The Nanosciences belong to the main research areas of the UDE. The Faculty of Engineering is one of the pillars of the Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen that links the expertise of all nanoscientists at the UDE. The engineers amongst them focus on the following as their main research topics: the gas-phase synthesis of nanomaterials, magnetism, nanobiomaterials and nanoenergy technology. With respect to the latter, a unique research building (NanoEnergieTechnikZentrum, NETZ) exists on campus. The Bachelor’s and Master’s program “NanoEngineering” has been qualifying nano experts since 2006.

Combustion Science

Innovative research on high-temperature gas processes is conducted within the Institute for Combustion and Gas Dynamics (IVG). Well known for its expertise on the prevention of soot and pollutant formation, the researchers were among the first to apply this knowledge to the production of valuable nanoparticles from the gas phase. The IVG has unique experimental facilities, including optically accessible internal combustion engines, reactors for nanoparticle synthesis up to the pilot scale, and one of the world’s largest shock-tube laboratories for the investigation of high-temperature kinetics. A wide array of laser diagnostics enables quantitative in situ analysis of reactive flows. The computational groups command their own, highly scalable inhouse-software for the efficient, time-resolving simulation of turbulent reactive multiphase flows, relying on simple PCs and the worlds' strongest high-performance computers alike – and in particular the university's new MagnitUDE supercomputer with over thirteen-thousand cores.


Innovation has been a trademark of engineering science at Duisburg-Essen. UDE was one of the first universities to recognize the power of combining the 3 areas of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and information technology & informatics. Our chair for mechatronics was founded already in the 1980’s, the first of its kind in Germany.

Energy and Environmental Engineering

For decades steel and iron shaped the Ruhr area’s industrial landscape. That explains why energy and environmental issues have been a major concern to science and industry here perhaps more than anywhere else. It is hardly surprising that energy and environmental technology is a particularly strong field at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Three affiliated institutes –  the IUTA Institute for Energy and Environmental Technology, the IWW Water Centre and the ZBT Center for Fuel-Cell Technology play an important role. Each year they alone attract around 10 million Euros of outside funding for research projects.

Communication Systems

Major mobile-phone companies value the research carried out at UDE. Most of them work with the chairs of electrical engineering, communication systems and the affiliated IMST Institute for Mobile and Satellite Radio Technology. Founded in 1992 in Kamp-Lintfort, North Rhine-Westphalia, IMST has accompanied the development of wireless communications ever since the first generation of mobile phones. It evolved from the renowned department of General and Theoretical Electrical Engineering at Duisburg.

Microelectronics and Medical Technology

Medical technology is one of the largest and most promising growth sectors and for several years now has been one of our research focal points in engineering science. The establishment of ‘The Fraunhofer Institute of Microelectronic Circuits and Systems’ in the direct vicinity of the university has further consolidated the excellent position of the faculty and made it possible to turn research results into application-oriented projects faster than ever. In the field of biomechanics, a junior professor has recently been sponsored by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Founders’ Association for German Science).

Information Technology

The ZHO Centre for Semiconductor Technology and Optoelectronics is a research project that has acquired a unique status within Europe. Working together with the Fraunhofer Institute of Microelectronic Circuits and Systems, this department has been pioneering ground-breaking research – for example on information technology markets.

Product Engineering and Materials Technology

At UDE several chairs in mechanical engineering work together under the virtual roof of Product Engineering. Plastics experts, materials testers and rapid and virtual prototyping specialists all work together on the development of new materials and innovative products for diverse markets. We have shown that specific interdisciplinary cooperation efficiently speeds up the product engineering process, from the initial concept to series production, and cuts manufacturing costs.

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering has been taught at the University of Duisburg-Essen for the past 30 years. Experts from seven major German companies based in Essen sat on the “Civil Engineering Board” when the discipline underwent extensive restructuring and reorganisation. Such a tight link with the business and the construction sector gives our students career and learning advantages.

Computational and Cognitive Sciences

This department cooperates closely with the departments of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. With almost 1,400 students, it is one of the largest and most successful in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Companies have noticed this and work closely together with us, including the automotive and mobile phone industry, and firms in ecology sector, logistics, aerospace, safety engineering, automation and robotics, medical technology, nautical engineering, energy, software, hardware and the plastics, steel and foundry industry.

Industrial Engineering

In 2008, UDE’s wide-spread activities concerning industrial engineering (Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen) were incorporated into the Faculty of Engineering. Engineering competence in Mechanical Engineering, Power Engineering as well as Information Technology is combined with Management and Business Administration skills in research as well as in bachelor and master programs. Research emphasizes among others the economic as well as the business aspects of mobility, logistics and the automotive industry.


The world’s largest inland port is located in Duisburg, making it naturally a European centre for logistics. This finds its counterpart in the Engineering department with an active research group that focuses on research in supply-chain management and the logistics of transport systems The Ruhr area as a multi-central metropolitan area is a template for future development of urban areas. In 2007 and 08 UDE was selected the best school for Logistics out of 190 Universities from seven leading European countries.