We have set up interdisciplinary research centers to bundle expertise across our schools and departments and synergize these insights with the know-how of external cooperation partners. Working at the touch points between engineering, medicine, the natural and the social sciences researchers are discovering new ways of tackling the major challenges facing society as we move forward. The opportunity to work at these interfaces is attracting scientists from around the globe to TUM.
TUM Institute for Advanced Study
Risking creativity: The TUM Institute for Advanced Study serves as a flagship for international cutting-edge research. Its fields of research cover a broad spectrum of innovative and interdisciplinary areas.
Integrative Research Institutes
TUM academics are exploring new fields of research in Integrative Research Institutes (IRIs). Each center concentrates on a specific research topic and flanks this with excellence in teaching. Academics from various TUM faculties join forces with top international researchers in these IRIs.
Clusters of Excellence
TUM Innovation Networks
Transdisciplinary teams, collective creativity, new ideas – and the freedom to pursue them: We investigate groundbreaking research questions and explore high-potential innovation fields at the interfaces of the classical disciplines. TUM Innovation Networks
Corporate Research Centers
TUM has set up a number of Corporate Research Centers to carry out cutting-edge work in highly specialist areas, from neutron physics to the life sciences. These centers answer directly to the Board of Management. This means that they are free to carry out their basic research independently of the TUM Schools and Departments. They also enter into industry cooperations for application-driven research.
The CPA will bundle research into the interactions of proteins interdepartmentally. On this basis, the interdisciplinary center will develop biomedical applications, especially against diseases resulting from dysfunctions in biomolecular protein systems. Center for Functional Protein Assemblies
Catalysts are used to save energy and resources in chemical reactions. They are leading the way for “green technologies”. Without catalysts, industrial chemistry would not be economically viable. The TUM Catalysis Research Center explores new reaction and synthesis paths, investigates reaction mechanisms and works closely with international partners from the worlds of science and industry. TUM’s catalysis research is built on the work of Noble laureate Ernst Otto Fischer. TUM Catalysis Research Center
The origin and structure of matter: Neutron researchers from around the world are able to visualize the atomic structure of their probes at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) research neutron source in Garching. This is where the natural sciences meet engineering. Neutron research has many practical applications in the chip industry or cancer treatment, for instance. Research Neutron Source FRM II
A research center dedicated to translational research in oncology, unique in Germany, is being built at the university hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar. Medical, engineering and natural science researchers will work closely together there to increase the chances of a cure for cancer patients through the development and clinical application of new diagnostic and treatment procedures. TranslaTUM
Siemens and TUM founded the Walter Schottky Institute – Center for Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials (WSI) in 1988 to link basic research in physics more closely with the manufacture of semiconductors. The WSI develops new nanostructures, semiconductor materials and component prototypes as well as ultra-sensitive measurement methods in physics and chemistry. Many top executives in the semiconductor industry received their education here. Walter Schottky Institute – Center for Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials (WSI)
The work of the Hans Eisenmann-Zentrum for Agricultural Science in Weihenstephan builds a bridge between basic agricultural research and practical applications of that research. From plants and animals through soil and water to ecology and economics, the research extends from molecular and cellular level to practical field experiments. This central institute provides a network for all of TUM’s chairs and institutions with an interest in agricultural science. It is also an important contact for the agricultural industry. World Agricultural Systems Center – Hans Eisenmann-Forum für Agrarwissenschaften
The ZIEL – Institute for Food & Health focuses on human nutrition and investigates topics of biomedical relevance. It seeks to address the question of how diet in the form of food can influence human health. The understanding of causal relationships in this field will help to develop strategies for the prevention of diseases and new possible therapeutic approaches. ZIEL – Institute for Food and Health