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.
Measurements of the temperature in the upper earth atmosphere:
Jülich doctoral researchers together with students and doctoral researchers from Bergische Universität Wuppertal as well as from Max-Planck-Institut für die Physik des Lichts have tested successfully a mini satellite to measure the temperature in the upper atmosphere.
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New materials for cheap solar energy
Jülich scientists together with an international research team have developed new organic solar cells with higher energy efficiency. Compared to other conventually used (organic) materials these new solar cells exploit specific molecules that show some distinct advantages: The light is better absorbed, the molecules are more stable and cheaper. The results have been published in 'Nature Materials' and 'Energy and Environmenal Science'.
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Nocturnal Detergents with Side Effects
Nitrate radicals in the air clean the atmosphere at night. Jülich atmospheric researchers together with colleagues from twenty international research institutions have now found out that this probably has unforeseen side effects.more
Joint Research for Better Air in China
The College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering of Peking University (PKU) and the Forschungszentrum Jülich strengthen their strategic partnership: Prof. Yansong Li (PKU) and Prof. Wolfgang Marquardt inaugurated the 'International Joint Research Center for Atmospheric Research' (IJRC) in Peking.
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Jahrestagung des FVEE: Forschung für die Energiewende - die Gestaltung des Energiesystems
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From Leaf to Tree: Large-Scale Artificial Photosynthesis
Scientists from FZJ have developed the first complete and compact design for an artificial photosynthesis facility. This is a decisive step towards applying the technology. The concept is flexible both with respect to the materials used and also the size of the system. More in German.more
New materials from Jülich forward the ‘Energiewende’
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding two projects of the Jülich Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Materials Synthesis and Processing (IEK-1) dealing with materials for the ‘Energiewende’ with approximately 2.6 million euros. Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Rachel handed over the funding decisions at Forschungszentrum Jülich. More in German.more
The IAGOS fleet keeps on growing
A new Airbus A330 of China Airlines is now part of the international climate research project IAGOS. The passenger aircraft is equipped with 120kg package of measuring instruments. The instruments collect climate relevant tracer gas and cloud particles at cruising altitude which are important for climate research and numerical weather forecast.more
Silicon-air battery: now it runs
For the first time Silicon-air battery time exceeded 1000 hours run-time. Silicon-air batteries are considered as promising and affordable alternatives to the current energy storage technology. However, so far they have reached only a relatively short productive time. Jülich researchers from IEK-9 have now discovered why. More in German.more
Materials Laboratory Subject to Radiation Protection Ordinance "Only"
Since 1 July, the former Hot Materials Laboratory, which is now operated by IEK-4 as the High-Temperature Materials Laboratory (HML), is no longer subject to the German Atomic Energy Act. Starting immediately, it can now be operated with a licence pursuant to the Ordinance on the Protection against Damage and Injuries Caused by Ionizing Radiation. This step facilitates the usage of the laboratory for non-nuclear research, for example as part of the characterization and qualification of high-temperature. More in German.more
Atmospherically dense: Jülich cloud research in the art project 'UUUUU(topia)'
Science meets art in an unusual fashion in Düsseldorf: In a 'choeographed dinner' Anja Costa (IEK-7) conveyed the fascination of cloud research. With the help of impressing cloud pictures she illustrated why clouds are very much an unknown quantity in the complex climate events. More in German.more
Start of the webvideo competition 'Fast Forward Science 2016'
For the competition ‘Fast Forward Science 2016’ science videos can be submitted in three categories: In the category Substance the emphasis is on the depth of content of the video. The category Scitainment stresses the entertainment value of the video. The new category Vision is about research that has the potential to positively change our lives. The first three ranks in each category are € 3,000 (1st rank), € 2,000 (2nd rank) and EUR 1,000 (3rd rank). Deadline for submitting videos is 31 July 2016. Sponsors are Wissenschaft im Dialog and Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft. More in German.more
Physik in Hollywood - Physics in Hollywood
What can go wrong in movies and other entertaining anecdotes around physical phenomena. Insights will be presented by Dr. Sascha Vogel at KUBA, Jülich.
Sascha Vogel is the coordinator of the Frankfurt International Graduate School for Science (FIGSS ) at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS). Doors open at 19:30, the event starts at 20:00.
