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Graduate Schools and Doctoral Programmes
Under the roof of the Centre of Advanced Study and Research at the moment the following
Graduate Schools and doctoral programmes are running.
- Dr. Erich Krüger Forschungskolleg - Freiberger Hochdruckforschungszentrum
The first revenue from the Dr. Erich Krüger Foundation now flows into the Freiberg High Pressure Research Centre.
Young scientists in the areas of chemistry, physics, geotechnics, geoscience, mining, as well as materials science and materials engineering are researching at this new excellently equipped centre. This high-pressure research is being headed by a team of eight of our young professors. Together they intend to develop new basic materials for industrial applications — hard materials that process rapidly, durably and precisely. Their vision is to produce extremely hard materials, which in comparison to diamonds, are both cheap to manufacture and highly resistent to temperature and corrosion.
In order to be able to generate the high pressure required for the production of new materials, the Centre uses two techniques: a multi-anvil-press and explosion technologies. In developing these technologies, the TU Bergakademie Freiberg benefits from its unique teaching and research mine “Reiche Zeche”, in which the necessary blasting chambers are located.
An applied example is the synthesis of cutting materials for hard rock drill bits used for deep drilling procedures. Improved materials with a clearly extended service life could mean considerable progress in geothermal energy, a key technology towards sustainable energy use. Another objective is the development of resistent materials for highspeed machining in mechanical engineering.
- Graduate School of the Collaborative Research Center 799 "Trip-Matrix-Composite"
At the “TRIP-Matrix-Composite” Collaborative Research Centre new high-performance composite materials are being developed by scientists from four faculties. These are primarily for automotive and mechanical engineering. The research aim is to combine steels with ceramics to form new materials with excellent properties by using efficient and inexpensive production technologies. The Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 799 funded since 2008 by DFG) provides young researchers with a high-quality, rapid, structured doctoral education.
In this postgraduate programme each student has an individual concept for studies and supervision, and in addition obtains technical content, methodical skills, and social and cultural competence. From the outset they will be integrated into an interdisciplinary and international network of partners from science and industry. The Centre’s postgraduate programme is also a part of our university’s Centre of Advanced Study and Research.
- Graduate School "Photovoltaic"
The Graduate School “Photovoltaik” (GSPV), which was founded in 2008 in cooperation with the company SolarWorld Innovations GmbH, is an excellence doctoral program within the structured doctoral education.
Its goal is to provide highly qualified doctoral students, who are active in the field of photovoltaics, with a comprehensive knowledge that goes beyond their own discipline.
In addition to the professional qualifications they acquire, which exceed the usual PhD Program, the participants have the opportunity to establish contact with the Photovoltaic community, and conciliate essential soft skills for their future occupational life. The Photovoltaik Graduate School also has funds that are designed for numerous trainings for the doctoral students; workshops and conferences are offered permanently. Furthermore, members of the Graduate School Photovoltaik at TU Bergakademie Freiberg organize lectures, which are given by experts from the Photovoltaic industry. This graduate school also offers regularly meetings and workshops within its participants. Topics suggested by the doctoral students are discussed; another permanent goal of this graduate school is to achieve a close contact to the local Photovoltaic Industry. Finally, the Graduate School ‘’Photovoltaik’’ is open to all PhD students of Science and Engineering disciplines within the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, who deal thematically with problems and questions concerned to Photovoltaics. The number of participants is limited. Therefore, in order to participate in this doctoral school you need an application. The membership is granted by taking in consideration the academic achievements of the candidates.
- Graduate School of the Institute for Industrial Archaeology, History of Science and Technology
The graduate school was set up by the TU Bergakademie Freiberg in 2009 at the Institute of Industrial Archaeology and History of Science and Technology (IWTG) under the direction of Prof. Helmuth Albrecht.
The graduate school was designed for three years. The aim of the foundation of this graduate school was to reappraise the history of the Bergakademie Freiberg in the so called ‘long’ 20th century in connection with its 250 year jubilee in 2015.
Five scholarships for doctoral students have been awarded for the historic reappraisal of the development of the Bergakademie Freiberg in the era of German Empire, the Weimar Republic, the GDR and the time of the German Reunification around 1989/90. For the era of the National Socialism respectively the Third Reich a habilitation project could be initiated.
In the overall view the results of the studies and surveys are to form a historic kaleidoscope, which shows the 20th century at the Bergakademie Freiberg as well as the Bergakademie in the 20th century
- Collaborative Research Center 920:
"Multi-Functional Filters for Metal Melt Filtration - A Contribution towards Zero Defect Materials"
In cooperation with the Centre of Advanced Study and Research of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg Collaborative Research Centre ‘Multi-Functional Filters for Metal Melt Filtration – a contribution toward Zero Defect Materials’ (SFB 920) provides an integrated graduate school that is financed, like the SFB 920 itself, through funding of the German Research Foundation. The aim of this graduate school is to enable doctoral students to graduate in a fast and structured way, to qualify them for independent, excellent research and to prepare them for a career in science or industry as highly qualified junior staff. For this purpose the graduate school offers a holistic education that contains subject-related and methodical knowledge as well as social and communication skills.
Within the integrated graduate school, doctoral students have the opportunity to attend further education, conferences as well as excursions to partners in industry. Furthermore a series of trainings are offered - partially with guest lecturers.
The graduate school of the SFB 920 is characterised by a high level of interdisciplinarity: The school belongs to the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, the Faculty of Chemistry and Physics, the Faculty of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering as well as the Faculty of Materials Science and Technology at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. Thus the majority of our faculties work together within this Collaborative Research Centre.
The structure of the graduate school allows individual supervision and support. It should also motivate the doctoral students to contribute their knowledge, their ideas and their creativity to the SFB 920.
The graduate school of the Collaborative Research Centre is open to all doctoral students from disciplines related to science and engineering, which thematically deal with problems and questions around the metal melt filtration. To be accepted into the graduate school of the SFB 920 an application is necessary. The number of doctoral students is limited whereat course achievements decide about the membership.
- Doctoral programmes and initiatives
PHD-Programme - already expired
Kompetenzoffensive Nachhaltigkeit - Challenge for Sustainability - already expired