Tribology, Fatigue and Corrosion of metallic materials and metal-based composites for applications in mechanical, automotive, production and biomedical engineering.
Alfons Fischer received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in mechanical engineering from the Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany in spring of 1980. He completed his Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) and Priv.-Doz. (Private Lecturer) degrees in materials science and engineering from the same university in summer of 1984 and in fall of 1992, respectively.
From 1992 to 1996 he was head of quality management as well as vice-head of the center of analyses and testing of NuTech GmbH, Neumünster, Germany; a company providing laser processing technologies, materials testing, and failure analyses.
Since 1996 he is full professor for materials science and engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany from which he retired February 2019. His research (fundamental and applied) as well as his services (materials development and testing, failure analyses, expert reports) focus on fatigue, wear and corrosion of metals and metal-matrix composites with institutional and industrial partners in mechanical, production, automotive, off-shore, tooling, and biomedical engineering.
Since 2005 he is a visiting researcher at Rush
University Medical Center, Dpt. of Orthopedic Surgery, Chicago IL, USA and
since March 2019 also at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung,
Düsseldorf, Germany. He serves as co-editor-in-chief of the archival journal WEAR since
Jan. 1st 2020. He
has published more than 230 papers and co-authored 5 books.