The IPS conducts research and development activities for the utilization of photons in state-of-the-art analytics and imaging diagnostics, primarily by using synchrotron radiation, and with focus on in-situ, operando, and in-vivo characterization of technological and biological processes.
The activities of the IPS focus primarily on method-oriented research and development of X-ray microscopy, spectroscopy, and scattering techniques and their application in areas of materials science and nanostructures for information, transport, and energy technologies. Other core areas include the study of catalytic processes and imaging methods in the life sciences.
For this purpose, IPS operates experiments, beamlines, and laboratories at the ANKA synchrotron radiation facility at KIT, as well as at other selected synchrotron radiation sources world-wide. It is engaged in the development of cutting-edge experimental techniques, and conducts both pioneer experiments for the test of novel method and instrumentation concepts, as well as experimental campaigns for their systematic application. With its scientific expertise and a unique combination of synchrotron- and lab-based infrastructure, the activities of the IPS are internationally competitive and, in selected areas of science and innovation, even world-leading.
The IPS closely cooperates with other KIT institutes and leading regional, national, and international research institutions and universities. Its activities are embedded in the corresponding programs and research fields of the Helmholtz-Association. Furthermore, they are closely linked to academic teaching and research in the KIT Faculties of Physics and Chemistry&Biosciences, as well as other universities, and allow bachelor, master, and doctoral students of a variety of disciplines to intensively partake in an international research environment already at an early stage of their career.
At the IPS, particular emphasis is placed on the scientific and technical education and the professional development of its members.
Activities and Strategy
- Research for and with novel synchrotron analytics and diagnostics (X-ray imaging, spectroscopy, and scattering)
- Focus on in situ, operando, and in vivo techniques for characterization of technological and biological processes
- Application to materials & nanostructures for Energy, Information and Mobility Technologies, and to Life Sciences (with University of Heidelberg (HEiKA))
- Close collaborations with leading application-oriented partner groups (e.g., device and cell fabrication, genetics, biotech, microsystem and photovoltaics industry)
- Contribution to the Helmholtz Programme “From Matter to Materials and Life (MML): In-house research on structure, dynamics and function of matter at large-scale facilities”:
- Research Theme 3: Materials and Processes for Energy and Transport Technologies
- Research Theme 4: Nanoscience and Materials for Information Technologies
- Research Theme 5: Soft Matter, Health and Life Sciences