The main research interests of the group are directed towards the development of novel strategies suitable for the synthesis of inorganic, oxidic and non-oxidic materials with properties beyond the state of the art. The materials of interest are advanced oxidic and non-oxidic ceramics with extraordinary properties in terms of thermal stability, hardness and electronic structure. Therefore, synthesis methods such as polymer-pyrolysis, non-oxidic and oxidic sol-gel methods, and novel high pressure methods have been further developed.
A consortium led by the TU is breaking new ground in sustainable energy storage. The “SIMBA” project aims to develop a safe, low-cost and environmentally friendly all-solid-state-sodium battery for stationary use, which could help solve a major problem of the energy revolution. The EU is supporting SIMBA with eight million euros within the "Horizon 2020” program.
In the multidisciplinary joint research project FIPRE (DFG funding under PAK 962/1 and associated projects), it is the goal to generate the lacking understanding of the process-structure-property relationships, in order to enable the use of paper for new fields of application.
It is the intention of Northwestern Polytechnical University and TU Darmstadt to cooperate with each other in conducting scientific research and development on a long-term basis under the JOINT INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH LABORATORY.