PD Dr. rer. nat. habil. Martin Gurka, born 1967, studied physics at the University of Heidelberg and graduated in 1994.
From 1994 to 1998 he was a research associate at the Institute of Applied Physical Chemistry at the University of Heidelberg and received his PhD in 1998, working on a topic of nonlinear laser spectroscopy at functional interfaces.
Following his doctorate, Dr. Gurka joined Hörbiger Antriebstechnik GmbH, Schongau, as a project manager in the development of organic and metallic friction materials.
In 2000, Dr. Gurka was appointed Managing Director of Neue Materialien Würzburg GmbH. He was a member of the management of the Kompetenzzentrum Neue Materialien Nordbayern, a transregional competence center for materials research at the Bayreuth, Fürth and Würzburg sites. Between 2000 and 2008, Dr. Gurka represented the field of multifunctional materials and developed production processes and applications for active composites.
Then he joined Fludicon GmbH, Darmstadt. He was head of materials development and set up a production site for electrorheological fluids.
He joined the Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH in 2010 and heads the "Tailored and Smart Composites" competence field and is deputy head of the materials science department.
After successful habilitation, Dr. Gurka received the venia legendi for "Materials Science of Composite Materials" at the TUK in November 2022.
The list of publications is available here.