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Logo: ZFM - Center for Solid State Chemistry and New Materials
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Logo: ZFM - Center for Solid State Chemistry and New Materials
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Welcome to the Webpages of the ZFM

About the Center for Solid State Chemistry and New Materials

The Center for Solid State Chemistry and New Materials (abbreviated "ZFM") was founded in 1998 at the University of Hanover (Germany). At that time, it was one of the first projects which were positively evaluated for the innovation offensive in Lower Saxony. In the following years, more and more research groups joined the center. By now, approximately 30 groups are participating. They work in the fields of chemistry, geo sciences, engineering and physics. These groups are based at different universities in Lower Saxony, Bremen and North Rhine-Westfalia. Additionally, some university-related institutes cooperate with the ZFM and it also has partners in the chemical industry.

In particular, our members are the Leibniz Universität Hanover, the technical university of Brunswick (Germany) and the technical university of Clausthal-Zellerfeld which together form the Niedersachsen Institutes of Technology (NTH). Furthermore, the universities of Göttingen, Bremen, Paderborn and Bonn are represented. The university-bound research institutes are located in Hanover: the German Institute of Rubber Technology (DIK) and the Laser Center Hanover. Finally, three established corporations are involved in our center: the Continental AG (car and truck parts, tyres), the Salzgitter AG (steel) and the Volkswagen AG (cars).

By the interdisciplinary, selective merger of these groups, a solid state-oriented union has grown. It is strongly focused on applications.

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The Aims of the ZFM

Instrument for small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS)
Instrument for small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS)

The ZFM is aiming to:

  • bring the chemistry-focused solid state research of Lower Saxony together
  • establish third party-funded institutions
  • support cooperations
  • use the pool of the member's equipment collectively