Highlights from user experiments

The research examples presented here prove that the users’ topics are as wide-ranging as ever, and are not limited to the field of energy materials. We know that soft X-rays, the speciality of BESSY II, are in high demand. Hardly any issue is as fundamentally important to our society as a safe, reliable and sustainable energy supply. HZB has therefore adopted a strategy to become a leading centre for research into energy materials. Here research examples from the last year.

A microbattery under the X-ray microscope


Scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research used scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM) at BESSY II to investigate the ageing processes of lithium-ion batteries. Their results pave the way towards longer-lasting energy stores.

Metal oxide sandwiches

Metal oxide layers

A Franco-German cooperation has investigated a sandwich system of transition metal oxides at BESSY II. The scientists discovered a new option to control properties of the interface between the two layers. Their insights might help to create novel forms of high Tc superconductivity.