Max Planck Institute for
Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems

Sandtorstrasse 1
39106 Magdeburg

Phone: +49 391 6110 0
Fax: +49 391 6110 500


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About the Institute

In 1996 the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems was established. The founding director is Prof. em. Dr.-Ing. Ernst Dieter Gilles. The institute in Magdeburg is the first institute of the Max Planck Society dedicated to the engineering sciences and is intended to bridge the gap between basic research and industrial applications.

At present 240 employees are working at the institute in Magdeburg. Their main research activities are focused on the analysis and optimization of highly complex processes in chemical and biological engineering, on questions of systems biology and systems theory, and their mathematical foundations, as well as on modern methods of computer simulation for the above mentioned challenges.

The aim is to develop mathematical methods to control and optimize technical systems, to model complex processes in chemical and biological engineering, to analyze the foundations and the dynamics of chemical reaction and separation processes in order to design and optimize modern, efficient and sustainable processes.

Current research projects focus, for example, on the following fields: design and operation of chemical reactors and energy converting processes, optimization of bioprocesses for manufacturing vaccines, improvement of processes capable of isolating and purifying fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals, in silico optimization and control of complex technical and bioprocesses, and analysis of molecular networks in biological systems.

Scientists of different disciplines such as engineering, chemistry, biology, mathematics and computer sciences add their specific knowledge to the research work, thereby developing new methods and tools for tackling problems in other application areas. Several research groups and junior research groups are working closely on different projects. They are widely associated with other national and international research groups. The adjacent Otto von Guericke University offers excellent opportunities to cooperate with the Faculty of Process and Systems Engineering and the Faculty of Mathematics.

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