Dr Richard Weinkamer

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Network Theme Leader, MPICI

PhD, University of Vienna, Austria, and Rutgers University, USA


  • Mechanobiological systems bone processes in living bone like
  • Bone remodeling, healing and mineralization
  • Porosity of bone on different length scales
  • Computer modeling of mechanics, growth and adaptation of biological materials
  • Structure-function relations and mechanical properties of hierarchically structured biological tissues
  • Use of scanning acoustic microscopy for a micromechanical characterization of biological materials
  • Phase transformation in natural and artificial materials


Academic Qualifications

Studies of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, University of Vienna, 1985-1995

Master in Mathematics, University of Vienna, 1995

PhD in Physics, University of Vienna and Rutgers University, USA, 1995-2000
Doctoral Thesis: Diffusion and diffusional phase transformations in binary alloys

Academic Career

Postdoc at the Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science, Leoben

Since 04/2003
Group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Colloid and Interfaces

Since 06/2012
Associated Investigator at the Cluster of Excellence “Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory”, Humboldt University Berlin

Habilitation in Theoretical Physics, Humboldt University Berlin
Habilitation Thesis: Processes in living bone and the resulting structural changes – computational studies

Since 03/2014
Associated Investigator of the Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies (BSRT)


Email: richard.weinkamer@mpikg.mpg.de

Phone: +49 331 567 9410