Research Profile

Thanks to our several decades of teaching and research input in the energy sector, the urgently topical issue of 'Energy and the Environment' has become one of our major and significant areas of expertise. The range of our research, however, is far broader, including also the investigation of processes of social and societal change in the present and future. In our 'Transformation Processes in Industry and Society' expertise area, topics such as Regional Development, Care Efficiency and the Pedagogy of Early Childhood are on the agenda – as are also the social transformations and conflicts brought about by changes underway in energy supply systems. In our six Faculties and in the additional, cross-faculty research institutes and central University institutions, our staff members are at work above all in the three focal research areas of


•    Energy and the Environment
•    Transformation Processes in Industry and Society
•    Materials – Structures – Surfaces

Within the overall framework of these research activities, we have established close and long-standing co-operative arrangements with companies both at home and abroad. Amongst these are international companies such as ABB, Areva, Siemens and Vattenfall, renowned research institutes such as the Helmholtz Centres and the Fraunhofer Institutes – but also many regional companies, the administrational bodies at regional and town level, and specialist centres for science and technology. Every year, over €7m in outside subsidies – public funding from the Free State of Saxony, the Federal Government and the European Union, but also funds from industry – are deployed to take technologies farther forward, develop new products and optimize processes or to conduct research into social and societal problem areas and flash-points. This scientific work carried on in the fields of technology, the natural sciences and society means that our University is ideally placed to enrich its teaching with state-of-the-art specialist knowledge. Research-related topics for final B.A., M.A. and Diploma papers and a wide range of internships and placements get students involved early in this intense research activity, thus preparing them for successful careers at the conclusion of their studies.

Letzte Änderung:13. Februar 2018

Vice-Rector for Research

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil.
Tobias Zschunke

03583 612-3011

Antragsberatung und Projektverwaltung

Dr.-Ing. Lothar Kahnt

Referatsleiter Forschung
03583 61-1448
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