Collaborative Research Centers at RWTH Aachen University


In Collaborative Research Centers, researchers from a broad range of disciplines work together on complex topics in fundamental research from an integrative, interdisciplinary perspective. The DFG-funded centers are established for a period of up to 12 years.


Current Collaborative Research Centers

Collaborative Research Centers and Transregional CRCs at RWTH
No. Designation Spokesperson
SFB 1481 Sparsity and Singular Structures Prof. Dr. Michael Westdickenberg
SFB 1394 Structural and Chemical Atomic Complexity: From Defect Phase Diagrams to Material Properties Prof. Dr. Sandra Korte-Kerzel
SFB 1382 Gut-Liver Axis – Functional Circuits and Therapeutic Targets Prof. Dr. Oliver Pabst
SFB 1120 Precision Manufacturing by Controlling Melt Dynamics and Solidification in production processes Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Reisgen
SFB 985 Functional Microgels and Microgel Systems Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Walter Richtering
SFB 917

Nanoswitches – Resistively Switching Chalcogenides for Future Electronics – Structure, Kinetics, and Device Scalability

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Matthias Wuttig
TRR 219 Mechanisms of Cardiovascular Complications in Chronic Kidney Disease Prof. Dr. Joachim Jankowski
TRR 188 Schädigungskontrollierte Umformprozesse Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Hirt
TRR 129 Oxyflame – Development of Methods and Models to Describe the Reaction of Solid Fuels in an Oxy-Fuel Atmosphere Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhold Kneer

Other Transregional CRCs with Spokespersons at RWTH
No. Designation Fund-Managing University Spokesperson
TRR 96 Thermo-Energetic Design of Machine Tools TU Dresden Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Brecher
Transregional CRCs with Participation from RWTH Researchers
No. Designation Spokesperson Responsible at RWTH
TRR 339 Digital twin of the road system – Physical-informational representation of the future road system Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Kaliske, TU Dresden Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Blankenbach
TRR 280 Design Strategies for Material-Minimised Carbon Reinforced Concrete Structures—Principles of a New Approach to Construction Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Curbach, TU Dresden Prof. Dr.-Ing. Josef Hegger
TRR 257 P³H – Particle Physics Phenomenology after the Higgs Discovery

Prof. Dr. Kirill Melnikov, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Prof. Dr. Michael Krämer
TRR 195 Symbolische Werkzeuge in der Mathematik und ihre Anwendung Prof. Dr. Gunter Malle, TU Kaiserslautern Prof. Dr. Ghislain Fourier
Collaborative Research Centers with Participation from RWTH Researchers
No. Designation Spokesperson Responsible at RWTH
SFB 1548 FLAIR – Fermi Level Engineering Applied to Oxide Electroceramics Prof. Andreas Klein, TU Darmstadt Prof. Dr. Roger De Souza
SFB 1535 Microbial networking – from organelles to cross-kingdom communities Prof. Dr. Michael Feldbrügge, HHU Düsseldorf Prof. Dr. Anna Matuszynska
SFB 1506 Alterung an Schnittstellen Prof. Dr. Hartmut Geiger, Universität Ulm Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wagner
SFB 1451 Key mechanisms of motor control in health and disease Prof. Dr. Gereon Rudolf Fink, Universität zu Köln Prof. Dr. Kerstin Konrad
SFB 1371 Microbiome Signatures – Functional Relevance in the Digestive Tract Prof. Dr. Dirk Haller, TU München Prof. Dr. Thomas Clavel
SFB 1330 Hearing acoustics: Perceptual principles, Algorithms and Applications (HAPPAA) Prof. Dr. Volker Hohmann, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg Prof. Dr. Michael Vorländer
SFB 1211 Evolution der Erde und des Lebens unter extremer Trockenheit Prof. Dr. Tibor J. Dunai, Universität zu Köln Prof. Dr. Frank Lehmkuhl
SFB 1066 Nano-Dimensional Polymer Therapeutics for Tumour Therapy Prof. Dr. Rudolf Zentel, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz Prof. Dr. Twan Lammers, Ph.D.
SFB 1053 MAKI - Multi-Mechanism Adaption for the Future Internet (de) Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Steinmetz, TU Darmstadt Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Wehrle
TRR 386 HYP*MOL - Hyperpolarization in molecular systems Prof. Dr. Jörg Matysik, Universität Leipzig Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Wiegand
TRR 359 Perinatal Development of Immune Cell Topology Prof. Dr. Philipp Henneke, Universität Freiburg Prof. Dr. med. Mathias Hornef, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Clavel
TRR 306 Quantum Cooperativity of Light and Matter – QuCoLiMa Prof. Dr. Joachim von Zanthier, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg Prof. Dr. Silvia Viola-Kusminskiy
SFB 806 Our Way To Europe: Culture-Environment Interaction and Human Mobility in the Late Quaternary Prof. Dr. Jürgen Richter, University of Cologne Prof. Dr. Frank Lehmkuhl
TRR 191

