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Florian Metzler, Research Scientist, IPC
Florian Metzler

Florian is a Research Scientist at MIT's Industrial Performance Center. His research centers on the evolution of industries and scientific fields with a particular focus on nuclear fusion and quantum technologies.

Florian's interests in innovation research revolve around the dynamics of invention and innovation. This includes the study of distinct temporal stages during the emergence of novel science and technology based on patents, publications, interviews, and archival data. Central distinctions in this work pertain to the growth, recombination, interpretation, and integration of knowledge. Cases considered cover the dynamics that led to the smartphone, the transistor, and high-temperature superconductors.

In the natural sciences, Florian has made contributions to the understanding of nuclear fusion and nuclear fusion rate enhancement. In a forthcoming article, Florian lays out how different modeling approaches favored by different scientific communities have resulted in the identification of several distinct fusion rate enhancement mechanisms. This research suggests that a combination of rate enhancement mechanisms across the relevant fields of atomic physics, nuclear physics, and quantum dynamics may enable novel approaches to nuclear fusion with much simplified technical requirements. 

Florian holds degrees in Engineering Systems (PhD), Nuclear Science and Engineering (MS), and Technology and Policy (MS) from MIT and Electronic Engineering (BE) from HKUST. He has consulted with government agencies, companies, and nonprofit organizations in the US and internationally.