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.
02. Apr
Design Thinking Basics
08.09. Apr
Science Slam Workshop
12.14. Jun
Additive 2024 Symposium
23.24. Sep
Particle-Based Materials Symposium 2024
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

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Leibniz doctorate prize for Nicole Mensching

The research associate at the Leibniz Institute for Materials-Oriented Technologies in Bremen has been awarded this year's Leibniz Association PhD Prize in the natural and technical sciences category.

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STEM camp for pupils

Students from Delmenhorst Max-Planck-Gymnasium tried out science in theory and practice at the University of Bremen.

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Magnetic resonance for research on material cultural heritage

On December 7 and 8, 2023, the conference "MRI for Cultural Heritage Objects" will take place in Bremerhaven. Based on the interdisciplinary cooperation in the U Bremen Research Alliance, international experts will focus on the epistemic possibilities of MR methods.

Das Logo von Science goes Public
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Science goes Public – Green microbes for the red planet

Dr. Cyprien Verseux from ZARM (Applied Space Technology and Mircogravity) about his work for the Initiative Humans on Mars.

Digitalization of a chronometer.
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Exhibition at the German Maritime Museum – Digital Insights into Maritime History

In the exhibition "SEH-STÜCKE – Maritimes digitally discovered", the German Maritime Museum is showing images that were created with the help of MAPEX.

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Science goes Public – Intelligent colonization through robotic support

Amrita Suresh and Manuel Meder talked about the challenges in space robotics and their work at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI).

Quantitative three-dimensional local order analysis
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Quantitative three-dimensional local order analysis of nanomaterials through electron diffraction

Ella Mara Schmidt; Paul Benjamin Klar; Yasar Krysiak; Petr Svora; Andrew L. Goodwin; Luke Palatinus

Nature Communications 14 (2023)

doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-41934-y

Structure-property relationships in ordered materials have long been a core principle in materials design. However, the introduction…

vibration of a crystal
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Toward a Complete Theory of Crystal Vibrations

Jan Berges

Physics 16(2023)


A new set of equations captures the dynamical interplay of electrons and vibrations in crystals and forms a basis for computational studies.

Although a crystal is a highly ordered structure, it is never at rest: its atoms…

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Tidying up the conformational ensemble of a disordered peptide by computational prediction of spectroscopic fingerprints

Monika Michaelis, Lorenzo Cupellini, Carl Mensch, Carole C. Perry, Massimo Delle Piane, Lucio Colombi Ciacchia

Chemical Science 14(2023)


The most advanced structure prediction methods are powerless in exploring the conformational ensemble of disordered…

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