At the Max-Planck Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH (MPIE), research is carried out on iron, steel and related materials, such as nickel, titanium and intermetallic phase alloys. An essential target of the investigations is an improved understanding of the complex physical processes and chemical reactions of these materials. In addition, new high-performance materials with outstanding physical and mechanical properties are developed for use as high-tech structural and functional components. In this way, basic research is amalgamated with innovative developments relevant to applications and process technology. The Max-Planck Institute for Iron Research GmbH is financed in equal proportions by the Max-Planck Society for the Advancement of Science and the Steel Institute VDEh.