Merge Technologies for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures

Top-level research for international visibility and performance

Welcome to Germany's first and only Federal Cluster of Excellence in the field of lightweight structures. Lightweight construction is a key technology of the future. Wherever masses have to be moved, the optimization of weight is a main focus in order to save raw materials and energy. Thus, it is the aim of the Cluster's research to merge basic technologies suitable for mass-production, comprising plastic, metal, textile and Smart Systems for the development of resource-efficient products and production processes. More than 100 researchers and technicians from a total of six interacting research domains are currently working on the implementation of this project, which is funded by the DFG with 31 million Euros in the period 1st November 2012 to 31st October 2017.


New colleagues in the EU-project coordination

Dr. Katharina Schöps and Jonas Stiller have been working for a few weeks for MERGE in supporting the Cluster of Excellence in the development and coordination of EU projects.

Dr. Katharina Schöps studied Geography and Russian at the Technical University of Dresden to become a teacher and obtained subsequently a PhD in linguistics. After further studies in Business Administration and Marketing Management, she worked for various educational and consulting companies, accompanied numerous research and development projects and further coordinated projects in various EU programmes.

Jonas Stiller studied mechanical engineering with a specialization in lightweight engineering at the TU Dresden and then worked for five months at the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Polymer Technology (ILK). In the EU project team he is primarily responsible for technical issues.

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It´s time for MEE - 3rd MERGE Employee Evening

The MERGE-Employee Evening goes into its third round. On August 5th, you will once again have the opportunity of getting to know your MERGE colleagues, for which you are cordially invited.

We would like take advantage of the summer weather and have a BBQ. Please bring your own food and drinks. We will supply the rest.

Note: In case of rain, the event will have to be cancelled and the BBQ will be held on a different day instead.

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From Graduation to Innovation

This was the motto of the REAXYS-event on June 24 at TU Chemnitz. It was aimed at students, junior scientists and professors of chemistry as well as other related fields. The joint event of REAXYS (Elsevier), the GDCh-Ortsverband Chemnitz and the professorship Inorganic Chemistry was attended by more than 100 (junior) scientists from Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland. Members from IRD D and IRD E of the Excellence Cluster MERGE were also present.


Excellent scientific discoveries need inspiring moments in research and teaching. Such moments in chemistry and their practical results were the focus of the REAXYS-event "From graduation to innovation ", which focused on innovative findings in the field of synthesis planning, cluster, nano materials, biopolymers and pharmaceutical chemistry. Scientific contributions came not only from research and industry, but also from three junior scientists, who demonstrated their rhetorical skills in a Science Slam.

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Dresden Long Night of Science

On 4th July, 2014 the Dresden colleagues of the MERGE team B4*, Dominik Grzelak and Ronny Freund, presented their research work at the Dresden Long Night of Science. In the experimental field of the Institute of Machine Tools and Control Engineering at the TU Dresden, they showed concepts for an integrated modelling language, which can display the technological process chains and their technological contexts. The modelling language is a research task of Ronny Freund, a graduate in information systems, and its use within the Cluster of Excellence MERGE will be to support the work of the other sub-projects to develop new materials and manufacturing processes. The main goal is to develop this language to the point where it can be employed for the comparison and holistic assessment of new MERGE technologies with conventional methods. The modelling language integrates the methodological work of the Chemnitz colleagues necessary for the analysis of the cost effectiveness, robustness and energy efficiency of technological process chains. For the holistic evaluation of alternative production processes, the information scientist Dominik Grzelak develops multi-criteria analysis and evaluation algorithms. Holistic evaluation means that in order to identify which technology suits which application scenario best, both technological and economic and energetic aspects are to be taken into consideration.



*B4: Resource-efficient processes for the manufacture of hybrid structures


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MERGE Technologies Centre – Cornerstone-laying ceremony

The foundation stone for the MERGE Technologies Centre was laid on the campus Reichenhainer Street on 30th June, 2014. The foundation stone deed was jointly signed by the Saxon State Minister of Finance, Prof. Dr. Georg Unland, Dr. Henry Hasenpflug, State Secretary of the State Ministry of Science and Art and Prof. Arnold van Zyl, Rector of the Technische Universität Chemnitz. Barbara Ludwig, Mayoress of Chemnitz and Prof. Lothar Kroll, CEO of the Cluster of Excellence MERGE were both present and, together with numerous guests, followed closely the events taking place on the construction site behind the central lecture hall.

The first construction phase of the MERGE Technologies Centre began on 8th May, 2014. Currently, the research facility with an area of ​​3.565 m² is under construction. Heart of the building is a machine for the processing of all relevant elements in the cluster (plastics, textiles, metals, sensors). In the following two phases a laboratory and an office building will be built. The construction of the Technology Centre is funded by the Free State of Saxony with about 30 million Euros.

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