Welcome to HITEC - the Graduate School in Energy and Climate Research

HITEC is a graduate school for doctoral candidates at the Forschungszentrum Jülich and its partner universities RWTH Aachen University, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität zu Köln, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, and Bergische Universität Wuppertal.

Its main objective is to foster interdisciplinary communication among PhD students working in the fields of energy and climate research and to enhance the PhD experience by providing additional scientific and professional qualifications and international exchanges that supplement the candidates’ research work. HITEC is funded by the Helmholtz Initiative and Networking Fund.


My external mentor@University of Barcelona

As part of the HITEC supervision concept each doctoral candidate can choose his or her external mentor from academia or industry. HITEC funds up to two visits with the external mentor.

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Michael Rack
16 June 2015

Michael Rack (IEK-4) is one of the four young scientists who were honoured with the Excellence Prize at this year's "JuDocs 2015 -Karriere made in Jülich".

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Vitali Weißbecker & Andreas Schulze Lohoff
16 June 2015

Vitali Weißbecker and Andreas Schulze Lohoff (both IEK-3) have performed well at the founders' competition "AC2". They won the first place for their start-up plans dealing with fuel cells. For their promising concept they were honoured with 10,000€ seed money.

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Jülich, 16 June 2015

The Challenges of Climate Change

Berlin/Jülich, 10 June 2015 – Prospects for climate research 2015 to 2025 is the topic of a position paper presented in Berlin today by the German Climate Consortium (DKK). More than 80 scientists and experts worked on the paper over the past two years. Scientists from Jülich contributed their expertise in the fields of climate research and science communication. In the past, Jülich researchers have collaborated on reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) summarizing and evaluating knowledge on climate change. The position paper also focuses on improving our understanding of the climate system. Other priorities include dealing with climate risks and the role played by climate research in democratic societies.

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Jülich, 21 May 2015

Pooling of Nuclear Expertise at Jülich

Jülich, 21 May 2015 – Forschungszentrum Jülich and Arbeitsgemeinschaft Versuchsreaktor (AVR) will combine their nuclear expertise at the Jülich site to create a new enterprise. Under the umbrella of Energiewerke Nord (EWN), with the German Federal Ministry of Finance as a shareholder, a new enterprise with around 300 employees is to be established which will comprise the full range of expertise in decommissioning, dismantling, and disposal gained at Jülich over the last five decades.

Jülich, 7 May 2015

IAGOS Fleet Keeps on Growing

Second Lufthansa jet collecting data for climate research

Jülich/Frankfurt am Main, 7 May 2015 – Lufthansa Group, together with Forschungszentrum Jülich, the French National Centre for Scientific Research CNRS, and Sabena Technics, has equipped another aircraft for the international climate research project IAGOS. With this Airbus A330-300 (registration: D-AIKO), a total of six aircraft operated by five airlines will now be collecting measurement data from all around the world on each of their flights. More in German.

Jülich, 8 April 2015

Forschungszentrum Jülich at Hannover Exhibition

Jülich, 8 April 2015 – Hydrogen will play an essential role in our future energy system that is based on renewable energies. At the Hannover exhibition (13.-17- April) scientists from Jülich will present basic components for the production and utilisation of this versatile energy source. More in German.

Jülich, 12 March 2015

Jülich Study Shows Positive Life Cycle Assessment for Large-Scale Battery Storage

Düsseldorf/Jülich, 9 March 2015 – The application of stationary large-scale battery storage is becoming increasingly important. This type of battery storage could stabilize the electricity grid quickly and precisely. According to a study by Jülich scientists from the Institute of Energy and Climate Research and the Berlin battery storage experts Younicos, this form of storage also has ecological advantages compared to hard-coal-fired power plants. The researchers will present their investigation on Tuesday as part of the 9th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES 2015) in Düsseldorf. More in German.

Jülich, 18 March 2015

Safe Lithium-Ion Battery with Ceramic Electrolyte

Jülich, 13 March 2015 – Solid state lithium-ion batteries are considered to be the safe batteries of the future. Replacing the conventional liquid electrolyte with a solid state electrolyte permits high energy densities and reduces the risk of leaks, overheating, flammability, and toxicity which today’s batteries struggle with. Jülich scientists have now introduced a cell which, at a laboratory scale, already works astonishingly well. More in German.

Jülich, 21 January 2015

Robust Fuel Cells for Trucks: New Christian Doppler Laboratory Opens at Forschungszentrum Jülich

In the Christian Doppler laboratory at Forschungszentrum Jülich, scientists are working on new fuel cells for auxiliary power units on trucks. The laboratory, which officially opens today, is being funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy for a total period of up to seven years. The aim is to improve the lifetime of metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells (MSC-SOFC), a type of cell which functions without platinum. The cooperation partners are the TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology) as well as the Austrian companies Plansee SE and AVL List GmbH. They also contribute to the funding of the laboratory, which has a total annual budget of approximately € 500,000. More in German.

