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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:

• Ab Initio Calculation of Thermodynamic and Kinetic Data
• Theoretical Studies on Microstructure Properties and Dynamics
• Computer Aided Alloy Design
• Multiscale Modelling more
• Electrochemical Surface Science
• Catalysis and Corrosion
• Adhesion and Functional Coatings, Surfaces and Interfaces
• Fundamental Research on Surface and Coating Related Process Technology more
• Alloy Design and Synthesis
• Micromechanics
• Correlative Atom Probe Tomography
• Segregation Engineering and Interface Manipulation more
• Micro-/ Nanomechanics and -tribology of Materials and Interfaces
• In situ Methods Interlinking Mechanics and Microstructure
• Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy
• Thin Films, Nanostructured Materials and Intermetallics more

Independent Research Groups 

The main research field of the independent research group "Nanoanalytics and Interfaces" is the in-depth characterization of novel nanostructured materials and interfaces via electron microscopy techniques. State-of-the-art transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and its analytical methods such as electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) are applied to obtain information on the atomic arrangement and chemical composition. The results are used to determine growth models for nanostructures and structure-properties relationships. In addition, strategies are developed to improve the properties and increase the stability of the materials of interest. The investigated materials systems find applications in photovoltaics, fuel cells and electrochemical cells. In addition, thin films used for metal contacts and as protective layers are studied. more

Interdepartmental Research Groups

External Partner Groups

All organizational units complement each other in terms of methodology and research focus and cooperate with one another as well as with colleagues worldwide. Our central research areas are highly interdisciplinary and combine the experimental and theoretical expertise of the Departments:
Advanced materials
Microstructure-related Material Properties
Advanced Methods
Artificial Intelligence and Digitalisation
Sustainability and Decarburization

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.

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