‘Excited Materials’ were in the focus of the MAPEX Symposium 2019, touching topics from electronic structure modelling to electrical power devices. Over the two days, more than 50 MAPEX members and guests excitedly followed the 26 contributions on ‘field induced phenomena’ in 2D semiconductors, in electrical power devices, in organic functional materials as well as during electron induced reactions or laser-induced thermomechanical surface smoothing.
With multidisciplinary contributions from early career researchers, the 8thMAPEX Early Career Researchers Workshop aimed at flattening the existing borders between faculties and institutes even further. Taking place in Bremen, the one-day workshop hosted more than 40 guests from almost all parts of the MAPEX research landscape that encompasses the investigation of materials with numerous theoretical and applied methods as well as process- and production-oriented technologies.
The third edition of MAPEX Methods Workshop took place on 13th of February, 2019, having "mechanical characterization techniques" as its main focus. Around 40 PhD students, postdocs and MAPEX members gathered to discuss about the testing capacities available at the University of Bremen.
MAPEX was the host of previous graduates from the University of Bremen for the 7th MAPEX Early Career Research workshop. These graduates are now members of industry and presented details of their current employment focusing on roles in their employment, current research, current projects, and new and emerging technologies driven by science and technology. These presentations revealed that graduates of MAPEX members are working worldwide and have become leading experts in areas such as metallurgy, corrosion, numerical analysis and simulations, metal printing, advanced cosmetics, extreme high precision machining and tooling.
Process monitoring was in the focus of this year’s MAPEX Symposium, taking place on 18 and 19 June 2018 in the Haus der Wissenschaft in the city centre. More than 60 participants closely followed the manifold scientific programme. With Sybrand van der Zwaag (TU Delft), Erica Lilleodden (Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht), Raimund Horn (Hamburg University of Technology), and Jörn Viell (RWTH Aachen University) four external experts followed our invitation.
This year the focus will be on computational methods for materials science. The idea is to provide the audience, composed both of experimental and computational researchers in the field, with a showcase of the “simulation toolbox” available within the University of Bremen and the MAPEX community. We would like to show the different kinds of expertise in computational material science (from nano- to macroscale and from solid state to soft matter) that are present in our university, with the final aim of fostering new ideas and collaborations.
More than 40 young scientists from four faculties of the university met during the sixth edition of the MAPEX Early Career Researcher Workshop on 25 April 2018. The flashlight and keynote presentations provided a good basis for a lively interdisciplinary exchange between postdocs, PhD candidates, and master students during the poster sessions. Colleagues from the research services unit and the Bremen Early Career Researcher Development (BYRD) answered numerous questions regarding funding schemes for postdocs as well as the support of early-career researchers at the University of Bremen. With his plenary lecture on “Semiconductor nanostructures - smart probes for biological systems” Martin Eickhoff closed the official programme of the workshop. After a day full of scientific insights, some participants enjoyed a visit of the "Hafenrummel", testing their luck and skill on a course of fairground attractions of the 1950ies.
About 40 participants from the University of Bremen and Hochschule Bremen were highly impressed by the contributions presented at the 5th MAPEX Early Career Researcher Workshop on 16 November 2017. The key message to take home from all three founders, Cord Winkelmann (sensosurf), Stefan Frehse (SCiLS), and John Schlasche (Additive Works), is “Talk to your customer!”
A delegation of scientists from the Centre for Advanced Materials around their director Norbert Huber visited MAPEX in September. They were offered an ambitions campus tour visiting ten different MAPEX areas including the four non-university research institutes.
On 15 September 2017 MAPEX had the honour to host three internationally leading scientists from the still young research field 'materials informatics', attracting more than 50 scientist from the University of Bremen.
On the picture: Krishna Rajan (University at Buffalo, USA) "Discovering the science of materials through informatics"
In June, a delegation of MAPEX Principal Investigators (Lutz Mädler, Andreas Lüttge, Jens Falta, Hans-Werner Zoch, Lucio Colombi Ciacchi) together with the science manager Hanna Lührs visited the Centre for Materials and Costal Research. During their visit, the HZG scientists introduced them to their most recent research topics.
The first MAPEX Workshop on Characterization Methods took place in the TAB building on June 13th 2017. More than 30 participants from chemistry, materials science, physics, and production engineering enjoyed 10 accessible, yet in-depth presentations covering the full range from high-precision measuring techniques to exciting in situ experimental approaches to quantify the structural, physical, chemical, and optical properties of materials and elucidate their synthesis, transformation, and modification by various treatments.
Within the 4th Early Career Researcher Workshop (formerly named Young Scientist Workshop) on May the 11th, 50 young scientist met in the TAB building to present and discuss their work and contribution to MAPEX. A highlight of the workshop was the last presentation “Processes at fluid interfaces” by Mark Avila.
On 1st December 2016 the time had finally come, the long expected X-ray microscope (XRM), ZEISS Versa 520, arrived and was set-up in the LION building. During the following two weeks, a team of ZEISS and MAPEX scientists and technicians completed the complex installation and calibration process. Since January 2017, the instrument is running and standard measurements are possible.
For a delegation of elderly students from Bielefeld the visit of the Laboratory for Precision Machining (Labor für Mikrozerspanung, LFM) was one of the highlights during their meeting with the representatives of the elderly students from the University of Bremen.
Every seat was occupied for the 3rd MAPEX Young Scientist Workshop that took place with more than 60 participants on 27th September 2016. According to the motto “science meets industry” the programme was composed of career talks by representatives from BEGO Implant Systems GmbH & Co. KG, OHB System AG as well as tandem talks on cooperative projects held by a MAPEX member and a cooperation partner from industry (Daimler AG, ficonTec Service GmbH).
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With a fantastic early summer evening at the promenade of the river Weser “Schlachte”, the members of the International Advisory Board and the organizing committee had a perfect kick-off for the first MAPEX Symposium that took place on June 6th and 7th 2016.
On the picture: Dorothea Brüggemann "Synthetic cell systems in biomaterials research"
About 60 young scientists from the University of Bremen and Hochschule Bremen met on 11 April 2016 for the 2nd MAPEX Young Scientist Workshop in the science lounge of the TAB building. In 27 flash presentations master and PhD students advertised their research posters in front of the MAPEX early career investigators and their colleagues. The contributions were embedded in a frame work of key lectures from the MAPEX members.
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International pupils get to know materials science at the University of Bremen
60 pupils between 14 and 16 years from Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Germany visited MAPEX on March 9th 2016. Their schools are taking part in the Erasmus-plus-program "Matters of Matter - Future Materials in Science Education", funded by the European Union.
For the 1st MAPEX Young Scientist Workshop 33 young scientists met in the LION building on 14 October 2015 invited by the MAPEX Early Career Investigators to
- bulid bridges across the boarders defined by faculties and institutes,
- get an overview about their research topics,
- to get to know who offers which expertise and measuring techniques,
- to find new cooperation partners,
- to build up a network of experts.
Materialwissenschaften und ihre Technologien ist einer der sechs Wissenschaftsschwerpunkte der Universität Bremen. Um diesen Schwerpunkt zu stärken, wurde im Zuge der Exzellenzinitiative 2014 das MAPEX Center for Materials and Processes an der Universität Bremen gegründet. Am Montag, 11. Mai 2015, haben Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler das Zentrum und die von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft geförderten Koordinierten Projekte in einer Auftaktveranstaltung vorgestellt.
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