Hero-m 2i (Competence Centre on Hierarchic Engineering of Industrial Materials)

The overarching goal of Hero-m 2 is to promote efficient development of new engineering components with improved performance and new functionality.
Hero-m 2 will provide industry and society with new tools, methods and competence for future materials development, particularly for the efficient use of raw materials as well as increased recycling.
This will allow an accelerated development and implementation of novel materials for novel applications and thereby a sustainable growth.
New manufacturing opportunities such as additive manufacturing
will also be considered. Hero-m 2 will thus perform materials design on all appropriate scales of length and time.
The research spans from important industrial materials with a potential for improvement, e.g. steels and cemented carbides, to future materials e.g., bulk metallic glasses.
The materials design research originates from ICME (Integrated Computational Materials Engineering) and the Materials Genome. The design tools stem from recent scientific achievements in theory and experimental techniques.
They thus embrace quantum mechanical and continuum-field simulations of structural evolution, from nano to macro scale.
The language of CALPHAD thermodynamics and kinetics is
the basic genome that combines experimental and theoretical knowledge and allows efficient use of such information in materials design.
On the experimental side new microscopy, 3D reconstruction and atom-tomographic techniques as well as in-situ studies using synchrotron radiation (PETRA III) and neutron scattering (ESS) will be used to get a more complete characterization of structural evolution from atoms to components.

Topic 1: Multiscale modeling for materials engineering and processing (M3EP)
Topic 2: Innovative surfaces, coatings and interfaces
Topic 4: Functional materials
Topic 6: Materials for additive manufacturing

FunMat II (Competence Centre on Functional Nanoscale Materials)

Obtain basic knowledge about:
- Materials behavior
- Physics and chemistry of the synthesis processes
- Designing of new materials with unique properties
plus study how the material perform with the efforts focusing on three application areas:
- Functional surfaces for cutting tools
- Fuel cells
- Batteries

Main activites include:
(1) Understanding and improving the synthesis methods of functional surfaces (for cutting tools, fuel cells and batteries);
(2) Searching, developing and validating new and improved materials using knowledge-based design (for cutting tools, fuel cells, and batteries) that includes understanding of materials behavior during service;
(3) Educating and training people in materials science and surface engineering, i.e. high-school students and their teachers, undergraduate engineering students, graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty as well as industry personnel.

Topic 1: Multiscale modeling for materials engineering and processing (M3EP)
Topic 2: Innovative surfaces, coatings and interfaces
Topic 4: Functional materials