Qualification Programme of MIMENIMA  

1st Generation

Bridging Lectures (Ringvorlesung)

  • Provide basic knowledge on the methods and main topics of each research group
  • Lecturers are professors and senior scientists of MIMENIMA and guest scientists
  • Duration: 2 blocks 12 lectures (3 SWS)


  • Preparation of porous ceramics/ Herstellung von poröser Keramik (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kurosch Rezwan)
  • Micropatterning of ceramic surfaces and biotechnological application/ Micropatterning von keramischen Oberflächen und biotechnologische Anwendung (Dr. Laura Treccani)
  • Influence of surface characteristics on protein adsorption/ Einfluss von Oberflächeneigenschaften auf die Protein Adsorption (Dr. Laura Treccani)
  • Precursor derived ceramics: Processing and adjustable properties/ Prekursorbasierte Keramiken: Herstellung und Eigenschaften (Dr. Michaela Wilhelm)
  • Methods of porosity characterization/ Methoden der Porositätscharakterisierung (Dr. Michaela Wilhelm)
  • Preparation of nanoparticle systems/ Herstellung nanopartikulärer Systeme (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lutz Mädler)
  • Bioinspired mineralization processes for preparing porous ceramic/ Biologisch inspirierte Mineralisationsprozesse zur Herstellung poröser Keramik (Dr. Paulina Kaempfe)
  • Characterization of powders and films of nanoparticles/ Charakterisierung von Pulvern und Schichten aus Nanopartikeln (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lutz Mädler)
  • Introduction to Rheology/ Einführung zur Rheologie (Prof. Dr. Stefan Odenbach)
  • Introduction to X-ray tomography/ Einführung in die Röntgen-Tomographie (Prof. Dr. Stefan Odenbach)
  • Basics of NMR tomography and NMR imaging/ Grundlagen der NMR-Tomographie und NMR-spektroskopischen Bildgebung (PD Dr. W. Dreher)
  • Characterisation of porous materials and study of hydrodynamics in micro channels using NMR / Charakterisierung poröser Materialien und Untersuchung der Hydrodynamik in Mikrokanälen mittels NMR (PD Dr. Wolfgang Dreher)
  • Basics of surface tension and contact angle/ Grundlagen Oberflächenspannung und Randwinkel (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Dreyer)
  • Washburn sorption method/ Washburn-Sorption Methode (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Dreyer)
  • Inversion of light scatter measurements/ Inversion von Streulichtmessungen (Dr.-Ing. Thomas Wriedt)
  • Simulation of light scattering by means of the T-matrix method /Simulation der Lichtstreuung mittels der T-Matrix Methode (Dr.-Ing. Thomas Wriedt)
  • Techniques for the simulation of technical systems /Techniken zur Simulation technischer Systeme (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Fritsching)
  • Introduction to the homogenization using the finite element method/ Einführung in die Homogenisierung mit der Finite Elemente Methode (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Hochrainer)
  • Mathematical characterization of stochastic microstructures/ Mathematische Charakterisierung stochastischer Mikrostrukturen (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Hochrainer)
  • Dielectrophoresis: theory and application/ Dielektrophorese: Theorie und Anwendung (Dr. Michael Baune)
  • Catalysis: Principles and concepts/ Katalyse: Prinzipien und Konzepte (Prof. Dr. Marcus Bäumer)
  • Surface chemistry of oxidic materials/ Oberflächenchemie oxidischer Materialien (Prof. Dr. Marcus Bäumer)
  • Structure-response relationships between fluid and solid surfaces /Struktur-Wirkungs-Beziehungen zwischen Fluiden und Feststoffoberflächen (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jorg Thöming)
  • Mass transport and superimposed reactions in porous systems /Stofftransport und überlagerte Reaktionen in porösen Systemen (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jorg Thöming)
  • Laufende Vertiefung grundlegender Konzepte und Methoden /Ongoing completion of basic concepts and methods (particularly by invitation of female guest scientists)