Batteries Come up for Air
Promising energy storage systems can now be selectively optimized
At the moment, lithium-ion batteries are state of the art in energy storage. However, competitors are already waiting in the wings, including lithium-air technology. A team from Forschungszentrum Jülich and Technische Universität München recently found an explanation for the fact that these promising batteries so far only survive a few charge cycles. They demonstrated that the operation of lithium-air batteries leads to the formation of a particularly reactive form of oxygen. This discovery will make it possible to selectively improve lithium-air batteries.more
Copernicus contributes to the Energiewende
The results of the Copernicus Project Competition were announced today by minister Johanna Wanka, BMBF. One of the four Copernicus projects selected is "Power-To-X" which is coordinated by the RWTH Aachen, Forschungszentrum Jülich and the DECHEMA. This project is concerned with the storage and use of electrical energy from renewable energy sources by converting them into material energy sources and chemical products. It is funded in the first of three planned stages of development with a volume of 30 million euros by the BMBF. A total of 17 research institutes, 26 industrial companies and three civil society organizations involved in the P2X project. In fall of 2015 the BMBF launched the major funding initiative ‘Copernicus projects’, 41 applications were submitted. Target of Copernicus projects is to develop in the next decade technologies that drive the transformation of the energy system in critical areas. More in German.more
The future of batteries
Jülich scientists are involved in a new project dealing with battery research. Next generation high-energy batteries are set to be the follow-up of lithium-ion batteries. Currently, several technological apporaches compete. In the project 'BenchBlatt' scientists investigate which apporach is most suitable. Here, competetive ability with respect to stability and storage density as well as costs and material availability is the center point. The research center for battery research MEET at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster started the projected end of February. More in German.more
Ozone Depletion above the Arctic: Increase in UV Value possible
A team of climate researchers, including scientists from Jülich, have found indications that considerable ozone depletion has begun this winter above the Arctic. The reason is the unusually low temperatures in the polar stratosphere. The researchers intend to perform more measurements in the coming weeks as part of the POLSTRACC (Polar Stratosphere in a Changing Climate) campaign to further investigate ozone depletion over the northern polar region. Jülich stratospheric researchers are contributing calculations updated every day. Strong ozone depletion could result in rising UV values until March. A website updated daily (in German) will provide information on whether this could lead to an increased risk of sunburn. More in German.more
Electrolyser Project in Operation for 1000 Hours
In the Ekolyser project, researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich are developing methods for the production of hydrogen by the electrolysis of water together with partners from science and industry. In a new test facility, they are testing more robust and inexpensive materials. The prototype has now completed its envisaged operating time of 1000 hours and the technology should be ready for widespread application by 2020. More in German.more
Understanding the Climate better with Gloria
Global climatic processes are complex and many questions are still open. Climatologists from Forschungszentrum Jülich now aim to answer two of them: What processes influence ozone depletion in the lowermost stratosphere? And what effect do the elusive gravity waves have on climate? To solve these issues, Jülich scientists together with colleagues from several German research institutions are heading north from Kiruna in Sweden on board the research aircraft HALO for measurement flights. At altitudes of up to 14 kilometres, the GLORIA detector developed at Jülich will also be put into operation.
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Winter Smog in China - Searching for Unknown Radicals
Fine dust and smog do not only result from traffic and industry. The majority of the pollutants are actually formed in the air – by hydroxyl radicals and other as yet unknown substances. Atmospheric chemists from Forschungszentrum Jülich intend to track down these trace substances in the RACE research project. More in German.more
HALO Sets Off for the North Pole
Between January and March 2016, the research aircraft HALO will be taking off from Kiruna in Sweden for flights over the polar sea towards Greenland and the North Pole. Climatologists, including researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich, will be making extensive measurements in the tropopause region at altitudes from about 7 to 17 kilometres. The aim of the POLSTRACC campaign (Polar Stratosphere in a Changing Climate) is to better understand the processes that influence ozone and other climate-relevant trace gases in the Arctic tropopause region in winter
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Jülich Researchers Receive Funding from European Research Council
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Samir Lounis from Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University and Dr. Hendrik Fuchs from Forschungszentrum Jülich are to receive Consolidator Grants from the European Research Council (ERC) in Brussels. This involves funding totalling € 3.85 million over a five-year period. The money is intended to help the physicists extend and consolidate their innovative research.
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First measurements by Jülich Diagnostic Systems at Wendelstein 7-X
Jülich researchers have undertaken the first measurements of the plasma at the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device in Greifswald. Helium plasma was produced there for the first time last week.
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Klaus Tschira Preis für verständliche Wissenschaft
Die Klaus Tschira Stiftung sucht junge Nachwuchswissenschaftler, die ihre herausragenden Forschungsarbeiten anschaulich und verständlich beschreiben. Die besten Arbeiten werden mit dem Klaus Tschira Preis für verständliche Wissenschaft – kurz KlarText! – prämiert.
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The Körber Foundation awards prizes totalling more than € 100,000 every year for contributions to research of outstanding social relevance. The call for applications targets scientists of all disciplines who obtained a magna or summa cum laude doctoral degree in 2015. The closing date for the current call is 1 March 2016.
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Jülich Expertise: Plants react differently on the climate change as expected
The more CO2 the more plant growth. This is the simple set phrase most climate models take into account. However, many plants seem to behave differently, namely: The more CO2 the less transpiration, that means less release of water to the atmosphere. So far, the consequences are not clear. Jülich Biologists will investigate this phenomena from beginning of 2016.
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Jülich Expertise: Effect of plant-aerosols on the climate can vary
The distinctive smell of pine forest or cut grass influences our climate. Organic volatiles, originating from the plants, form larg complexes in the atmosphere that scatter the sunlight or serve as a nucleus for clouds.
