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.


Two of the winners of the science slam 2015

Congratulations to all of the participants of the HITEC Science Slam. 9 young scientists told fascinating stories of their research in atmospheric research, in bioelectronics, in spintronics, hydrogeophysical and materials research.

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Jülich, 20 November 2015

New Laboratory Platform for Energy Materials Characterization

High-performance materials are crucial for the future energy supply: they provide the basis for a flexible and efficient supply based on renewables. The Helmholtz Energy Materials Characterization Platform (HEMCP) is a partnership between seven research centres, bringing a customized selection of instruments and methods together under one virtual roof. The platform, which is coordinated by Forschungszentrum Jülich, has been granted funding of around € 39 million and more than € 15.5 million has been earmarked for Jülich.


Jülich, 6 November 2015

HITEC is now partner of Wissenschaftsjahr 2015 - Zukunftsstadt

HITEC is now partner of Wissenschaftsjahr 2015 - Zukunftsstadt that is an initiative of the BMBF to intensify the dialog between science and society.  2015 the topics energy, climate, and resources belong to the thematic priorities of the Wissenschaftsjahr.

You can find more information about the initiative Wissenschaftsjahr 2015 - Zukunftsstadt and their activities on their homepage, facebook, and twitter.


Jülich, 2 November 2015

Ozone hole: 'The problem will be solved'

Currently, the ozone hole over the Antarctic is as large as it has not been for nine years. Jens Grooß from IEK-7 explains in an interview on the webpage of the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft why this is no cause for concern, yet.

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Jülich, 30 October 2015

Artificial Photosynthesis: New Efficiency Record for Hydrogen Production with Silicon Solar Cells

Hydrogen could replace oil and natural gas in future. However, one important question is where this environmentally friendly energy carrier is supposed to come from. Jülich researchers have an answer: they have developed a multijunction solar cell made of silicon which can be manufactured comparatively cheaply and produces hydrogen directly from sunlight using the principle of artificial photosynthesis. The Jülich scientists considerably increased the efficiency of such solar modules based on silicon to achieve a total efficiency of 9.5 %. The former world record was 7.8 %. Their findings have been published in Energy & Environmental Science.

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Jülich, 30 October 2015

World Record: Jülich's Fuel Cell has been Operating for 70.000 hours

Researchers from FZJ achieved a new world record. The layer stack of high temperature fuel cells that was prepared in Jülich has been operating for more than 8 years or 70.000 hours: Longer than any other device based on ceramic fuel cells. Due to their high efficiency solid oxide fuel cells are expected to be ideally suitable for providing energy to households, small companies, and large vehicles such as lorries, trains, and ships.

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Jülich, 19 October 2015

Lecture Series Solar Energy

The Energie Forum Aachen (EFA) is planning a lecture series about the topic solar energy in the next winter semester. Lectures, movie nights and an excursion will be organized in order to explore different aspects of this important topic.

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Jülich, 15 October 2015

Multiple Honours for Jülich Battery Researcher

Prof. Martin Winter is the recipient of several accolades. The Electrochemical Society (ECS) presented him with the Carl Wagner Memorial Award and the Battery Division Research Award at their ECS Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Last week, the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) appointed Winters an ISE Fellow in recognition of his research achievements at their Annual Meeting in Taipeh, Taiwan. Since the beginning of the year, the scientist has headed the Helmholtz Institute Ionics in Energy Storage in Münster (HI MS) – a branch office of Forschungszentrum Jülich.

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Jülich, 13 October 2015

Hydrogen Storage Indispensable for Energiewende

Researchers from Jülich present their recent developments at the fuel cell conference f-cell on 12-14 October in Stuttgart (Stand 2C12)

Simply expanding renewable energy is not enough since wind and solar power fluctuates strongly. The energy system can therefore only be transformed if suitable storage technologies are implemented. Hydrogen is particularly suited for this. It has a high energy density, stores well, and can be converted back into electrical energy efficiently in fuel cells. At f-cell, scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich will present the latest solutions for energy storage using hydrogen, including novel electrolysers that can produce the energy carrier using excess renewable energy.

