasticity under extreme conditions, e.g. cryogenic temperatures and high strain rates. Furthermore, he studies the multiscale failure and toughening mechanisms in hierarchical materials 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 the Ashby diagrams and combine unusual combinations of material properties such as low weight with high strength and toughness.



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