Dr. Manuel Gruber

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter


  • Telefon: +43 (0) 3842 402 4115
  • Raum: 303
  • E-Mail: manuel.gruber@unileoben.ac.at


  • Mechanical characterization & fractography of brittle materials
  • Fracture statistics & reliability analysis of ceramic systems
  • Research on materials for extreme environments


  • Since Nov. 2020 Research Associate, Montanuniversität, Leoben, Austria
  • 2019-2020 Customer Quality Engineer, voestalpine BÖHLER Aerospace, Kapfenberg, Austria
  • 2018-2019 PostDoc, Montanuniversität, Leoben, Austria
  • 2015-2018 PhD Thesis: Reliability assessment of microelectronic systems: from single crystals to ceramic boards, Montanuniversität, Leoben, Austria
  • 2014 Diploma Thesis: Influence of powder-metallurgical processing on microstructure and properties of intermetallic titanium aluminide alloys, Montanuniversität, Leoben, Austria
  • 2009-2014 Materials Science (Dipl.-Ing.), Montanuniversität, Leoben, Austria


  • Montanuniversität Leoben Performance Scholarship 2018
  • 1st place Oral Competition at the annual conference of the Austrian Ceramic Society 2017, Graz, Austria
  • 2nd place Student Speech Contest at the ECerS conference 2017, Budapest, Hungary


  • Gruber, M., Kraleva, I. R., Supancic, P. H., Danzer, R. & Bermejo, R., “A novel approach to assess the mechanical reliability of thin, ceramic-based multilayer architectures”, Journal of the European Ceramic Society 40, pp. 4727-4736 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2020.02.016
  • Gruber, M., Leitner, A., Kiener, D., Supancic, P. & Bermejo, R., “Incipient plasticity and surface damage in LiTaO3 and LiNbO3 single crystals”, Materials and Design 153, pp. 221-231 (2018).
  • https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2018.04.082
  • Gruber, M., Leitner, A., Kraleva, I. R., Kiener, D., Supancic, P. H. & Bermejo, R., “Understanding the effect of surface flaws on the strength distribution of brittle single crystals”, Journal of the American Ceramic Society 101, 5705–5716 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1111/jace.15800
  • Gruber, M., Konetschnik, R., Popov, M., Spitaler, J., Supancic, P. H., Kiener, D. & Bermejo, R., “Atomistic origins of the differences in anisotropic fracture behaviour of LiTaO3 and LiNbO3 single crystals”, Acta Materialia 150, 373-380 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2018.03.020
  • Gruber, M., Leitner, A., Bermejo, R., Supancic, P., Gindel, T., Kraleva, I. & Danzer, R., “Auswirkungen von Oberflächenschädigung auf die Festigkeit in spröden Einkristallen für mikroelektronische Anwendungen”, Praktische Metallographie Sonderband. Band 52, 241-246 (2018).
  • Gruber, M., Kraleva, I., Supancic, P., Bielen, J., Kiener, D. & Bermejo, R., “Strength distribution and fracture analyses of LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 single crystals under biaxial loading”, Journal of the European Ceramic Society 37, 4397-4406 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2017.02.002
  • Gruber, M., Supancic, P., Aldrian, F. & Bermejo, R., “Effect of metallization on the strength and fracture behaviour of functional co-fired multilayer ceramics”, Journal of the European Ceramic Society 37, 4389-4396 (2017).
  • https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2017.02.018