MPIE at Night of Science

Green steel, sustainability and modern microscopy at your fingertips

July 08, 2022

On September 9, 2022, the Düsseldorf Night of Science will take place at Schadowplatz, with the Max Planck Institut für Eisenforschung (MPIE) participating. At information booths, events and hands-on experiments, current research will be communicated in an understandable and entertaining way. 

What might the sustainable steel plant of the future look like? How can green hydrogen be produced and what effect does it have in metals? And how can hydrogen be studied in metals? We will answer these questions in an interactive and hands-on way during the Night of Science.

Hydrogen is essential for sustainable steel plants to reduce iron ores into iron and steel. We will show how hydrogen is produced in do-it-yourself experiments. With a programmed virtual reality simulation, we take you into the microstructures of metals where you can chase hydrogen atoms. This allows you to observe how hydrogen atoms act in metal and the challenges researchers face.

Since the key to understanding and designing new materials lies at this atomic level, modern microscopy is a central part of our work. We show you the structure of metals using homemade atomic models. Vivek Devulapalli will explain in his lecture "Making better cars by picturing atoms" at 9 p.m. in the Haus der Universität how the depiction of atoms under the microscope ultimately provides concrete, actionable insights.

At the Wissensregion Düsseldorf booth, in the foyer of the Haus der Universität, Herbert Faul and Heidi Bögershausen will present their work, which was awarded with the 2022 Innovation Semester prize. The materials testers from MPIE will show how materials can be put through their paces even with simple household tools.

The Night of Science is organized by the Heinrich Heine University with the participation of partner organizations such as the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung and the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences.

The entrance is free and the scientists from all organizations speak English and German. No registration is required.


September 9, 2022

7 p.m to 12 p.m.

Schadowplatz Düsseldorf

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