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.

Photo: M. Breig, © KIT IBPTM. Breig, KIT-IBPT
New compact course "Accelerators and Synchrotron Radiation" has started on October 9th 2023

An initial training on accerators and synchrotron radiation for condensed matter research as part of KIT research-oriented teaching is offered for master and advanced students at the KIT Light Source. Read here more information.

Origami inspired X-ray detectors with high efficiency and resolution

Novel X-ray detectors based on printed perovskite semiconductors were developed at the LTI and characterized with researchers from the IPS in the X-ray laboratories there. The perovskite layers were folded using a special technique in order to obtain smaller pixels with increased efficiency at the same time. The promising results were published in npj Flexible Electronics.

Researchers discover new wasp species

A new species of wasp has been discovered in a nature reserve near Tübingen, Germany. In a cooperation between the Natural History Museum Stuttgart and the IPS high-throughput X-ray microtomography was employed to examine the tiny details of the wasp's body. The discovery was featured in German science media formats.