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.
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.
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 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.
EURAD-IM Simulation of SO2 Propagation Resulting from Eruptions in the Bardarbunga Region
Starting on 31 August 2014, sulfur dioxide is being emitted all over Europe from a fissure eruption in the Holuhraun lava field to the north-east of the Bardarbunga volcano.
Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Rhenish Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Cologne used EURAD-IM to simulate the propagation of the sulfur dioxide.
Jülich provides better forecasts for possible ash clouds from Bardarbunga
In April 2010, the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland provoked a ban on flights over Europe which led to a major economic loss. In order to be better prepared for another volcanic eruption in Europe, scientists of Research Centre Jülich refined a computer model to calculate how ashes spread in the atmosphere. The model allows timely forecasts of the direction of an ash cloud and can now be used to analyse the ash distribution after the volcanic event of Bardarbunga. More information in German.
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.
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.
Jülich Intensifies Cooperation with Chinese Partners
Forschungszentrum Jülich and Peking University are expanding their scientific cooperation in climate research. Chairman of the Board of Directors Prof. Wolfgang Marquardt and Prof. Li Yansong, Vice President of the university, signed an agreement to this effect in Beijing.
Helmholtz-Institut Münster established
It is one of the key issues for the success of the energy revolution: How can we succeed to store electricity generated in the long term, in large quantities and in the smallest possible space? To solve these questions the Helmholtz Research Centre Jülich, the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU Münster) and the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen) jointly established the Helmholtz Institute Münster (HI MS), which is operated as a branch of the Research Center Jülich. The main focus of research lies on the investigation of electrolytes - the most important part of any battery. More information in German.
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.more
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.more
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.more
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.more
Chao Zhang visits external mentor
Chao Zhang, doctoral candidate in the Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Photovoltaics (IEK-5) reports about his visit with his external mentor in Baoding, China
Martin Schiek, doctoral candidate at IEK-2, received a Best Poster Award at the 9th International Conference on Microscopy of Oxidation in Nottingham, United Kingdom for his poster 'Oxidation Mechanisms of Marginal Alumina Forming Alloys in Environments Relevant to Gas Separation Membranes'.more
Kaining Ding new team leader at IEK-5
HITEC Alumni member, Kaining Ding, has been assigned the lead of a new research group at IEK5-Photovoltaics since 2014. His group works on the development of materials and processes for silicon heterojunction solar cells. He has been a HITEC student from 2010 to 2012.more
Dipl.-Ing. Viacheslav Vasechko (IEK-2) has been awarded the title of Dr. rer. nat. by RWTH Aachen University, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering: "Thermo-Mechanical Investigations of Reoxidation-Stable Materials Solutions for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells".more
Dipl.-Chem. Martin Kaminski (IEK-8) has been awarded the title of Dr. rer. nat. by the University of Cologne, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences: "Untersuchung des photochemischen Terpenoidabbaus in der Atmosphärensimulationskammer SAPHIR".more
Yulia Arinicheva, IEK-6, is HITEC Science Slam Champion 2014
21 March 2014
On 20 March the audience of the first HITEC Science Slam experienced science in a whole new way. Four doctoral candidates took to the stage to describe their research topics in an entertaining ten-minute presentation. The audience voted for Yulia Arinicheva as the HITEC Science Slam Champion 2014.more
Prof. Dr. Uwe Rau
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Dr. Bärbel Köster
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Future Energy Forum 2014
October 17, 2014 Super C, RWTH Aachen, Aachen
Autumn School on Microstructural Characterization and Modelling of Thin-Film Solar Cells
November 2-7, 2014 Resort Hotel Schwielowsee (near Potsdam, Germany)
Forschung für die Energiewende, Jahrestagung des ForschungsVerbunds Erneuerbare Energien
6-7 November 2014, Umweltforum Berlin