Symplectic Structures in Geometry, Algebra and Dynamics

Prof. Dr. Kai Zehmisch, Universität zu Köln Prof. Dr. Umberto Hryniewicz
TRR 156 The skin as sensor and effector orchestrating local and systemic immunity Prof. Dr. Alexander Enk, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg Prof. Dr. Amir Sadegh Yazdi

Past Collaborative Research Centers


Overview of Completed CRC Projects

No. Designation Spokesperson
TRR 136 Function oriented manufacturing based on characteristic process signatures

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. h.c. Dr. h.c. Dr. h.c. Bernhard Karpuschewski, University of Bremen

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Stefanie Reese (Responsible at RWTH)

TRR 87 Pulsed High-Power Plasmas for the Synthesis of Nanostructural Functional Layers

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Awakowicz, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Prof. Jochen Schneider, PhD (Responsible at RWTH)

TRR 57 Organ Fibrosis: From Mechanisms of Injury to Modulation of Disease Prof. Dr. Christian Trautwein
TRR 40 Technological Foundations for the Design of Thermally and Mechanically Highly Loaded Components for Future Space Transportation Systems

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nikolaus A. Adams, Technische Universität München

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Schröder
(Responsible at RWTH)

TRR 32 Patterns in Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere Systems: Monitoring, Modelling and Data Assimilation

Prof. Dr. C.Simmer, University of Bonn

Dr. Norbert Klitzsch
(Responsible at RWTH)


Computational Particle Physics

Prof. Dr. Krämer

SFB 686 Model-Based Control of Homogenized Low-Temperature Combustion Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Abel
SFB 561 Thermally Highly Loaded, Porous and Cooled Multi-Layer Systems for Combined Cycle Power Plants Prof. Dr. Bohn
SFB 540 Model-based Experimental Analysis of Kinetic Phenomena in Fluid Multi-phase Reactive Systems Prof. Dr. W. Marquardt
SFB 532 Textile Reinforced Concrete Prof. Dr.-Ing. Josef Hegger
SFB 525 A Resource-Orientated Analysis of the Material Flow of Metallic Raw Materials Prof. Dr. P. Martens
SFB 476 Information Technology Support For Collaborative and Distributed Design Processes in Chemical Engineering Prof. Dr. M. Nagl
SFB 442 Environmentally Friendly Tribosystems Prof. Dr. H. Murrenhoff
SFB 440 Assembly of Hybrid Microsystems - Handling and Joining Techniques for Small and Medium Series Production Prof. Dr. W. Michaeli
SFB 401 Flow Modulation and Fluid-Structure Interaction at Airplane Wings Prof. Dr. W. Schröder
SFB 380 Asymmetric Syntheses with Chemical and Biological Methods Prof. Dr. D. Enders
SFB 370 Integral Materials Modelling Prof. Dr. G. Gottstein
SFB 368 Autonomous Production Cells Prof. Dr. T. Pfeifer
SFB 361

Integrated Design of Products and Processes

Prof. Dr. W. Eversheim
SFB 332 Production Techniques for Components Made of Fibre Reinforced Plastic Prof. Dr. M. Weck
SFB 289 Forming of Metals in the Semi-Solid State and Their Properties Prof. Dr. G. Hirt
SFB 253 Fundamentals of Space Plane Design Prof. Dr. E. Krause
SFB 224 Engine Combustion Prof. Dr. S. Pischinger
SFB 208 Flexible Assist Devices Prof. Dr. W. Backé
SFB 202 Boundary Surfaces and Layer Structures for Semiconductor Components
SFB 163 Use of Process Heat from High-Temperature Reactors
SFB 160 Properties of Biological Membranes
SFB 144

Engergy- and Materials Saving Methods for Selected Manufacturing Processes

SFB 125 Magnetic Moments and Disorder Phenomena in Metals
SFB 109 Artificial Organs - Models and Replacement Organs
SFB 106 Plastics Component Properties
SFB 083 Flow Mechanics in Thermodynamics
SFB 056 Solid State Body Electronics
SFB 055 Process Control in Production Engineering
SFB 027 Wave Focusing: Partitioning and Focusing of Mechanical Waves
SFB 025 Vortex Flows in Aeronautics Prof. Dr. R. Staufenbiel

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