The Computational Materials Design (CM) Department aims at the development and application of hierarchical and fully parameter-free multiscale methods which allow to simulate iron, steel and related materials with hitherto unprecedented accuracy. [more]
The Department of Interface Chemistry and Surface Engineering is conducting fundamental research in the electrochemical sciences, with a strong focus on corrosion and adhesion science as well as electrochemical energy conversion. [more]
The research in the department 'Microstructure Physics and Alloy Design' is basicly focussed on the relationship between synthesis, microstructure and resultant mechanical properties of nanostructured materials. Thereby mainly iron-, magnesium-, titanium-, nickelbased alloys and intermetallics are used. Biological- and metal-based composites as well as investigations on interfaces in solar cells complete the variety of materials. To study the microstructure and the mechanical properties and their interplay advanced characterization methods from single atom level up to the macroscopic scale are used.
This department performs basic research in the field of local deformation processes as a key to resolve and understand the mechanisms initiating plasticity and causing failure of advanced materials. We develop experimental methods to perform quantitative nano-/micromechanical and tribological tests and apply advanced X-ray diffraction and high resolution electron microscopy techniques. [more]