Our research activities are divided among three institutes in a multidisciplinary approach and across all GKSS locations.
Institute of Materials Research
In Geesthacht, scientists work to develop new lightweight engineering materials based on magnesium and titanium aluminide alloys as well as innovative joining technologies along with composite and hybrid structures.
This research makes vehicles and aircraft lighter, thus helping to save energy and conserve the world’s resources. At the same time, GKSS researchers are developing innovative metal alloys for the pioneering field of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Likewise, unique testing methods involving the use of neutrons and synchrotron radiation serve to characterize materials in a non-destructive manner.
Institute of Polymer Research
The Institute of Polymer Research is divided in the Centre for Membranes and structured Materials in Geesthacht and the Centre for Biomaterial Development in Teltow.
Scientists in Geesthacht develop membranes and techniques for environmental and resource conserving applications in chemical processes as well as polymeric nanocomposites for structural lightweight applications. Meanwhile, there are activities in Teltow which focus on the development of biomaterials in the field of regenerative medicine.
Institute of Coastal Research
Coastal researchers in Geesthacht investigate the impact of global climate change on the regional level, particularly in northern Germany and the Baltic.
They employ modern monitoring methods in coastal areas for this purpose and also enhance these on a continuous basis. Onboard the Ludwig and the MS Storch, GKSS researchers conduct on-the-spot surveys of water quality.