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@Princeton University

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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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, 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, September 9 2014

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, August 29 2014

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.

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.

Jülich, 8 August 2014

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.

Jülich, Münster, Aachen, 10 June 2014

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.


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.


Chao Zhang visits external mentor
June 2014

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
May 2014

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'.


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.


Viacheslav Vasechko
May 2014

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".


Martin Kaminski
May 2014

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".


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.


Patrick Niehoff@Risø-Research Center
February 2014

Patrick Niehoff, doctoral candidate in the Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Materials Synthesis and Processing (IEK-1) reports about his research stay at Risø-Research Center, Denmark


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Prof. Dr. Uwe Rau
Scientific Director
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Dr. Bärbel Köster
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HITEC Events

next event: 29.10.2014
Oct 29

29.10.2014 HITEC Methods Day: Spectroscopic applications in energy and climate research  more

Nov 03

Starter Pack 18 - Part 1 'Scientific Presentation'  more

Nov 12

Aeroplane measurements in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere  more

Nov 20

Magnetic Resonance Methods  more

Nov 28

Starter Pack 18 - Part 2 'Project Management'  more

Dec 01

01.-02.12.2014 Getting Published, 5/14  more

Dec 03

Basics of flow visualisation by means of Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) 2014  more

Dec 04

Materials and Compounds – Surface analysis  more

Dec 08

Starter Pack 17 - Part 3 'Team Communication'  more

Dec 18

Starter Pack 18 - Part 3 'Team Communication'  more

Jan 26

Starter Pack 19 - Part 1 'Scientific Presentation'  more

Feb 23

Starter Pack 19 - Part 2 'Project Management'  more

Mar 23

Starter Pack 19 - Part 3 'Team Communication'  more

Mar 23

Starter Pack 20 - Part 1 'Scientific Presentation'  more

Mar 23

Getting Published, 1/15  more

Other Events

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


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