Institute for Photon Science and Synchrotron Radiation

Materials and Processes for Energy and Transport Technologies

The development and optimization of materials and devices for energy and transport technologies increasingly demands in-depth characterization of their electronic, chemical, and structural properties. Synchrotron-based techniques are excellently suited to provide such insights but are typically best applied to fundamental questions on well-defined idealized systems. Our goal is to develop and use these high-level characterization techniques for the study of applied material systems (i.e., real world devices.

To achieve this goal we apply  x-ray spectroscopic techniques in the soft and hard x-ray range  which address in situ, operando investigation of systems such as thin-film and organic solar cells, organic light emitting diodes, printed electronics and batteries, as well as cementitious materials, catalysts, and materials for photoelectrochemical water cleavage.