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. mont. Christoph Kirchlechner


Tel.: +49 721 608-24815




IAM Committee's Offices

Dr. Johanna Lampert
Tel.: +49 721 608 47912
The IAM units

More than 500 employees are working at the 8 IAM units

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Praktikum Batterien KIT

For all those interested we offer insights into materials science research

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Studium MatWerk
Master studyig course MatWerk

The interdisciplinary BSc and MSc programs "Materials Science and Engineering" combine fundamentals with applications

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Our News

Interfacial layers on lithium metal anodes

In cooperation with Texas A&M University, IAM-ET for the first time could simulate and analyze the interfacial layer formation between lithium-metal anodes and liquid electrolytes at molecular resolution, reaching into the µs-scale. The results enhance the understanding of the so-called solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) and provide access to new strategies for knowledge-driven design of the SEI. The study was published in Nature Communications.

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Fakultätslehrpreis MACH Urkundenuebergabe an Astrid PundtM. Schmid
KIT Faculty Teaching Award to Astrid Pundt

For the lecture „Wasserstoff in Materialien: von der Energiespeicherung zur Materialversprödung“ ("Hydrogen in Materials: from Energy Storage to Material Embrittlement") at IAM-WK, Prof. Astrid Pundt receives the KIT Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Teaching Award. With faculty teaching awards, the KIT Presidium honors courses that are characterized by new forms of teaching and learning, interdisciplinarity, and high topicality of the imparted expert knowledge.

Link to youtube video of KIT Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Teaching Award
VernetzungsseminarJ. Lampert (IAM)
IAM Networking Seminar

About 170 colleagues from the different IAM parts met for scientific exchange at the IAM networking seminar on 28.04.2023. After the presentations and at the posters, there were lively discussions, new contacts were made and common topics were identified. By popular demand, this format will be held again in the future.

Extraction of lithium from deep water

Geothermal energy not only enables a sustainable supply of electricity and heat, but also, incidentally, regional lithium extraction. KIT researchers - including those from IAM-ESS - and EnBW have produced a lithium ion screen from a lithium-manganese oxide and used it to adsorb lithium from geothermal brines. In the future, using domestic lithium sources can help meet the increasing demand for the light metal, which is indispensable as an energy storage material.

Link to Press Release at KIT
BatterierecyclingA. Bramsiepe, KIT
Battery recycling process development

Together with HIU and EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, IAM-ESS has developed a new mechanochemical process for the recovery of lithium. Compared to the available metallurgical processes, this process promises higher yields at lower cost and greater sustainability (publication in Nature Communications Chemistry).

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Verleihung Seger PlaketteDKM
Seger plaque to Michael J. Hoffmann

On March 29, Prof. Hoffmann was awarded the Seger Plaque by the German Ceramic Society (DKG) at its annual meeting (https://dkg.de/dkg/ehrungen/seger-plakette). The plaque honors personalities who have made outstanding scientific achievements in the field of ceramics.

A. PundtIAM-WK
Astrid Pundt new chairwoman

Astrid Pundt (IAM-WK) was elected chairwoman of the working group of the Metal and Materials Physics (MM) of the German Physical Society (DPG) in the section of condensed method section of the German Physical Society (DPG) and was appointed KIT representative to the Materials Engineering.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin HeilmaierIAM-WK
Martin Heilmaier as the new DGM President

Martin Heilmaier (IAM-WK) was elected at the DGM meeting in Darmstadt in the fall as one of the two Presidents of the German Society for Materials Science. The term of office is two years and starts on 01.01.2023

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Winners of the SOFT Innovation Prize 2022European Commission
1st SOFT Innovation Award

A team led by Jarir Aktaa (IAM-MMI) with cooperation partners from Forschungszentrum Jülich won the 1st SOFT Innovation Award for the development of plasma-sprayed, functionally graded tungsten/EUROFER layers for the first wall of future fusion power plants. The innovation opens up applications in further components of fusion technology, in high-voltage components and in the field of concentrating solar energy.

MecaNano – European Network for the Mechanics of Matter at the Nano-Scale

The "European Network for the Mechanics of Matter at the Nano-Scale" (MecaNano) has been approved as a European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) for a period of four years. The IAM-MMI will also be part of MecaNano with Christoph Kirchlechner as the German representative.

MecaNano offers its members numerous opportunities for interaction and collaboration, supports the geographic mobility of its participants and promotes the professional development of its young researchers.

The action is open to researchers from all countries.

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Future Cluster ETOS

Basic chemicals, which are raw materials for a wide range of products such as medicines or detergents, can currently only be produced with an enormously high input of energy and fossil fuels. The aim of the future cluster ETOS, which is co-led by IAM-ET, is to develop more sustainable processes based on electrolysis. The BMBF is funding ETOS as one of seven projects in the Clusters4Future competition.

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ZhaoUniversity of Maryland (USA)
Humboldt Award to Ji-Cheng Zhao

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awarded Ji-Cheng Zhao, Minta-Martin Professor of Engineering and Chair of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland (USA), a Humboldt Research Award endowed with 60,000 Euros. With this award, Zhao will further his collaboration especially with Professors Dierk Raabe (MPIE) and Peter Gumbsch at IAM-ZM and Fraunhofer IWM.

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Peter ElsnerIAM-WK
Mourning for Peter Elsner

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Elsner, Professor of Polymer Technology at the IAM-WK and Institute Director of the Fraunhofer ICT, passed away at the age of 65. Peter Elsner was a highly esteemed colleague and respected researcher whose memory will be cherished by the staff of the IAM.

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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. Inuiprivat
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.

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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
BatterieforschungAdobe Stock / xiaoliangge
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.

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IAM image film

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

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Advanced Materials

Special Edition Materials Research at KIT

Volume 31, Issue 26


Karlsruhe Materials Colloquium

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