Technische Universität Darmstadt

The Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD) is one of the leading Technical Universities in Germany.

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The key competences are in the Engineering Faculties (Mechanical, Electrical and Civil Engineering), in Architecture and Informatics, Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) and Mathematics. In addition, the University has Faculties of Economics, and Humanities. The combination of Engineering and Economics has a long and famous tradition at TUD. About 20.000 students are studying at present. According to the legislation in the state of Hesse, a Statute of Autonomy will be created for the University from 2005 on.

The Fachbereich Materialwissenschaft (now Institute for Materials Science) was founded in 1989. It has been conceived as a link between the engineers and the scientists. Its aims are the preparation of new materials, their characterization by physical techniques and their application for engineering purposes. Research is concentrated on the study of surfaces and interfaces, materials for energy transformation (solar and fuel cells) and nanomaterials. The outstanding performance of the Institute has been acknowledged by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) by the establishment of a Centre of Excellence (Sonderforschungsbereich) in 2004.

Research at the Institute is also supported by the Ministry of Research (BMBF), other DFG-programs and by the industry. About 60 PhD-students are currently involved in research programs. Another key activity for the Institute is a program called Diplom-Ingenieur in Materialwissenschaft (Dipl.-Ing.). It is composed during the first two years of lecture courses, exercises and practical work in sciences and engineering for the first two years, after which teaching is concentrated on more specialized courses in Materials Science. Between 40 and 50 students are enrolled every year.

Full Member.
FAME master Contact : Joachim BROETZ
IDS Funmat Contact : Wolfram JEAGERMAN
Fachbereich Materialwissenschaften Contact:
Structure Research Laboratory materials Dept.
Surface Science division, Materials Dept.