About us

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
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.

More about the Structure of the MPIE

Go to Editor View