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

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
klimafester Baum
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
Members of DFG committees

Prof. Dr. Peter Gumbsch (IAM-CMS) was elected to the selection committee for the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG). Prof. Dr. Hans J. Seifert (IAM-AWP) will be a member of the DFG Senate Committee and the DFG Grants Committee for Collaborative Research Centres (SFB) as of July.

Link to DFG
B. Gorr am AWP
Bronislava Gorr at the IAM-AWP

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Bronislava Gorr was appointed to the W3-Professorship for Material Behaviour under Extreme Environmental Conditions at the IAM-AWP as of 01.10.2020. Currently she is being supported by a Heisenberg-Professorship.

(Photo: private)

Ulrike Krewer
Ulrike Krewer appointed to the IAM-ET

The IAM-ET, 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)

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Board of the AWT

Prof. Volker Schulze(IAM-WK, WBK) was appointed to the board of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Wärmebehandlungs- und Werkstofftechnik e.V. (AWT). The AWT is a technical-scientific association dealing with materials-oriented technologies.

(Photo: www.iam.kit.edu/wk)

Call to the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katrin Schulz (IAM-CMS) has accepted a call to the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe - Technik und Wirtschaft. She is professor for Technical Mechanics and Materials Science at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics.

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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 (including CMS) are involved, is funded.

European Soft Innovation Prize

The work "Development of advanced solid neutron multiplier for innovative T-breeding blanket design" of the group headed by Dr. Pavel Vladimirov at IAM-AWP was awarded the 2nd prize of the "European Soft Innovation Prize" by the EU Commission.

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)
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)

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)

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

Events (online)

Karlsruher Werkstoffkolloquium