CRC 1394 – Structural and Chemical Atomic Complexity



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The development of new metallic materials is crucial to fulfil new and improved key technologies. To achieve this goal, two approaches have proven highly successful in recent years, but until now they have been considered essentially decoupled from each other. On the one hand, thermodynamic descriptions of crystalline phases have led to tailoring and processing alloys to obtain a desired internal structure on the microscale. On the other hand, a better understanding and manipulation of crystal defects, which are crucial for the strength, formability, and corrosion resistance of the material, has led to the development of new alloying and processing concepts. The vision of the SFB is to close the gap between these two approaches by bringing them together in a new conceptual framework that takes a holistic view of defects and their thermodynamic stability. The research area will provide quantitative descriptions of the structure, chemistry, and thermodynamics of defects. Furthermore, a direct link between mechanics and corrosion in material development is being established, thereby initiating a paradigm shift.


Sub-Project Equal Opportunities

Within the framework of the Collaborative Research Centre “Structural and Chemical Atomic Complexity – From Defect Phase Diagrams to Material Properties“(SFB 1394), the GDI is researching the implementation of a diversity management approach in complex organizational structures. The central task here is the development of a concept within the framework of a system-theoretical approach, which enables the anchoring of the diversity management approach in the organizationalculture and structure of the Collaborative Research Centre. Mechanisms of human-centered and diversity-sensitive change management will also be applied. In the form of lectures, panel discussions,and workshops, best practice approaches of relevant actors from science and business will bepresented and discussed, and the findings of the scientific discourse will be evaluated from a social science perspective.



Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)


since 2020 (participation of the GDI from 2022)

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Sustainable Development Goals

Diversity and a non-discriminatory, inclusive working environment offer a multitude of opportunities and social as well as economic advantages in innovation processes. In this context, the implementation of diversity management in engineering-based research networks is examined.

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SDG 5: Gender Equality

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities