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IW - Institute of Materials Science

The development, manufacturing and efficient operation of today’s mechatronic systems requires a profound expertise and knowledge of materials basics. For many production engineering companies, the application of state-of-the-art materials is a prerequisite to persist in the global market. On the other hand, the variety of materials and their further development has considerably increased during the last years.

Besides basic research work, the Institute of Materials Science (IW) founded in 1905 sees its main task in acting as intermediary between science and application, offering services in the fields of development, testing and consulting to all interested companies.

Besides the institute’s research activities, the second important field of activity is the educational mission especially towards students in mechanical engineering, production and logistics, biomedical engineering, metals technology, mechatronics and industrial engineering, offering them a diversified curriculum during their undergraduate and graduate study phase.

IW Core Competences

The IW’s core competences focus on material technology, test engineering, joining technology, industrial handling and dismantling techniques. For the development of modern mechatronic systems, it can be relied on experiences made in the fields of lightweight construction, medical engineering as well as joining and surface technology. As an essential supplement to product development, the IW offers extended analytical technology and testing equipment.

BML – Biomedical Engineering and Lightweight Construction

  • Biomedical engineering

  • Structural materials

  • Magnesium and aluminium technology

FORTIS – Brazing, Surface Technology and Micro Casting

  • Soldering, PVD and electroplating
  • Thermal spraying
  • Simulation, diagnostics and micro systems
  • Coating service

TW – Technology of Materials

  • Mechanical testing
  • Microstructural analysis
  • Heat treatment and simulation
  • Steel metallurgy

ZFP – Non-destructive Testing

  • Ultrasonic and electromagnetic testing methods
  • Vibration control and damage diagnostics
  • Radio- and thermography

UWTH – Underwater Technology Center Hanover

  • Electron beam technology
  • Welding technology
  • Cutting technology
  • Water jet technology
  • Corrosion test

Technical Equipment (Extract)

The IW offers a variety of facilities for manufacturing and testing of mechatronic components. The machinery and test field include:


  • Extended analytical technology
  • Corrosion test lab
  • Mechanical testing equipment
  • Non-destructive testing equipment


  • Surface technology
  • Welding, cutting and soldering technologies
  • Metal forming technology
  • Casting technology

For more detailed information, please refer to IW Technical Equipment.

Institute of Materials Science – Contact Information

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Dr. h.c. Friedrich-Wilhelm Bach

IW - Institute of Materials Science
Leibniz Universität Hannover
An der Universität 2
30823 Garbsen

Phone: +49 511 762 4312
Fax: +49 511 762 5245
E-mail: bachiw.uni-hannover.de