Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science

The institute concentrates its research currently on structural materials (e.g. steel, alloys, composites, biological materials), materials for information technology (flexible metal-polymer systems, thin film structures, n-BaTiO3), materials for energy and high temperature applications (refractory metals, intermetallics), and novel bulk nanocrystalline materials (e.g. nano-composites, magnetic nano-materials). ESI is pushing the frontiers in understanding microstructure – property relationships by combining advanced experimental and modelling techniques. This is a huge challenge since the length scales involved in materials science span nearly 10 orders of magnitude, from atomic structures to macroscopic devices and components. Further information: