Center for Materials, Architectures and Integration of Nanomembranes (MAIN)
The Center for Materials, Architectures and Integration of Nanomembranes (MAIN) is a Central Institution of Chemnitz University of Technology whose activities are focused on exploring the fundamental physical and chemical properties of flexible, nanostructured membranes (“nanomembranes”) as a novel material class, one of the most advanced fields in materials science, and opening up their potential for use in engineering. They form part of the University’s “Materials and Smart Systems” core competency, build a bridge between fundamental and applied research, and help to make Chemnitz University of Technology even more visible in this field, both nationally and internationally. Applications in sensors and actuators are being researched, promising fruitful advances for and advantageous synergies with the University’s “Humans and Technology” and “Resource-Efficient Production and Lightweight Structures” core competencies.
MAIN was erected between 2011 and 2018 as a research building in accordance with Art. 91b Para. 1 No. 3 of the German Basic Law and was handed over to Chemnitz University of Technology on 13 August 2018. The construction of the research building was funded following a successful application by the University to the German Council of Science and Humanities and, since the handover, has provided a state-of-the-art research and working environment for approximately 120 scientists.
In August 2020, the University Management decided, on the basis of university development planning and in consultation with the Academic Senate and the University Council, to make MAIN a Central Institution of the University, in coordination with the task force for implementing MAIN and the relevant faculties, in accordance with § 92 Para. 1 Clause 1 of the Saxon Act on Higher Education (SächsHSFG) in conjunction with § 20 Para. 2 Clause 1 of the Chemnitz University of Technology constitution.