Göken, Mathias

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Mathias Göken

Lehrstuhlleiter, Gruppenleiter Nanomechanik

Department Werkstoffwissenschaften (WW)
Lehrstuhl für Werkstoffwissenschaften (Allgemeine Werkstoffeigenschaften)

Raum: Raum 3.12 / 3.13
Martensstr. 5
91058 Erlangen 91058 Erlangen


Academic Education

  • 6/1990
    Diploma degree in Physics, University of Münster, Diploma thesis in Surface Science (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. A. Benninghoven)
  • 4/1995
    Doctoral degree in natural science at the RWTH Aachen, PhD thesis: In-situ investigations of loaded cracks in NiAl with the Scanning Tunneling and Atomic Force Microscope
  • 2/2002
    Habilitation at the University of Saarland in Materials Science, Thesis title: Microstructure, interfaces and local mechanical properties of advanced materials

Professional Career

  • 10/1990 – 12/1995
Research associate at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Düsseldorf in the department of Physical Metallurgy (Prof. P. Neumann)
  • 01/1996 – 9/2002
Senior scientist (group leader: Scanning Probe Microscopy) at the University of Saarbrücken in the Department of Materials Science (Prof. H. Vehoff)
  • 11/1998 – 10/1999
Visiting scholar at Stanford University, CA, USA, Department of Materials Science and Engineering with Prof. W. D. Nix
  • Since 10/2002
Full professor (C4) and Chair of the Institute for General Materials Properties in the Department of Materials Science at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 2005 – 2009
In addition provisional Chair for Microcharacterisation WW7 and head of the joint research laboratory on high resolutional electron microscopy at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Since 2006
Member of the Board of Directors of the Central Institute for New Materials and Processing, ZMP in Fürth
  • Since 2007
Principal Investigator in the Cluster of Excellence „Engineering of Advanced Materials“ at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg and Coordinator of the newly founded Centre for Nanoanalysis and Electron Microscopy, CENEM (Research area A-2 of the Cluster of Excellence)
  • 2008 – 2010
Chair of the Department for Materials Science and Engineering

Awards and Honours

  • 1998
Feodor-Lynen fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt-foundation, Bonn
  • 2000
Masing Gedächtnispreis (Masing Memorial Prize) of the Germany Society for Materials Science, DGM
  • Since 2012
Elected member of the Professional Council 406 „Materials Science & Engineering“ of the German Research Foundation, DFG (reelected in 2015)
  • 2013-2016
Chair of the Metals and Materials Physics Section of the German Physical Society (DPG) and Board member of the DPG

Professional Activities

  • Coordinator of a Research training group (DFG-Graduiertenkollegs 1229) „Stable and metastable Multiphase Systems for Elevated Service Temperatures“ funded since 2004 from the DFG
  • Coordinator of the Center for Nanoanalysis and Electron Microscopy, CENEM in the cluster of excellence Engineering of Advanced Materials.
  • Coordinator of a new Bachelor and Master program on Nanotechnoloy at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg in 2008
  • Principal Editor of the Journal of Materials Research (since 2016)
  • Chairman of the ECI-conference on Nanomechanical Testing in Materials Research and Development; Barga, Italy; October 11-16, 2009
  • Chairmen of the Working Group for Metal and Materials Physics of the DPG from 2010-2013 (and in this function responsible for organizing its part at the DPG spring meeting)
  • Member of the advisory board for the Helmholtz program “Energy efficiency, materials and resources, EMR” at the KIT Karlsruhe
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the IFW Dresden (Since 2013)


Mathias Göken has published more than 220 publications in international journals, 3 book chapters, 3 books (as editor). For a detailed list of publications, please visit Google Scholar.

























  • Mikroskopische Ursachen für Risswachstum
  • Nanocrystalline and ultrafine-grained materials processed by accumulative roll bonding, and pulsed electrodeposition, nanolamellar metallic composites, light weight construction materials, High temperature materials (Ni-base and Co-base superalloys, TiAl alloys, oxide protection coatings), biomaterials, amorphous carbon coatings, diamond coatings
  • Mechanical properties (fracture, fatigue, creep) and deformation mechanisms of nano-materials, residual stresses
  • Microstructural characterization of structural materials by: atomic force microscopy, atom probe microscopy, transmission electron microscopy; in-situ deformation; tomography by FIB
  • Nanomechanics: nanoindentations, microcantilever testing, bulge testing of thin films, size effects and strain gradient plasticity, in-situ deformation studies, Interfaces and coatings, interface strength