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16 July 2007
Professor Ian Hutchings
The Staudinger-Durrer Medal (Silver)
Professor Ian Hutchings gave the Staudinger-Durrer lecture at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich) where he was awarded the Staudinger-Durrer Prize and Medal. The lecture was given as part of the Materials Day 2007 – 'Sticking and Sliding, Wearing and Tearing symposium' which addressed research at the cutting edge of sticking and sliding, wearing and tearing, and its significance for Materials Science, Biology, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Ian's lecture was on 'Manufacturing by subtractive and additive processes: wear and inkjet printing'. New experimental techniques involving high-speed photography and digital image analysis are being used at the Department's Inkjet Research Centre to study the development of small-scale liquid jets and drops, and recent results from this work were reviewed. A PDF of an abstract of the lecture can be downloaded here as a 33KB file.
To emphasize the importance of Materials Science at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich), the Department of Materials awards the Staudinger-Durrer Prize at its Materials Day. The prize serves to honor those who have rendered outstanding services to materials science, and is named after two of the major scientists in the field to emerge from the ETH Zurich in the 20th century: Hermann Staudinger and Robert Durrer. Hermann Staudinger was Professor at the ETH-Zurich in the period 1912-1926, In 1953 he won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his pioneering work in the field of macromolecules. Robert Durrer was Professor at the ETH from 1943 to 1961. He laid the foundation for oxygen-based metallurgy, the so-called LD (Linz-Durrer) process.
For more information on the Materials Day 2007 – Sticking and Sliding, Wearing and Tearing symposium please visit www.materialsday.mat.ethz.ch. For more information on the Staudinger-Durrer Prize please visit www.mat.ethz.ch/
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