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

link to IAM Units
Praktikum Batterien KIT

For all those interested we offer insights into materials science research

Link to IAM Events
Studium MatWerk
Master studying course MatWerk

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

link to MatWerk

Our News

Kopfbild Calphad Logo StadtmarketingCALPHAD 2024
International Conference on Computer Coupling of Phase Diagrams and Thermochemistry

The IAM-AWP is organizing the international CALPHAD conference, which will take place in Mannheim from 26. to 31.05.24 with around 220 participants. It offers scientists and students interested in the thermodynamics of materials the opportunity to meet, present and discuss their work.

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Xufei Fang starts his ERC Starting Grant at the IAM-MMI

On April 1, 2024, Xufei Fang started his ERC Starting Grant awarded by the European Research Council (ERC) at the IAM-MMI.

His project MECERDIS aims to fundamentally understand the mechanisms of dislocations in ceramics and help tailor new functional ceramic materials.

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LitonaM. Breig (KIT)
Company spin-off Litona

The start-up Litona, founded at KIT (IAM-ESS), wants to produce the energy storage material "Prussian white" for the production of sodium-ion batteries on an industrial scale and thus support the European production of next-generation batteries.

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SWR Aktuell visits the FML of the IAM-MMI

On February 22 SWR filmed with Dr. Klaus Hesch, spokesperson for the FUSION program, and Prof. Dr. Christoph Kirchlechner in the Fusion Materials Laboratory and captured a few impressions of both the work on hot cells and the glove boxes.

Fusion research in the state was to provide a framework for a report on the SWR Aktuell Baden-Württemberg program about the Bundestag debate on funding for fusion research on February 23.

Link to the report at ARD-Mediathek (German only)
P. Olschowski am FMLM.Breig, KIT
State Science Minister Petra Olschowski at the IAM-MMI

Petra Olschowski, Minister of Science, Research and the Arts in Baden-Württemberg, visited the IAM-MMI's Fusion Materials Laboratory on February 13, 2024 together with Dr. Ronny Feuer, Head of the Department for Mobility, Energy, Aerospace, Industry 4.0 and Alexander Salomon, Member of the Karlsruhe State Parliament.

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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.

Link to the publication
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).

Link to Press Release at KIT
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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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


Karlsruhe Materials Colloquium

Summer term, starting on 16.04.2024 in presence

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