Collaborations & 3rd-party funded projects

Research at IPS focuses on synchrotron based characterization of structure, electronic properties and behaviour of  functional, applied materials, and with imaging methodologies applied to organisms, tissues and biomaterials. The current and past research projects listed below are conducted at IPS, usually in collaboration with other KIT institutes and national, and/or international partners.

IPS also offers direct access to its facilities and expertise for industrial and commercial customers wishing to carry out proprietary research. Contact and further information can be found here.


Current Cooperations and Projects 
CHOPIN

in situ CHaracterization of MOVPE growth dynamics and diffusion mechanisms in nitrides and their influence on Optoelectronic Properties of INGaN/AlGaN/GaN quantum structures

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EFFCIS

The aim of EFFCIS is to improve the efficiencies of Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 thin-film solar cells and modules via the improvement of the solar cell’s layers and alternative buffer layers.  Buffer layers within the CIGSSe absorbers are studied by means of a unique combination of soft x-ray and photoelectron spectroscopies.

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HIGH-LIFE

Acquisition of complete 3D morphological information of small animals. The project addresses general requirements in two fields of current biological research: vertebrate model organisms such as fish, frog etc., and arthropods such as insects, which fulfill key functions in our ecosystems. 

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IRMA

development of effective, non-invasive strategies for manipulating morphology and opto-electronic properties of vapor-deposited Ag nanostructures such as 3D islands and ultrathin layers, grown by magnetron sputtering at room temperature.

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LAMBDA

3D imaging of the microstructure inside flat sheet-like materials during testing under bi-axial loading. The methodology allows a unique multi-scale approach from a few hundred micrometers down to nanometer scale to investigate ductile damage nucleation and growth kinetics. 

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PLDLINK

PLDLINK applies in situ X-ray scatttering methods to gain fundamental understanding of the growth of complex oxides produced by pulsed laser deposition (PLD), to enable optimization of the growth parameters for fabrication of multiferroic oxide systems with high technological relevance.

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PN-Reduktion

PN-Reduktion applies high-speed X-ray radiography and shadowgraphy to characterize the physical development of fuel spray during its development and to correlate these data to flow-simulation models.

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Ultrafrag-div2
UltraFrag

Combining in situ functionalization and transient ultrafast x-ray methods to elucidate the mechanistics of laser fragmentation and the associated growth kinetics of colloidal gold nanoparticles

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Previous Projects

 

CODE-VITA
CODE-VITA

CODE-VITA is a joint project between the University of Heidelberg and KIT (Laboratory for Applications of Synchrotron Radiation) to develop synchrotron measurement technology for dose-efficient X-ray imaging, and to apply this exemplarily for research into development processes in model organisms which are optically opaque and therefore less accessible to visible light optical methods.

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FREE-INCA
FREE-INCA

Optimization of thin-film solar cells based on the absorber material CZTSSe (Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4) with kesterite structure. Spectroscopic characterization of the electronic and chemical properties of the individual layers, interfaces and component structures in relation to efficiency-limiting mechanisms in kesterite solar cells.

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INTELBIOCOMP

is an interdisciplinary approach to the fabrication and biochemical and biophysical characterisation of three-dimensional hybrid scaffold frameworks with controlled pore-hierarchies for bone-engineering. A key goal is the characterisation of the hierarchical structure of such frameworks by means of 3D X-ray synchrotron imaging techniques.

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Laser-ablation
Multicontrast imaging of laser ablation in liquids

Pulsed laser ablation in liquids (PLAL) is an easily accessible process to produce a wide range of nanomaterials in liquids without contamination from chemical processes. The goal of the project is to resolve the dynamics of PLAL by hierarchical in situ methods and to correlate nanoparticle genesis with macroscopic phenomenology.

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STROBOS-CODE

is a multidisciplinary collaboration with partners from materials research, crystallography, X-ray physics, algorithm development, and image analysis. The goal is the development and optimization of correlative full-field diffraction imaging methods with spatial and temporal resolution and the implementation of two stations with dedicated instrumentation.

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Wespendarstellung
UFO

Ultra-fast X-ray Imaging of Scientific Processes with On-line Assessment and Data-driven Process Control is project that aims to enable a new kind of intelligent experimentation that takes advantage of the enormous computational power of massively parallel computing units.

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X-REGIO

is a project within the HEiKA collaborative framework to integrate, optimize and apply advanced 2D, 3D and 4D X-ray imaging diagnostics into an ensemble for Hierarchical and Correlated Imaging Diagnostics for model organism, organ-, tissue,- and cell imaging application.

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