Research

Excellence at TU Darmstadt

Profile Areas



The thematic research priorities of TU Darmstadt are defined by six profile areas. The profile areas represent nationally and internationally visible core competencies and shape the specific profile of the university. go

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.

New Topics: Cognitive Science

TU Darmstadt explores promising new topics and strategically develops future fields of research and teaching. A scientific area with particularly great potential is Cognitive Science. TU Darmstadt has excellent foundations in several departments in order to integrate this young and extremely dynamic science into its research profile and to provide significant impetus both nationally and internationally. go

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. go

LOEWE – Hessen’s State Campaign for Development of Scientific 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 Software-Factory 4.0, Uniformized Structures in Arithmetic and Geometry and BAMP! – Building with Paper, NICER, iNAPO and CompuGene, which are operated in close cooperation with other scientific institutions. go

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. go