Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH

Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH

Novel alloys for automotive lightweight design and airplane turbines, materials for sustainable energy conversion and storage, and the development of big data and machine learning methods – these are just a few examples of the research areas that are being investigated by the scientists of the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung. The team of engineers, material scientists, physicists, and chemists develops tailored materials and methods for mobility, energy, infrastructure, and information. To this end, the researchers study complex materials with atomic precision under real environmental conditions. The structure of the institute itself is unique for the Max Planck Society, since the Steel Institute VDEh acts as a second shareholder. This co-funding paves the way for application-oriented basic research on the cutting-edge.

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Max-Planck-Str. 1
40237 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 211 6792-0
Fax: +49 211 6792-440

PhD opportunities

This institute has an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS):
IMPRS for Interface Controlled Materials for Energy Conversion

In addition, there is the possibility of individual doctoral research. Please contact the directors or research group leaders at the Institute.

Department Structure and Nano-/Micromechanics of Materials more
Department Computational Materials Design more
Department Microstructure Physics and Alloy Design more
Department Interface Chemistry and Surface Engineering more
Six Max Planck researchers land lucrative EU funding
ERC awards Advanced Grants worth up to 2.5 million euros each. more
Strength and ductility for alloys
Thanks to a new strategy in the development of materials related to steel, high strength and ductility are no longer mutually exclusive more
Nano-beads for the steel forge

Nano-beads for the steel forge

September 11, 2015
The crystal structure of metals can change at linear defects, which should affect the properties of the materials more
Skin with high rust protection factor
In industrialized countries, corrosion guzzles up to 4 percent of economic performance annually. Consequently, scientists working with Martin Stratmann and Michael Rohwerderat the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (Iron Research) in Düsseldorf are developing synthetic coatings that can protect steels and other metals from rust and heal themselves if they become damaged. more
Skin with high rust protection factor
In industrialized countries, corrosion guzzles up to 4 percent of economic performance annually. Consequently, scientists working with Martin Stratmann and Michael Rohwerderat the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (Iron Research) in Düsseldorf are developing synthetic coatings that can protect steels and other metals from rust and heal themselves if they become damaged. more
The Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Iron Research was founded in 1917, in the midst of the First World War. It was intended to become an innovation laboratory for the German steel industry but morphed into a knowledge center for military technology. Its history illustrates the risk associated with application-oriented basic research in times of economic and political crisis.
Car bodies, aircraft wings or turbine blades – alloys today are customized for any purpose. Roughly 2,500 different types of steel already exist, and that number continues to grow. Jörg Neugebauer and Dierk Raabe, Directors at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung in Düsseldorf, are also developing new varieties, and in their search for innovative materials, they even apply the laws of the quantum world.
In industrialized countries, corrosion guzzles up to 4 percent of economic performance annually. Substances that protect metals effectively from its ravages are often damaging to the environment or have other disadvantages. Consequently, scientists working with Martin Stratmann and Michael Rohwerder at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (Iron Research) in Düsseldorf are developing synthetic coatings that can protect steels and other metals from rust and heal themselves if they become damaged.
For gourmets, they are mainly a nuisance. For Helge Fabritius, however, they are a treasure trove of information. At the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung in Düsseldorf, the biologist investigates the construction principles of lobster and crab shells. In the process, he is uncovering how arthropods produce versatile material properties using a very limited choice of basic materials.
Steel used for vehicles should make them light and economical, offer protection in accidents and impose as few limits on designers as possible. Scientists working with Georg Frommeyer create alloys to meet these requirements.
PhD positions - Interface Controlled Materials for Energy Conversion (IMPRS SurMat)
Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Düsseldorf June 29, 2018

Steel with bone-like properties prevents materials’ fatigue

2018 Dirk Ponge, Dierk Raabe
Chemistry Material Sciences Solid State Research

Materials which are subject to cyclic load, are often prone to fatigue and failure. An international team of scientists at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung developed a new steel inspired by the laminated structure of bone and thus preventing crack propagation on the microscale which would lead to fatigue.

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Metallic materials are the backbone of industrialized societies which obtain their competitiveness from providing efficient means of energy conversion, save and weight reduced mobility as well as the manufacturing of complex high tech products and industry processes.  New tailor made materials are developed by using computer simulations in conjunction with atomic scale tomography.  By this approach new high performance materials are developed based on the atomic principles of matter.

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Understanding the complex interchange of magnetic and lattice excitations opens new routes in the design of innovative cooling materials

2016 Hickel, Tilmann; Körmann, Fritz; Dutta, Biswanath; Grabowski, Blazej; Neugebauer, Jörg
Chemistry Material Sciences Solid State Research

The systematic search of new materials solely based on computers as well as the development of the required highly accurate simulation tools is a major research topic at the MPI für Eisenforschung. In the present article, the approach is introduced using the example of magnetocaloric materials, which are explored to achieve new and energy efficient cooling strategies. For this purpose the complex interaction of two thermodynamic excitation mechanisms – the vibration of atoms in a crystalline lattice and the disorder of magnetic moments – is analyzed and systematically exploited.

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Nanostructured materials as key for regenerative energy sources  

2015 Dennenwaldt, Teresa; Scheu, Christina
Chemistry Material Sciences Solid State Research

In consequence of the growing energy needs and the increasing environmental pollution alternative energy-producing, cost-efficient and environmental friendly concepts are needed. Diverse nanostructured materials are suitable for application in this field. The correlation between morphology, chemical composition and properties of the nanostructures are investigated with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and its analytical techniques and are one of the main research activities of the independent research group “Nanoanalytics and Interfaces” at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung.

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Small but strong – Micromechanics of miniaturized materials

2014 Kirchlechner, Christoph; Dehm, Gerhard
Chemistry Material Sciences Solid State Research

Materials of any kind have to endure severe mechanical conditions, which ultimately determine their lifetime. How long can materials sustain cyclic (thermo-)mechanical loading? Is their response independent of material dimensions? Are new mechanisms occurring when the material volume decreases into the nanoworld? Finding fundamental answers to these questions and to use the knowledge to design robust materials is the basic research mission of the new group Nano- and Micromechanics at the MPI of Iron Research.

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