Steinbeis Research Center Material Engineering Center Saarland (MECS)


  • Development of functional materials, especially for extreme electrical loads, electrical erosion, tribiology, contact materials for electrical switch systems, tailor-made nanocomposites
  • The right properties in the right place: technically relevant functionalization based on micro and nanostructuring, especially with material surfaces and thin layers, laser structuring, laser interference metallurgy, laser cladding, ion beam technology,
  • Analysis, classification and simulation, including with complex material microstructures (metals, ceramics, polymers and composites resulting from these) in 2D and 3D, FIB/REM nanotomography, microstructure tomography, quantitative image analysis, atom probe tomography
  • High resolution damage analysis and target preparation

Key Areas

  • Development of high-performance functional materials, especially for electrical applications
  • Functional surfaces
  • Micro and nanostructures in 3D

Project Examples

  • Feasibility studies
  • Research projects (direct industry backing)
  • Bilateral research projects, including partly publicly funded major network projects
  • Support services (preparations, measurement projects, expert reports, consulting)
  • Continuing professional development in 3D analysis and micro and nanostructures (FIB/REM and microstructure tomography)


Steinbeis Transfer Magazine

Examples from nature: highspeed laser structuring for a new generation of electrical contacts (Transfer 3/2019)
Steinbeis experts from Saarbrücken and TE Connectivity Germany use laser structuring to optimize surface processing
Honors and Awards to the Power of Three (Transfer 4/2018)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Mücklich honored by several institutions of materials science
World-Class Research Requires World-Class People (Transfer 2/2018)
Global market leader in the metal industry promotes material research at Saarland University
Keep Up the Good Collaboration! (Transfer 1/2018)
The steel specialist Dillinger intensifies its strategic partnership with material researchers in Saarland
Award for Laser Marking Microstructures onto Surfaces (Transfer 3/2016)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Mücklich wins the Berthold Leibinger Award
Materials Researcher Honored with International Award (Transfer 2/2016)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Mücklich bestowed Henry Clifton Sorby Award
Why do bacteria die on copper surfaces? (Transfer 2/2013)
Researchers unravel a significant piece of the puzzle
Taking an exact view of materials research in Saarbrücken (Transfer 4/2011)
Atom probe tomography lab opened
Killing germs with new copper-based materials (Transfer 3/2011)
Researching new materials
High accolade for Saarbrücken materials researcher (Transfer 1/2011)
Head of Steinbeis Research Center becomes honorary member of Alpha Sigma Mu
Can we control friction? (Transfer 4/2010)
Novel micro-architectures created by laser structuring
Electric thunderbolts under the hood (Transfer 1/2010)
New high-tech materials for stable switching systems in electric automobiles

Yearbook Steinbeis Foundation´s Transfer Award – Löhn Award

Controlled Self-Healing Process for Electrical, Extremely Stressed Galvanic Systems of High-End Circuit Board Production (Löhn Award 2012)

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Campus der Universität des Saarlandes, Geb. D3,3, D-66123 Saarbrücken
Phone: +49 681 3027050-0
Fax: +49 681 3027050-2
Management: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Mücklich
Dr.-Ing. Dominik Britz
(Stand: 09/01/2021)

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