Jülich, 5 December 2014

Jülich Fuel Cells Honoured for Contribution to Climate Protection

The KlimaExpo.NRW initiative has selected the research and development of solid oxide fuel cells at Forschungszentrum Jülich as an exemplary contribution to climate protection and has included it on its list of qualified projects. A stack of planar solid oxide fuel cells developed by the Institute of Energy and Climate Research has now been running for over 62,000 hours as part of a lifetime test. This seven-year operating time is a world record and demonstrates that the fuel cells are ready for application. More in German.

Jülich, 27 November 2014

Fusion Researchers Hold First Meeting of "EUROfusion" Consortium in Jülich

Around 50 European specialists in the research field of plasma-wall interaction met at Forschungszentrum Jülich this week to discuss the current research programme for the international fusion experiment ITER, which is currently being constructed. The workshop, which ends today, is the first time that Jülich plasma physicists have met as part of the EUROfusion consortium, which was launched this year. The umbrella organization brings together 29 scientific institutions from 26 countries and will contribute to a more efficient coordination of resources to achieve the common goal – the first fusion power plant. More in German.

Jülich, 21 October 2014

Better Understanding of Climate with Commercial Airliners

The European research infrastructure IAGOS equips long-haul aircraft operated by large commercial airlines with measuring instruments in order to analyse the distribution of climate-relevant trace substances in the atmosphere. These data are important in terms of documenting and improving our understanding of the effects of climate change. On Monday at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Thomas Rachel, Member of the German Bundestag, gave the green light for the main phase of IAGOS and officially announced the federal government’s decision to grant the project more than € 5.4 million. More in German.

Jülich, 16 October 2014

The Future of Energy Supply: International Workshop in Jülich

Today in Forschungszentrum Jülich, research teams from the EU, Norway, Turkey, and Japan will be presenting the results of their work. The workshop, which is part of the CONCERT-Japan initiative, will focus primarily on new methods of energy storage and distribution. Scientists from Jülich’s Institute of Energy and Climate Research will present their research on the transport of lithium ions in solid-state batteries.

Jülich, October 8 2014

Data from the Arctic to the Equator

Over 60 atmospheric researchers from Germany, Brazil, and Israel investigated high-climbing convective clouds over the Amazon rainforest with the help of the research aircraft HALO. The aim of the ACRIDICON-CHUVA Campaign was to determine how aerosol particles, cloud droplets and ice crystals, wind and sunshine interact in the atmosphere. A team from the Institute of Energy and Climate Research at Forschungszentrum Jülich was also involved in the project. More in German.

Jülich, September 11 2014

Jülich researchers involved in ozone-report

Climate scientists of Research Centre Jülich have contributed to the current report on the situation of the ozone layer. The summary of the results were presented yesterday afternoon, 10 September 2014, in New York, at the United Nations Headquarters. Since the discovery of the ozone hole in 1985, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) together with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) documented every 4 years in their report, how the state of the ozone layer has changed. More information in German.

Jülich, 21 August 2014

World record for fuel cells 'made in Jülich'

A stack of solid oxide fuel cell of the Research Centre Jülich now introduced a new world record: the stack  is now running continuously over 61,000 hours, including 60,000 hours of electricity production, about 7 years. The link provides information in German.

Jülich, 15 August 2014

New solar cell made of liquid silicon

Jülich researchers prepare the way for the next generation of thin-film electronics
In collaboration with Evonik Jülich researchers have developed a solar cell consisting of a very thin film made from a liquid silicon compound. With an efficiency of 3.5 percent, the solar cell is seven times more efficient than existing cells of this type. The scientists are optimistic that they will be able to increase the efficiency of these cost-effective solar cells even further. Thus this approach, being considered as a promising basis for the next generation of thin-film electronics, would also become  economically attractive. More information in German.


Michael Rack
27 April 2015

Michael Rack (HITEC alumnus) is one of the three winners of 'The 2015 European Physical Society Plasma Physics Division PhD Researd Award 1' (PhD Research Reward). The Plasma Physics Division of the European Society (EPS) grants up to four prizes annually to young scientists from the 38 European countries asscociated with the EPS in recognition of outstanding research achievement associated with their PhD study in the broad field of plasma physics.


Patrick Niehoff, Cheng Wu, Bugra Turan
23 March 2015

Three doctoral candidates received the HITEC Communicator Awards 2015 during the third HITEC Symposium. First prize (1500 €): Patrick Niehoff, IEK-1; second prize (1000 €): Cheng Wu, IEK-8; third prize (500 €): Bugra Turan, IEK-5.


Michael Deiml
15 March 2015

The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) welcomes new Co-Lead for the Small Satellites Project Group: Michael Deiml. He is a HITEC doctoral candidate at the Research Centre Jülich (IEK-7) and the University of Wuppertal and started his PhD in July 2014.


