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Prof. Dr. Oliver Kraft - short bio

Oliver Kraft
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Oliver Kraft is Vice-President for Research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – KIT – in Germany. KIT is a University and National Laboratory with a staff of more than 9000 people.

Oliver Kraft graduated from the University of Stuttgart in 1995 in materials science. From 1996 to 1997, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Oliver Kraft worked as a research scientist at the Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung in Stuttgart from 1997 to 2002. In 2002, he was appointed as professor and institute director at the Institute of Applied Materials at Karlsruhe. From 2011 to 2015, he was also speaker of the Helmholtz-Program Science and Technology of Nanosystems that funds and coordinates efforts in nanotechnology at KIT. In 2016, he was appointed as Vice-President for Research at KIT. His personal research interests focus on deformation and degradation mechanisms in materials for a wide range of applications from microelectronics to energy conversion and storage. For the Materials Research Society, he was a member of the Board of Directors from 2011 to 2016 and has served in 2015 as President of the society.