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Location:  Düsseldorf, Germany

Number of placements: 2 (2 hosts) (Both groups will only accept students who have completed the first two years of their studies by the start of the placement)

Period of placements: 2 months, July and August (full calendar months preferred due to accommodation restrictions)

Accommodation arrangements: minimum 500 Euro (~£435) per month (assistance will be given in finding accommodation)

Financial support from hosts: 800 Euro (~£700) per month

Language: German, with English widely spoken

Profile of institution:
The Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (MPIE) conducts basic research on advanced materials, specifically steels and related metallic alloys. In addition to the development of new materials, the Institute focuses on the physical and chemical processes and reactions that are of importance for material production, processing, materials characterization and properties.

In the Department of Structure and Micro-/Nanomechanics of Materials, work focuses on thin films, nanostructured materials and intermetallics applying in situ methods to characterize, understand and interlink mechanics and microstructure.

Project areas:
General subject area for Project 1: mechanical properties of nanostructured materials/interfaces/thin films
General subject area for Project 2: high-temperature structural materials based on intermetallic phases
(Both groups will only accept students who have completed the first two years of their studies by the start of the placement)

URL for further information: http://www.mpie.de

Contact: Prof. Gerhard Dehm dehm@mpie.de and Dr. Frank Stein stein@mpie.de