Werner Koester Award for P. Strunz and P. Beran from NPI

06. 01. 2021

Pavel Strunz and Přemysl Beran, scientists of the NPI of the CAS, with researchers from Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum Garching, Siegen University and Technical University Braunschweig were part of an international team of authors who won last year's prestigious Werner Koester Award for outstanding publication in the International Journal of Materials Research (IJMR).

The prize was awarded for the article Effect of Cr and Ni on the microstructural evolution in Co–Re–Cr–Ni alloys (DOI: 10.3139/146.111855) from 2019.

Since 1992, the German Materials Society (DGM) has been awarding the Werner Koester Award together with Carl Hanser Verlag, publishing house of the IJMR. Each year, the IJMR Editorial Board selects publications from the previous year, focusing on fundamental original work in the field of materials science. The prize is named after Prof. Werner Köster (1896-1989), a German chemist and long-time director of the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart.

The award-winning publication deals with an alloy of cobalt and rhenium with an admixture of nickel and chromium, which is a promising material for future use in stationary and aircraft gas turbines. The ultimate goal is to develop a material that can withstand higher temperatures than existing superalloys in the demanding conditions of turbine operation. The turbine can thus operate with higher efficiency, which means fuel savings.