The TUHH's Competence Fields

The competence fields map the profile of the TUHH’s research expertise. In a constant dialog with the university’s partners from business and industry, universities and colleges, extra-university research facilities, and public institutions, research issues can be addressed in a targeted manner and approaches to solutions of pressing challenges of the future can be found sooner. Exchanges with representatives of science and the general public take place by means of specialized scientific events, conferences, and workshops.

The competence fields are:

  • Green Technologies with the research areas Renewable Energies, Systems – Storage – Grids, and Water and Environmental Engineering
  • Life Science Technologies with the research areas Medical Technology, Biomaterials and Biological and Chemical Process Engineering
  • Aviation and Maritime Systems with the research areas Aeronautics, Logistics and Mobility and Maritime Systems and Structures

The "Green Technologies"  competence field focuses on specialized competences in the area of sustainable and environmentally compatible “green” research topics. These topics deal with the challenges of the energy turnaround and increasingly scarce resources. The Renewable Energies research area deals with producing energy on and beneath the sea. The construction, operation, and security of offshore wind farms and the harnessing of wave and current energy are especially important here. Other important research areas are geothermal energy and biorefinery, in which biomass is put to material and energy use. In the Systems – Storage – research area the main focus is on issues such as how fluctuating renewables can be stored and how they are to reach the end consumer. At each step in energy conversion consideration must be given to links with other energy and material conversion chains in order to achieve the overriding goal of optimizing the entire chain. The Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering research area deals with the challenges of ensuring a secure water supply, water and soil protection, and research into sustainable and climate-protecting technologies. In addition to developing water recycling methods and processes, the recovery of valuable materials from waste is of decisive importance.

The "Life Science Technologies“  competence field takes up issues that address, for one, the societal challenges posed by healthcare and demographic change and, for another, the key technologies of materials and process engineering. In Medical Technology research, for example, new methods to ensure the fail safety of medical assistance systems are under development. Other application areas are implantable sensors, mechanical microsystems, medical imaging, and navigation. Biomaterials research deals with the development of new implants and material systems, laser structuring, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine. Biological and Chemical Process Engineering research probes issues of industrial “white” biotechnology up to and including food-processing technology. In addition to usage issues, basic research is undertaken that extends to the area of molecular modeling and design.

The "Aviation and Maritime Systems"  competence field brings the TUHH’s strengths in the research areas of aviation technology, marine technology and maritime structures, logistics and mobility to the fore. By means of globally active partners like the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the maritime industry, and the Port of Hamburg as the gateway to the world, the TUHH enjoys an outstanding starting position for research in collaboration with industry and business. TUHH aviation technologists, for example, deal with aircraft systems, cabin and comfort, materials and production, and aircraft design and air transport systems. The Maritime Systems and Structures research area investigates new approaches in marine technology and takes up the research challenges posed by harbor and waterways construction and coastal protection. The Mobility and Logistics research area connects the carriers ships and airplanes and deals with the development of mobility concepts and services, maritime logistics, and supply chain management. The focus here is on technologies such as RFID integration. New approaches to corporate planning and logistics complement the range of research covered.