Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaft und Werkstofftechnologie
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Forschungsbereich - Werkstoffwissenschaft


The focus of our research within Materials Science (Paul Mayrhofer) is directed towards developing the science underlying the relationships between synthesis, chemistry, structure, properties and performance in structural, nanoscale and functional materials. To address these relations, we integrate experimental and computational studies with all the aspects of materials science from developing the fundamental understanding to the design, synthesis and testing of new materials.

Specifically, our research focuses on a detailed atomic-level understanding of the microstructure-properties relations, kinetic processes, mass transport mechanisms, chemical reaction paths, material thermodynamics and phase transitions. We use a wide variety of in-situ as well as ex-situ characterization tools such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with analytical techniques, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD), submicron synchrotron X-ray tomographic microscopy (SXRTM), and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Computational studies involve density functional theory (DFT), molecular dynamics (MD), TEM image simulations, and continuum mechanics.

We also continue the traditional research in the area of crystal growth, physical properties of metastable ceramic and metallic alloys and multilayers, and their thermal stability. The combination of applied and fundamental research in the area of protective coatings for machining tools and components used in automobile and aviation industry is addressed within several industrial projects.

We offer research opportunities for students interested in experimental or computational studies or a combination of these.

Projekte, Bachelor-/Master- und Diplomarbeitsbörse