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  • 17.09.2019

    Womit werden wir morgen kühlen?

    Prof. Dr. Oliver Gutfleisch, Fachgebiet Funktionale Materialien

    Wissenschaftler bewerten das Potenzial von Werkstoffen für die magnetische Kühlung

    Für das Jahr 2060 erwarten Zukunftsforscher einen Paradigmenwechsel beim globalen Energiekonsum: Erstmals wird die Menschheit dann mehr Energie zu Kühlzwecken aufwenden als für das Heizen. Die zunehmende Durchdringung unseres Alltags mit Kühlanwendungen hat einen stetig wachsenden ökologischen Fußabdruck zur Folge. Neue Verfahren wie die magnetische Kühlung könnten diese Belastung für Klima und Umwelt minimieren. Forscher der TU Darmstadt und des Helmholtz-Zentrums Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) haben die dafür heute in Frage kommenden Materialien näher auf ihre Eignung untersucht. Ergebnis ihrer Arbeit ist eine erste systematische Materialbibliothek mit wichtigen Kenngrößen, die sie jetzt in der Fachzeitschrift Advanced Energy Materials veröffentlicht haben.

  • 15.08.2019

    INSPIRED through interdisciplinary and international team work

    Figure 1: The winning team with materials science students Dağhan Dağlı, Atekelte Abebe Kassa, Ronak Shoghi (3, 5 and 6 in back row) and Olaf Praß (right in front row). (Foto: Ronak Shoghi)

    Two weeks of intensive team work

    Two weeks of intensive team work during the INSPIRED project (www.inspired-darmstadt.com) concluded on 5th July 2019 with the presentations of six concepts for an Interstellar Farmacy. Students from the Mechanical Engineering, Biology and Materials Science Departments of TU Darmstadt were joined by 27 international external students and arranged into teams of 11 participants. The teams were tasked with the development of a concept for a bioreactor to be operated on Mars that provides a crew of ten astronauts with nutrients and pharmaceutical products for two years.

    Dr. Hannah Sonderfeld (KI2VA) and Prof. Clemens Müller (PhM) from the Materials Science Department were involved in the coordination and development of the project, which was led by the Mechanical and Biology Departments. It became very popular amongst the materials science students with 19 taking part in the project weeks. Furthermore, the teams were supported by Dr. Enrico Bruder, Paul Braun, Tom Keil (all PhM) and Christopher Schröck with technical and practical advice concerning the design of the bioreactor and selection of construction materials.

    Team 5 (pictured) won the prize for presenting the most convincing concept of a bioreactor. Carotenoids, antibiotics and proteins are produced in separate modules made of polymethyl methacrylate equipped with LEDs and arranged as a battery of eight containments. The system is protected from the harsh environment on Mars by a Ti-Al-V alloy housing and multi-layered shield consisting of a tungsten shell, a bismaleimide matrix with carbon fibre composite and a polyethylene/boron composite layer.

    Olaf Praß found it most rewarding “to work in a group with people from different countries and the difficulties which come with it.”

    And Atekelte Abebe Kassa summarises his INSPIRED experience as follows: “This project gave me many precious experiences! It opened up my perspective towards multidisciplinary and international scientific group work and research. Needless to mention, it has expanded my knowledge about futuristic space missions in a first-hand fashion!!”

  • 11.07.2019

    Die Hoffnungsträger

    Assistenz-Professor Michael Saliba

    Michael Saliba betreibt Materialforschung für eine sonnige Zukunft

    Neu an der TU Darmstadt, doch in seinem Gebiet ein „alter Hase“: Assistenz-Professor Michael Saliba macht Materialien aus der Klasse der Perowskite fit für Solarzellen, Detektoren und andere Anwendungen.

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