At the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH (MPIE), research is carried out on iron, steel and related materials, such as nickel, titanium and intermetallic phase alloys. An essential target of the investigations is an improved understanding of the complex physical processes and chemical reactions of these materials. In addition, new high-performance materials with outstanding physical and mechanical properties are developed for use as high-tech structural and functional components. In this way, basic research is amalgamated with innovative developments relevant to applications and process technology. The MPIE is financed in equal proportions by the Max-Planck Society for the Advancement of Science and the Steel Institute VDEh. The institute is organised in four departments.
The departments are divided into working groups with specific research activities. These are complementary and together contribute to achieving departmental targets. Apart from the research on which the individual departments concentrate, there are interdisciplinary fields of research in which concerted initiatives help achieve scientific and technological breakthroughs in significant and highly competitive areas. These include the development of new grades of steel with special material properties, the investigation of surface and interface area stability, research into the connection between microstructure and material properties, the development of new types of experimental methods for material characterisation and a new generation of computer-assisted simulation tools, which are based on quantum mechanics multiscale methods.
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