DFG Provides Continued Funding for Collaborative Research Center


Creating tools for the design of new materials


The German Research Foundation DFG has decided to provide continued funding for the Collaborative Research Center “Structural and Chemical Atomic Complexity – From Defect Phase Diagrams to Material Properties”. Led by RWTH Professor Sandra Korte-Kerzel, researchers are designing new materials at the atomic scale. The Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung in Düsseldorf and, for the second funding phase, Ruhr University Bochum are also involved in the project.

Precisely tailored material strength, formability, and corrosion resistance are among the key properties of successful materials. Using sustainably available alloys, such materials make it possible to develop increasingly safe lightweight constructions for the mobility sector, build more efficient power plants and conserve valuable resources.

The properties of a material are determined by imperfections (defects) at the atomic level. These defects can now be investigated down to the atomic scale with the help of new experimental and computer-based methods. The main objective is to use the knowledge of the atomic structure and chemistry of a material to describe and predict the stability of certain defects and to link these to material properties. In this way, a tool for material design is to be developed which will bring about a paradigm shift in the description of metallic materials.