Max-Planck Institut für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf
At the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung we study complex metallic materials, specifically steels and complex alloys
including nickel, titanium and intermetallic materials. A target of the investigations is an improved understanding of the complex physical processes and chemical reactions of these materials. In
addition, new high-performance materials with outstanding physical and mechanical properties are developed for use as high-tech structural and functional components. In this way, basic research is
amalgamated with innovative developments relevant to applications and process technology. The MPIE is financed in equal proportions by the Max-Planck Society for the Advancement of Science and the
Steel Institute VDEh. The institute is organised in four departments.
Computational Materials Design
Interface Chemistry and Surface Engineering
Microstructure Physics and Alloy Design
Structure and Nano-/Micromechanics of Materials
The departments are divided into working groups with specific research activities. These are complementary and together contribute to achieving departmental targets. Apart from the research on which the individual departments concentrate, there are interdisciplinary fields of research in which concerted initiatives help achieve scientific and technological breakthroughs in significant and highly competitive areas. These include the development of new grades of steel with special material properties, the investigation of surface and interface area stability, research into the connection between microstructure and material properties, the development of new types of experimental methods for material characterisation and a new generation of computer-assisted simulation tools, which are based on quantum mechanics multiscale methods.
Complex Materials in Real Environments
From electronic understanding to bulk nanostructuring
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