Research Departments

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.

Computational Materials Design

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.

Interface Chemistry and Surface Engineering

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.
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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.

Microstructure Physics and Alloy Design

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.
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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.

Structure and Nano-/ Micromechanics of Materials

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.
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Independent Research Groups

Structure

Structure

The Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH is organized in four departments which are each headed by one director. The directors and the head of the administration form the management of the institute. Each department in turn has several research groups which are led by research group leaders who are responsible for the ongoing research and the mentoring of mainly master and doctoral students.

Besides the research groups, where mainly master and doctoral students are being mentored, the institute also offers six apprenticed professions where trainees work in a close relation with the scientific staff (descriptions only in German):

Chemical Laboratory Assistance (m/f/div)

IT System Specialist (m/f/div)

Industrial Mechanic (m/f/div)

Businessman for office management (m/f/div)

Material Tester (m/f/div)

Scientific Programmer /m/f/div)

In many of these areas the MPIE holds a position of international scientific leadership, particularly in multiscale materials modelling, surface science, metallurgical alloy design and advanced structure characterization of complex engineering and functional materials.

While the institute is divided up into different departments, the cooperation of the departments in the design, analysis and processing of materials guarantees a strong interdepartmental link between the different departments and research groups. This form of organization encourages a high level of individual scientific work within the departmental framework as well as the development of new materials with complex properties combining the expertise of all departments. The cross-disciplinary research activities lead to an efficient use of the scientific equipment and a homogeneous research profile.

Moreover, a number of very well trained scientific as well as technical service groups complement this setting. These service groups comprise a mechanical workshop, a group for the chemical analysis of metallic substrates, a metallography and materials testing group, a group for the building off scientific equipment and sample preparation, an electronic workshop, a network center, a library and a research coordination office including the international doctoral programme IMPRS-SurMat, an International Office and Public Relations.

 
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