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Jülich/ Niederaußem, 9 October 2015

CO2 from a Power Station for Plant Research

How plants can be used as renewable raw materials is what scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich have been working on for several years. Algae, for example, could be used for aviation fuel as an alternative to oil. To grow, plants need carbon dioxide (CO2). In future, Forschungszentrum Jülich with receive this raw material from RWE Power AG, who will supply it from their pilot CO2 scrubbing plant at the Niederaußem power station.

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Jülich, 24 August 2015

Membrane Centre for Energy-Efficient Technologies Officially Opened

Membrane systems are decisive for the development of new energy-efficient technologies as part of the transformation of the German energy sector. Membranes can separate climate-damaging greenhouse gases from flue gases much more efficiently than conventional methods and they also form the basis for novel fuel cells and batteries. The new membrane centre opened today at Forschungszentrum Jülich by State Secretary for Research Thomas Rachel, Member of the German Bundestag, will provide new impetus for research in this field. The facility, costing a total of € 17.2 million, received funding of € 15.5 million from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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Aachen, 1./2. October 2015

FGE-Tagung 2015

Forschungsgesellschaft Energie (FGE) an der RWTH Aachen e.V.

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Jülich, 6 August 2015

€ 46 Million for Laboratory Platform HEMF New special steel for the "Energiewende"

Six Helmholtz centres are setting up a joint infrastructure for the development of novel energy materials

Jülich, 6 August 2015 – The Helmholtz Senate has resolved to set up a large-scale infrastructure for the synthesis and development of novel material systems for energy conversion and storage. The total volume will be € 46 million between 2016 and 2020. The creation of the Helmholtz Energy Materials Foundry (HEMF) will be coordinated by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB). Five other Helmholtz centres will be involved in the concept and setup: the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The new platform HEMF will also be available to external user groups from universities and non-university institutes both within Germany and abroad, as well as to industry..

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Jülich, 15 July 2015

New special steel for the "Energiewende"

Scientists from Jülich are awarded the Charles Hatchett Award for their research on steel.

Also conventional power plants face the consequences of the "Energiewende". Since renewables are a volatile energy source conventional power plants have to be shut down and started up frequently. Scientists from Jülich developed an improved steel that withstands the frequent changes of load in steam plants much better. The so called HiperFer (High Performance Ferritic Steels) is more resilient and less prone to corrosion than currently available alloys.

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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.



Sebastian Schmitt
11 September 2015

Sebastian Schmitt, IEK-8, received the Best Poster Award at the European Aersosol Conference in Milan, Italy (EAC 2015). The title of his poster was: Secondary organic aerosol from benzene and D6-benzene.


Yulia Arinicheva
August 2015

Yulia Arinicheva, IEK-6,  was awarded 'Best Science Slam' at the RACIRI Summer School, titled Time-resolved and in-situ Studies of Materials: Basics and Applications at Rügen Germany. Yulia, who also won the first HITEC science slam in March 2014, was selected out of 12 participants.


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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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.


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.


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HITEC Events

next event: 29.11.2015
Nov 29

Fusion 2015  more

Dec 02

HITEC Lab: Basics of flow visualisation by means of Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV)  more

Dec 03

Getting Published, 5/15  more

Dec 03

Starter Pack 23 - Part 3 'Team Communication'  more

Jan 18

Starter Pack 24 - Part 1 'Scientific Presentation'  more

Feb 01

Starter Pack 24 - Part 2 'Project Management'  more

Mar 10

Starter Pack 24 - Part 3 'Team Communication'  more

Mar 21

Starter Pack 25 - Part 1 'Scientific Presentation'  more

Apr 04

Starter Pack 25 - Part 2 'Project Management'  more


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