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

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Upcoming Event

4th Materials Chain International Conference
MCIC 2022: Future Energy Materials and Systems

The 4th Materials Chain International Conference, MCIC 2022: Future Energy Materials and Systems will be held at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany on August 29th, 2022.

About MCIC 2022

Materials are a cornerstone for a sustainable energy future. Novel materials systems that harvest, store and convert energy efficiently and with only a small environmental footprint are urgently required. To this end research needs to focus on the discovery and design of novel materials, while development times from demonstration of novel materials in an adademic context to large scale industrial productions also need to be shortened.

We invited internationally renowned experts to present their latest research on materials and systems for a sustainable energy future together with selected speakers from the Materials Chain network.

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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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Latest News

Magnetic and Superconducting Materials

International Conference

Magnetism on the nanoscale, magnetic materials in biology and medicine, 2D superconductors: these and other topics will be addressed by experts from all over the world at the International Conference on Magnetic and Superconducting Materials (MSM22) from August 28 to September 2 at the campus in Duisburg of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). In keynote and guest lectures, leading experts from... read more

Green Light for Hydrogen Center

Proof-of-concept successful

The Innovation and Technology Center for Hydrogen (ITZ H2) with its four locations nationwide is possible. This was the result of an audit by the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV). The hydrogen and fuel cell center (ZBT) of the UDE is coordinating the establishment in Duisburg, in which companies and research institutions from all over North Rhine-Westphalia are participating.... read more

Targeted Design of New Catalyst Materials

Extension for SFB/TRR 247

Almost all everyday objects come into contact with at least one catalyst during their production in order to make their production cheaper, more environmentally friendly or even possible in the first place. The goal of the SFB/TRR 247 "Heterogeneous Oxidation Catalysis in the Liquid Phase" is to develop inexpensive, highly active and selective catalysts at the atomic level. Following its successful... read more