Materials Research Department



The Materials Research Department (MRD) coordinates and oversees research in materials science at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and collaborating institutions. Members have affiliations with the departments of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Geo-Sciences as well as other research institutions on the RUB campus like the Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS) and the Central Institute for Ion Beams and Radionuclides (RUBION).

Associate members at collaborating research institutions are from the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (MPIE), the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung (MPIKOFO), Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), and Forschungszentrum Jülich.


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Upcoming Events

ZGH Keynote Perspective Talk: Sustainable Metals
May 7th, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., via Zoom

Each semester ZGH will host a Keynote Perspective Talk where an outstanding researcher will present their perspective on an emerging research topic related to interface-dominated materials. These keynote talks give room for an extended 60-minutes presentation and 30-minutes discussion. The event series will be kicked off with the keynote talk:

Sustainable Metals
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dierk Raabe, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany.

“This lecture discusses methods for improving the direct sustainability of structural metals, in areas including reduced-carbon-dioxide primary production, recycling, scrap-compatible alloy design, contaminant tolerance of alloys and improved alloy longevity. The lecture also discusses the effectiveness and technological readiness of individual measures and also shows how novel structural materials enable improved energy efficiency through their reduced mass, higher thermal stability and better mechanical properties than currently available alloys.”

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All interested researchers are cordially invited to join the ZGH Keynote Perspective Talk on Zoom:
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Meeting ID: 995 5337 3076
Password: 449575


3rd Materials Chain International Conference – MCIC 2021: Materials Discovery and Processing for Energy
November 22nd – November, 23rd, 2021.

The third Materials Chain International Conference – MCIC 2021: Materials Discovery and Processing for Energy will take place from November 22 to November 23, 2021 in Bochum, Germany. MCIC 2021 will focus on materials discovery and development, up-scaling, processing and manufacturing of materials for energy.
Go to the conference website for further information.