Activities at the IPS focus primarily 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 is engaged in the development of cutting-edge experimental techniques, and conducts both pioneer experiments for the test of novel methodological and instrumentation concepts, as well as experimental campaigns for their systematic application. For this purpose, IPS operates experiments, beamlines, and laboratories at the Test Facility and Synchrotron Radiation Source at KIT, as well as at other selected synchrotron radiation sources world-wide. With its scientific expertise and a unique combination of synchrotron- and lab-based infrastructure, the activities of the IPS are internationally recognised 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 and its activities are embedded in the corresponding programs and research fields of the Helmholtz-Association. Particular emphasis is placed on the scientific and technical education and professional development of students and staff, with research activities being closely linked to academic teaching and research within the KIT Faculties of Physics and Chemistry & Biosciences, as well as other universities. This enables Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral students in a variety of disciplines to partake intensively in an international research environment at an early stage in their career.