ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Peter SUPANCIC

Professor, assistant chair, postdoctoral research fellow


Phone: +43 (0) 3842 402 4109
Room: 309

Personal background

  • 1985-1993 Study of Physics and Chemistry at Karl-Franzens-Univ. Graz (Masters degree in July 1993 in theoretical physics: “Simulation von optisch angeregten Ladungsträgern in Halbleitern”)
  • 1995-1998 Ph. D. in materials science (graduated in Dec. 1998: “Mechanische Stabilität von keramischen Kaltleiterbauteilen – Experimentelle Untersuchung und Theoretische Modellierung”)
  • 2. April 2004 Habilitation: topic „Functional Ceramics

Professional Development

  • Aug. 1993- Sept. 1994: Univ. assistent at Inst. of Theoretical Physics/Karl-Franzens Univ. Graz
  • Oct. 1994 – Sept. 1995: Scientific research officer at Siemens/Matsushita Austria
  • 1.10.1995 - 26.4.1996: Army service
  • May 1996 – Sept. 1999: Research fellow at ISFK/ Montanuniversität Leoben
  • Oct. 1999 – Sept. 2004: Univ. assistant at ISFK/ Montanuniversität Leoben
  • since Oct. 1. 2004 Ao. Prof. at ISFK/ Montanuniversität Leoben


  • „Steirischer Forschungsförderungspreis 2001“, Graz, 19.1.2002
  • „Georg Sachs Preis 2001“ of the DGM, Aachen, 18./19.6.2002

