State Research Centres

Research Centers are dedicated to further strengthen and integrate existing areas of excellence. They represent major cross-disciplinary networks which form the basis for collaborative research programs and, thus, significantly enhance international recognition of research at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern.

Ongoing State Research Centers

  • (CM)² – Center for Mathemtical and Computational Modelling
  • OPTIMAS – Center for Optics and Materials Sciences

Center for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (CM)²

The aim of the Center for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (CM)² is the development, use, and improvement of mathematical models for the natural and engineering sciences.

(CM)² has a membership comprised of seven departments and represents a majority of the disciplines and competencies at TU Kaiserslautern linking them into a formidable research community. Three partners of the "Science Alliance Kaiserslautern" are included: the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM), and the Institute for Composite Materials (IVW), which with their top international reputations, significantly increases not only the number of potential research partners but also the quantity and quality of know-how.


The Center for Optics and Materials Sciences (OPTIMAS) performs research about the interactions of light, spin (magnetism) and diverse forms of matter. It encompasses the full range of research topics, from basic to technically relevant to technology oriented, in physics, chemistry, and materials science.

The strategic goal of OPTIMAS is to further expand nationally and internationally recognized research and training structures at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern. The center provides an interdisciplinary environment for photonics, spintronics, and molecular/magnetic functional materials including nanostructures. Thus, OPTIMAS provides the basis for various research programs. OPTIMAS members come from the University Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Mechanical and Process engineering, as well as Electrical and Computer Engineering. Additional partners are the Nano Structuring Center (NSC) of TU Kaiserslautern, the Institut für Oberflächen- und Schichtanalytik (IFOS, Institute for Surface and Thin Film Analysis) das Center for Material Characterization and Testing of Fraunhofer ITWM, the Photonik-Zentrum Kaiserslautern (PZKL), as well as the Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH (IVW, Institute for Composite Materials).

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