Research at the IPS is focused on method-oriented research and development of X-ray imaging, spectroscopy, and scattering techniques and their application in areas of materials and life sciences and materials for information, transport, and energy technologies. Other core areas include the study of catalytic processes and imaging methods in the life sciences.
The IPS closely cooperates with other KIT institutes and leading national, and international research institutions and universities. Activities are embedded in the corresponding programs and research fields of the Helmholtz-Association. These activities include the development of state-of-the-art experimental techniques, and conducting both pioneer experiments for the test of new methodological and instrumentation concepts, as well as experimental campaigns for their systematic application. For this purpose, IPS operates beamlines and laboratories at the KIT Synchrotron Radiation Source, as well as at other selected synchrotron radiation sources world-wide.
Particular emphasis is placed on the scientific and technical education and professional development of students and staff. Research activities are closely linked to academic teaching and research within the KIT Faculties of Physics and Chemistry & Biosciences, as well as other universities.