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  • 15.08.2019

    INSPIRED through interdisciplinary and international team work

    Figure 1: The winning team with materials science students Dağhan Dağlı, Atekelte Abebe Kassa, Ronak Shoghi (3, 5 and 6 in back row) and Olaf Praß (right in front row). (Foto: Ronak Shoghi)

    Two weeks of intensive team work

    Two weeks of intensive team work during the INSPIRED project ( concluded on 5th July 2019 with the presentations of six concepts for an Interstellar Farmacy. Students from the Mechanical Engineering, Biology and Materials Science Departments of TU Darmstadt were joined by 27 international external students and arranged into teams of 11 participants. The teams were tasked with the development of a concept for a bioreactor to be operated on Mars that provides a crew of ten astronauts with nutrients and pharmaceutical products for two years.

    Dr. Hannah Sonderfeld (KI2VA) and Prof. Clemens Müller (PhM) from the Materials Science Department were involved in the coordination and development of the project, which was led by the Mechanical and Biology Departments. It became very popular amongst the materials science students with 19 taking part in the project weeks. Furthermore, the teams were supported by Dr. Enrico Bruder, Paul Braun, Tom Keil (all PhM) and Christopher Schröck with technical and practical advice concerning the design of the bioreactor and selection of construction materials.

    Team 5 (pictured) won the prize for presenting the most convincing concept of a bioreactor. Carotenoids, antibiotics and proteins are produced in separate modules made of polymethyl methacrylate equipped with LEDs and arranged as a battery of eight containments. The system is protected from the harsh environment on Mars by a Ti-Al-V alloy housing and multi-layered shield consisting of a tungsten shell, a bismaleimide matrix with carbon fibre composite and a polyethylene/boron composite layer.

    Olaf Praß found it most rewarding “to work in a group with people from different countries and the difficulties which come with it.”

    And Atekelte Abebe Kassa summarises his INSPIRED experience as follows: “This project gave me many precious experiences! It opened up my perspective towards multidisciplinary and international scientific group work and research. Needless to mention, it has expanded my knowledge about futuristic space missions in a first-hand fashion!!”

  • 11.07.2019

    Die Hoffnungsträger

    Assistenz-Professor Michael Saliba

    Michael Saliba betreibt Materialforschung für eine sonnige Zukunft

    Neu an der TU Darmstadt, doch in seinem Gebiet ein „alter Hase“: Assistenz-Professor Michael Saliba macht Materialien aus der Klasse der Perowskite fit für Solarzellen, Detektoren und andere Anwendungen.

  • 27.06.2019

    Forschungsabkommen des FB Materialwissenschaft und NIMS (National Institut of Materials Science) unterzeichnet

    Signing Ceremony at NIMS. Prof. Hans Jurgen Promel (President of TU Darmstadt; left) and Dr. Kazuhiro Hono (Executive Vice President of NIMS) Photo:

    14.06.2019: NIMS and Technische Universitat Darmstadt sign International Cooperative Graduate Program Agreement

    (June 5, 2019) President of Technische Universitat Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), Prof. Hans Jürgen Prömel visited NIMS accompanied by representatives of the university and signed International Cooperative Graduate Program (ICGP) Agreement, which is aiming to educate students by cooperating with each other. This ICGP Agreement became the first one with a university in Germany.