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.


Managing Director

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

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ERC Consolidator Grant to Christoph Kirchlechner

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Professor Christoph Kirchlechner (IAM-MMI) with the prestigious Consolidator Grant. His project TRITIME aims to fundamentally understand the mechanisms of hydrogen embrittlement and help tailor new materials used in the distribution and storage of hydrogen.

Link to Press Release at KIT
Prof. Inui
Humboldt Research Award Winner to stay at IAM

Dr. Haruyuki Inui, professor of materials science and engineering from Kyoto University (Japan), has been granted the Humboldt Research Award. Prof. Inui, an expert on intermetallic phases which play a significant role in the development of new types of structural materials plans to spend his stay associated with the Award i.a. as a guest at IAM-WK.

(Photo: private)

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Julia Maibach appointed to the IAM-ESS

Julia Maibach has been appointed as Tenure Track Professor (W1) for Interfacial Processes at KIT as of 01.11.2021. At IAM-ESS, she leads the research group "Designed interfaces for electrochemical energy storage". Welcome to the IAM!

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Christian Greiner receives call to the IAM

Prof. Christian Greiner was appointed Professor for Additively Manufactured Components and Microstructure Design as of 01.08.21. The focus of his research activities is the investigation of the interplay between microstructure, surface morphology and the tribological properties of materials. (Photo: www.iam.kit.edu/cms)

Advisory Board „Batterieforschung Deutschland“ (Battery Research Germany)

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Krewer (IAM-ET) and Prof. Dr. Helmut Ehrenberg (IAM-ESS) were appointed to the advisory board "Batterieforschung Deutschland" (Battery Research Germany) of the Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) (BMBF). The task of the advisory board is, among other things, the development and evaluation of proposals as well as the formulation of recommendations on funding programs and topic clusters.

Link to Batterieforum Deutschland
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Climate-proof tree?

The article by Lukas Weber "Prosit Baum" about the latest book from the IAM-WBM "Klimafester Baum? Biomechanische Anpassung der Baumwurzel an den Trockenstress" ("Climate-proof tree? Biomechanical adaptation of tree roots to drought stress") appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of 06.07.2021, at the same time as the KIT press release.

More information on Baden TV (german only)

Link to Press Release of KIT
Battery competence cluster

Several sub-institutes of the IAM are often involved in a leading role in the battery competence clusters of the BMBF and thus in a sustainable support of battery research as well as in the establishment of battery cell production in Germany: FestBatt, AQua, InZePro and BattNutzung.

(Photo © Adobe Stock / xiaoliangge)

Link to Press Release at KIT
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IAM involved in NFDi4ing

Within the framework of the National Research Data Infrastructure the consortium NFDi4ing, in which several subinstitutes of the IAM are involved, is funded.

Carl-Zeiss-Foundation supports "KeraSolar

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

(Photo: M. Breig, KIT)

Competence cluster „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 image film

Our IAM image film from MRS-TV 2016 (Spring Meeting)

Link to youtube (Attention: external contents)

Advanced Materials

Special Edition Materials Research at KIT


Volume 31, Issue 26