The Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research (OSIM) at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena conducts a wide range of experimental and theoretical research with a strong interdisciplinary character. Research groups at OSIM are dedicated to teaching and researching in the following disciplines:

Areas of Operation: Glass and Photonic Materials
Location: Fraunhoferstraße 6

  • Chair of Glass Chemistry - Laboratory of Glass Science
    (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lothar Wondraczek)
    The group's research activities span all areas of experimental glass science. We explore structure-property relations with the ultimate objective to provide topology based tools for the description of non crystalline solids.
  • Bioactive Glasses
    (Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Delia S. Brauer)
    Research interests are the development and characterisation of new biomaterials for therapeutic ion release, including melt-derived bioactive glasses and phosphate glasses, glass/polymer composites and glass ionomer bone cements.

Location: Löbdergraben 32

  • Mechanics of functional Materials
    (Prof. Dr. Enrico Gnecco)
    The research of our group focuses on friction, wear and adhesive processes on the nanoscale. We also have very good experience in precision and micromachining of brittle materials.
  • Chair of Materials Science
    (Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Klaus D. Jandt)
    Research of our group focuses on materials for life sciences, polymer nanostructures & thermodynamics and composite materials with a special emphasis on the materials interfaces.
  • Colloids, Surfaces and Interfaces
    (Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Frank A. Müller)
    Research focuses on bio-inspired materials (biomineralization, biomimetic surfaces, structural hybrids) and laser-assisted materials processing (synthesis of nanoparticles; surface modification; additive manufacturing; coatings) for biomedical applications, environmental and energy technologies.
  • Chair of Metallic Materials
    (Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Dr. h.c. Markus Rettenmayr)
    Development of new alloys and optimization of existing alloys in a variety of alloying systems is the core of the research. For this, an extended understanding of thermodynamics and kinetics of structure formation is being pursued.
  • Computational Materials Science
    (Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Marek Sierka)
    Activities of the group focus on the development and applications of multi-scale computational methods for investigating structure, properties and reactivity of complex materials.

OSIM welcomes new graduates from Germany and throughout the world to join our research groups.