Qualification Programme of MIMENIMA  

3rd 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)
  • Precursor derived ceramics: Processing and properties (Michaela Wilhelm)
  • Modelling and Parametrisation (Jorg Thöming)
  • Dielectrophoresis: theory and application (Michael Baune)
  • Introduction to X-ray tomography (Stefan Odenbach)
  • Basics of NMR imaging and localized NMR spectroscopy (Wolfgang Dreher)
  • Biomaterials and biocompatibility (Dorothea Brüggemann)
  • Introduction to the simulation of technical systems (Udo Fritsching)
  • Simulation katalytischer Reaktionen (Lutz Mädler)
  • Visualization of porous structures (Ron Kikinis)
  • Probing fluid interfaces: theory and practical analytics (Michael Maas)
  • Basics of surface tension and contact angle (Michael Dreyer)




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 and characterization of porous ceramics
  • Dielectrophoresis
  • Biomaterials and biocompability
  • Measurement methods for surface tension and contact angle
  • Digital imaging and X-ray tomography
  • NMR imaging: characterization of porous structures and chemical reactions
  • Model-parametrization
  • Probing fluid interfaces: theory and practical analysis
  • Simulation of catalytic reactions
  • Simulation of technical systems

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. Jesus Gonzalez, (Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-1), Forschungszentrum Jülich), MAX phase porous structures: new materials for high temperature applications
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Patrick Huber, (Institute of Materials and Technology, Hamburg University of Technology), Soft matter confined in nanoporous solids: from multiscale to metamaterials design
  • Dr. Nicolas Fries, (Ariane Group, Bremen), From Freezing Cold to Red Hot Glowing - Space application of porous structures
  • Prof. David Taylor, (Mecanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Trinity College Dublin), Ceramics: Toughness and Self-Healing
  • Prof. Dr. Sergey Vasenkov, (University of Florida, Gainesville), Molecular diffusion in membranes and related systems by high field NMR
  • Dr. Ing. Samir Salameh, (Technische Universität Delft), Adhesion forces between Nanoparticles and its Applications
  • Prof. Dr. Sebastian Schlücker, (Universität Duisburg Essen), Nano Meets Spectroscopy: Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy and Imaging with Molecularly Functionalized Noble Metal Nanoparticles
  • Dr. Emma Piacentini, (Istituto per la Tecnologia delle Membrane, Università della Calabria, IT), Particles production by membrane-based technologies: basic principles and recent applications
  • Prof. Dr. Matti Schneider, (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie), FFT-based computational homogenization methods
  • Prof. Dr. Robert Grass, (ETH Zürich, Schweiz), Storing a Netflix eposode in DNA
  • Dr. Jason W. Hartwig, (Nasa Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA), Liquid Acquisition Devices for Advanced In-Space Cryogenic Propulsion Systems
  • Dr. Huixing Zhang, (Saint Gobain Research (SGR) Germany, Herzogenrath), Personal advice on finding a career in industry and career opportunity in Saint Gobain
  • Prof. Dr. Hermann Seitz, (Chair of Microfluidics, University of Rostock), Additive manufacturing of electrically stimulating implants for bone regeneration using piezoactive materials
  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Penn, (TU Hamburg), Real-time Magnetic Resonance Imaging - From Granular Dynamics to Sustainable Process Engineering
  • Prof. Dr. Rustem Valiullin, (Felix Bloch Institute for Solid State Physics, Leipzig University), Impact of Geometrical Disorder on Phase Equilibria of Fluids and Solids Confined in Mesoporous Materials
  • Dr. Nathan Williamson, (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland, USA), Looking at the Emergence of Life out of Randomness
  • Dr. Li Huang, (School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King’s College London, UK), Sharing My Life as a PostDoc: Work, Family and Future Plan
  • Prof. Dr. Volker Abetz, (Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, Institute of Membrane Research, Geesthacht and University of Hamburg, Institute of Physical Chemistry), Isoporous Block Copolymer Membranes
  • Prof. Dr. Raimund Horn, (Hamburg University of Technology, Hamburg Reacnostics GmbH, Hamburg), Understanding Catalyst and Reactor Dynamics by Operando Concentration, Temperature- and Spectroscopic Profiling
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christian H.-G. Roos, (RWTH Aachen University, Director of the Institute for Mineral Engineering, Head of the Department of Glass and Glass-Ceramic), Structure and properties of anisotropic glasses and glass-ceramics
  • Prof. Dr. Toru Ishigami, (Chemical Engineering Program, Graduate School of Advanced Science and Technology, Hiroshima University), High-Resolution Numerical Simulation of Multiphase and Granular Flows through Microfiltration Membrane Obtained from FIB-SEM
  • Dr.-Ing Martin Bruschewski, (ISN, University of Rostock), Fluid mechanics experiments with MRV and applications in reactor safety and CFD validation studies
  • Dr. Fabian Meder, (Italian Institute of Technology, Bioinspired Soft Robotics, Genova, Italy), Liquid-solid contact electrification on living plant leaves
  • Dr. Mita Dasog, (Associate Professor Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Research Chair Department of Chemistry Dalhousie University Halifax, NS, Canada), Ceramic Plasmonic Materials for Solar-Driven Water Evaporation


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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