The Dresden Center for Intelligent Materials is an independent lab settled at TU Dresden.
It is founded with the purpose of establishing complementary competencies and developing
promising future research areas.
The Lab funds young and ambitious investigators towards interdisciplinary research at
breakthrough scientific areas. It initially consists of two interdisciplinary research teams, Hierarchical Topologies and Materials
supported by mentors
and various associated researchers from TU Dresden and abroad.
We are teams with flat hierarchies and an open, startup-like atmosphere.
Our mission is to push the limits of material sciences and engineering by synergizing methods from
We are committed to open science and transparency.
Join us on our journey!
Nanoscale Self-Organization Induced by Ion Bombardment of Solid Surfaces
Bombarding a solid surface with a broad ion beam can produce a remarkable variety of
self-assembled nanoscale patterns, including ripples and hexagonal arrays of nanodots.
The emergence of these patterns is not just fascinating – in the future, ion bombardment could
prove to be an important tool in the fabrication of nanostructures.
The anisotropic Kuramoto-Sivashinsky (AKS) equation is commonly used to model nanoscale surface
ripples produced by oblique-incidence ion bombardment.
Intriguing phenomena are observed that are not reproduced by this model, however.
Dispersive effects are not included in the AKS equation, but our simulations show that they can
lead to the formation of raised and depressed triangular patches traversed by ripples.
These patches bear a strong resemblance to nanostructures that are often observed in
We have also introduced an equation of motion that differs from the AKS equation by the
inclusion of a cubic nonlinearity.
This additional nonlinear term results from an improved approximation to the sputter yield and
can have a crucial influence on the dynamics – it can lead to the formation of a terraced
topography, in accord with experimental observations for high ion incidence angles.
The rapid variation in the slope at the edge of a terrace results from the formation of a
non-classical shock that violates the Lax entropy condition.
The DDc Summer School "Dimensions of Intelligence in Materials" -- organized by our team at DCIM -- was held from August 22nd to 25th and was a great
Three days of talks, lab visits and getting together with speakers and participants from all
over the world are over.
Thanks to everyone who contributed and participated! We are looking forward to meeting you all
again! Find out more!
The transCampus workshop on May 6th was a great success: 28 participants of TU Dresden and King's
College London met to discuss new cooperation
opportunities and common research interests. We are looking forward to the new initiatives that
will be created based on this meeting.
We invite colleagues from TU Dresden and King's College to present their research in "elevator
pitches". In these short presentations, scientists from London and Dresden
share their project ideas, looking for (more) partners to join. Interested researchers working
in material science or related fields
(such as physics, chemistry, mechatronics etc.) are welcome to attend!
The workshop is taking place on Friday, 6 May, from 3 pm to 5 pm (German time) via Zoom.
If you would like to attend, please register by sending a message
transCampus supports this event providing an immediate grant for two joint projects of 8,000
Our DCIM member Dr. Sascha Heitkam has been awarded with the Hochschullehrer-Nachwuchspreis by the
DECHEMA (German Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology).
Congratulations to him and his team!
We are very happy that the researchers at the MatInf and HiTop group started their work!
In the MatInf group, Dipl.-Ing. Yawen Wang joined our group as a PhD student in the field of
data-driven identification of material parameters of active/intelligent materials. She received
her Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the TU Dresden in cooperation with Robert Bosch GmbH
France and previously worked on the simulation and design of Dielectric Elastomer Actuators.
We also welcome Dr. Tzortzinis as a Post-Doctoral researcher to the DCIM in the HiTop group. Dr
Tzortzinis received his Diploma in Civil Engineering from the University of Patras in Greece,
his M.Sc. degree from Swansea University, UK, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of
Massachusetts Amherst, USA. He has experience in computational modelling and experimental
testing in the fields of composite materials, bioengineering and aging structures.
Everybody at DCIM is elated: the first grant for DCIM!
Maria Lissner’s application for the Maria Reiche Postdoctoral Fellowship was successful. The
decision was announced last week by the TU Dresden Graduate Academy.
The Maria Reiche Program by the TU Dresden Graduate Academy is a long-term funding for up to two
years. The Fellowships support excellent female postdocs in their intention to independently
acquire a third-party funded project in order to qualify for a scientific career at the TU
Dresden with the goal of becoming a professor.
Many congratulations to Maria on this brilliant accomplishment.
starting at the next possible date and limited until 31.12.2022! Contact
us if you want to know more and apply now!
Update (11.03.2021): The hiring process is finished! We received ~50 applications from
all over the world.
Thank you very much to everyone for the great interest! We are looking forward to starting the
interviews in the next weeks.
The Dresden Center for Intelligent Materials will go on growing, so please stay tuned for new
opportunities, we are looking forward to hearing from you!