Spotlights from research

Our scientific expertise covers the synthesis, characterization, and modelling of advanced materials along the entire production chain of machine components. We strive to achieve accurate control of the chemical composition and microstructure of individually tailored structural and functional materials at all length scales during their manufacturing, engineering, and usage.

Currently our members lead eight coordinated DFG programmes:

MAPEX Research Landscape

Soft and Hybrid MaterialsManufacturing Engineering CRC, RU, PPMaterials synthesis and characterization
MetalsMaterials EngineeringProcess Modelling RTG
Porous Materials RU, RTGProcess Engineering PPMaterials Modelling RTG
NanomaterialsEnergy-Related TechnologiesMaterials informatics
SemiconductorsPhotonicsSystem Integration

Research Highlights

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PMD Core Ontology: Achieving semantic interoperability in materials science

Bernd Bayerlein; Markus Schilling; Henk Birkholz; Matthias Jung; Jörg Waitelonis; Lutz Mädler; Harald Sack

Materials and Design,  237 (2024), 112603

doi:  10.1016/j.matdes.2023.112603

Knowledge representation in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) domain is a vast and multi-faceted…

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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