HEMF research projects

Within the HEMF platform all participating Helmholtz centres set up a series of laboratories that will all complement one another excellently. The scientific focus is on materials systems that convert or store energy. These include, for example, solar fuels, solar cells, fuel cells, battery systems, and thermoelectric and thermochemical materials. One overarching theme is novel catalysts used in energy conversion and storage.


Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ)

Perovskites for photovoltaics, solar fuels and fuel cells


In the scope of the HEMF project the Forschungszentrum Jülich focuses on hybrid thin film materials like perovskites for photovoltaics and solar fuels as well as perovskite-based proton conductors for fuel cells.


These activities can be assigned to three subprojects


  • Processing system with in-situ monitoring for nanocrystalline perovskites
  • Aliovalently-doped perovskite ceramics for electrodes and electrolytes
  • Deposition tool, co-evaporation & glovebox for perovskite solar cells and tandem cells


For more detailed information please go to FZJ topics. 

Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)

For a more detailed information, please take a look at the press release.

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

Deposition of nanostructured layers for optoelectronic devices and development of a synthesis plant for battery materials


The Karlsruher Insitut für Technologie brings in two major areas of expertise to the HEMF project: On the one hand, the deposition of atomic and molecular, partly nanostructured layers needed for the further development of thin-film solar cells. On the other hand, a medium-size synthesis plant for Lithium ion battery materials for quantities up to ten kilograms, in order to develop batteries of industry-relevant size.


For more detailed information please go to KIT topics.