Training at the Bench

The training at the bench will educate post-graduate students in the most advanced methods of materials science, with special emphasis on polymer-based materials with respect to their function and performance in advanced technologies as well as in magnetic materials and materials characterised by strong electron correlations. This includes the process of designing novel methods in analysis and characterisation, including computer assisted modelling, visualisation and predictive data evaluation. Particular emphasis is placed on biomedical applications of polymers and on the characterisation of surface and bulk properties of polymer systems designed for electro-optical and electronic applications. Moreover, PhD students will work on the characterisation of hybrid polymer systems containing functional components such as active fillers, pigments and release agents, all of which will be dealt with at nanoscale. Materials characterised by their magnetic and magneto-optical properties are an additional component of the program. This includes aspects of modern solid state physics which function as the foundation for advanced science.

Furthermore, the furthering of mathematical skills and methodology is envisaged as a component of this research approach. As the gap between materials science and biology has been bridged in that the importance of biomaterials and materials in medicine has been recognised, these aspects will also be parts of the training program. Each student will be assigned a specific research training subject. The topic will be selected so as to ensure that students will be able to use their work to contribute to the research goal of their respective team. The individual research training topics cover the following subject areas that reflect the truly multidisciplinary character of MAINZ. The applicants will choose their training/research topic in line with the following rules: All PhD students must choose one of the five fields mentioned in the list of topics for individual training in methods and research themes "at the bench" and must indicate additional preferred topics. Each student’s personalised research and training plan should include at least one out of five areas (A-E) as a seminar and/or lecture and/or workshop which will form a training unit in addition to the research ‘at the bench’. These areas are:

A: Synthesis of new materials

B: Advanced characterisation

C: Model systems and single component materials

D: Surfaces and interfaces

E: Computational science and data analysis