FSP Advanced Materials

Spokesperson: Prof. Patrick Huber, patrick.huber(a)tuhh.de

Deputy Spokesperson: Prof. Kaline Furlan, kaline.furlan(a)tuhh.de


To put it bluntly, one could say that it was the ability to use materials in a targeted manner that made the development of civilization possible. From natural materials such as wood, stone or fur to the first targeted steel alloys during the Industrial Revolution to modern high-performance materials in electronics and digital technology - without material innovations, many advances in civilization would never have taken place. Mastering what is perhaps mankind's greatest current challenge, climate change, will also only be possible through new material concepts, especially for sustainable, resource-saving materials management, energy conversion and storage, and mobility.

The focus of materials research at TUHH is on the development of the fundamentals for the production of multiscale, multifunctional, hybrid and integrated material systems starting from nanoscale structures. These integrated material systems combine both outstanding mechanical and functional properties. In addition, they differ fundamentally from existing materials by using concepts of multiscale or hierarchical structure for technologically novel base materials and by enabling more sustainable materials management by reducing chemical diversity. This makes it possible to carry out multifunctional optimizations in a material system that lead to improved functionality for technological developments in the fields of energy, mobility and medicine. Another very important aspect of the activities is scalability and structuring by means of self-organization and additive processes. These are essential for bridging the gap from the atomic scale to the representation of material systems in application-relevant component dimensions and for integration into technological systems. This research direction manifests itself in particular in the Collaborative Research Center SFB 986 "Tailored Multiscale Materials Systems M3" coordinated by the TUHH, in the HamburgX research cluster "Center for Integrated Multiscale Materials Systems CIMMS" and most recently in the new research initiative "BlueMat: Water-Driven Materials".

In teaching, these modern research topics are addressed primarily in the Master's program "Materials Science - Multiscale Materials Systems: From Atom to Component", but also in the Master's programs "Medical Engineering", "Theoretical Mechanical Engineering", "Product Development, Materials and Production" and in the Master's program in Civil Engineering. In the following Bachelor's programs there are also strong references or specializations in the field of materials science: BA Mechanical Engineering AIW, BA Shipbuilding, Fundamentals WW, Specialization, Electrical Engineering, BA Green Technologies, BA Data Science, BA Digital Mechanical Engineering

Prof. Patrick Huber
Prof. Kaline Furlan

Research Center News

The draft proposal “BlueMat: Water-Driven Materials” for a cluster of excellence has been successful in the first round of evaluations. The key objective of the Excellence Strategy is to strengthen top-level research in areas that are internationally competitive, to institutionally strengthen German universities, and to advance the development of the German higher education system. The BlueMat team will now prepare a full proposal. The final decision will be announced in May 2025.

Read more in the press release

Research Center News

Iridium - The new “gold“ for high-temperature nanophotonics


Research Center News


Feierliche Eröffnung des Centre for X-ray and Nano Science (CXNS) Gebäudes in der Science City Hamburg Bahrenfeld. Hier gibt es eine Aufzeichnung des offiziellen Teils mit den Forschungsministerinnen Stark-Watzinger, Prien und Fegebank. DESY-Pressemitteilung. Three research ministers open Centre for X-ray and Nano Science at DESY, see the DESY press release here.

Photo: Marta Mayer, DESY (August 2021)

Current Projects (Highlights)

Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 986: Tailor-Made Multi-Scale Materials Systems - M3

High resolution electron microscopy of fatigue behavior in high performance concrete and multiscale modelling using a bonded particle model (DFG SPP 2020); Principal investigator: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Schmidt-Döhl, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maxim Dosta, Dr. Martin Ritter, Project duration: 2017-2023: Project budget: € 1.283.000.

Publications (Highlights)