ERC Starting Grant

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Award year: 2018

Category: Scholarship / Grant

Type: ERC Starting Grant

Awarding organization: Europäischer Forschungsrat (ERC)

Steel has been used as a material for thousands of years, but it will continue to play an important role in the future. Hydrogen is set to become an important energy source and steel tanks will be required for storing it, which underlines the significance of research into advancing the development of this material. Peter Felfer has accepted the challenge. However, hydrogen is really the arch-enemy of steel. When penetrated by hydrogen, steel quickly becomes fragile and brittle. Peter Felfer is researching the mechanisms behind this process.