Research at Forschungszentrum Jülich

Challenging questions, exciting research, a pool of PhD theses

Forschungszentrum Jülich is organized in 9 institutes, one of which is the Institute of Energy and Climate Research. Beyond Energy and Climate Forschungszentrum Jülich performs research in various fields such as environment, health as well as information technology. An excellent infrastructure with state-of-the-art laboratory and information technology allows outstanding scientists to conduct research that is on par with the leading research institutions in Europe and throughout the world.

Scientists use supercomputers to investigate the atmosphere and climate, biologically important substances, basic material properties and also chemical processes that cannot be recreated in the laboratory. In doing so, they profit from the continuously increasing computing capacity of the Jülich supercomputers. Neutron research is a key technology for many fields of science and permits an unusual glimpse into the interior of matter. It is therefore one of the central tools in both modern materials science and the life sciences. Bioeconomy aims to use our knowledge about biological processes to ensure an adequate food supply, to guarantee an environmentally friendly energy supply and to develop novel materials not based on oil.

Energy and Environment

Research for a sustainable future determines activities at Jülich in the field of energy and environment. How can society be supplied with energy on a global scale? An environmentally friendly solution to this problem will only be possible if we succeed in using fossil fuels more efficiently in the future, in refining stationary storage technologies, in tapping completely new energy sources, and in increasing the proportion of renewable energies in the energy mix. This ist only possible if energy and climate research are integrated and if researchers from different disciplines collaborate.


Physicists, medical scientists, pharmacologists, chemists and biologists collaborate closely in order to improve the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases. Together with industry, they design new imaging techniques and create new pharmaceuticals. These help to image changes in the brain even more precisely and may alleviate the course of dementia or even bring it to a standstill in the future.
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Future Information Technology

Future information technology is expected to be faster and more energy efficient than today. To this end, researchers collaborate across the disciplines: physicists, computer scientists and experts in the field of nanotechnology work together at Jülich. They push back the boundaries of today’s technologies and go beyond this to design the hardware of tomorrow, new storage architectures and innovative approaches for information processing.