The Materials Chain is a strategic programme of the University Alliance Ruhr that will strengthen research in the broad field of materials science and technology at the three universities in the Ruhr area: Bochum, Dortmund, and Duisburg-Essen, and their partner institutions. The programme integrates the many areas of materials research into a focussed thrust for science and education – from basic research on materials to applied technology, from the discovery of new materials to their production, from the fundamental description of materials on the atomic scale to the properties of technical components.
The Materials Chain brings together the expertise of more than 200 research groups in the Ruhr area, from world leading scientists to early career research group leaders. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the TU Dortmund University, the University of Duisburg-Essen, and their partners provide a multitude of research facilities – from atomic resolution characterization to high-performance computing. This combination of minds and machines renders the Materials Chain unique in the European research arena and significantly strengthens research in the field of materials science.