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 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.

Jülich, 26 May 2014

Icy Measurements

Successful conclusion of expedition to explore Arctic clouds

In northern Canada, atmospheric researchers have attempted to get to the bottom of Arctic amplification, the phenomenon of intensified climate change in the Arctic. The scientists, some of whom are from Jülich’s Institute of Energy and Climate Research, conducted measurements over the course of five weeks at a field station and with two research aircraft as part of the RACEPAC project (Radiation-Aerosol-Cloud Experiment in the Arctic Circle). The structure and the radiation properties of clouds were measured simultaneously by the aircraft. This strategy will enable the scientists to link the various parameters in such a way that their findings can be incorporated more easily into weather and climate models in future.

Jülich/Toulouse, 22 May 2014

Atmospheric Research Using Commercial Airliners

Ceremony and symposium to celebrate 20th anniversary of MOZAIC/IAGOS project

Since 1994, scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich have been using commercial airliners as a means of carrying measuring instruments in order to determine the chemical composition of the atmosphere. The measurements were initially carried out as part of the MOZAIC project (Measurement of OZone by Airbus In-service airCraft), which was succeeded by IAGOS (In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System) in 2005. To mark the 20th anniversary of MOZAIC/IAGOS, a ceremony has been held at Airbus in Toulouse as well as a three-day symposium with more than 70 scientists from around 20 countries.

Greifswald, 20 May 2014

Preparations for operation of Wendelstein 7-X starting

Inauguration ceremony at Greifswald on 20 May 2014 after completion of the main installation of the fusion device

After years of calculation, plancompletedning, component production and installation the Wendelstein 7-X project is now entering a new phase: Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald in May started the preparations for operation of this the world’s largest fusion device of the stellarator type. See also  BMBF press release (in German)


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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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: 29.09.2014
Sep 29

Starter Pack 17 - Part 1 'Scientific Presentation'  more

Oct 07

07.10.-08.10.2014 Getting Published, 4/14  more

Oct 13

Starter Pack 17 - Part 2 'Project Management'  more

Oct 20

1 week Orientation week 2014/2  more

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

Other Events

10th Liège Conference on Materials for Advanced Power Engineering
14-17 September, 2014, Palais des Congrès Liège, Belgium

2nd Euroregional Workshop on Photovoltaics
1-3 September 2014, University of Ljubljana

Joint European Summer School for on Fuel Cell, Electrolyser, and BatteryTechnologies (JESS)
21 - 27 September 2014, Rethymno, Greece

Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics
29 September - 3 October 2014, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Forschung für die Energiewende, Jahrestagung des ForschungsVerbunds Erneuerbare Energien
6-7 November 2014, Umweltforum Berlin

Entrepreneurship for Researchers – Summer School
22-26 September 2014, Hector School of Engineering & Management, Karlsruhe

Autumn School on Microstructural Characterization and Modelling of Thin-Film Solar Cells
November 2-7, 2014 Resort Hotel Schwielowsee (near Potsdam, Germany)


Studium Universale

Forschungszentrum Jülich

Institute of Energy and Climate Research

Helmholtz Association