The Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science (ESI):

  • Performs cutting-edge research setting the ground for new material concepts.
  • Educates outstanding students and scientists in Materials Science.
  • Collaborates with leading industrial and scientific partners.

The institute concentrates its research currently on Structural Materials (e.g. steel, alloys, composites, biological materials), Materials for Information Technology (flexible metal-polymer systems, thin film structures, n-BaTiO3), Materials for Energy and High Temperature Applications (refractory metals, intermetalllics), and novel Bulk Nanocrystalline Materials (e.g. nano-composites, magnetic nano-materials). ESI is pushing the frontiers in understanding microstructure – property relationships by combining advanced experimental and modelling techniques. This is a huge challenge since the length scales involved in materials science span nearly 10 orders of magnitude, from atomic structures to macroscopic devices and components.

Our directors:

   Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil Dr. h.c. Jürgen Eckert
                                                Head - Chair Material Physics


Univ.Prof. Dr. Reinhard Pippan
Vice Director - Erich Schmid Institute
Themes : Fatigue and Fracture, Generation of new materials by severe plastic deformation



Assoc.Prof. Dr. Jozef Keckes
Vice Chair Material Physics
Themes : in-situ X-ray scattering on micro- and nano-scaled materials, structure-property relationship in biological materials, ...