The Graduate School of Excellence Materials Science in Mainz (MAINZ) is an international doctoral program composed of 60 to 80 doctoral students. The program is conducted by excellent scientists from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) and University of Kaiserslautern (TUKL). As part of the Excellence Initiative, MAINZ has been awarded a federal grant twice as one of the few doctoral programs in the interdisciplinary area of Chemistry, Physics, and Biology.

MAINZ bridges previously disjoint fields of research, ranging from simple model systems and correlated materials to functional polymers, hybrid structures and bio-related materials. This allows MAINZ members to develop a common language, to foster interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge, and to gain insight into systems traditionally seen as separate. MAINZ offers innovative scientific, technical and complementary PhD training combined with excellent research in materials science. Our three-year training program focuses on training through research and training for life that supply the intellectual framework necessary to become an independent scientist. Networking is one of the key aspects of the program reflected in all training offered. This aspect is embodied in our mentoring program mentMAINZ, which provides our doctoral students with early contact with international leaders in science and industry.


The Graduate School of Excellence Materials Science in Mainz (MAINZ) was established 2007 and  is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.