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Key Industry Branches – KAM

9 industries are identified for our KAM (Key-Account Management) structure. These industries have been named for an easy approach of research and investigation topics, which have been occupying our existing partners in recent years – and in the years to come. It is well understood that these industries are overlapping.

Anyway, you are invited to simply select any of the defined branches for an easy and quick access to us by calling or writing to anyone of us! The most suitable contact and further processing we will find together!

Energy Materials/Harald Fitzek:

Materials that are suitable for storage and conversion into electrical energy can be studied well with SEM and TEM; these materials are characterized by the fact that different electron potentials prevail in lattices or in layers, which can be incorporated into more complex systems and can then be changed in a targeted manner. The best-known representatives are battery systems.

Environment & Construction/Manfred Nachtnebel:

Fine materials, dusts but also more complex building materials are investigated with SEM and TEM as well as with our RISE system (correlating RAMMAN and SEM results obtained in one instrument); these are substances that also show effects on the human organism – such as pollen, viruses, mineral dust and the like.

Automotive/Hartmuth Schröttner:

The variety of materials under this term also encounters the full range of all skills of the research network: damage analysis, surface – and microstructure characterization of steels or light metals (e.g. Al-, Mg-, Ti-alloys) and multi-scale investigations on material compounds and material composites from automotive and aircraft construction, micrograph analyses and defect characterization on electronic or semiconductor components from automotive electronics, characterization of energy materials and components from the field of electromobility (pouch cells, etc), questions from the field of material coating and painting, investigations on polymer vehicle components and much more – always in the context of vehicles.

Polymere & Soft Matter/Karin Wewerka:

These substances are characterized by their high sensitivity to irradiation with high-energy electron beams. This is not an insoluble problem for us, however, because we have developed processes and equipment that enable investigation in micro- and nanoscopic size ranges. Many of the samples are also multicomponent mixtures and the boundaries between mineral fillers, layers of different compositions (layers) or mixtures of different phases of polymers. The explanation of some macroscopic phenomena by understanding the arrangements and peculiarities of these boundaries in the samples is indispensable for valid failure or damage analyses or for development of products.

Ceramic Systems/Stefan Mitsche:

Ceramic systems are processed by sintering different oxides and other mineral substances into finely structured building blocks. The properties of the final components and articles are influenced by grain sizes, microstructures and textures. New developments as well as unexpected defects can be detected efficiently by means of SEM as well as modern microscopic-spectroscopic correlated methods (e.g. our RISE system). In addition, you can also observe and design the sintering process with us in in-situ heating investigations.

Metals, Alloys & 3D Printed Materials/Ilse Letofsky-Papst:

Mechanical and functional properties of metals and metal alloys – present as ingots, powders or articles – are determined by microstructural properties. Thus identification of different crystalline phases, presence of secondary phases and distribution of elements is inevitable for the development of new products. Besides optical microscopy, correlative and multi-scale (most different scales, combined micro- & nano-scale) approaches of electron microscopy down to atomic dimensions are the ideal investigation methods – e.g. accessible with our ASTEM.

Pharma & Medical/Johannes Rattenberger:

Drugs themselves, but also apparatus and equipment used in the healthcare sector and in drug manufacturing, are investigated with preparative and analytical capabilities and imaging techniques; troubleshooting and failure analysis as well as supporting product and process development are in focus.

Semiconductors (ICT)/Evelin Fisselthaler:

This category includes semiconductors and electronic components whose properties are determined both at the atomic level and in sub-microscopic dimensions. We clarify layer structure, interfaces or crystal structure defects on samples as well as in in-situ tests (heating tests, aging tests) and can also create 3D reconstructions that promise success in the clarification of defects or in device modifications.

Paper & Fibers/Armin Zankel:

Paper grades, starting materials and additives in paper fabrication, as well as cellulose fibers such as microfibrillated (MFC) and nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC). Properties and behavior are investigated by optical microscopy, SEM, ESEM as well as correlated methods (e.g. SEM-RAMAN) and EDX spectroscopy. In addition to preparative skills, in-situ tensile tests or in-situ ultramicrotomy as well as experiments on condensation, drying or swelling behavior of these materials can be investigated.