Inside the World of Materials Research
The institute pursues a strong interdisciplinary approach by combining chemistry, physics, metallurgy and material sciences to develop new high-performance materials for use as high-tech structural and functional components.
The MPIE is structured into four departments:
Independent Research Groups
Interdepartmental Research Groups
External Partner Groups
Combinatorial design of novel rare-earth free, high-entropy based permanent magnets
Degradation of High Temperature Materials
Stress and Defects Driven Phase Transformations
Sustainable Material Science and Technology
Microstructure design of high-performance materials for harsh energy applications
Functional Oxide Nanostructures
Besides the intra-departmental and external cooperation with other scientific organizations, the MPIE has well-established links with material and manufacturing companies mainly in the fields of structural and functional alloy design, advanced characterization methods in alloy development, surface functionalization, and computational materials science. These links are particularly valuable for the institute's development from a materials-oriented laboratory towards a system-driven institute that deals with complex materials in a holistic context including construction, production and the consideration of extreme environmental conditions. Current areas of growth with strong industrial relations are in the fields of hybrid- and electro-mobility, energy conversion and storage, renewable energy, health, hydrogen-based industries and computational materials science.