Materials Chain


Materials Chain is the first and largest flagship program of the University Alliance Ruhr. It offers a platform for interdisciplinary networking that brings together researchers from fundamental natural sciences to applied materials science and production technology. More than 200 scientists from more than 150 chairs and research groups from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen research and teach under the umbrella of the flagship program. The profile is complemented by cooperations with 11 regional partner institutions.

Building on the proven strengths at the respective university locations, Materials Chain initiates new research projects and associations to strengthen the role of the Ruhr Area as an internationally leading research region for modern materials and their production. The most prominent example that emerged from the program is the UA Ruhr Research Center Future Energy Materials and Systems (FEMS).

Latest News

Two Major Research Successes for Ruhr University

Transregio in Statistics

Ruhr University Bochum, in collaboration with TU Dortmund, has secured a new Transregio in statistics. Additionally, the "Bulk Reaction" Collaborative Research Center with the University of Magdeburg has been extended.... read more

Droplet Ballet in a Miniature Wonderland

Microsystems Technology

Professor Martin Hoffmann's team at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology is utilizing standard methods from microchip production to develop innovative drives. These drives consist of a silicon substrate and fluid spheres, showcasing a novel approach in engineering.... read more

From the lab to the bar table

Pint of Science in Duisburg and Essen

If you like science, good company and beer (or another cold drink), you shouldn't miss Pint of Science. The global science format will take place in parallel in pubs, bars and cafés from 13 to 15 May - and after last year's successful kick-off in Duisburg, it is now also taking place in Essen for the first time. Organised by scientists from the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Finkenkrug and Don't... read more

Who are we? Why is collaboration important in modern materials science? And what are we working on?

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Upcoming Events

6th Materials Chain International Conference, MCIC 2024: Inorganic Functional Materials, September 12th 2024 at Ruhr-Universität Bochum


Seminar Series “Materials and Energy: Challenges and Opportunities”

The Materials Chain Seminar Series “Materials and Energy: Challenges and Opportunities” brings together highly visible researchers across the various fields of materials science who investigate the intricate relationship between energy and materials. “Energy” and “Materials” have an overarching importance for the future development of our society. They are coupled in multiple ways ranging from fundamental science to real-world applications. Analyzing their intricate relationship as energy-materials nexus, however, is a new approach. Because solutions are urgently needed, this field requires intense interaction and collaboration across scientific disciplines and along the entire chain from fundamental science to industrial application.

The seminar series takes place during winter term on Thursdays and/or Fridays, typically from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The lectures are held in different ZOOM rooms, which will be proclaimed here as well as in the invitations sent to all members of the Materials Chain, who have been signed up for the Newsletter.

Everybody is welcome. Registration is not required. If you receive an invitation as Materials Chain member, please feel free to forward it to other interested researchers at your institution and beyond. Early career researchers, like PhD students, are welcome as well!

Lectures for the upcoming winter term will be annouced in due time.

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Take a look behind the laboratory doors of some of the natural scientists and engineers working within the Materials Chain network: