The Bill Sproul Award and Honorary ICMCTF lectureship is to recognize the achievements of a mid-career researcher who has made outstanding scientific and/or technological contributions in areas of interest to the Advanced Surface Engineering Division (ASED) of the AVS, with an emphasis in the fields of surface engineering, thin films, and related topics.
Paul Mayrhofer is a University Professor of Materials Science at the Institute of Materials Science and Technology, and chairs the Materials Science Division at the University TU Wien, Vienna, since 2012. He received a Dr. in 2001 and a Habilitation in 2005 in Materials Science at the University of Leoben. Paul spent his post-doc and Erwin-Schrödinger-Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, RTWH Aachen, and Linkoping University. Paul is currently Dean of Academic Affairs for Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering – Management at TU Wien. Editor for Short Communications of Vacuum, and on the Editorial Board of Surface and Coatings Technology.
Paul has pioneered age hardening within hard ceramic thin films based on ternary nitrides and borides and is fascinated by phase transitions in general. His research activities focus on the development and characterization of vapor phase deposited nanostructured materials by a combination of computational and experimental material science. He won the prestigious START prize of the Austrian Science Fund and served scientific societies in numerous appointed and elected positions. Paul is an elected member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He is active in the ASED, where he has served as Division Chair in 2020. He was Editor of the ICMCTF Proceedings in 2007, 2008, and 2009, and the Program and General Chair of ICMCTF in 2012 and 2013. He also served as the Chair of the ASED Sessions at the AVS International Symposium and Exhibition (2008–11, 2016–17). Paul is a Fellow of AVS for Seminal contributions in the development of vapor phase deposited nanostructured materials and self-hardened protective coatings of ternary nitrides and borides. He has published more than 300 SCI-listed papers in the general field of thin film materials science, with >15,000 citations to these (h-index of 65; GS), and holds 13 patents regarding hard coatings.