Partner institutions of MPIE are the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim, the Ruhr Universität Bochum and the Universität Duisburg-Essen. The future SusMet doctoral students will focus on topics such as the direct reduction of iron, plasma synthesis and electrolysis paving the way for a climate neutral metallurgy.
Prof. Jörg Neugebauer, SusMet spokesperson and head of the Computational Materials Design department at the MPIE, says:
"Metal production is the largest single industrial emitter of greenhouse gases. With the new school we want to address this challenge and bring the internationally best young scientists to the Ruhr region to conduct research here. Our goal is to combine materials and engineering sciences, physics, chemistry and computer-aided simulation methods to look at the entire life cycle of metals: Starting with synthesis from ores, through the design of alloys with optimized properties, to efficient recycling processes for a circular economy."
Correlated experimental, simulation and multi-scale techniques are central to the scientific mission of the research school.
The IMPRS SusMet offers a unique combination of excellent research conditions and an intensive, interdisciplinary teaching programme that offers not only specialized seminars but also a variety of soft skill trainings. The programme started in January 2022 and runs for an initial six years. Applications for the first seven available PhD positions can be submitted from January to mid-February. Upon successful completion, the doctoral degree will be awarded by one of the partner universities. In addition, graduates will receive a certificate from IMPRS SusMet.