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Professor Walter Martin Holweger PhD, BSc

RAEng Visiting Professor in Material Science, Tribology and Lubrication Chemistry

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Prof Walter Holweger is awarded as a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Material Science, Tribology and Lubrication Chemistry within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton since September 2015.

Walter is also a Senior Key Expert at Schaefller Technologies, Germany. He has extensive research and industrial expertise in chemistry, materials and tribology. As RAEng Visiting Professor at the University, his role is to enhance students learning experiences and improve their employability through knowledge transfer from industry to university and actively involve in a range of teaching and mentoring of student projects.

Career History

2006 – present

Senior Key Expert at Schaeffler Technologies, Germany
Scope of Work: Advanced Materials Research, Rolling Contact Fatigue, White Etching Cracks, Tribology and Lubrication

2001 – 2006

Consultant at the Engineers and Research Centre, B.V. at SKF, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
Scope of Work: Basics Tribology, Modelling and Simulation on Lubricants, Basic Research on White Etching Cracks, False Brinelling, Grease Life Modelling

1998 – 2006

Consultant at the University of Tuebingen, Germany
Scope of Work: Basics Tribology, Lubrication, Chemistry, Catalysis, Sensors, Advance Surface Analytics (FIB, TEM, µ-SIMS, IR, XPS)

1982 -1998

Lubrication Technologies at Chemie-Technik, Vöhringen, Stuttgart
Scope of Work: Team Leader: Developing Oils, Greases, Additive technologies for OEM Applications


Ph.D. at University of Tuebingen on transient reactive intermediates

Research interests

PhD supervision: Miss Viktorija Smelova

Research group

national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)

Affiliate research group

Competence Centre Surface Technology at Schaeffler

Professor Walter Martin Holweger
Basics Tribology, Surface Competence Centre Surface Technology, Schaeaffler Technologies, Herzogenaurach, Germany
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