MAPEX Center for Materials and Processes

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The goal of MAPEX is the system-oriented research and development of materials and processes for sustainable transport and energy applications. Our research encompasses the fields of natural and engineering sciences as well as mathematics, aiming at a thorough understanding of the process-properties-performance relationships in materials.

MAPEX merges the know-how more than 1000 scientific and technical staff, 480 of which are doctoral candidates. Its 61 Principal Investigators, 7 Associate Investigators, and 26 Early Career Investigators are affiliated to five different university faculties and six external research institutes on the university campus.

Established in 2014 as the governance form of the high-profile area Materials Sciences and Technology MAPEX has the aim to:

  • establish and maintain a network of competencies in the fields of materials science, materials technology, and materials processing;
  • increase the visibility of the MAPEX Research Landscape;
  • apply for and participate in third-party funding programmes;
  • promote cooperative research activities of early career researchers;
  • support an interdisciplinary doctoral education;
  • cooperatively acquire and share scientific equipment,
  • offer our scientists a diverse and family-friendly environment with equal opportunity, quality assurance, and data handling policies at the highest international standards.
23.24. Sep
Particle-Based Materials Symposium 2024
House of Science
25.27. Sep
MAPEX-CF Workshop Electron Microscopy
Hochschulring 40, 28359 Bremen 1st floor.
22. Oct
Workshop: Effective Teaching in Higher Education
aib - 1020/30 (Hochschulring 40)
Bürgermeister Dr. Andreas Bovenschulte spricht vor den Mitarbeitenden der Universität Bremen
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University of Bremen Excellence Cluster Teams Visit the City Hall

Mayor Dr. Andreas Bovenschulte and Kathrin Moosdorf, Senator for the Environment, Climate, and Science, honored the work of the Excellence Cluster teams at the University of Bremen at a senate reception. The cluster applications have shown how competitive the scientific landscape in Bremen is.

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"Dancing with Electrons" – on the Dancefloor with Zink-Ion Batteries

On May 7, 2024, the Bremen Science Slam took place at the Schlachthof cultural center. Chemist Sara Sfiligoi from the University of Bremen inspired the audience with her performance. She explained how zinc-ion batteries support the use of wind and solar energy.

Die Cyanobakterien in den Händen des Doktoranden Tiago Ramalho stehen im Mittelpunkt der Forschung an der Universität Bremen zu Lebenserhaltungssystemen für ein (Über)leben auf dem Mars.
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On a Mars Mission: From Cyanobacteria to Bioplastics

Scientists Dr. Cyprien Verseux and Professor Sven Kerzenmacher from the University of Bremen are working on solutions for self-sufficiency on Mars – and how these could inspire sustainable life on Earth.

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Science with humor: PhD students transform themselves into science slammers

The science slam workshop used props, visualizations and performative elements to explain scientific results to a wide audience in an entertaining and accurate way.

Mycelium-based composite material made of straw, husks, and starch.
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Avoiding Packaging Waste with the Help of Mycelium

Mycelium is a fine thread-like network of fungi. It is suitable as a packaging material. A new research project led by BIBA at the University of Bremen focuses on this biodegradable material as well as the production, use, and recycling of packaging.

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"Wissen um 11" – how old museum objects are preserved for future generations

On March 9, 2024, Pia Götz presented her research with computer tomography from the project "Digital Materialities. Virtual and Analog Forms of Exhibition".

Grafic of Astronauts on Mars next to solar panels
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Bremen Materials Science Clear First Hurdle on the Way to Excellence Funding

"With the Martian perspective, we will rethink the production of materials under the premise of resource scarcity." 'The Martian Mindset: A Scarcity-Driven Engineering Paradigm' has achieved initial success.

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Material with Feelings: AI Helps to Detect Material Damage

The University of Bremen has achieved first results in the DFG Research Unit FOR 3022. Thanks to innovative sensor nodes, which are smaller than a coin, it is possible to detect and evaluate hidden damage in fiber metal laminates (FML).

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Open calls from MAPEX and MAPEX Core Facility

Deadlines for MAPEX PhD Research Grants 2024 are online: 18.2.2024 | 15.5.2024 | 18.8.2024 | 10.11.2024

[Translate to English:] comperative
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Comparative study of bioanodes for microbial electrolysis cells operation in anaerobic digester conditions

Simone Colantoni; Óscar Santiago; Janek R. Weiler; Melanie T. Knoll; Christian J. Lapp; Johannes Gescher; Sven Kerzenmacher

Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering  12  (2024) : 113071


Integrating microbial electrolysis cells (MEC) with…

[Translate to English:] Atomic vs. sub-atomic
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Atomic vs. sub-atomic layer deposition: impact of growth rate on the optical and structural properties of MoS2 and WS2

Christian Tessarek; Tim Grieb; Christian Petersen; Alexander Karg; Niels Osterloh; Christian Habben; Stephan Figge; Jon-Olaf Krisponeit ; Thomas Schmidt; FaltaJens; AndreasRosenauer; Martin Eickhoff

2D Materials  11 (2024): 025031

doi: 10.1088/2053-1583/ad3134

MoS2  and…

[Translate to English:] Computational high-pressure chemistry
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Computational high-pressure chemistry: Ab initio simulations of atoms, molecules, and extended materials in the gigapascal regime

Felix Zeller; Chieh-Min Hsieh; Wilke Dononelli; Tim Neudecker

Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Molecular Science 14  (2024): e1708


The field of liquid-phase and solid-state high-pressure chemistry has exploded since the advent of the diamond…

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