Materials Systems Engineering (MSE)


The Helmholtz Research Programme MSE (Materials Systems Engineering) is developing and integrating information-based techniques in material design, development and processing as a major asset for future breakthroughs.

Information-driven materials interface design, in particular of nanomaterials, biomaterials and advanced engineering materials, offers great potential for future technological applications by tuning the materials properties beyond the design of bulk microstructures via the functionalization of surfaces and control of interfaces.

In addition to KIT, the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht are involved in the programme.

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Das Gerät der PerkinElmer chemagen Technologie GmbH basiert auf einem Patent des KIT zur Manipulation magnetischer Partikel. (Foto: IFG, KIT) IFG, KIT
Hochdurchsatz-Corona-Tests: Winzige Rührer bereiten Proben auf

January 27, 2021

Der PCR-Test stellt die derzeit verlässlichste Methode dar, eine Infektion mit SARS-CoV-2 nachzuweisen. Dabei werden Bruchstücke der Erbsubstanz des Virus aufgespürt. Die im Abstrich enthaltene Erbsubstanz muss zunächst gereinigt und konzentriert werden. Für diese Aufreinigung verwenden die wirksamsten Verfahren speziell beschichtete Magnetpartikel. Eine Erfindung von Wissenschaftlern des KIT macht diese aufwendige Methode effizienter.

„Mehr als 4.000 Proben in 24 Stunden“ (Interview mit Matthias Franzreb und Christof Wöll auf

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Nanoelektroden, die mit Beteiligung des KIT entwickelt wurden, könnten bei der Behandlung neurologischer Erkrankungen helfen, indem sie das Gehirn stimulieren. (Grafik: Mopic – Fotolia)Mopic – Fotolia
Nanoelectrodes for the Treatment of Neurological Diseases

January 21, 2021

International team develops injectable brain stimulators that could be used to treat Parkinson's disease or spinal cord injuries.

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The thermomagnetic generators are based on magnetic thin films with highly temperature-dependent properties.IMT/KIT
Thermomagnetic Generators Convert Waste Heat into Electrical Power Even at Small Temperature Differences

January 12, 2021

Use of waste heat contributes largely to sustainable energy supply. Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Tōhoku University in Japan have now come much closer to their goal of converting waste heat into electrical power at small temperature differences. As reported in Joule, electrical power per footprint of thermomagnetic generators based on Heusler alloy films has been increased by a factor of 3.4. (DOI: 10.1016/j.joule.2020.10.019)

Press Release 001/2021
Analysis of a cerium oxide catalyst using carbon monoxide probe molecules and infra-red reflection absorption spectroscopy.IFG/KIT
Catalyst Research: Molecular Probes Require Highly Precise Calculations

December 17, 2020

Catalysts are indispensable for many technologies. To further improve heterogeneous catalysts, it is required to analyze the complex processes on their surfaces, where the active sites are located. Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), together with colleagues from Spain and Argentina, have now reached decisive progress: As reported in Physical Review Letters, they use calculation methods with so-called hybrid functionals for the reliable interpretation of experimental data. (DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.125.256101).

Press Release 120/2020