About MSI

Materials Science International Services is a global research & publishing infrastructure in the field of materials science. MSI has a strong commitment to data quality and transparency in materials constitution.


MSI: From a Max-Planck Project to a Global Network

MSI started as a research project at the Max-Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart

Materials Science International Services is a global research & publishing infrastructure in the field of materials science. MSI has a strong commitment to data quality and transparency in materials constitution.

1984 a global scientific team, MSIT, started from the Stuttgart Max-Planck-Institute for Metals Research under the lead of Dr. Guenter Effenberg.

Since 1989 MSI GmbH gives office and guidance to Opens internal link in current windowMSIT.

Today MSI & MSIT form the largest network in the field of materials constitution.


Our Milestones

1984 - start of a research project for the evaluation of Ag-X-Y literature data at the Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart, Germany (Petzow / Effenberg)
Formation of MSIT, the Materials Science International Team.

1986 - First annual meeting of MSIT at Schloss Ringberg

1988 - First volume of “Ternary Alloys” a series which became the standard for critically evaluation of ternary phase diagrams. The MSIT Ternary Evaluation Program gains visibility.

1989 - MSIT finds a permanent office, Günter Effenberg starts up MSI, Materials Science International Services GmbH.
The vision was: to bring more transparency into the conflicting world of constitutional data and to increase the efficiency in research, reducing duplication of efforts, globally.

1990 - MSI starts to distill the contents of the world literature by element combination, in cooperation with the Russian Information Service VINITI

1993 - The first RED BOOK, reporting the contents of the publication year 1990 is printed, in English. Extracting is continued by MSIT.

1995 - MSI, becomes one of the 16 members of APDIC, the Alloy Phase Diagram International Commission.

1994 - MSI issues the first electronic Citation Index on materials constitution data, covering publications from the year 1893 onwards.

1997 - The first electronic MSIT Workplace comes out on CD-ROM; incorporating all the above data

2001 - The MSIT Binary Evaluation Program starts in pace with the evaluation work in the Ternary Program.

2005 - Summer 2005 the MSIT Workplace on CD-ROM is transferred into an Internet based Client Server Technology, MSIT Workplace represents the equivalent of well over 40,000 print pages and 800 effective ManYears of expert work.
MSIT Phase Diagram Center, an integral part of the MSIT Workplace now offers all the contents being generated over years plus up to date information.

2009 - MSIT Phase Diagram Center is re-branded. The new product name is "MSI Eureka".

2010 - New MSI web site www.msiport.com is launched in February 2010 together with the web site www.msi-eureka.com providing documents preview for all MSI Eureka documents.

2012 - a new web interface for MSI Eureka is launched in August 2012 at www.msi-eureka.com. This access option is availabe for the site-license subscribers of MSI Eureka. For non-subscribers it offers a pre-view option for all MSI Eureka documents.
An alternative access option via the viewing software MSI Eureka Viewer is also further available.

2017 - Great break through! New search interface for MSI Eureka is released in September 2017 at www.msi-eureka.com.
Inspired by feedback from customers and partners, we designed the possibility to perform a combined search for materials plus keywords, e.g. properties. Among the many new features there are various result refinements. Read more

2017 - 2017 was the year that MSI held its 1st Winter School on Materials Chemistry. Held in parallel with the MSIT Annual Workshop on Heterogeneous Equilibria, the Winter School comprised lectures given by experts within the MSIT network on Phase diagrams, Classical and Computational Thermodynamics, and Crystallography. Feedback from the Winter School delegates was very positive and meanwhile MSIT Winter School became established as the premier event for the training of students and more mature researchers in the basic principles and the applications of phase equilibria and thermodynamics. The lectures and hands-on training given during the MSIT Winter Schools are conducted by MSIT members and invited experts.
Learn about next MSIT Winter School on Materials Chemistry

2019 - MSI and MSIT lost their founder - Dr. Dr. h.c. Günter Effenberg has passed away on 31.08.2019. He was Editor of more than 60 scientific books, such as “Ternary Alloys”, “Red Book”, Landolt-Boernstein (Gr. IV, Vol.11), and the electronic platform MSI Eureka. MSI and MSIT feel committed to continue sceintific and publishing activities in the filed of materials science, to honor Günter's life’s work and his passion for phase diagrams. His visions will live on in the effort put forth by his Team.

2019 -After a long time-out, the next volume of Ternary Alloys is published! The Volume 19 “Selected Systems for Nuclear Applications”, ISBN 978-3-932120-12-1; 542 pages, 56 chapters (ternary systems). Editors: Günter Effenberg, Svitlana Iljenko, Authors: MSIT®. © Materials Science International Services GmbH, D-70565 Stuttgart, Germany, 2019. The preparation of this volume has started together with Günter Effenberg, who passed away in August 2019. The MSI staff and the MSIT® authors have completed the volume without him and dedicated it to his memory, to honor his life’s work, his passion for phase diagrams and for books - the roots of his life-long activity.

2020 - Dr. Andrew Watson has been appointed as the new Editor in Chief of the electronic platform MSI Eureka

2021 - The Volume 20 “Selected Systems for Lead-free Soldering and Brazing Applications” is published in March 2021 as a printed edition. ISBN 978-3-932120-13-8; Editors: Andrew Watson, Ales Kroupa; Authors: MSIT®; 554 pages. © Materials Science International Services GmbH, D-70565 Stuttgart, Germany, 2021.


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