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Atmospheric Gravitation Waves discovered in new satellite photographs
A team of international scientists involving Jülich scientists succeeded in observing disturbances in the middle and high earth's atmosphere. Using infrared pictures of two NASA satellites the propagation of these atmospheric gravitation waves from the earth to mesosphere at 90km altitude were invastigated. This observation gives substantial information that helps to improve future climate models.
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6 December 2017
At the DocAssembly Dieter Boeyaert (IEK-4) and Sanja Novak (ICS-3) have been elected as the new speakers of the DocTeam. Together with the "Oldies" Jörg Ackermann (IEK-9) and Nora Bittner (INM-1) they now form the new DocTeam.more
Andrew Paolo Cádiz Bedini
25 September 2017
Andrew Paolo Cádiz Bedini (IEK-5) won the national Falling Walls Lab which took place at Forschungszentrum Jülich. He and two other scientists who convinced the panel with their future-oriented ideas will take part in the final lab at the Fallings Walls Conference on November 8 in Berlin. His pitch will be about "Nanosilicon Synthesis for Energy and Medicine".more
Dr. Félix Urbain
24 June 2017
Dr. Félix Urbain (formerly IEK-5, now Instituto de Investigación en Energía de Cataluña IREC) has been awarded the Excellence Prize 2017 of the Forschungszentrum Jülich for his outstanding thesis entitled "Light induced water splitting using multijunction thin film silicon solar cells".more
03 May 2017
Two new representatives of the DocTeam have been elected: Jörg Ackermann (IEK-9) and Nora Bittner (INM-1) are the new faces who represent all Jülich Doctoral researchers. Together with the "Oldies" Marion Henkel (IEK-4) and Jannis Ehrlich (PGI-1) they are now the current speakers of the DocTeam.more
11 November 2016
Marion Dostal (IEK-4) and Jannis Ehrlich (PGI-1) have been elected to represent all Jülich doctoral researchers. Together with Scarlet Stadtler (IEK-8) and Andreas Mertens (IEK-9), they are the current speakers of the DocTeam.more
Dr. Sarah Finkeldei
19 September 2016
Dr. Sarah Finkeldei (IEK-6) has been awarded the Excellence Prize 2016 of the Forschungszentrum Jülich for her outstanding thesis entitled "Pyrochlore as nuclear waste form: actinide uptake and chemical stability".more
Prof. Andreas Wahner
26 August 2016
Prof. Andreas Wahner (IEK-8) was appointed a member of the Science Advisory Board Zeppelin NT by ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH.more
Dr. Charlotte Hoppe
17 June 2016
HITEC alumna Charlotte Hoppe, formerly IEK-7, since 2014 postdoctoral researcher at IEK-8 won the second place in the annual young investigator's competition of the ABC/J Geoverbund. More in German.more
Dr. Wilhelm Meulenberg
23 June 2016
Corinna Kloss, HITEC-Fellow at IEK-7, organized the HITEC Day ‘Geoengineering’ (June 8th 2016) on her own initiative. HITEC students as well as the invited speakers enjoyed this extremely successful event. In a brief interview Corinna shared her experience.more
Prof. Jenny Nelson
25 April 2016
Professor Jenny Nelson received the Helmholtz International Fellow Award for her outstanding research in the field of solar cells during the HITEC Symposium. The award provides funding of € 20,000 and is combined with an invitation to conduct research at Forschungszentrum Jülich, IEK-5. Jenny Nelson is a member of HITEC’s international Advisory Board.more
Marzella Görig, IEK-5, is an invited speaker at the conference WeilFrauenNaturwissenSchaffen 2016 from 22 - 24 March at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, Universität Bielefeld. The event is organised by the fellows of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. Conference in German.more
Dr. Norbert Menzler
09 June 2016
Norbert Menzler, IEK-1, coordinator of the project MeMO (Electrochemical metal-metal oxide high-temperature storage for centralized and decentralized stationary applications) is a guest of the German President Joachim Gauck. According to the assessment of a panel of experts, MeMO is one of the most innovative projects in regard to environmental and sustainability aspects. Upon invitation of Joachim Gauck MeMO is displayed this week in the park of Schloss Bellevue in Berlin during the "Week of the Environment".more
13 January 2016
Climatologists from Forschungszentrum Jülich together with colleagues from several German research institutions are heading north from Kiruna in Sweden on board the research aircraft HALO for measurement flights. Scientific questions are: What processes influence ozone depletion in the lowermost stratosphere? And what effect do the elusive gravity waves have on climate? Isabell Krisch, a doctoral candidate from IEK-7 and HITEC fellow, is part of the team ans shares her impressions in a blog.more
Dr. Karl Mayrhofer
7 December 2015
New director of IEK-11: Dr. Karl Mayrhofer
Dr. Karl Mayrhofer is the new director of the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg (IEK-11). Together with Prof. Peter Wasserscheid, he will manage the new institute.
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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.more
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.more
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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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.more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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.more
21 November 2014
Leónard Kröll (IEK-9) achieved first place in the poster awards at the Future Energy Forum 2014 at RWTH Aachen University.more
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, Switzerlandmore
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.more
Prof. Dr. Uwe Rau
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Dr. Maurice Nuys
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