Synchrotron photon sources offer an extremely wide energy spectrum, ultra-small beam dimensions and extreme temporal resolution, making it possible to investigate a huge range of dynamic processes in materials and biological systems.

At IPS we develop and apply synchrotron-based in situ & operando X-ray imaging, X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray scattering techniques  within the framework of the Helmholtz Research Program "From Matter to Materials and Life" (MML). Our research comprises pioneering, proof-of-principle experiments as well as systematic studies, which advance our understanding of the relationships between structure, function and behaviour in materials research and the life sciences. For this purpose the IPS operates the three state-of-the-art SPECTROSCOPY, SCATTERING and IMAGING Clusters, incorporating beamline and laboratory instrumentation at the KIT Light Source together with facilities at the synchrotron sources at PETRA III, the ESRF and the ALS

Our research activities are closely linked to teaching and research within the KIT Faculties of Physics and Chemistry & Biosciences, and  we work in close cooperation with other KIT institutes and with leading national and international research institutions and universities.

IPS is associated partner in detector project

The BMBF funded project Perodet aims at the development of Perovskite-based detectors and related technology for production of Hybrid Pixel Array detectors. In direct cooperation between material growers and detector experts this new class of materials will be evaluated, production methods developed, and first detector units produced. The crystals will be analyzed by material characterization methods using deep level spectroscopy, detector measurements, and White Beam Synchrotron Topography at KIT. The work plan of the project includes the production of the Pervoskite materials, the intensive material characterization, and the development of related technologies like surface preparation, contact deposition, and bump bonding.

SMART-Morph has started

Our new ErUM-Pro project “SMART-Morph”, funded by the The German Ministry of Research an Education, has started. Together with our partners, we will develop smart modules for robotic workflows and AI-assisted control of μCT series acquisition and analysis to allow serial tomography of large insect collections, vertebrate model organisms and beyond.

SNI SpieckerM. Setzpfandt/HZB
Poster prize awarded to IPS researcher

In September, Rebecca Spiecker, doctoral researcher at IPS, was awarded a poster prize at the SNI2022 conference in Berlin. The SNI conference brings together scientists and engineers engaged in research with synchrotron radiation, neutrons and ion beams at large facilities.


IPS and IBPT contributed to the unique open day, which allows children to explore exciting places. A big thank you to all fans of the “Sendung mit der Maus”, who joined us in a journey into the world of science, with many exciting and "tasty" experiments to watch and participate in!