IAM - Materials- and Biomechanics

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




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

Yuran Kang

Our first Ph.D. defense streamed via MS Teams - passed, congrats to Yuran Kang!

A. Albiez Berta-Benz-Preis 2019
Bertha Benz Prize 2019

Almut Albiez was awarded the Bertha Benz Prize 2019 for her Ph.D. thesis. The results of her research open up new opportunities for lightweight construction applications.

(Photo: A. Albiez, private)

A. Albietz at youtube (in German)
Urkunde PosterAward M. Janzen
Best Poster Award

At the 16th Symposium of ModVal 2019 in Braunschweig, Germany, Manfred Janzen received the first place for his poster "Mechanics of Electrode Operation - a Comparison of LiFePO4 and NaFePO4".

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