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TUHH & HZG To Set Up Centre For High Performance Materials

Strategic research across state borders. Objective: to develop into the largest North German research centre for high-performance materials

The Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH) and Schleswig-Holstein’s Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht (HZG) joined forces to set up a centre for high performance materials. At a press conference at Hamburg’s city hall, the Hamburg Minister of Science, Dr Dorothee Stapelfeldt, and Schleswig-Holstein’s Minister of Science, Kristin Alheit presented the new research co-operation on Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the presence of scientists from both facilities. With the establishment of the centre for high performance materials, HZG and the TUHH create synergies and take scientific work in the field of materials research to new levels.

Strategic Research Across State Borders

With the new centre, the partners will expand tuition and introduce professorships shared by the two facilities. In addition, it is hoped that the centre will improve chances when competing for funding. “The new centre for high performance materials is a logical consequence ofthe intensive collaboration between Technical University and Helmholtz Centre in materials research. It is also a perfect example of strategic research funding across state borders, “said Hamburg’s Minister of Science, Dr. Dorothee Stapelfeldt. Schleswig-Holstein’s Minister of Science Kristin Alheit stated: “The new research network contributes to the advanced development of academic excellence at the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht and the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg. It is a fine example of the excellent co-operation in research and science between Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein “.

Objective: The Largest Northern German Research Centre For High-Performance Materials

“The pioneering work of Hamburg and Geesthacht researchers pursued in the Hamburg research cluster “Integrated Materials Systems” and in the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 986 “Tailor-Made Multi-Scale Materials Systems – M3 “ is now being strategically expanded to a visible material science unit”, said the scientific director of the centre for high performance materials, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kaysser. “The new centre will pool our resources and created structures that will be open to interested partners. We want to turn our new facility into the largest North German research centre for high-performance materials”, the president of TUHH, Prof. Dr. Dr. Garabed Antranikian, addef. “The goal is to bring the material sciences in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region among the country’s top five facilities.”

Partners For 33 Years

Co-operation between the TUHH and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht dates back to 1982. In order to expand their collaboration, both partners have already jointly appointed new heads of institutions or shared professorships. This approach will be pursued in the new centre to win, for instance, high-profile experts. The partners also hope to gain better access to industrial projects. They also aim to establish a master’s degree by the winter semester 2015 and to start a graduate school in the field of materials science.

Joint Management

Equal representation among the four members of the board of management and the advisory board is also part of the agreement. Furthermore, both institutions will contribute 100,000 euro each year to the centre’s operational cost. As a long-term perspective, the construction of a central research and training centre is being envisaged.
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