Welcome to the Helmholtz Energy Materials Foundry (HEMF)

The Helmholtz Energy Materials Foundry (HEMF) is envisaged as a new large-scale collaborative research-and-development platform dedicated to the synthesis of new and improved materials for energy conversion and storage applications. It will consist of state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment to be added to existing facilities that are distributed over the six participating Helmholtz Centres:

  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ)
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht für Material- und Küstenforschung (HZG)
  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

HEMF will serve the wider scientific community by offering services and user access to external partners. The scientific focus of the foundry will be on materials and applications in the field of solar cells, solar fuels, fuel cells, batteries, thermoelectrics and thermochemistry, with catalysis as an overarching theme that is important to all these topics.


Schematic outline of the proposed Helmholtz Energy Materials Foundry (HEMF)

HEMF will be operated as an international user facility for both academic and industrial partners. Each participating Helmholtz Centre will offer facilities that optimally enhance its existing scientific infrastructure, and provide the best match to its established expertise. Moreover, JointLabs with academic partners, lab@location developments with industry partners and cooperation with the Max Planck Society will further enhance the HEMF capacities.

The HEMF platform will strengthen the Helmholtz Association’s competence in materials synthesis, and complement the existing HEMCP (Helmholtz Energy Materials Characterization Platform) infrastructure which has a strong focus on materials characterization. The size of this combined effort and the opportunities for synergy between the centres and between internal and external users is truly unique, and combined with the strong focus on energy materials it will enable the Helmholtz partners to operate at the forefront of international efforts in fields.