Dr. Katharina Immel

Dr. Katharina Immel


Funding: SSD/ERC

Advisor / Co. Advisor

Prof. Sauer / Prof. Haïat

Thesis Title

Numerical Modeling of the Adhesive Contact at the Bone-Implant Interface


Email: k.immel@fz-juelich.de

Academic Career

04/2017 - 12/2021 Dr.-Ing./Ph.D. (joint degree) in Computational Engineering Science at RWTH Aachen University, Germany and Université Paris-Est, France
10/2010 - 11/2016 B. Sc. and M. Sc. in Computational Engineering Science,
RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Professional Career

01/2022 - now Scientific officer at IAS-9, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
04/2017 - 03/2021 Research Assistant at AICES Graduate School, RWTH Aachen University
04/2017 - 03/2020 Docteur ingénieur at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
10/2013 - 01/2014 Intern at Altair Engineering Inc., Cologne, Germany
11/2011 - 09/2016 Student research assistant at Chair for Computational Analysis of Technical Systems, RWTH Aachen University

International Work Experience

10/2018 - 07/2020 Research assistant and PhD student on site full-time at Laboratoire Modélisation et Simulation Multi Echelle, Université Paris-Est Créteil, France

Research Interests

artificial organs and implants, biomedical engineering, computational mechanics, friction and adhesion, interface modelling, isogeometric analysis, multiscale simulation

I was part of the Computational Contact and Adhesion Mechanics group at AICES and the Biomechanics group of the Laboratory for Multiscale Modeling and Simulation at U-PEC.


Conference Presentations

  • 26th ESBiomech Conference 2021, Milan, Italy (2021)
  • 91th GAMM Annual Meeting 2020/21, Kassel, Germany (2021)
  • 14th WCCM & 8th ECCOMAS 2020, Paris, France (2021)
  • GAMM FA Computational Biomechanics 2020, Bad Staffelstein, Germany (2020)
  • MESIGA, Aachen, Germany (2019)
  • 5th ECCOMAS Young Investigators Conference, Krakow, Poland (2019)
  • 8th GACM Colloquium on Computational Mechanics, Kassel, Germany (2019)
  • International Conference on Nonlinear Solid Mechanics, Rome, Italy (2019)
  • 90th GAMM Annual Meeting 2019, Vienna, Austria (2019)
  • EUROMECH Colloquium: 594 Bone Remodeling, Nancy, France (2018)
  • 89th GAMM Annual Meeting 2018, Munich, Germany (2018)


Numerical Modeling of the Adhesive Contact at the Bone-Implant Interface,
PhD Thesis, AICES, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and
MSME, CNRS, Université Paris-Est Créteil, Université Gustave Eiffel, France (2021)
Stabilized Finite Element Method for Simulation of Shear-Dependent Platelet Reactions in Medical Applications,
Master Thesis, CATS, RWTH Aachen University, Germany (2016)
An Introduction to Computational Modeling of Lung Failure and Current Approaches,
Master Seminar Thesis, AICES, RWTH Aachen University, Germany (2016)
CFD-Based Hemolysis Prediction of FDA's Benchmark Blood Pump,
Bachelor Thesis, CATS, RWTH Aachen University, Germany (2014)

Voluntary Commitment

  • I am a former member of the SIAM student chapter Aachen. You can check out their activities here.
  • I am a former member of the students council of the faculty of mechanical enginnering. They provide a lot of information, assistance, and activities for students. You can find them here.