Within the Collaborative Research Unit (SFB 761) „Steel – ab initio: quantum mechanics guided design of new Fe based material“ scientist from the RWTH Aachen University and researchers from the Max-Planck Institute for Iron Research (MPIE) work in close co-operation. Speaker of the SFB 761 is Prof. Wolfgang Bleck, head of department and chair of the institute of ferrous metallurgy at RWTH Aachen University. Prof. Dierk Raabe from MPIE stays deputy speaker during the third research period. Altogether six institutions from RWTH and two from MPIE contribute to the 17 part projects and 2 transfer projects with industrial co-operation. From RWTH these are:


Team in 3rd Research Period 2015-2019
Team in 3rd Research Period 2015-2019


Central Facility for Electron Microscopy
Prof. Joachim Mayer
Institute for Inorganic Chemistry
Prof. Richard Dronskowski
Institute of Metal Forming
Prof. Gerhard Hirt
Institute for Ferrous Metallurgy
Prof. Wolfgang Bleck
Chair for Metallurgy of Iron and Steel
Prof. Dieter Senk

Institute for Physical Metallurgy and Metal Physics
Prof. Sandra Korte-Kerzel

Institute for Materials Application in Mechanical Engineering
Prof. Christoph Broeckmann

Chair of Materials Chemistry
Prof. Jochen Schneider

In MPIE two departments are involved:

Computational Materials Design
Prof. Jörg Neugebauer
Microstructurephysics and Alloy Design
Prof. Dierk Raabe


During the third research period most of the former part project are continued while new part projects are set up. These extende the continuous scientific work of the modelling approaches on different scales, of the investigation methods for nanostructured steels with their characteristic deformation mechanisms as well as their production- and processing routes.


Projectstructure- Project Divisions - Part Projects
Projectstructure- Project Divisions - Part Projects


The project is organized in three divisions. Model development, ab initio as well as metal physical, are concentrated in division A “Theory of metallurgic basic principles”. Modeling ab initio means free of premises solely based on natural constants. The developed models give data for division B “Process development and sampling production” to apply in process control and as recommendations for chemical composition. Division B realizes the production development for the FeMnC material, which is used in Division C for “Characterization and evaluation”. These data is finally used for validation of the models from division A.