Researchers are developing novel high-performance materials with properties that had not as yet been exploited.
A long service life under extreme conditions – this is a key requirement for high-performance materials. High temperatures and pressures or aggressive environments pose a challenge, whether this be in turbines for aviation, in battery cells, in car engines, or fuel cells and catalysis.
High-performance materials are also multifunctional. Their surfaces and interfaces improve their mechanical properties and tap into new chemical or electronic functionalities.
In the Materials Research Department, the aim is to fundamentally understand interfaces at an atomic level and influence them in a targeted manner. The researchers want to design new materials with previously unused property profiles. This requires an intensive interdisciplinary collaboration of working groups in material conception, modelling, synthesis, processing, and characterisation.