Prof. Dr.-Ing. H.-J. Christ
Holder of the Chair
Fakultät IV, Department Maschinenbau
Lehrstuhl für Materialkunde und
Education and Academic Degrees
· Diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, 1980
· Dr.-Ing. at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, 1984
· Habilitation at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, 1990
· "Karl-Gierl-Preis" of the Technical Facultiy of the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (1987) for an
outstanding doctorate thesis
· "Wolfgang-Finkelburg-Preis" of the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg for an outstanding Habilitation
· "Masing-Gedächnis-Preis" of the German Society of Materials Science (DGM) for exceptional scientific
· Chair offers at Freiberg, Munich, Siegen and Bayreuth
1980 - 1984 Scientific Collaborator at "Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaften, Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine
Werkstoffeigenschaften (Prof. Dr. B. Ilschner)"
1984 - 1990 "Akademischer Rat a. Z."
1990 - 1993 Senior Engineer (Oberingenieur)
1991 - 1992 Visiting Research Associate Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
since 1993 Full Professor of Materials Technology at University of Siegen
1998 Visiting Professor at University of Portsmouth, U.K.
2006 - 2008 Prorector for Research and Young Scientists of University of Siegen
since 2008 Member of the University of Siegen Board of Trustees
since 2008 Elected Member of the Review Board of the German Science Foundation (DFG) on
Materials Science and Engineering
since 2010 Coordinator of DFG-funded Priority Program SPP1466: " Life∞ – Infinite Life of Cyclically
Loaded High-Performance Materials"
· Member of the board of Directors of the German Society of Materials Science (DGM)
· Numerous Memberships in Societies, Editorial Boards of Journals and Steering Committees of
Total Number of peer reviewed publications: 380 articles, 1 monograph and 2 textbooksFields of Research
The main objective of research is a detailed understanding of the behaviour of metals and alloys under
complex conditions representing those in technical service of engineering materials. For this purpose
engineering materials are subjected to near-service conditions and both the macroscopic and the
microstructural changes are analyzed. The correlation of microscopic processes with the resulting
macroscopic changes in properties are used to obtain information on the relevant mechanisms and
damage processes, in order to develop a better prediction of the application limits and the expected
lifetime of materials under service conditions. The computer-aided description of the material behaviour
based on the occurring physical processes serve for the transfer of the experimentally gained results
to new applications.
Focal points of research activities: