Spokesperson: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Grabe

The RTG - granted in autumn 2018 - will study Processes in Natural and Technical Particle-Fluid Systems (PintPFS) and will include both natural soil constituents such as clay or sand and also technical particles such as plastic granulate or cement in its investigation. Certain properties of the particles can be generated by physical, chemical and biological processes. The researchers aim to optimise these processes, comparing the technical materials with the natural materials for this purpose.

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. C. Kautz

Scratch-resistant and lightweight casings for smart phones and laptops; featherweight aircraft wings that are highly stable as well; 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, or not at all. Therefore the researchers at the SFB 986 Collaborative Research Centre have set themselves the task of creating a new 'genus' of materials — so-called 'Tailor-Made Multi-Scale Materials Systems'.

Integrated part of the SFB 986 is a Research Training Group  (RTG) which provides an organizational framework for doctoral studies within the SFB and offers additional training in technical skills and interdisciplinary competences for the Ph.D. candidates. The RTG aims to prepare the Ph.D. candidates more fully for their future occupations in academia and industry, and to enhance their competitiveness in the job market.

Further information: http://www.tuhh.de/sfb986/projekte/graduiertenkolleg.html