Welcome to MECS

Material Engineering Center Saarland – Your bridge between material research and material engineering.


We are at your side as experts in microscopy, surface analysis and material analysis.

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Welcome to the Material Engineering Center Saarland (MECS)

Your bridge between material research and material engineering

The Material Engineering Center Saarland (MECS), centrally located on the university campus, was founded in 2009 by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Mücklich and his team as a Steinbeis research center from the Materials Science and Engineering Department of Saarland University. The MECS is dedicated to a customized materials technology transfer in cooperation with regional, national and international companies.

Starting from compact feasibility studies for the rapid identification of the respective transfer potential, cooperation projects and also long-term strategic partnerships are developed. In addition, MECS offers various service measurements of material analysis and microstructure characterization.

The portfolio is completed by consultations on material development and digitalization including the use of machine learning. Customized training courses, failure analyses and expert reports are also part of the MECS offering.


Service measurements

We offer you the possibility of characterizing components or materials and provide literature research and briefings on selected topics.

Feasibility studies

From a first material sample of the component over final geometries up to the implementation at pilot plants, we can accompany the entire development with our feasibility studies.


We are also happy to realize shorter development projects for you. The project manager that we provide you with takes care of your project.

Strategic partnerships

As a strategic partner we can also support you concerning exceptional questions as well as exceptional innovation projects.


We are available to you as a competent materials partner for many issues – Whether cross-divisional internally or at the customer.


We also offer training courses on our topics. We can align our selected contents to your desired focus and set the necessary priorities for you.



We are able to precisely prepare, contrast and analyze materials. In addition to metallographic preparation options, we have light, laser scanning and scanning electron microscopes at our disposal.

Surface analysis

In addition to the representation and analysis of surfaces, we also offer profile recordings to determine the layer system. We are not only at your side with the surface characterization, but can also change properties in a targeted manner.

Material analysis

Thanks to our spark spectrometer, we can determine the chemical composition of materials down to the ppm range. Other investigation methods in our portfolio are, for example, microstructure analyzes using FIB-REM technology, X-ray diffraction analyzes or 3D tomography.

Areas of application

Correlative microscopy

Machine learning

Triboelectrical characterization

Damage analysis

Antimicrobial surfaces


Exciting publication: “𝐎𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰: 𝐌𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐞𝐠𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐱 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐌𝐢𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬”

Our team members Martin Müller, Marie Stiefel and Björn Bachmann as well as our managing directors Dominik Britz and Frank Mücklich have written a review paper on the current state of the art of AI-based microstructure analysis at the invitation of the Metals...

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15.05.2024 Metallographers meeting of the Lette Verein

When? Wednesday, May 15, 2024 Where? Lette Association Berlin What? Exciting presentations on current developments in metallography Who? Dr. Dominik Britz and Heinz-Hubert Cloeren We are pleased to inform you about an upcoming lecture at the Lette Verein Berlin! In...

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June 03 – 05, 2024 Anwenderkongress Steckverbinder

When? June 03 - 05, 2024 Where? Vogel Convention Center Würzburg What? Leading congress on trends and the use of modern connectors Who? Keynote 2024: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Ruskowski, "Smart Factory - what comes after Industry 4.0?" The Connectors User Congress sheds...

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Network & Partners

You are interested in working with us?

Feel free to contact us! We look forward to talking to you and finding out how we can help you with your project.