Research Profile: Profile Areas and Profile Topics
TU Darmstadt focuses its research on nationally and internationally visible core competencies, which are primarily characterised by their clear content and high thematic relevance for society and industry. The research profile of the university is defined by the two levels of profile areas and profile topics. The selected research networks have demonstrated their core expertise and their competitiveness through success in prominent national funding programmes. TU Darmstadt aims to set a suitable number of profile areas in relation to the size of the university, while ensuring sufficiently dynamic development through the regular evaluation of the research profile.
The profile areas and profile topics are set for a period of five years. Therefore, TU Darmstadt has re-evaluated the structure and the topics of its research profile in 2015. In this context, the nomenclature of the research profile has been reviewed as well, resulting in the new denominations research profile and research topic (formerly known as research cluster and research focus). In the summer of 2015 the Executive Board and the Senate have set profile areas and profile topics for the next five years.
Profile areas (formerly known as research clusters) are thematically focused networks at TU Darmstadt that follow common research goals and develop in a coordinated manner. A profile area combines numerous collaborative activities for which research funding was raised in a competitive environment and which in total correspond at least to the scale of a cluster of excellence. The profile areas are strategically networked with other universities, non-university research institutions and industrial companies. The number of profile areas is limited to a maximum of six due to the size of the university.
Research at TU Darmstadt
Departments of TU Darmstadt
Profile Area Thermo-Fluids & Interfaces
Profile Area Future Energy Systems
Profile Area From Material to Product Innovation
Profile Area Cybersecurity
Profile Area Internet and Digitisation
Profile Area Matter and Radiation Science
TU Darmstadt's Profile Areas
More than 30 research groups from seven departments are members of CYSEC and study issues surrounding cybersecurity and privacy protection. Core competencies of CYSEC include internationally renowned, top-notch research as well as the training of highly specialized professionals in the area of cybersecurity. Technology transfer and national and international cooperation with research institutes and industry complete CYSEC’s profile. go
Internet and Digitisation
The future Internet is characterised as an intelligent network with fast and reliable communication channels and the increasing digitisation leads to growing interdependencies with incumbent infrastructures (Industry 4.0) and will enable entirely new services. In order for the Internet to act as the motive force for innovation, the corresponding technologies and applications have to be secure, powerful and efficient. Several cooperating departments and institutes face this challenge. go
Matter and Radiation Science
The profile area Matter and Radiation Science (MaRS) concentrates the research competences for scientific exploitation of particle beams at major research infrastructures, such as the GSI Helmholtz Center and the up-coming international FAIR facility in Darmstadt and the S-DALINAC electron accelerator operated at TU Darmstadt. Emphasis is put on accelerator physics and technology, experimental and theoretical nuclear physics, radiation biophysics, and applications in material science. go
Thermo-Fluids & Interfaces
The Profile Area Thermo-Fluids & Interfaces (TFI) represents numerous activities in the fields of fluid dynamics, combustion and heat & mass transfer at the TU Darmstadt. TFI provides its members with a network to share methods across disciplines, to develop new processes and to cooperate with external scientific or industrial partners. Our research creates the basis for the development of new and energy efficient products or machines in engineering, energy technology and process engineering. go
Future Energy Systems
This profile area coordinates the energy-related research of all subject areas relevant to this cross-sectional issue – ranging from technology to social science. It provides a multidisciplinary perspective on the complex transformation of our energy system. go
From Material to Product Innovation
The central theme is the successful development of new materials and the creation of innovative products. This requires a precise analysis of the underlying value chains. Main themes include the functionality and efficiency of new materials, their production, processing, design and refinement through to the development of a marketable product. The sparing use of resources in the manufacturing process and the sustainability of the materials and processes will be at the forefront of this research. go
Profile topics (formerly known as research foci) are defined collaborative research activities at TU Darmstadt that follow common academic goals and develop in a coordinated manner. A profile topic is characterised by a coherent research programme, whose core theme is defined by a DFG Collaborative Research Centre or a comparable externally funded collaborative project. The profile topics are not only smaller in terms of the scope of their collaborative activities but also differ from the profile areas in terms of their subjects.
Computational Engineering (CE)
CE, which integrates computer based modeling, analysis, simulation, and optimization, enables the study of complex engineering applications and natural phenomena. Thus CE contributes to the ﬁnding of optimal strategies addressing key issues in future technical developments for the economy and society in areas such as energy, communication, mobility, safety, and health. Together with numerous partners from academia and industry scientists from TU Darmstadt form an innovative research network. go