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 online via Zoom from November 22 to November 23, 2021. 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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Stroke Research without Animal Testing

When researching damage caused by strokes, there is no getting around them: mice. Their brains are used to simulate vascular occlusions and their consequences - until now: The future could belong to "mini-brains" from the laboratory. With them, a team of researchers from medicine and chemistry at the UDE wants to establish new methods in stroke research without animal testing. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the recently launched project with 750,000 euros. For... read more

Research Group Led by Dr. Marc Aßmann Finds Exotic Interactions in Semiconductors

Publication in nature Communications

A research team led by the group of Dr. Marc Aßmann from the Faculty of Physics at TU Dortmund University has investigated the extraordinarily strong interactions of Rydberg excitons in copper oxide in a transnational collaboration with partners from the universities of Rostock, Aarhus and Harvard. In the process, the group discovered a blockade effect between excitons that, with a size of several micrometers, appear like giants in the quantum mechanical system. The controllability of such effects... read more

NFDI-consortia FAIRmat and NFDI-MatWerk with ICAMS participation approved

Trending topic: science data management

The FAIRmat and NFDI-MatWerk consortia receive funding for 5 years as part of the national research data infrastructure (German: NFDI). The initiatives of the national materials science community with involvement of the ICAMS researchers Thomas Hammerschmidt, Alexander Hartmaier and Godehard Sutmann at Ruhr-Universität Bochum aim to build an infrastructure for materials science data. The goal of both initiatives is to make materials data findable, accessible, interoperable and repurposable (FAIR)... read more