Saving energy with heat-resistant materials

The DFG extends the “MatComComMat” Research Training Group


The German Research Foundation (DFG) has announced that it will fund the “MatComComMat” Research Training Group (GRK), in which TU Darmstadt is participating, for a further four and a half years. The DFG approved a budget of more than four million euros for the second funding period from 1 October 2024 to 31 March 2029.

GRK doctoral student Mozhdeh Fahtidoost working on computer simulations.

The aim of GRK 2561 “Materials Compounds from Composite Materials for Applications in Extreme Conditions” is to help achieve a significant reduction in global energy consumption. To this end, the researchers are developing novel composite materials that will allow extremely high operating temperatures of over 1,300 degrees Celsius in combustion machines and processes. Higher combustion temperatures make it possible to improve the efficiency of transportation and of industrial and chemical processes. The research work at TU Darmstadt mainly focuses on the ceramic coating of materials.

Alongside TU Darmstadt, the other participants in the Research Training Group are the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Dechema Research Institute (DFI), Frankfurt am Main. The spokesperson is KIT Professor Martin Heilmaier and co-spokesperson is Professor Karsten Albe from TU Darmstadt. “The doctoral students and all of the researchers involved in the Research Training Group are very grateful to the DFG for this funding and delighted with this success”, says Albe.

The GRK 2561 MatComComMat team
The GRK 2561 MatComComMat team

The second cohort of doctoral students started work in 2023 as part of the first funding period for the Research Training Group. The third cohort will start in 2026.