Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alfred Ludwig studied mechanical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe, with a focus on materials science and microsystem technology. He received his “Dr.-Ing.” from the University of Karlsruhe in 1999 for his work on magnetoelastic thin-film multilayers at the Institute of Materials Research at the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe.
Then he joined the “Center for Advanced European Studies and Research” (Bonn, Germany), research group "Smart Materials" where he focused on the development of high-frequency magnetoelastic thin films and devices. From December 2002 to September 2007 he was assistant professor for “MEMS materials” at the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and simultaneously head of the caesar research group “Combinatorial Materials Science”. From October 2007 to 2012 he was awarded a German Science Foundation (DFG) Heisenberg-Professorship for “MEMS Materials” at RUB.
Since the end of 2012 he continues as a full professor at RUB. He is currently the coordinator of the “Materials Research Department” at RUB as well as of the new research building “Center for interface-dominated high performance materials”. His research interests include combinatorial and high-throughput methods in materials science, MEMS tools for materials science, nanoscale thin films and multilayers, multifunctional materials (e.g. conventional and ferromagnetic shape memory alloys) as well as new materials for energy applications (e.g. solar water splitting materials, thermoelectrics, magnetocalorics). He has published more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals.
- Chairman micro-engineering
- Speaker Materials Research Department
- Member of the SFB 459 "Formgedächtnistechnik"
- combinational material science
- micro engineering
- thin-film technology
- Nano technology
- Magnetoelectronic materials, hydrogen storage in solid state