Main scientific forum of the training group includes three different types of seminars:
  • Meeting of doctoral candidates (1.5 SWS)
  • progress reports (1.5 SWS)
  • lecture seminar (see “Guest Scientists ..”,
  • 1 SWS)
- The meeting of doctoral researchers is a forum for exchanging ideas and giving each other feedback without participance of project leaders or tutors, weekly during semester and in two autonomous doctoral researcher workshops.
- The Progress Reports include a written and an oral presentation of all candidates on the progress of their research work.
Feedback of plenum/project leaders Tool for quality control, discussion and setting of goals.

Laboratory Courses

- Training of lab methods of each research workgroup in at least 4 courses
- „mates teach mates“
- Duration: 1.5 SWS / Lab course
  • Preparation of manufacturing ceramic adsorbents with the ionotropic gelation/ Herstellung keramischer Adsorbentien mit der Ionotropen Gelierung
  • Preparation of porous ceramics: Direct foaming/ Herstellung poröser Keramik: Direktschäumung
  • Preparation of porous ceramics: Freeze casting/ Herstellung poröser Keramik: Gefriergelieren
  • Methods of porosity characterization/ Methoden der Porositätscharakterisierung
  • Particle measurement technology: Laser diffraction method/ Partikelmesstechnik: Beugungspektrometrie
  • Spectroscopic measurement of layer thicknesses/ Spektrokopische Schichtdickenmesstechnik
  • Digital Imaging and X-ray tomography/ Digitale Bildverarbeitung und Röntgentomographie
  • NMR tomography and NMR imaging as a non-invasive methods for the characterization of porous structures/ NMR-Tomographie und NMR-spektroskopische Bildgebung als nicht-invasive Methoden zur Charakterisierung poröser Strukturen
  • Dielectrophoresis/ Dielektrophorese
  • Rheology/ Rheologie
  • Measurement methods for surface tension and contact angle/ Messverfahren für Oberflächenspannung und Randwinkel
  • Finite Element Laboratory/ Finite-Elemente-Labor
  • Simulation of flows with phase boundaries/ Simulation von Strömungen mit Phasengrenzflächen
  • Determination of material transport coefficients for flows in porous systems/ Bestimmung von Stofftransportkoeffizienten bei Strömungen in porösen Systemen
  • Methods of catalyst characterization/ Methoden der Katalysatorcharakterisierung

