Biography: Prof. Bernardi studied at the technical university of Vienna. He soon became interested in analytical electron microscopy and during the following years be became engaged in the preparation and microstructure and properties of magnetic materials in the workgroup of Prof. Fidler. During the diploma study about "TEM investigations of Sm-Co 2:17 magnets" he gained experience in that field by industrial training at Treibacher Chemischen Werken and at Magnetfabrik Thyssen in Dortmund.
He was employed as research assistent at the Institute of Applied and Technical Physics, for the BRITE/EURAM project "Analysis of Coercivity and the Microstructure of High-Tech Hard Magnetic Materials" during PhD. Besides microstructural investigations, another main task was the installation of a powder metallurgical lab at the institute. The thesis entitled "Microstructure and Coercivity of Rare Earth - Iron Permanent Magnet Materials" was finished 1993.
After that he moved for two years to USA as an Erwin Schrödinger research fellow. He worked at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, and the National Center for Electron Microscopy(NCEM), Lawrence Berkeley with Prof. Gareth Thomas, a pioneer in the field of transmission electron microscopy. During that research visit he investigated single-domain nanophases for GMR applications by high resolution TEM.
Returning to Europe he was employed as a guest scientist at the Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstofforschung in Dresden working on structural investigations of permanent magnet materials until he came back to Vienna University of Technologys in 1996 engaged in the BRITE/EURAM III Projektes "EMERGE".
1998 he became employed as a reasearch assistent in the electron microscopy group at the Institute of Angewandte und Technische Physik, Vienna University of Technology. He was strongly involved in the preparation for the foundation of the service centre USTEM, which was established in 2000 under the guidance of Prof. Schattschneider. 2001 he was assigned to USTEM as a university assistent.
2006 he became head of USTEM.