Yulia Arinicheva
4 March 2015

Yulia Arinicheva (IEK-6) was chosen from several hundred applicants to participate at the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (28 June - 3 July 2015). In this meeting she will be given the opportunity to meet Nobel Laureates from the fields of Physics, Chemistry, and Physiology or Medicine, and attend their lectures, panel discussions on interdisciplinary topics, and small-size discussion sessions.


Prof. T.W. Clyne
26 January 2015

Trevor William Clyne, University of Cambridge, UK, has been honoured with the Helmholtz International Fellow Award 2014. The materials scientist was nominated by Forschungszentrum Jülich. As a fellow he will receive € 20,000 each in prize money and will be invited to take part in research visits to Forschungszentrum Jülich. Since 2012 Prof. Clyne is a member of the HITEC Advisory Board.


Prof. Martin Winter
15 January 2015

On 1 January 2015, Prof. Dr. Martin Winter took up his position as new director at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Ionics in Energy Storage, IEK-12.


Leónard Kröll
21 November 2014

Leónard Kröll (IEK-9) achieved first place in the poster awards at the Future Energy Forum 2014 at RWTH Aachen University.


Sascha Albrecht
November 2014

M.Sc. Sascha Albrecht (IEK-7) was awarded the title of Dr. rer. nat. by the University of Wuppertal, Faculty of Mathematics and Science: "Development of a highly sensitive and versatile mass spectrometer system for laboratory and atmospheric measurements"


Georg Teucher
November 2014

Georg Teucher, IEK-1, has been awarded the Best Poster Award 2014 presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry in Lausanne, Switzerland


Beatrix Blank and Sebastian Schmitt
4 November 2014

The doctoral candidates of Forschungszentrum Jülich elected their representatives for the Ph.D. students' initiative Helmholtz Juniors of the Helmholtz Association. The two representatives with the highest number of votes Beatrix Blank, IEK-5, and Sebastian Schmitt, IEK-8, are also HITEC doctoral candidates as were their predecessors. Read the interview with the former representatives Andreas Fichtner, IEK-6 and Marco Prill, IEK-2.


Michael Deiml
10 October 2014

Michael Deiml, HITEC doctoral candidate in the group ‘atmospheric physics’ at Wuppertal university has been awarded two prizes at the 65. International Astronautical Congress in Toronto, Canada.


Dr. Heidi Ursula Heinrichs
19 September 2014

Three Helmholtz PhD Prizes for Jülich in 2014

Three early-career scientists from different research fields of Forschungszentrum Jülich were awarded 2014 Helmholtz PhD Prizes at the annual general assembly of the Helmholtz Association yesterday. One awardee, Dr. Heidi Ursula Heinrichs from the Institute of Energy and Climate (IEK, Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation) analysed the long-term impact of electric mobility on the European energy system.  She was also nominated as a speaker to present her results at the annual HITEC symposium in March 2014. More information in German.


Dr. Georg Mauer
5 September 2014

Dr. Georg Mauer, IEK-1, will lecture at the Institute of Materials Engineering at TU Dortmund University this coming semester on thermal spraying technology.


Dr. Hans Peter Buchkremer
19 August 2014

Dr. Hans Peter Buchkremer, IEK-1, was appointed acting head of IEK-12 (Helmholtz Institute Münster for Ionics in Energy Storage). The Helmholtz institute was established on 15 July. It pools the expertise of Forschungszentrum Jülich, RWTH Aachen University, and the University of Münster in battery research and is operated as a branch office of Forschungszentrum Jülich. The focus is on the electrolyte - a central component in every battery regulating the internal chemical processes. More information in German.


Contact Us

Prof. Dr. Uwe Rau
Scientific Director
tel.: (0)2461 - 61 1554

Dr. Bärbel Köster
Managing Director
tel.: (0)2461 - 61 1595

Katharina Kräußle
HITEC Office
tel.: (0)2461 - 61 8811

HITEC Events

next event: 17.08.2015
Aug 17

Scientific Presentation - Storytelling-1  more

Aug 18

Scientific Presentation - Storytelling-2  more

Sep 14

2 days Starter Pack 22 - Part 1 'Scientific Presentation'  more

Sep 15

September 15-16! Change!! Starter Pack 21 - Part 3 'Team Communication'  more

Sep 28

1 Starter Pack 22 - Part 2 'Project Management'  more

Oct 19

Getting Published, 4/15  more

Oct 19

2 days Starter Pack 23 - Part 1 'Scientific Presentation'  more

Nov 09

1 day Starter Pack 23 - Part 2 'Project Management'  more

Nov 12

Starter Pack 22 - Part 3 'Team Communication'  more

Dec 03

Getting Published, 5/15  more

Dec 03

Starter Pack 23 - Part 3 'Team Communication'  more


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