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Industrieverein Sachsen 1828 e. V. awards Richard Hartmann sponsorship prize to Dr. Slim Naifar from Chemnitz University of Technology - Three students from the university receive Deutschlandstipendium scholarships

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The Industrieverein Sachsen 1828 e. V. awarded the Richard Hartmann sponsorship prize, endowed with 5,000 euros, at a ceremony on September 13, 2022, as part of the Industry and Science Day. With this award, the industry association annually honors scientific results in the free state that contribute to strengthening Saxony's economy with a high degree of innovation and practical relevance. This year's prize went to Dr. Slim Naifar, research associate at the Professorship of Measurement and Sensor Technology (Head: Prof. Dr. Olfa Kanoun) at Chemnitz University of Technology, for his dissertation, graded summa cum laude, in which he focused on energy harvesting from weak ambient kinetic energy sources.

As part of his doctoral work, Dr. Slim Naifar has succeeded in laying the foundation for a model-based design of magnetoelectric vibration transducers by developing a novel characterization method that uses atomic force microscopy to accurately model magnetostrictive materials such as iron, nickel and cobalt by evaluating optical surface features. This allows novel transducers to be designed on a model basis for different applications. The results have already been used to design energy converters for supplying wireless sensors from water movement in flowing waters. This new type of transducer is of utmost relevance for digitization in the industrial and automotive sectors, opening up interesting possibilities for the use of energy-autonomous wireless sensor systems in diverse sectors, such as maintenance in Industry 4.0, smart solutions in rail transport, and measurements on machines and vehicles in general.

The award ceremony, attended by Saxony's Minister of Science, Sebastian Gemkow, took place at the Chemnitz-based mechanical engineering company SITEC Industrietechnologie GmbH. The keynote speech on the topic "Don't be on the ropes" was given by boxing world champion Regina Halmich. She explained what success in the ring and in business have in common.

During the ceremony, new German scholarships were awarded to exceptionally talented Saxon students, including three students from Chemnitz University of Technology. Philipp Rößler (Microtechnology/Mechatronics), Max Kneisel (Mechanical Engineering) and Ricarda Schwarzbach (Medical Engineering) can look forward to receiving funding. In addition to financial support, the Industrieverein Sachsen 1828 e. V. offers its scholarship holders direct access to its network and all the events that take place in order to establish close contact between entrepreneurs and the best students at an early stage and get them interested in Saxony's mid-sized industry. Since its foundation in 2002, the association has awarded a total of around 270,000 euros in scholarships.

(Translation: Brent Benofsky)

Matthias Fejes

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