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Post-doc wins prize for DPhil thesis

Recent DPhil graduate Dr Maria Lissner is awarded the 2021 PhD Thesis Prize by DYMAT

Dr Maria Lissner

Dr Maria Lissner, current post-doctoral researcher and recent Oxford Engineering DPhil graduate in the field of Solid Mechanics and Impact Engineering, has been awarded the DYMAT 2021 PhD Prize.

DYMAT is the ‘European association for the promotion of research into the dynamic behaviour of materials and its applications’. Research into the dynamic behaviour of materials has numerous applications such as how materials behaviour under crash conditions in various modes of transport, the effects of industrial explosions and how materials are processed.

“Winning this international competitive award is a great recognition of the scientific achievements and research efforts I have accomplished during my DPhil.”

Lissner’s thesis, titled ‘Characterisation and modelling of the rate-dependent behaviour of adhesive bonded interfaces’, looks at how structures made of adhesively bonded similar and different materials behave under stress, with applications in areas such as aerospace. Following application and being shortlisted, Lissner had to present her research in a 15 minute presentation for the DYMAT PhD Thesis prize election committee.

On winning the prize, Lissner says, "I would like to express my gratitude to the DYMAT Association for giving me the opportunity to promote my DPhil with this award. I am very honoured to have received the best PhD award from DYMAT this year. Winning this international competitive award is a great recognition of the scientific achievements and research efforts I have accomplished during my DPhil. But this achievement is not only due to me. I am incredibly grateful to all the people who supported me along the way."

Lissner’s success will be celebrated at a dedicated ceremony at the DYMAT 2021 International Conference held in Madrid in September 2021.