Anastasia August secures two consecutive victories at science slams!

Anastasia August impresses with two consecutive victories at science slams! On 12.04.2024 she secured first place in Friedrichshafen with an outstanding 197 out of 200 points and on 13.04.2024 in Weingarten with 195 out of 200 points against strong competition. We are delighted with her outstanding performance and congratulate her on her success!

To the award
Young's law and an alternative mechanism for contact angle hysteresis

In this publication, we consider a droplet depositing on a solid surface.
By addressing the thermodynamic equilibrium of liquid-solid-gas phases,
we derive a generalized Young's law and reveal an alternative physical mechanism for contact angle hysteresis.
The key point for the present finding is the partial penetration of the liquid species into the solid phase at the micro-scale.

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Batterien Heute die Materialien von morgen modellierenSimon Daubner, KIT
Batteries: Modeling tomorrow's materials today

What factors determine how quickly a battery can be charged? Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are investigating this and other questions using computer-aided simulations. Microstructure models are helping to discover and investigate new electrode materials. For sodium-nickel-manganese oxide as a cathode material in sodium-ion batteries, the simulations show changes in the crystal structure during the charging process. These lead to elastic deformation, which causes the capacity to shrink. The researchers report their findings in the journal npj Computational Materials.


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GAMM PF 25 and Materials/Microstructure modelling: Analytics & Benchmarks

We are happy to announce the joint conference of the 10th GAMM Workshop on phase-field modeling and the workshop "Materials/Microstructure modeling: Analytics & Benchmarks", a joint meeting of the working group "Phase Field Modeling" of the expert committee "Materials Modeling, Simulation and Data" of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V. (DGM) and the MaTeLiS Focus Field "Virtual Materials Design and Digitalization" at the KIT. This event provides an inspiring platform for scientists to present the latest findings and advances in materials and microstructure modeling in the context of the phase-field method. Further information can be found here.

Neha Gawande awarded with Humboldt Research Fellowship

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has awarded Neha Gawande the prestigious fellowship for her postdoctoral research. Her research project is entitled 'Multiphysics modelling of a freezing cloud droplet for the prediction of secondary ice production rates'. We congratulate her warmly and are already looking forward to a productive collaboration!

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A. AugustIAM-MMS
Anastasia August wins Prize at „Futurium Slam“

At „Futurium Slam: Einmal auftanken!“, 22.01.2022, Anastasia August got awarded first runner up for her contribution „Wärme speichern wie ein Bär“. The prize in the context of the online Science Slam of Futurium Berlin awards her thriving presentation in in this special format of science communication. Congratulations!

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Britta Nestler admitted to HAdW


On January 21, 2022, the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences accepted Britta Nestler as a new member of the Department of Computational Materials Research. The election is considered a high honour for scientists. The MMS congratulates!

New foundations and structural change at the IAM: IAM-MMS and IAM-ZM

On January 1st, 2022, two new parts emerged from the former Institute for Applied Materials - Computational Materials Science (IAM-CMS), as parts of the IAM, into which the IAM-CMS will be split – the IAM-MMS and the IAM-ZM.

The newly founded parts "Material Modelling and Simulation" (MMS) is headed by Prof. Britta Nestler and the parts "Reliability and Microstructure" (ZM) by Prof. Martin Dienwiebel, Prof. Peter Gumbsch and Prof. Christian Greiner.

BildCynthia Ruf, KIT
Britta Nestler has stake in opening the NFDI Directorate

To introduce the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI), the NFDI4Ing project was presented on October 15, 2020, by Professor Britta Nestler, as co-speaker at the inauguration event of the office in Karlsruhe. In an interview for the Campus-Report, following the opening of the office of the NFDI, Britta Nestler explains the importance of “preserving the treasure of raw data”.

Link to the Press Release of KIT