In order to bridge this gap an integrated approach will focus on the combination of materials processing, materials design, complex stress situations in materials and mathematical modelling. While several of these categories are already combined to each other, R & D of holistic approaches is still in the beginning, and the challenge is to develop connected models which describe the process-microstructure-properties-relationships of materials of different provinience and porosity. Only such a combined approach will allow feedback between materials design and materials behavior.
PhD students in materials science and technology will have the opportunity within a four-year track to work with modern processing technologies and high-tech characterization methods such as state-of-the-art scanning electron microscopy, biaxial testing equipment and several in situ and combined methods. A four-year track is intended.