Ehrenfried Zschech is Department Head for Microelectronic Materials and Nanoanalysis at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems in Dresden, Germany, which he joined in 2009. His responsibilities include multi-scale materials characterization and reliability engineering. Ehrenfried Zschech received his Dr. rer. nat. degree from Technische Universität Dresden. After having spent four years as a project leader in the field of metal physics and reliability of microelectronic interconnects at Research Institute for Nonferrous Metals in Freiberg, he was appointed as a university teacher for ceramic materials at Freiberg University of Technology. In 1992, he joined the development department at Airbus in Bremen, where he managed the metal physics group and studied the laser-welding metallurgy of aluminum alloys. From 1997 to 2009, Ehrenfried Zschech managed the Materials Analysis Department and the Center for Complex Analysis at Advanced Micro Devices in Dresden. In this position, he was responsible for the analytical support for process control and technology development in leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing, as well as for physical failure analysis. He holds an adjunct professorship at Faculty of Chemistry of Warsaw University, Poland, as well as honorary professorships for Nanomaterials at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus and for Nanoanalysis at Technische Universität Dresden. He has published three books and he has authored or co-authored more than 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of materials science, solid-state physics and reliability engineering. Ehrenfried Zschech is Member of the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society (MRS), Member of the Senate of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) and Honorary Member of the Federation of the European Materials Societies (FEMS). In 2019, he was awarded with the FEMS European Materials Gold Medal.