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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Three questions for Prof. Dr Christof Schulz

HY Summit im Ruhrgebiet

The HY Summit brings together the "who's who" from science, politics and business in the hydrogen sector. A very central question at the Hydrogen Summit: How can the hydrogen ramp-up succeed? Materials Chain member Prof. Dr. Christof Schulz explains which technologies science is developing for industrial scale and how this will make hydrogen production independent of expensive precious metals. The... read more

Doris Segets researches materials for renewable energies

Advancing key technology

Tiny nanoparticles promise one thing above all: to make the energy transition possible. To speed up the development of the particles, Materials Chain member Prof. Dr Doris Segets wants to use artificial intelligence. In an interview, the scientist explains how she wants to make the nanomaterials, which work wonderfully in the laboratory environment, usable for industry - for example, for the ramp-up... read more

Making electrodes robust for H2 production

Why I do research: Vineetha Vinayakumar

‘We live in a world where energy demand is rising day by day’, says Dr Vineetha Vinayakumar. That’s why the materials scientist focuses on developing efficient and environment-friendly ways to produce hydrogen. You are an expert on Materials Engineering. Can you explain your current research focus? Currently, I focus on Green Hydrogen whose climate impact is negligible. One production... 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 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: