The team of researchers will be headed by the directors Prof. Ulrich Blum as founding director representing Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) as well as Prof. Manfred Füting and PD Dr. Christian Growitsch representing the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS. The CEM has been established in Halle as a research group of the Fraunhofer IMWS.