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

4th Young Materials Researchers’ Day – YMR Day 2021
December 6th, 2021.

The 4th YMR Day will take place on December 6th, 2021. The talks will take place in person in the morning. After the lunch break, we will meet via for the poster session. Please contact for a last minute registration for our 4th YMR Day. Poster presentations and talks will focus on the topical areas:

  • Thermodynamics and kinetics in materials
  • Thin films, micro- and nanosystems
  • Microstructure and mechanical properties
  • Interface dominated materials: properties and processes

PhD candidates working on their Research School certificate will be accredited with 2 CP for presenting a talk or poster at YMR Day 2021.


MRD Members’ Assembly
December 6th, 2021.

The next MRD members’ assembly will be held online via Zoom on December 6th, 2021 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

  • Opening – R. Drautz
  • Presentations by MRD membership candidates
    • Pascal Thome: “Quantitative Characterization with digital microscopy”
    • Hongcai Wang: “TEM Analysis of Particles in a Tempered Martensite Ferritic Steel (TMFS) after Long Term Creep”
    • Andreas Kreyßig: “Interplay of Lattice, Electrons and Magnetism in quantum materials studied by scattering techniques”
  • Election of new MRD board and speakers
  • MRD progress report 2021 and outlook on 2022/2023
  • Report on FEMS – A. Ludwig
  • Closing – R. Drautz