Guest Scientists and Research Visits Abroad

- In Lecture seminars national and international speakers present current research issues.
- Research visits to international cooperation partners (1- 3 months)
  • provides knowledge of new methods and processes
  • expand the scientific network and offers new cooperation opportunities
Invited Guest scientists:
  • Prof. Lennart Bergström, Prof. Farid Akhtar, (University of Stockholm Sweden), Structuring adsorbents and catalysts by processing of porous powder
  • Prof. Dr. Ludwig J. Gauckler, (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland), Innovations through Processing of Ceramics and Ceramic Composites
  • Prof. Stepanek Frantisek,(University of Prague, Czech Republic), Remote control of reaction-diffusion processes in porous media
  • Dr.-Ing. Daniela Böttge, (Fraunhofer Institut, Dresden, Germany), Ceramic Foams: Manufacturing, Applications and Functional Coatings
  • Prof. Dr. Sergey Vasenkov, (University of Florida Gainesville, USA), Gas Diffusion in Microporous Membranes and Related Systems by Advanced NMR Techniques
  • Eric Maire, (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, (INSA) Lyon, France), Cellular solids studied by X-ray tomography and finite element modeling
  • Prof. Eduardo Saiz, (Faculty of Engineering, Department of Materials, Imperial College London, UK), Complex Porous Ceramics
  • Prof. Lorenzo Valdevit, (University of California Irvine, USA), Optimal design of micro-architected materials
  • Peter Börnert, (Philips Research Hamburg and Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands), UTE-MRI - Basics and Applications on a whole-body MR scanner
  • Prof. Daniele Marchisio, (Institute of chemical engineering Polytechnic Turin, Italy), Multiscale modelling of fluid flow and particle transport in porous media for engineering applications: from catalytic packed-bed chemical reactors to aquifers
  • Prof. Dr. André Studart, (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland), Bioinspired materials with magnetically-controlled microstructures
  • Prof. Xiaodong Zou, (Department of Materials and Environmental, Stockholm University, Sweden), Probing 3D Structures of Nanoporous Materials by Transmission Electron Microscopy and Electron Diffraction
  • Prof. Dr. Javier Pérez Ramírez, (Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Design of hierarchical zeolite catalysts – where pore and active site quality meet
  • Prof. Esther Amstad, (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL, Switzerland), Microfluidics: A tool to produce new materials
  • Prof. Fiona Meldrum, (School of Chemistry, University of Leeds, UK), Artificial Biominerals and Beyond: Bio-Inspired Approaches to Creating Crystals with Composite Structures
  • Prof. Xinliang Feng, (Fachrichtung Chemie und Lebensmittelchemie, TU Dresden, Germany), Graphene-Based and Graphene-Derived Porous Materials
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Kärger, (University of Leipzig, (physics of interfaces), Germany), From reaction-controlled uptake to uphill diffusion: unprecedented insight into mass transfer by micro-imaging
  • Prof. Dorthe Wildenschild, (School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering Oregon State University, USA), Measuring morphological and topological characteristics of fluids in porous media: Applications to environmental science and engineering problems
  • Prof. Dr. Nicola Hüsing, (Department Materials Science and Physics, Paris, Lodron University of Salzburg, Austria), Hierarchically Organized Porous and Functional Materials
  • Prof. Mato Knez, (IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science, Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain), Synthesis of Functional Materials by Atomic Layer Deposition
  • Prof. Dr. Freek Kapteijn, (Catalysis Engineering-ChemE - TU Delft, The Netherlands), Catalysis Engineering - Structuring Catalysts and Reactors for Energy and Atom Efficient Multiphase Operation
  • Prof. Jennifer Strunk, (Max-Planck-Institute, Research group "Nano-based Hetero-geneous Catalysts", Mühlheim an der Ruhr, Germany), Active sites for photocatalytic CO2 reduction in meso- and microporous oxide materials
  • Prof. Dr. Nils Kröger, (B CUBE, Center for Molecular Bioengineering, TU-Dresden, Germany), How to build a glass house: from silica morphogenesis in diatoms to synthetic biology for biominerals
  • Prof. Alfred Weber, (Institut für Mechanische Verfahrenstechnik, TU CLausthal, Germany), Skalenübergreifende Strukturierung von Partikelsystemen
  • Prof. Dr. David Smith, (Centre European de la Ceramique (CEC), Limoges Cedex, France), Thermophysical Properties of Porous Ceramics in relation to the Microstructure: 1. Relevance to Thermal Insulation 2. Behaviour of Green Bodies during Firing

Summer School, Organising a Symposia and Workshops

Summer school:
Getting more in depth knowledge about central research topics: Acquiring knowledge and presenting of theses with relevance for the overall concept of MIMENIMA as well as for the individual work
- Duration: 2 days / 1.5 SWS
- Structural analysis of porous materials focused on imaging methods

Organising an international symposia:
- Discussing own results intensively, planning scientific events, networking and training personnel management skills
- Duration: 1.5 SWS
- Innovative porous inorganic materials for sustainable applications  + Doctoral reseacher workshops

  1. Softskill
    • Project and time management
    • Good scientific practice
    • Scientific writing in Engineering
    • Publishing in international journals
    • Diversity as chance – Managing Diversity in workaday life
    • Presentation skills
    • Career planning
  2. For Postdocs
    • Personnel management
    • Grant proposal writing
  3. Mentoring plan m-
    • Carrier development
    • Communication and conflict management
    • Self-marketing und networking
    • Third party funding