Research Profile

Excellence at TU Darmstadt

Research at the highest level

Picture: Felipe Fernandes
Picture: Felipe Fernandes

TU Darmstadt’s research performance demonstrates internationally visible and competitive competences and expertise that are reflected in its research profile. The university sets priorities on two levels by defining profile areas and profile topics. The research profile is evaluated on a regular basis and refined progressively. The following six profile areas and one profile topic shape TU Darmstadt’s research profile.

Profile area Cybersecurity: The security of information and communication technologies has become a key prerequisite for the functioning of society and economy. The guiding themes are the technological bases and the requirements for cybersecurity and privacy protection.

Profile area Internet and Digitisation: Intelligent networks with fast and reliable communication channels and their growing interdependencies with incumbent infrastructures (Industry 4.0) will enable entirely new services. This profile area addresses corresponding technologies and applications as well as the requirements they need to meet.

Profile area Matter and Radiation Science: The profile area focuses on the scientific exploitation of particle beams at major research infrastructures. To this end the international “Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research” (FAIR) is under way in Darmstadt as one of the highest investments in large-scale research infrastructures in Europe.

Profile area Thermo-Fluids & Interfaces: Research in this profile area research creates the basis for the development of new and energy efficient products, processes and machines. The research fields of fluid dynamics, combustion and heat & mass transfer are investigated using methods from various disciplines.

Profile area Future Energy Systems: Various departments perform energy-related research using different perspectives. This profile area coordinates the energy-related research activities and provides a multidisciplinary perspective on the complex transformation of our energy system.

Profile area From Material to Product Innovation: The central theme of this profile area is the successful development of new materials and their transfer into innovative products. The sparing use of resources in the manufacturing process and the sustainability of the materials and processes are at the forefront of this research.

Profile topic Computational Engineering: Computer based methods are used in order to study complex engineering applications and natural phenomena. The profile topic contributes to the finding of optimal strategies for addressing key issues in areas such as energy, communication, mobility, safety, and health.

The Excellence Initiative of the Federal and Länder Governments

TU Darmstadt is successfully involved in the Excellence Initiative, which is funded by the Federal and Länder governments to develop world-class research, with the “Graduate School of Computational Engineering – Beyond Traditional Sciences”, the “Darmstadt Graduate School of Energy Science and Engineering” as well as parts of its Humanities and Social Sciences cluster “Formation of Normative Orderings” at Frankfurt University.

LOEWE – Hessen’s State Campaign for Development of Scientific/Economic Excellence

LOEWE, an initiative by the Bundesland Hessen entitled “State Offensive for Development of Scientific / Economic Excellence” supports a variety of centres and focus areas at TU Darmstadt including the Centre for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt, HIC for FAIR and Sensors Towards Terahertz, RESPONSE as well as NICER, iNAPO and CompuGene, which are operated in close cooperation with other scientific institutions.

Collaborative Research Centres, Priority Programmes and Graduate Schools

Numerous Collaborative Research Centres and research groups, priority programmes and graduate schools reinforce TU Darmstadt’s research profile and confirm its international reputation. The umbrella organisation Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt promotes young researchers and guarantees the high standards of doctoral work in the university’s departments.