The ILH currently has many research groups from the mechanical engineering (ME) and natural sciences (NC), departments’ chemistry and physics. These include teams that focus on specific materials such as metals, polymers, fibre reinforced composites and hybrid materials or address the interfaces of materials. Others concentrate on technology and processing or on simulation and special investigation methods. This combination of diverse expertise is the basis for complex research issues of hybrid systems, because at the ILH we consider the entire product life cycle of hybrid systems. This extends from material development, product and product system development, production and simulation to repair and recycling concepts.

Organisational Structure


The ILH's administration, coordination and research management is the responsibility of the ILH's managing director, Dr Silvia Dohmeier-Fischer.


Executive Board

The professors, one academic staff member and one technical staff member, as well as a student representative, form the ILH Board and lead the institute.

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Advisory Board

The ILH Advisory Board is made up of members from research, industry and politics. Its role is the provision of advice to the ILH management on strategic issues of research development and design.

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The ILH is linked to a wide network of industry and research partners and presents it's results at international exhibitions.

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The specialist and working groups

An interdisciplinary team

Ten professors from Paderborn University and their teams from the disciplines of mechanical engineering, chemistry and physics pool their expertise at the ILH.

The ILH team maintains a lively exchange at the level of the scientific staff.

Coatings, Materials and Polymers | CMP

The focus in the Bremser working group is on the synthesis of polymers, particles and hybrid systems that are used for coatings as well as for various materials.

Personen der Fachgruppe Datenmanagement im Maschinenbau stehen auf einer Treppe.

Data Management in Mechanical Engineering | DMB

The Division of Data Management in Mechanical Engineering (DMB) conducts research in the fields of additive manufacturing, data organisation and data analytics.

Eine Gruppe steht auf einer Treppe.

Plastics Technology Paderborn | KTP

Research and development at Kunststofftechnik Paderborn revolves around polymers as innovative materials.

Laboratory of Materials and Joining Technology | LWF

The focus of the institute is on the fields of joining technology, both for pure material combinations and especially for mixed construction joints (hybrids), as well as materials technology.

Chair of Forming and Machining Technology | LUF

Today, forming technology is often the key to the efficient and resource-saving production of innovative, novel products with high utility value.

Chair of Materials Science | LWK

The main focus of the Chair of Materials Science (LWK) is the investigation of the interrelationships between production processes, the microstructure of the components generated by these processes and the technical properties derived from them.

Lightweight construction in the automobile | LiA

The chair researches innovative solutions for automotive lightweight construction with a focus on the main research areas of ultra-high-strength metallic materials, fibre-reinforced materials and hybrid materials.

Nanostructuring-Nanoanalytics-Photonic Materials | NNP

The Chair of Nanostructuring, Nanoanalytics and Photonic Materials investigates methods for the production of nanostructured solid surfaces.

Eine Gruppe von Mitarbeitenden steht auf der Wiese vor einem Unigebäude

Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry | TMC

The Chair of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry focuses its research on molecular adhesion, interfacial chemistry, stability of polymer/oxide/metal interfaces and self-healing processes.

Facts and Figures about the ILH

Theses in the ILH publication series

The ILH series "Leichtbau mit Hybridsystemen" has published 63 theses. In addition, there are numerous other dissertations from the specialist groups that have been published elsewhere (predominantly published in German).

Research and administration staff

213 people work under the ILH umbrella (as of December 2022).

Third-party funding from the specialist groups involved in the ILH

Third-party funding- across all research areas - raised by all ILH departments has increased significantly from €6.4 million at the time of its foundation to €11 million in 2021 (as of 2022).