Institute of Materials Science and Engineering

The institute is an amalgamation of all materials-oriented Groups of the TU Ilmenau, which was founded in 1997 and currently consists of the following nine departments.


Special emphasis is placed on innovative approaches for the improvement of existing materials. Just as the development of new materials, material composites and processing procedures, the design of new material concepts with special consideration of layers and nanostructured materials is the task of the institute. Another focus is on complex materials analysis with methods using X-rays, analytical electron microscopy, mechanical and electrical methods.

More detailed information on teaching, competences and research can be found on the websites of our groups.
Dörthe Hagenguth


Research at the institute focuses on the following areas:

  • Inorganic-non-metallic materials
  • Electrochemistry and Electroplating
  • Electrotechnology
  • Fundamentals of energy materials
  • Plastics technology
  • Metallic materials and composites
  • Microsystems Technology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Materials in electrical engineering


Materials science is of strategic importance in our modern industrial society, as materials play a decisive role in all technical innovations. Approximately 2/3 of our economic output is materials-related. Therefore, the demand for well-trained materials scientists will steadily increase.

The Institute of Materials Engineering trains graduates in materials science:

  • Bachelor of Science Materials Science - 6 semesters
  • Master of Science Materials Science - 4 semesters
  • Integrated International Double Degree in Master of Science Materials Science - 4 semesters
TU Ilmenau/ari


The Institute of Materials Science and Engineering maintains both national and international relations:



Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ing. Steffen Strehle
Max-Planck-Ring 12
Werner-Bischoff-Bau, Room 3110

03677 69-2487

Deputy Director

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Edda Rädlein

Gustav-Kirchhoff-Straße 6
Arrheniusbau, Room 113

03677 69-2802


Melanie Stichling
Max-Planck-Ring 12
Werner-Bischoff-Bau, Room 3120

03677 69-2485 (afternoon only)