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WG Industrial Mathematics

Leitung: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Maaß

Die AG Technomathematik (2016)The working group Industrial Mathematics (2016)
The working group industrial mathematics covers a broad field of research and application from life sciences and engineering sciences. The mathematical research focuses on The most important fields of application are imaging mass spectrometry (MALDI imaging), cutting processes in material developments, and magnetic particle imaging (MPI).

Simulierte Mikrotopographie und Abbottkurve Simulated micro topography and abbott curve
In the area of material development, cutting processes have a specific relevance: Here, the mathematical modelling of the production process of forming tools and the resulting surface quality is essential. A further aspect is visualization and interaction between tool and workpiece and the thereof resulting surface topographies. Our approach takes account of band and deformation of cutting tools due to the upcoming process forces. After focusing on simulation and visualization in cooperation with the Laboratory for Precision Machining (LFM) for the last years (in Collaborative Research Center SFB 747), now there is also an industrial project (with BEGO GmbH) running, dealing with optimized production of dental prostheses.

Simplified description of MALDI-Imaging technology
Already since 2007, analysis of mass spectrometry data belongs to the research areas of the industrial mathematics group. The interdisciplinary bioinformatics group particularly develops applications for MALDI imaging, a mass spectrometry imaging technique for analyzing biological tissue samples.
In addition to microbiology, botany and pharmacology, the bioinformatics group deals with the use of MALDI imaging in pathological diagnostics. The group cooperates closely with partners from clinical pathology and biomedical research, with the Bremen company Bruker Daltonik, the global market leader for MALDI imaging mass spectrometer, as well as the software company SCiLS, founded in 2013 as a ZeTeM spin-off and meanwhile being a branch office of Bruker.

MPI² LogoMPI² Logo
Since 2016, the industrial mathematics group is also engaged in the mathematical challenges in magnetic particle imaging and enlarges hereby the applied interdisciplinary research in the field of medicine. The tomographic technique of magnetic particle imaging enables to locate iron oxide nanoparticles within human bodies without ionizing. By this, the technique allows to make an inference on e.g. cardiovascular diseases.
Within the project MPI², funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), these challenges are to be tackled together with industrial-medical partners by mathematical research to lay the foundations for a clinical application of this technology.