Qualification Programme of MIMENIMA  

2nd 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: reduced from 24 lectures (3 SWS, 1st generation) to 12-14 lectures (1.8 SWS, 2nd generation)


  • Introduction to Advanced Ceramics(Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kurosch Rezwan)
  • Probing fluid interfaces: theory and practical analytics (Michael Maas)
  • Precursor derived ceramics: Processing and adjustable properties (Michaela Wilhelm)
  • Preparation of nanoparticle systems (Lutz Mädler)
  • Biomaterials and biocompatibility (Dorothea Brüggemann)
  • Introduction to X-ray tomography (Stefan Odenbach)
  • Basics of NMR tomography and NMR spectroscopic imaging (Wolfgang Dreher)
  • Basics of surface tension and contact angle (Michael Dreyer)
  • Techniques for the simulation of technical systems (Udo Fritsching)
  • Introduction to optical particle characterization (Thomas Wriedt)
  • Dielectrophoresis: Theory and application (Michael Baune)
  • Catalysis: Principles and concepts (Marcus Bäumer)
  • Structure-response relationships between fluid and solid surfaces (Jorg Thöming)
  • Homogenization of quasi-brittle fracture (Thomas Hochrainer – Mercator-Fellow)
  • Diffusion in porous systems by NMR technique (Sergey Vasenkov – Mercator-Fellow)



Main scientific forum of the training group includes three different types of seminars:
  • Meeting of doctoral candidates/
  • lecture seminar (see “Guest Scientists ..”, 0.8 SWS)
  • progress reports (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.

Laboratory Courses

- Training of lab methods of each research workgroup in at least 4 courses
- „mates teach mates“
- Duration: 1.6 SWS / Lab course
  • Preparation of porous ceramics: Freeze casting
  • Probing fluid interfaces: Synthesis of ceramic foams
  • Anodisation and modification of porous aluminium oxide
  • Simulation of flows with phase boundaries
  • Particle measurement technology: Laser diffraction method
  • Methods of catalyst characterization
  • Determination of material transport coefficients for flows in porous systems
  • NMR tomography and NMR spectroscopic imaging as a non-invasive methods for the characterization of porous structures
  • Diffusion in foams
  • Dielectrophoresis
  • Diffusion measurement by pulsed field gradient (PFG) NMR technique
  • Measurement methods for surface tension and contact angle
  • Finite Element Laboratory
  • Methods of porosity characterisation

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. Dr. rer. nat. Dorothea Brüggemann, (Emmy Noether research group leader, Institute for Biophysics (FB1) University of Bremen), From synthetic cell systems towards novel biomaterials
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dachamir Hotza, (Federal University of Santa Catarina), Sintering of Nanoceramics
  • Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Schwieger, (Institute of Chemical Reaction Engineering, University of Erlangen, Germany), Hierarchical Porous Materials: Preparation Concepts and Potential Application
  • Dr. Sabina Haber-Pohlmeier, (Macromolecular Chemistry, RWTH Aachen), Magnetic resonance imaging on roots and root zone processes
  • Prof. Dr. Tetiana Gambaryan-Roisman, (Thermo-Fluids and Interfaces, TU Darmstadt), Imbibition, evaporation and particles transport on textured substrates and in porous layers
  • Prof. Dr. Nadja-Carola Bigall, (Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover), Colloidal Nanocrystals - Building Units for Microscopic And Macroscopic Materials
  • Oliver Focke, (Faserinstitut Universität Bremen), High resolution 3D X-Ray Microscopy
  • Dr. François Hild, (LMT, ENS/CNRS/Université Paris-Saclay), Digital image correlation and Fracture mechanics: Brittle Fracture of Ceramics and Refractories
  • Prof. Dr. Vladimir Mirsky, (Brandenburgische TU, Fachgebiet Nanobiotechnologie), Detection of Single Sub-Micrometer Objects of Biological or Technical Origin Using Wide Field Surface Plasmon Microscopy
  • Prof. Dr. Falk Harnisch, (Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung UFZ), Electrodes as habitats for microorganisms: From fundamentals to applications
  • Dr. Carmine D´Agostino, (School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, The University of Manchester, UK), NMR applications in heterogeneous catalyst and diffusion processes
  • Prof. Dr. Sergey Vasenkov, (niversity of Florida Gainesville, USA), NMR Untersuchung der Diffusion in porösen Materialien
  • Prof. Dr. Laurence Rongy, (Université libre de Bruxelles), Non Linear Physical Chemistry Unit Control of carbon dioxide convective dissolution with chemical reactions in porous media
  • Prof. Dr. Goran Vladisavljevic, (Loughborough University, Department of Chemical Engineering), Production of structured functional microdroplets, microparticles and nanoparticles using membrane and microfluidic devices
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sven Kerzenmacher, (University of Bremen, Department of Environmental Process Engineering), Microbes & materials: from advanced wastewater treatment to electricity-assisted bioproduction
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Kind, (Institut für Thermische Verfahrenstechnik Karlsruher Institut für Technologie KIT), Formation of Particulate Solids from Liquids
  • Prof. Dr. Georg Garnweitner, (TU Braunschweig), Chemistry-based engineering of nanoparticles and their structuring into hierarchical aggregates
  • Prof. Dr. Ron Kikinis, (Fraunhofer MeVis, Bremen), Medical Computation
  • Dr. Mathias Krause, (Institut für Thermische Verfahrenstechnik Karlsruher Institut für Technologie KIT), Lattice Boltzmann Simulations
  • DProf. Dr. Augusto Della Torre, (Politecnico di Milano), Open-cell foams as innovative catalytic substrates

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 / 1.6 SWS
- Mass transport in porous media considering imaging methods

Organising an international symposia:
- Discussing own results intensively, planning scientific events, networking and training personnel management skills
- Duration: 1.6 SWS
- Cutting-edge fields of porous ceramics: Bioceramics and ceramics for sensor, catalysis and energy application

  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. Navigare Workshop
    • Carrier development
    • Communication and conflict management
    • Self-marketing und networking
    • Third party funding
  4. Doctoral researcher workshops



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