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).

Latest News

Digital reordering of the World

Research Project on chipless RFID

Whether in ID cards, vehicles, animals or sometimes even people, RFID technology ("Radio-Frequency Identification") often remains invisible, but is almost everywhere. Prices, names, dates of birth or biometric characteristics are stored on them. A new technology that makes it possible to produce RFID tags without chips and attach them inexpensively to almost any object is now the focus of a research... read more

Future Perspectives of the Knowledge Region

Municipal council consults with UA Ruhr

Top administration meets science: The council of municipalities in the Ruhr Regional Association (RVR) met for the first time with the management trio of the Ruhr University Alliance (UA) to discuss issues concerning the future and location of the region. The committee consists of eleven mayors, four district councils and regional director Karola Geiß-Netthöfel. The UA Ruhr rectors Prof. Barbara... read more

NETZ with Roll-to-Roll Coater in University of Duisburg-Essen Research Magazine

Tetris for Industry

In the current edition of the research magazine of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), NanoEnergieTechnikZentrum (NETZ) is featured with the modular Roll-to-Roll-Coater. The pilot plant, whose individual cuboids can be assembled in different ways as required and which is normally only used by technically oriented institutes or directly in industry for preliminary tests, is the subject of an article... read more

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

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Upcoming Events


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