The division Materials Physics is operating instruments at large scale facilities for structural investigations of engineering materials and is working on the development and characterisation of novel light weight structural materials, in particular of titanium aluminide alloys (TiAl) and of Co-base superalloys for high-temperature applications in aero engine turbines and automotive engines. The five groups are financed by the Helmholtz programmes MML and AEM. The characterisation of materials is performed at the diffraction and imaging instruments of the German Engineering Materials Science Centre (GEMS) as well as with different electron microscopy methods. GEMS is the central user access platform, where the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht provides a worldwide unique infrastructure for complementary research with photons and neutrons in the area of engineering materials science, with outstations at DESY/PETRA III in Hamburg and MLZ/FRM II in Garching/Munich.
The division Materials Physics has close collaborations with the other Research Units, particularly within the Institute of Materials Research. The GEMS facilities add to the in-house engineering materials characterisation techniques available at HZG. Many novel in situ experiments have been developed in joint projects.