Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Weißgärber (IFAM Dresden, TU Dresden)


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Weißgärber is head of the Dresden branch of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM and a member of the institute’s management. He has held the professorship of Powder Metallurgy at TU Dresden since 01.04.2022. His expertise lies in the areas of powder metallurgy and additive manufacturing. He has worked on various material groups such as metal matrix composites, dispersion-strengthened materials, high-temperature, and lightweight materials and has published more than 200 articles and been involved in more than 18 patent applications. In 2018, he was awarded the “Skaupy Award”, the highest honour in the German-speaking world in the field of powder metallurgy and 2022 he received the EPMA Fellowship award.

Adj.Prof., Dr. Dr.Habil Susanne Norgren (Sandvik)


Within the field of powder metallurgy Susanne Norgren has published 75 research articles in addition to 400 published patents and patent applications. Her research spans from materials design, sintering and tribology of hard metal sand diamond materials to design of TI alloys, Co-Cr alloys and fundamental research on powder metallurgy. She has supervised 23Ph:D students from the company/university side all related to powder metallurgy. She has supervised 1.5 phd as principal supervisor and 4 as second from the university side. She did her habilitation in 2007 at KTH on hard metals including powder, compaction and sintering, phases and structures of cemented carbides, 2011-2020 she was an adjunct professor in Applied materials science at Uppsala university and 2020 she applied and qualified or the Lise Meitner adjunct professor position at Lund university. This after having gone through a full professors evaluation (again now at Lund). At Uppsala among other tasks she headed the strategic initiative on additive manufacturing -and during her management she created an international master in AM, which started this autumn, and in addition created a research centre-Add-Life focused on printed materials for the medical sector. Since 2004 to present she has been lecturing, planning and giving courses in sintering of hardmetal, wear and tribology of metal cutting tools and rock drills, and materials design on powder based materials –hard metal, diamond, titanium.

EPMI comprises 20 major European PM Research centres.

The EPMI is the result of the formation of a Group of major European PM focused research centres to work in the following areas.

  • Development of collaborative research projects between two or more partners
  • Transfer of students and/or staff on secondment between partners
  • Sharing of equipment on a case by case basis
  • Within the umbrella of the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) develop links with its sectoral groups to facilitate industry participation in collaborative research programmes and to promote the development of the Group
  • Support to EPMA in those activities related with education and research topics, as well as promote under this umbrella any convenient policy related to these topics.
  • To undertake an annual update of a joint programme of activities.

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