MIMENIMA – Micro-, meso- and macroporous nonmetallic Materials: Fundamentals and Applications

Sometimes the nature of a single
material can be crucial for an entire project. One tiny ingredient can determine the
success or failure of an approach. Perfection can only be reached when
people and material are perfectly prepared for the challenges at hand. Teamwork, communication and optimal
interactions form the basis for our common goal. The groundbreaking research idea of the
MIMENIMA research training group is dedicated to a single task to achieve
material perfection and technical design and to create ideal conditions for
important areas of use in energy environmental, process and space technology. The core of these highly complex studies by the PhD students is the
production of innovative ceramic structures and their testing in application
areas such as energy, environmental, process and space technology. For example,
determining their permeability accurately and reliably for the most diverse
requirements is an important research question. What does the material look
inside? How can this influence the three-dimensional distribution of the liquids? How does the fluid move through our complex structures? And how does the
material structure and its surface properties affect the interaction with the liquid? What makes ceramics so interesting for so many technical fields? Ceramic
materials are extremely resistant to corrosion and extreme temperatures and
therefore promise highly sustainable technological use. Porous ceramic structures can thus allow entirely new applications not possible
with other classes of materials. Areas of application include catalysis, and the
production of synthetic fuels and biochemical substances. Industrial fumes
and water can be purified by means of filtration, and fumes from landfills
can even be partially bound and reused for the production of energy. For the
specific demands of space travel, it is aimed to replace existing metallic structures
and to optimize the transport of cryogenic liquids. To realise these visions, international
PhD students and postdoctoral researchers are currently working
together with experienced scientists as project managers on their own research
topics. The projects include material development, process analysis,
experimental research modeling and simulation as well as special
applications. We place great emphasis on having a high percentage of women in our research training group and to support the
research work of our students we provide a tailor-made study program including
workshops, symposium, participating in conferences, inviting international guest
speakers and also trips abroad. With its thematic focus the research training
group is ideally embedded in the high profile area material science at the
University of Bremen. Beyond that, the cosmopolitan and vibrant city of Bremen
offers our students a livable and inspiring environment. Our belief in
working together and our dedication to research are the driving force behind us
being able to achieve change for the better.
MIMENIMA, we believe in what we do.

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