INM is focused on the research and development of materials – for today, tomorrow and the future. Chemists, physicists, biologists, materials and engineering scientists shape the work at INM. From molecule to pilot production, they follow the recurring questions: Which material properties are new, how can they be investigated and how can they be used in the future?
INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials, situated in Saarbrücken/Germany, is an internationally leading centre for materials research. It is a scientific partner to national and international institutes and a provider of research and development for companies throughout the world. INM is an institute of the Scientific Association Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and employs around 210 collaborators. Its main research fields are Nanocomposite Technology, Interface Materials, and Biointerfaces
- Total turnover 2016: 22,9 Mio. €
- Third party funding: 5,6 Mio. €
- Employees 2016: approx. 241
- Scientists: 74
- Doctoral students: 41
- Publications 2016: 144
- Peer reviewed publications: 110
- Patent Families: 73
- Shareholder: 51% Saarland University, 49% Saarland
The INM was established in 1987 by the state of Saarland and headed by Prof. Dr. Herbert Gleiter. From 1990 to 2005, Prof. Dr. Helmut K. Schmidt led the management of the institute. During this period, INM focused primarily on chemical nanotechnology.
In January 1999, the German Council of Science and Humanities recognized INM as a research institution with nation wide significance and suggested its addition to the “Blue List”, today known as the Leibniz Association. The German federal and state governments provide joint funding since then.
In 2005, Prof. Dr. Michael Veith temporarily took over the management. In 2007, Prof. Dr. Eduard Arzt was appointed as scientific director and chairman of the board. He initiated a restructuring of INM: nanocomposite technology was complemented by new research topics in interface materials and biointerfaces; simultaneously, INM strengthened its focus on interdisciplinary materials research.
In mid-2014, INM founded the “InnovationCenter INM” to strengthen collaboration with industry and technology transfer. The InnovationCenter INM supports innovative product development from the laboratory to the pilot phase and collaborates with industrial partners in solving analytical problems.
Since 2015, with the appointment of Prof. Dr. Aránzazu del Campo as second scientific director, INM has been intensifying its research in the area of biomaterials.
Today, INM is managed by Prof. Dr. Eduard Arzt, Prof. Dr. Aránzazu del Campo and Günter Weber.
It is an international center for materials research based in Saarbrücken. It cooperates with national and international research institutions and develops innovations for companies worldwide.