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Pedro Ponte Castañeda is Guest at our Chair

October 15, 2014; Dominic Zäh

Professor Pedro Ponte Castañeda is winner of a Humboldt Research Award and stays for one year at our institute. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation describes the award as a recognition of a researcher's “entire achievements to date”. Professor Castañeda's research involves mathematical theories of homogenization that underpin composite and smart material systems. “We are interested in developing composite materials with unusual or superior properties by optimal design of their microstructures,” he said, “that is, by controlling the geometric arrangement of their constituent phases in space and time. An example is provided by the design of artificial muscles, which are materials that can undergo controlled deformations by application of appropriate magnetic or electrical fields”.