Advanced ferrous alloys for a more sustainable energy sector

Patricia Jovičević-Klug joins MPIE as a Humboldt research fellow

September 06, 2023

Dr. Patricia Jovičević-Klug joined the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (MPIE) in 2023 as a Humboldt research fellow. At MPIE, Jovičević-Klug is part of the Corrosion Group in the department “Interface Chemistry and Surface Engineering”. Here, she carries out research relevant to the energy sector, seeking and optimising treatments and methods to improve the properties of known ferrous alloys.

“The global energy sector, particularly advanced and renewable energy, is growing faster than ever. My research responds to the increasing demand for material improvement, particularly in ferrous alloys, which are used in industries as diverse as medicine, steel industry, automotive industry, music industry, mining, aerospace and the energy sector. This way I am working to ensure lower CO2 emissions in steel production and a more environmentally-friendly future in the energy sector. I use a variety of methods and techniques and collaborate with colleagues around the world to achieve the desired results”, explains Jovičević-Klug.

She obtained her Ph.D. in Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies in the field of cryogenic treatment of metallic materials at the Institute of Metals and Technology, Slovenia and the International Postgraduate School Jozef Stefan, Slovenia. Jovičević-Klug is an active advocate for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and recipient of two esteemed awards: Distinguished Women in Cryogenics and Superconductivity, and Women Engineers You Should Know.

The Humboldt Foundation supports academic cooperation between outstanding scientists from abroad and in Germany. It grants these research fellowships to researchers who have excellent qualifications and their own research profile. As the awardee is free to choose any host institution in Germany, the prize counts as a great honour for both the awardee and the host institution.

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