Our mission statement

The Institute for Applied Materials - Microstructure Modelling and Simulation (IAM-MMS) engages in research and teaching in the area of mechanical and microstructural properties of materials.

The IAM-MMS preferentially uses methods of model building and numerical simulation. It combines atomistic methods with microstructural specifications and continuum mechanical analysis. In various fields, we carry out both basic and applied research on a cross-scale basis, combining novel modelling methods with large-scale simulation techniques and analysis to elucidate the fundamental mechanisms in microstructure evolution.

We conduct our research work in close collaboration with various national and international partners. There is a close link with the Research Unit Microstructure Simulation at the Institute of Nanotechnology (INT) of KIT, and with Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, especially in close interaction with the Institute for Digital Materials Research (IDM).


Institute management

Points of Pride

Federal Order of Merit


As the only general award of merit in Germany, the Order of Merit is the highest recognition awarded by the Federal Republic of Germany, for outstanding personal services to the common good. Since 1951, when it was founded by President Theodor Heuss, the Federal Republic of Germany has honored German and foreign citizens for political, economic, social and intellectual achievements.

Britta Nestler

In 2019, Prof. Dr. Britta Nestler is awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, for her scientific merits, which is awarded under the motto "Courage for the Future: Overcoming Borders". The award is based on the combination of basic research and practical application, in the field of materials research, which Nestler has promoted significantly.

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize


Since 1985, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize has been awarded annually by the German Research Foundation (DFG), to support outstanding scientists from all disciplines. The objective of the funding is to improve the working conditions of the award-winning researchers by expanding research opportunities, reducing administrative costs and enabling the employment of particularly qualified younger scientists. The most important research award in Germany is endowed with 2.5 million euros and is only granted on the advance of third parties.

Britta Nestler

In 2017, Prof. Dr. Britta Nestler is awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, for her research in the field of computer-aided materials research and the development of new material models, using multi-scale and multiphysical approaches. In addition, her further development of the phase-field method and the creative use of this method are also honored. The possibility of designing and simulating processes, materials or components with the aid of a computer reduces the number of necessary experiments, saves energy and resources and enables weak points to be identified at an early stage.


State Research Prize


Every year, the state of Baden-Württemberg awards the State Research Prize in recognition of basic and applied research. A prize of 100,000 euros is awarded for each of the two research fields. The objective of the prize is to increase the public awareness of research and to promote innovation in Baden-Württemberg.

Britta Nestler

In 2008, Prof. Dr. Britta Nestler received the prize for applied research, for her work in computer-aided material development with new simulation techniques and modeling methods, at the Institute for Computational Engineering (ICE), located at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences.