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:

  • Mobility (e.g. steels and soft magnets for light-weight hybrid vehicles and Ni-base alloys for plane turbines)
  • Energy (e.g. efficiency of thermal power conversion through better high temperature alloys and nanostructured solar cells)
  • Infrastructure (e.g. steels for large infrastructures, e.g. wind turbines and chemical plants)
  • Safety (e.g. nanostructured bainitic steels for gas pipelines).

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:

  • New Structural Materials
  • Microstructure-Related Material Properties
  • Stability of Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Scale-Bridging Simulation of Materials
  • Energy Materials

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.

27th-28th January 2015: Workshop - Hydrogen Embrittlement and Sour Gas Corrosion  -  04.11.14 - 08:56

The Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung in Düsseldorf is organizing a workshop on Hydrogen Embrittlement and Sour Gas Corrosion in Oil and Gas Industry on 27th and 28th January 2015 and we would like to invite...


Ashokanand Vimalanandan won Poster Prize at EUROCORR 2014  -  26.09.14 - 09:56

Ashokanand Vimalanandan, PhD student in the department 'Interface Chemistry and Surface Engineering, has won the “Young Author´s EFC Poster Prize” at the EUROCORR 2014 in Pisa, Italy. His poster about “Redox-responsive Coatings for Corrosion...


Thomas Utzig won Langmuir Poster Award at the SFA 2014  -  02.09.14 - 10:18

Thomas Utzig, PhD student in the group "Interaction Forces and Functional Materials", won a Poster Award sponsored by the ACS-journal Langmuir at the "CAI-STEM SFA2014" conference in Cancun, Mexico. His poster was titled "Investigating the specific...


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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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