The reliability of such material systems is of major significance for the society concerning functional materials for energy conversion and storage as well as for information technology and requires state-of-the-art mechanical characterization and modelling. Materials of interest span from batteries beyond the Lithium era towards materials for fusion reactors on the one hand, and from advanced conductors to materials for sensors and actuators on the other hand.

We aim for a mechanism-based understanding of material degradation, which requires scale-bridging mechanical as well as microstructural characterization combined with advanced multi-physics modelling and data analysis. We also run KIT´s Fusion materials lab and, therefore, can handle and characterize radioactive and toxic materials.




Prof. Dr. mont.

Christoph Kirchlechner


Tel.: +49 721 608-24815


(Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)



Posterprize Camila
Best Poster Award

Camila Aguiar Teixeira won the “Best Poster Award” of the Nanobrücken 2022 conference held at the Charles University (Prague). Camila presented her PhD study on slip of partial dislocations in high entropy alloys, for which she employed micro pillar compression with Transmission Kikuchi Diffraction (TKD) and STEM imaging. Parabéns!

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ERC Consolidator Grant to Christoph Kirchlechner

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded the prestigious Consolidator Grant to Professor Christoph Kirchlechner. 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.

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Zeiss Crossbeam 550 installed

An unique focused ion beam (FIB) microscope has been installed at our institute for the research programs “Information / P3T1”, “Materials and Technologies for Energy Transition” and “Fusion”, partly funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftungsprofessur for nanostructured functional materials.

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Time for change
IAM-WBM becomes the IAM-MMI

In the course of the restructuring of the IAM, our institute will also change its name. The IAM – Materials- and Biomechanics (IAM-WBM) will become the Institute for Applied Materials - Mechanics of Materials and Interfaces (IAM-MMI)

T. Neuhauser
Successful PhD defense

The Emmy-Noether-Group “Pulsed Metallurgy of Metallic Thin Films” announces the successful PhD defense of Tobias Neuhauser held on November 29 2021. He explored „The effect of the heating rate on the phase selection in Al/Ni multilayers“ through a smart combination of nanocalorimetry and time-resolved X-ray diffraction. Tobias  was supervised by Dr.-Ing. Karsten Woll.

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Posterprize JB Molin
Best Poster Award

Jean-Baptiste Molin won the “Best Poster Award” in the physics session of the Association Francaise de Cristallographie, AFC2021. He presented his PhD study on 3D-µLaue diffraction for characterization of dislocation structures and stress fields in micro bending cantilevers. His main achievement is establishing a non-destructive in situ 3D technique to investigate a specific microstructure with a resolution better 1 µm³, and monitor the mechanical behaviour of this microstructure at the same time. Félicitation!

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Extension of the Research Training Group SiMET

After successful continuation review, the second four-and-a-half-year funding period of the Research Training Group GRK 2218 "Simulation of mechano-electro-thermal processes in lithium-ion batteries" (SiMET,, funded by the German Research Foundation, started on October 1st, 2021.

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Verena Becker
Next successful defense

Verena Becker successfully defended her PhD "Modellierung der Mechanik und der effektiven Transporteigenschaften von partikulären Kathoden sowie deren Einfluss auf die elektrochemische Performance von Lithium-Ionen-Batterien (Modeling the mechanics and effective transport properties of particulate cathodes and their influence on the electrochemical performance of lithium-ion batteries)". She did her work in the group of Marc Kamlah as a fellow of the Research Training Group GRK 2218 "Simulation of mechano-electro-thermal processes in lithium-ion batteries" (SiMET). Warm Congratulations! (Photo: private)

Oleg Birkholz
Successful PhD defense

Oleg Birkholz successfully defended his dissertation thesis "Modeling transport properties and electrochemical performance of hierarchically structured lithium-ion battery cathodes using resistor networks and mathematical half-cell models". He did this work in Marc Kamlah's group as part of the research project "Materials development of hierarchically structured composite materials for electrochemical energy storage" (HiKoMat) funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BmWi). We wish all the best for the future! (Photo: private)

Zeiss Merlin
New in situ SEM arrived

We recently acquired a ZEISS Merlin, a high performance field emission scanning electron microscope. This is one of the first pieces of equipment to arrive at the institute as part of the ongoing effort to build a state-of-the-art nano/micromechanics testing facility.

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Successful completion of the BMWi project HiKoMat

The HiKoMat project, in which among others the IAM-MMI was involved with excellent contributions, has decisively contributed to a detailed understanding of the process-structure-property relationships of hierarchically structured composite materials for electrochemical energy storage.

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DFG funds the TRR 188 with contributions from the IAM-MMI

The German Research Foundation (DFG) continues funding the Collaborative Research Center/Transregio (TRR) 188, “Damage in metal forming”.

The TRR 188 aims for a mechanism-based understanding and control of damage nucleation and growth in advanced high strength materials and is located at several research institutes.

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Summerschool 2020

Team building activities were in focus of our annual summer school, which was a great success this year, especially while following all the regulations and emphasis pertaining to safety and social distancing during the COVID-19

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