Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH

Author: Rebekka Loschen
Last update: 08.01.2015

Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH <i>Foto: Lukas Roth, Köln</i>

The Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH (MPIE) is a legally autonomous research institute that conducts basic research on advanced materials, specifically steels and related metallic alloys. Since one century complex chemical-physical synthesis, characterization, simulation and the link between atomic structure and the properties of materials are being investigated and enhanced. Projects are characterized by a highly interdisciplinary approach including close interfacing between experiment and theory.

The Institute plays a central role in enabling progress in the fields of:

The MPIE is equally financed by the Max Planck Society and the Steel Institute VDEh. This 50% institutional co-sponsoring by industry determines a unique example of a public private partnership both for the Max-Planck Society and for the European industry and guarantees a close match between knowledge-oriented and pre-competitive basic research on the one hand and commercial relevance on the other hand.

The Institute with its international team of about 300 employees is organized in four departments:

Computational Materials Design (Prof. J. Neugebauer)

Interface Chemistry and Surface Engineering (Prof. M. Stratmann)

Microstructure Physics and Alloy Design (Prof. D. Raabe)

Structure and Nano-/Micromechanics of Materials (Prof. G. Dehm)

In addition to departmental research, certain research activities are of common interest within the MPIE. These central research areas are highly interdisciplinary and combine the experimental and theoretical expertise available in the different departments. In concerted activities, scientific and technological breakthroughs in highly competitive research areas are achieved.

The main five cross-disciplinary topics are:

In many of these areas the Institute holds a position of international scientific leadership, particularly in multiscale materials modelling, surface science, metallurgical alloy design, and advanced structure characterization from atomic to macroscopic scales of complex engineering and functional materials.

More information is available here.

News and Events

14. April KopfSalat - Zu Gast bei Max-Planck: Wunderwelt Riechen  -  08.01.15 - 11:56

Allgemeinverständlicher Vortrag von Prof. Hanns Hatt


New edition of MPIE newsletter is available now!  -  05.03.15 - 14:55

The new edition of the newsletter of the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung is now available.

The newsletter provides you with latest information about recent, scientific developments at the institute. It builds a bridge between basic ...


New Max Planck Research Group / Neue Max-Planck-Arbeitsgruppe  -  22.01.15 - 16:28

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Prof. Gunther Eggeler, chair for materials science and engineering at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, is head of the new Max Planck Research Group ‘High Temperature Materials’. The research group emerged from a Max Planck Fellow...


Best Poster Award for Dr. Theodoros Baimpos  -  06.01.15 - 09:02

Dr. Theodoros Baimpos from the department of ‘Interface Chemistry and Surface Engineering’ has won the Best Poster Award for his presentation of ion layering of high concentrated salt solutions in Mica substrates using complementary Atomic Force...


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Press Releases

Zwei Katalytiker erhalten Auszeichnung: DECHEMA-Preis an Karl Mayrhofer und Frank Hollmann  -  02.12.14 - 09:12

Der DECHEMA-Preis 2014 der Max-Buchner-Forschungsstiftung geht zu gleichen Teilen an zwei herausragende Katalytiker: Dr. Karl Mayrhofer, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung Düsseldorf, erhält den Preis für seine wegweisenden Arbeiten zur Analytik...


Molekulares Design neuer Klebstoffe  -  27.11.14 - 11:11

Klebstoffe spielen sowohl im alltäglichen Leben als auch in technischen Anwendungen eine zentrale Rolle. Forschern am Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (MPIE) ist es erstmals gelungen das komplexe Phänomen der Haftung von Klebstoffen auf Basis...


Atomare Anordnung als Schlüssel für Materialeigenschaften  -  24.11.14 - 11:34

Materialwissenschaftler erzielen Fortschritt in der Nanotechnologie durch atomare Kontrolle der Materialeigenschaften von Dünnschichtsystemen


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