List of Publications

  • M. Schloffer, C. Teichert, P. Supancic, A. Andreev, Y. Hou, and Z. Wang, "Electrical characterization of ZnO multilayer varistors on the nanometre scale with conductive atomic force microscopy", Journal of the European Ceramic Society, vol. 30, pp. 1761-1764, 2010.
  • H. Grünbichler, J. Kreith, R. Bermejo, P. Supancic, and R. Danzer, "Modelling of the Ferroic Material Behaviour of Piezoelectrics: Characterisation of Temperature-sensitive Functional Properties", Journal of the European Ceramic Society, vol. 30, pp. 249-254, 2010.
  • R. Danzer, T. Lube, P. Supancic, and R. Damani, "Fracture of Ceramics", in Ceramics Science and Technology. vol. 2, R. Riedel and I.-W. Chen, Eds. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH, 2010, pp. 531-575.
  • P. Supancic, R. Danzer, S. Witschnig, E. Polaczek, and R. Morrell, "A New Test to Determine the Tensile Strength of Brittle Balls - The Notched Ball Test", Journal of the European Ceramic Society, vol. 29, pp. 2447-2459, 2009.
  •  E. Kaschnitz and P. Supancic, "Three-Dimensional Finite-Element Analysis of High-Speed (Millisecond) Measurements", International Journal of Thermophysics, vol. 26, pp. 957-967, 2005.
  • P. Supancic, U. Hohenester, P. Kocevar, D. Snoke, R.M. Hannak, W.W. Rühle: "Transport Analysis of the Thermalization and Energy Relaxation of Photoexcited Hot Electrons in Ge-doped GaAs", Phys. Rev. B 53 [12] (1996), 7785-7791
  • P. Supancic, M. Schullatz, U. Hohenester, P. Kocevar, L. Rota: "A Theoretical Analysis of the Picosecond and Sub-Picosecond Infrared-Absorption of Hot Holes in Germanium", J. Appl. Phys. 81 (1997), 1916-1922
  • P. Supancic, M. Hangl, J. Riedler, R. Danzer: "Bruch von Elektrokeramiken", in: Michael Pohl, Robert Danzer (Eds.), Proc. of 6. Tagung Gefüge und Bruch, Ruhr- Universität Bochum, 1999, Institut für Werkstoffe
  • P. Supancic: "Mechanical Stability of BaTiO3-based PTC Thermistor Components: Experimental Investigations and Theoretical Modelling", J. Eur. Ceram. Soc. 20 [12] (2000), 2009-2024
  • P. Supancic, M. Hangl, R. Danzer: "Bruch von Elektrokeramiken", Keramische Zeitschrift 52 [8] (2000), 671-677
  • R. Danzer, P. Supancic, M. Hangl, M. Lengauer: "Fracture of Electroceramics", in: L. Parilák (Ed.), Proc. of International Conference on Fractography, Slovak Academy of Science, Košice, 2000, 44-55
  • R. Danzer, T. Lube, P. Supancic: "Monte-Carlo Simulations of Strength Distributions of Brittle Materials - Type of Distribution, Specimen- and Sample Size", Z. f. Metallkde. 92 [7] (2001), 773-783
  • P. Supancic, M. Lengauer, R. Danzer: "Mechanical Failure of Electroceramical Components", in: J. G. Heinrich, F. Aldinger (Eds.), Ceramic Materials and Components for Engines, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2001, 325-331
  • A. Börger, P. Supancic, R. Danzer: "Optimization of the Brazilian Disc Test for Ceramic Marterials", in: J. G. Heinrich, F. Aldinger (Eds.), Ceramic Materials and Components for Engines, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2001, 211-216
  • M. Fellner, P. Supancic: "Thermal Shock Failure of Brittle Materials", Key Eng. Mat. 223 (2002), 97-106
  • P. Supancic: "Fracture and Fractography of Electroceramics", Key Eng. Mat. 223 (2002), 69-78
  • A. Börger, P. Supancic, R. Danzer: "The Ball on three Balls Test for Strength Testing of Brittle Discs - Stress Distribution in the Disc", J. Eur. Ceram. Soc. 22 [8] (2002), 1425-1436
  • R.F. Hill, P.H. Supancic: "Thermal Conductivity of Platelet-Filled Polymer Composites", J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 85 [4] (2002), 851-857
  • A. Börger, P. Supancic: "Fracture of Brittle Discs under Biaxial Loading", in: A. Neimitz, I.V. Rokach, D. Kocanda, K. Golos (Eds.), Fracture Mechanics Beyond 2000 -Proc. of ECF 14, Vol. I, EMAS Publications, Sheffield, 2002, 345-352
  • R. Danzer, A. Börger, P. Supancic, M.A.R. Villanueva: "Ein einfacher Festigkeitsversuch für Scheiben aus spröden Werkstoffen", Mat.-wiss. u. Werkstofftech. 34 (2003), 490-498
  • K. Preis, O. Biro, P. Supancic, I. Tigar: "FEM Simulation of Thermistors including Dielectric Effects", IEEE Transactions on Magnetics 39 [3] (2003), 1733-1736
  • R. Danzer, P. Supancic, T. Lube: "Failure Statistics Beyond the Weibull Behavior", CESP 24 [4] (2003), 497-502
  • P. Supancic, R. Danzer: "Thermal Shock Behavior of BaTiO3 PTC-Ceramics", CESP 24 [4] (2003), 371-379
  • R. Danzer, P. Supancic: "Mechanical Failure and Mechanical Design of Electro Ceramic Components", CESP 24 [4] (2003), 21-26
  • A. Börger, P. Supancic, R. Danzer: "Strength Characterisation of Small Ceramic Discs using the Ball on Three Balls Test", CESP 24 [4] (2003), 365-370 eingereicht
  • R. Danzer, P. Supancic: "Bruch von Elektrokeramiken", to be published in: Proc. of Jahrestagung der DKG, Bayreuth, 2001
  • P. Supancic, R. Danzer: "Zuverlässigkeit von Kaltleiterbauelementen: Thermal Management und elektrischer Prooftest", to be published in: Proc. of DGM/DKG Symposium "Qualitätssicherung und Zuverlässigkeit elektrokeramischer Bauteile", Dresden, 2001
  • P. Supancic, R. Danzer: "Measuring the PTC Resistance/Temperature Characteristics Including the Varistor Effect - a New Procedure for Data Evaluation", submitted to: Journal of the American Ceramic Society Communications
  • A. Börger, R. Danzer, P. Supancic: "Biaxial Strength Test of Discs of Different Size using the Ball on Three Ball Test", submitted to: Proc. of 28th Annual Cocoa Beach Conference, Cocoa Beach, 2004
  • R. Simon, P. Supancic, R. Danzer: "Thermal Shock Resistance of NEXTELTM 610 and NEXTELTM 720 Continuous Fiber-Reinforced Mullite Matrix Composites", submitted to: Proc. of 28th Annual Cocoa Beach Conference and Exposition of Advanced Ceramics & Composites, Cocoa Beach, Florida, 2004