Physical Metallurgy · Material Testing
Precious Metals Research

We examine and characterize metallic materials and develop new alloys, functional materials and processes for industrial practice

Physical Metallurgy belongs to the founding departments of the fem. Central tasks of the department are the production, processing and metallurgical testing and characterization of metallic materials for the jewelry, dental or electrical industry. This includes alloys and composite materials whose structures and microstructures are examined in terms of mechanical, thermal and functional properties. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between production, processing and loading of materials and alloys in practical use.

Research and Development

  • New alloys and functional materials
  • Tempering mechanisms of metals
  • Exploration of casting procedures
  • Innovative production methods
  • Joining technology and solder materials
  • Material testing and characterization


  • Damage analysis, consultation and expert reports
  • Optical and scanning electron microscopy
  • Metallographical examinations
  • Testing of mechanical properties
  • Examination of layers and coatings
  • Accredited according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 1702

Current Research Projects

The transfer of knowledge from research to industrial practice is all the more successful the earlier we cooperate with SMEs and large companies in our R&D work. This is why we are always on the lookout for companies to join the Project Support Committees (PA) of our new and ongoing IGF projects. If you are interested, please contact the respective contact person directly or use the contact form.

NEW: Development, production and thermoplastic moulding of nickel-free, platinum-based and biocompatible metallic glasses Summary (German)

Additive production of platinum alloys by selective laser melting Summary (german)

Selective laser melting of surface-treated powders of Cu composites Summary (german)

Hybrid technologies and materials for the manufacture of investment moulds and crucibles for the investment casting of titanium alloys Summary (german)

Powder flame spraying of thermal shock resistant pots and investment casting moulds on the example CaZrO₃-CaTiO₃ for the investment casting of high melting and highly reactive alloys Research Project (german)



Dr. Ulrich Klotz
Head of Department
+49 7171 1006-700
Dr. Miriam Eisenbart
Stellv. Abteilungsleiterin
+49 7171 1006-704
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Karin Pfeffer
+49 7171 1006-721

Equipment and Procedures

  • New Metallurgical Laboratory
  • Electric arc and induction furnace
  • Vacuum investment casting
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • High resolution Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM)
  • Focused Ion Beam (FIB)
  • REM/FIB-Preparation
  • Thermal Analysis  
  • Universal Testing Machine