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

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Materials Chain International Conference 2021

The third Materials Chain International Conference, MCIC 2021: Materials Discovery and Processing for Energy, will take place from November 22 to November 23, 2021 in Bochum, Germany. The conference will focus on the following topics:

  • Data-driven and combinatorial materials discovery
  • Materials for physical energy conversion, 2D and hybrid fuctional materials
  • Materials for chemical energy conversion
  • Magnetic materials energy conversion
  • Metals and alloys
  • Production engineering and additive manufacturing
  • Transfer: Start-ups and systems

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Latest News

Andronescu on the Advisory Board

Support for Young Scientific Careers

Materials Chain member Jun-Prof. Corina Andronescu from the Faculty of Chemistry of University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) will join the "Early Career Advisory Board" of ChemElectroChem, a high-ranking journal for pure and applied electrochemistry, as of January 1, 2021. The aim is to promote young scientists and to involve them in publication processes at an early stage. To serve on the editorial board of an important journal usually requires that you have already made a name for yourself in the scientific... read more

Green Methanol Production in Container Format


A research association is developing a sustainable and scalable process for methanol production. Methanol is produced from fossil natural gas at a rate of more than 100 million tons per year. In view of the Paris Climate Agreement, the associated CO2 emissions are unacceptable. This aspect is addressed by the research project "E4MeWi" under the leadership of Creative Quantum: Over the next three years, an interdisciplinary team of chemists and engineers will develop a container-sized chemical plant... read more

Novel Quantum Dots Facilitate Coupling to Quantum Memory Systems


Researchers from Basel and Bochum have realised a key element of quantum communication at the edge of the visible spectrum. So far, that was only possible in the near-infrared range. Researchers at the University of Basel and Ruhr-Universität Bochum have realised quantum dots – tiny semiconductor nanostructures – that emit light close to the red part of the spectrum with ultra-low background noise. Quantum dots might one day constitute the basis for quantum computers; the light particles,... read more