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

Innovation Prize for Anna Grünebohm

ICAMS researcher wins in young talent category

ICAMS junior professor Anna Grünebohm, was awarded the Innovation Prize of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in the young talent category. Her research focuses on ferroelectric materials, which are able to cool themselves down under certain conditions or to generate electricity from movement. Her cross-scale computer simulations contribute to a fundamental understanding of the interaction between a material, its microstructure and its functional properties. The prize is endowed with 50,000 euros.... read more

Better Anode Material for Lithium Ion Batteries

2.3 Million € for Battery Project by UDE and Evonik

It is expected to be market-ready by 2023: Anode material for lithium ion batteries, leading to more powerful energy storage systems. The material has already been tested in the laboratories of the Center for Nanointegration (CENIDE) at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). Since September 1, the German Federal Ministry of Economics is funding UDE with almost 1.7 million Euro to further develop the synthesis process in a joint project with Evonik and transfer it to industrial scale. To date, graphite... read more

Flexible Light Emitting Elements in 2D

Scalable Growth Process

If 80,000 of them were piled on top of each other, the stack would only be as high as a flat sheet of paper. Scientists from the Center for Nanointegration (CENIDE) at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) and cooperation partners have developed a layer of tungsten disulfide that is just as thin as three atomic layers – and it is luminous, flexible and also withstands external influences. Several square centimeters of this layer have already been embedded in structural components, but the manufacturing... read more