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The Group for Inorganic Non-metallic Materials deals in teaching and research with technologies, processes and plants for the production of innovative materials and products in the fields of glass and ceramics. We investigate interactions in the manufacturing process, starting from the raw materials, through processing and shaping, to the products and recycling.

The Group for Inorganic Non-metallic Materials is integrated in the Institute of Micro- and Nanotechnology, the Institute of Materials Engineering, the Center for Micro- and Nanotechnologies and the Graduate College Lorentzkraft, as well as in the Thuringian State Graduate School for Photovoltaics.


Gustav-Krichhoff-Straße 6, 98693 Ilmenau


Glass materials development, melting and forming processes and characterization of glasses are research topics of the department of Inorganic Non-Metallic Materials. Our current research covers the following core areas: Materials in electromagnetic fields, microstructuring of glass and glass ceramics and on glass surfaces.


The Group for Anorganic Non-metallic Materials offers courses for the study course Materials Science and many other bachelor and master courses at TU Ilmenau. Participation in our research projects is possible e.g. in student research projects, bachelor and master theses. The teaching offer also includes events for students.

Our courses cover glass and ceramic materials, their production, properties and applications. It includes raw materials, environmentally friendly production and recycling.

Building on the basic knowledge of structure-property relationships and technological processes, students learn how materials development can open up future fields of application.

Technical Equipment

The technical equipment of the department includes systems and devices for materials technology (high-temperature furnaces up to 1800 °C, muffle and annealing furnaces up to 1300 °C, various ball mills with sieving technology and particle analysis, glass drawing plant, hydrofluoric acid laboratory), for surface metrology (surface profilometer, scratch tester, AFM), for structural analysis (X-ray diffractometry), scanning electron microscopy), for the analysis of chemical and physical properties (hydrolytic class, thermal analysis, rotational viscometer, density determination, measuring techniques for the determination of electrical and magnetic properties) and for the analysis of optical properties (UV-VIS-NIR spectrometer, various light and polarization microscopes, haze meter).