The function of materials is controlled by properties and processes at the molecular level. A fundamental understanding of structure-property relationships and their evolution during the life cycle of materials is key to the development of technical innovations and solutions to the major challenges of sustainability. In addition to the need for research into new materials, the broad social acceptance of new technologies requires that safety, both in terms of material properties and process control, be tested and guaranteed. The constantly increasing performance of digital tools for simulation and data-driven materials science enables more targeted material development for the reliable use of functional materials and high-performance components. Digital twins significantly accelerate materials development, materials testing and life cycle assessment.
The newly founded division Materials Informatics is integrated into the digital materials science initiative of BAM and focusses on computer assisted materials discovery and testing at the meso- and nanoscale. Via collaborations with the Department Materials Engineering and Department Component Safety we aim to offer digital services covering the entire material length scale. Our simulation activities are assisted by validation studies in cooperation with experimentalist groups at BAM and our network partners.