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).

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Research on tiny Magnets

Humboldt Award Winner chooses University of Duisburg-Essen

Prof. Hari Srikanth (University of South Florida, USA) is one of only five researchers to receive the 2022 Humboldt Research Award. The award is linked to a research stay at a German institute of his choice. Srikanth has chosen to pursue physics at University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). In particular, his work complements the spectrum of the large research network TRR270 "HoMMage" on magnetic materials... read more

8th RUHR-Symposium

Functional Materials for Hydrogen

The successful format of the Ruhr-Symposium will be held for the eighth time this year on October 19. The event, which is characterized by the combination of representatives from science and industry in tandem sessions, is dedicated this year to the topic "Functional Materials for Hydrogen". This year, the symposium is themed " Functional Materials for Hydrogen " and will take place on Wednesday,... read more

Climate-friendly Steel

Recycling CO2 in the Blast Furnace

Germany is the largest steel producer in the EU. Around a third of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by all industry in Germany is produced in blast furnaces. But an alternative process route is in sight that produces almost no CO2. However, it will take many years before it is fully established. Under the coordination of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), engineers are developing a concept for... read more

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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 places on Thursdays and Fridays, typically from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. All lectures will be held in the same ZOOM room. Registration is not required, feel free to join the Seminar Series via

Lectures planned for the upcoming summer term 2022 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: