The thematic focus of the research unit Chemical Technologies covers the preparation and characterization of specialty materials from micro- and nanostructured metals and ceramics, including sintered steel for precision parts, refractory metals, hardmetals for metal-working and stone machining, high performance ceramics, as well as metal matrix composites (MMCs). The division is especially proud on its expertise in hardmetals/cemented carbides and powdermetallurgy, which has been established since the early 1960s .
Other topics include the preparation of tool coatings made of diamond and other hard materials.
The recovery of valuable metallic compounds by hydro- and pyrometallurgical means as well as materials investigations in case of damage or corrosion are other important aspects in research and teaching.
Main Research Topics
- Powder metallurgy of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, as well as composite materials
- Hardmetals/cemented carbides and cermets
- Processing and development of dense and porous advanced ceramics
- Diamond deposition
- Powder technology, powder synthesis, processing, machinability
- High-performance composites (particle- and fibre-reinforced MMCs)
- Alloy developments (high-entropy alloys, superalloys, brazing alloys)
- Recycling and recovery of valuable materials
- Development of mechanical test methods, failure mechanisms of materials, finite element simulations
Head of Research Unit & Head of Research Group
Dr. Christian Gierl-Mayer
Telefon: +43 1 58801 16129
Head of Research Group for Inorganic Materials
Dr. Christian Edtmaier
Ao. Univ. Prof.
Telefon: +43 1 58801 16135