Institute for Applied Materials (IAM)

Institute for Applied Materials (IAM)

Welcome at the Institute for Applied Materials

The Institute for Applied Materials (IAM) is a leading institution in research and education in materials science and technology. With its interdepartmental character it is one of the largest facilities of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). It pursues the KIT missions of research, teaching and innovation and contributes to the areas of energy, nano- and microtechnology, and mobility systems.

IAM pursues an interdisciplinary approach to materials research that covers the diversity and multiscale character of materials science. In cooperation with national and international partners, we study materials from their atomic structure to their function in the product. Our activities bridge the gap from materials development over process technology to systems integration.

In teaching IAM is responsible for the consecutive bachelor/master course Materials Science and Engineering. It also provides the materials science education in other university programs in engineering and natural sciences.

IAM has broad methodological competences in the fields of materials synthesis, processing, characterization, and simulation. It, thus, offers an attractive scientific environment and excellent opportunities for scientific and personal development to its members.



Prof. Dr. Michael J. Hoffmann
Tel.: +49 721 608 44246


IAM Committee's Offices

Dr. Johanna Lampert
Tel.: +49 721 608 47912

IAM Portrait

Our News

B. Gorr am AWP
Bronislava Gorr am IAM-AWP

Frau Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Bronislava Gorr wurde zum 01.10.2020 auf die W3-Professur für Werkstoffverhalten unter extremen Umgebungsbedingungen ans IAM-AWP berufen. Aktuell wird Sie dabei durch eine Heisenberg-Professur gefördert.

(Foto: privat)

Ulrike Krewer
Ulrike Krewer appointed to the IAM-WET

The IAM-WET, whose research is dedicated to the core components of electrochemical energy technology for electromobility and stationary energy conversion and storage, has been headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Krewer since April 2020.

Christoph Kirchlechner
Christoph Kirchlechner at the IAM-WBM

Prof. Dr. mont. Christoph Kirchlechner has taken over the leadership of the IAM-WBM, in which metallic, ceramic, polymeric and natural materials are investigated, at the beginning of 2020. (Photo: private)

New member of acatech

The German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) has elected Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Peter Gumbsch (IAM-CMS) as a member of the IAM-CMS.

(Photo: Irina Westermann, KIT)

Link to KIT-News (German)
Christian Greiner
Adolf Martens Prize

Dr. Christian Greiner (IAM-CMS) was awarded the Adolf Martens Prize of the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM).

(photo: BAM)

New Research Training Group

The DFG funds the new joint research training group on high-temperature composites of the partners KIT, TU Darmstadt and DECHEMA. Spokesperson of the "MatCom-ComMat" research training group is Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Heilmaier (IAM-WK).


A team of KIT scientists, including some from the IAM, is developing a novel material concept for solar cells.

(Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)

Order of Merit

Prof. Dr. Britta Nestler (IAM-CMS) was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for her research achievements in the field of computer-aided materials research.

For more information, see also the pages of the KIT Media Library (Series: Driving Together)

(Photo: Federal Government / Gero Breloer)

Erwin Schrödinger Prize 2019

As part of a multidisciplinary team of KIT scientists, Dr. Susanne Wagner and Prof. Dr. Michael Hoffmann (IAM-KWT) were awarded the research prize for the elucidation of the properties of modern perovskite solar cells.

More on youtube as well

(Photo: Marco Urban)

Young Scientist Award

At the "1st International Conference on Advanced Surface Enhancement" (INCASE 2019) in Singapore, the contribution of Mr. M.Sc. Michael Seitz (IAM-WK) "Mechanical Investigations on Composite Peened Aluminium" (authors: M. Seitz, K.A. Weidenmann) was awarded.

A. Albietz Bertha-Benz-Preis 2019
Bertha Benz Prize 2019

Almut Albiez (IAM-WBM) was awarded the Bertha Benz Prize 2019 for her outstanding dissertation during the Bertha Benz Lecture at the SRH University of Applied Sciences in Heidelberg.

(Photo: A. Albiez, private)

IAM-Wissenschaftler beteiligt am Kompetenzcluster „FestBatt“

Among the 14 scientific institutions, KIT and some subinstitutes of the IAM are involved in the development of the next battery generation.

(Photo: C. Costard)

Cluster of Excellence

Several subinstitutes of the IAM are involved, some of them in a leading role, in two clusters of excellence successfully acquired at KIT within the framework of the excellence strategy of the federal and state governments.

(Photo: A. Bramsiepe, KIT)


IAM-Imagefilm (MRS-TV 2016 - Spring Meeting)

Link zu youtube (Achtung: externe Inhalte)

Advanced Materials

Special Edition Materials Research at KIT


Volume 31, Issue 26