Tailor-made, Multi-scale, Material Systems (Collaborative Research Center SFB986)

Duration: 2012-2024
Funding agency: DFG

Scratch-resistant and lightweight casings for smart phones and laptops; featherweight aircraft wings that are highly stable; turbine coatings that can withstand extreme heat; photovoltaic systems that can generate electricity efficiently from 'waste' heat. All of these areas of use have one thing in common: The materials available to us today fulfil these requirements only to a certain extent. Therefore, the researchers of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB986 have set themselves the task of creating a new 'genus' of materials — so-called 'Tailor-Made Multi-Scale Materials Systems'. More information can be found here.



Additive Manufacturing combined with Colloidal Assembly

Duration: 2020-2024 (as part of the SFB 986 described above)
Funding agency: DFG

This project focuses on the fabrication of multiscale and multiphase photonic structures by combining Additive Manufacturing methods with Colloidal Assembly (AMCA) and Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). The AMCA process combines the principles of colloidal self-assembly with the scalability and shape flexibility of direct writing to control the 3D geometry from the cm to µm scale and particle organization in the µm to nm scale. As a result the optical properties of the nanoscale and microscale building blocks are integrated into macroscopic multiscale 3D photonic structures. Meanwhile, the ALD process provides the ability of chemical composition and thickness control at an atomic to sub-nm scale with the possibility to develop tailor-made atomically-mixed systems and nanostructured systems. The main goal is to fabricate ceramic-based photonic structures for structural colors and reflective thermal barrier coatings (rTBC) on planar and curved substrates, where the ordering of the building blocks is locally controlled. This new fabrication route combining AMCA and ALD is of relevance also for other technological fields, such as catalysis, sensing, energy storage and generation.



Advanced Nanostructured Materials for Sustainable Pollutant Abatement

Duration: 2022-2023
Funding agency: DAAD-CAPES

This international collaborative research initiative strives to solve the challenges related to nanoparticle leaching during operation of catalytic systems for pollutants abatement.


SoBeIn: Aktivierung des sozialen Bewusstseins von Ingenieur*innen in Hamburg

Duration: 2022-2023
Funding agency: BWFGB

English version "Activation of the social awareness of engineers in Hamburg"
The primary goal of this project is to create and establish a participation and teaching framework for the development of social awareness in engineering education.


Development of Catalytic Materials Systems for Non-intermittent Green Hydrogen Production

Duration: 2023
Funding agency: DAAD-GIZ

This bilateral project researches potential solutions, connecting materials science and chemical engineering point of views, to solve the challenges associated with the sustainable and efficient production of hydrogen, fostering the implementation of green hydrogen as a sustainable energy source in our society.


In-situ Characterization of Phase Transitions in Nanostructures

Duration: 2023
Funding agency: ZHM

This project aims to establish a framework for in-situ characterization of phase transitions at high temperatures and under controlled atmosphere by high-resolution fast-scanning in-situ x-ray diffraction to achieve a fundamental understanding of the phase transitions and reactions during processing of nanoporous metals and aerographite.


Interphase-Engineered Bio-inspired Ceramic Transparent Composites

Duration: 2023-2026
Funding agency: DFG

This project investigates the fabrication of ceramic-based composites by using a combination of advanced colloidal technologies and Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD).