We investigate material behaviors and predict material properties using theoretical and computational methods based on solid-state physics and materials mechanics. Our ambition is to design material structures with targeted properties and functions. We identify the effects of crystalline defects and microstructures on the material behavior, and we explore means to avoid negative or exploit positive effects.
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Seeking new materials – Ensuring compatibility
There is great demand in the industry for designing new materials, driven by stricter technical requirements and amended economic and legal framework conditions. As a result, new materials need to have tailor-made physical properties and be compatible with existing production processes. Furthermore, they should be based on cheap raw materials and only contain a few - or ideally zero - critical elements. Dependence on fluctuating raw material prices and delivery monopolies should also be reduced.