The Materials Research Department at Ruhr-University Bochum is committed to advancing materials science through cutting-edge research, collaboration, and education. We are a strongly interdisciplinary network of scientists that conduct state-of-the-art research to investigate fundamental properties of materials and to develop new materials innovations.
Through interdisciplinary collaboration, we leverage our diverse expertise to tackle complex materials challenges. With 80 members from 64 research groups and 400 early career researchers, the Materials Research Department is the largest Research Department at Ruhr-University Bochum.
We provide educational opportunities and training for researchers as well as the next generation of materials scientists. We further organize workshops and events for linking up with researchers from academia and industry, locally and across the world.
Members of Materials Research Department are affiliated to the departments of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Geosciences as well as other research institutions on RUB campus like the Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS) and the Central Institute for Ion Beams and Radionuclides (RUBION).
Additionally, RUB researchers are joined by scientists from collaborating research institutions, like the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (MPIE), the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung (MPIKOFO), Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), and Forschungszentrum Jülich.
The Materials Research Department actively contributes to the flagship project Materials Chain of University Alliance Ruhr, which is an alliance of three universities in the Ruhr area of Germany – the RUB, the TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen.
It is closely connected to the Research Center ‘Future Energy Materials and Systems’ of Research Alliance Ruhr, as part of the University Alliance Ruhr.