Notwithstanding the immense R&D efforts made with respect to new materials over the last years, there is still an unsatisfactory detailed understanding of the materials' behaviour during, for instance, complex mechanical stress situations or when exposed to high temperature or radiation.
This, moreover, holds true for compact as well as cellular materials.
An integrated approach focussing on the combination of (i) materials processing, (ii) materials design, (iii) complex stress situations in materials, and (iv) mathematical modelling consequently needs to be designed in order to fill this gap.
Although several of these categories are already interlinked with each other, R&D of holistic approaches is still in its early stages, intensifying the challenge to develop integrated models which describe the process-microstructure-properties-relationships of materials of different provinience and porosity and therefore enable feedback between materials design and behaviour.
Graduates in materials science and technology will have the opportunity to work with modern processing technologies and high-tech characterisation methods such as state-of-the-art scanning electron microscopy, biaxial testing equipment and several in-situ and combined methods within a structured 4-year/48-month PhD track.