Energy is our matter – in the future as well: The Lise-Meitner Campus is preparing itself for new tasks in energy materials research


The HZB supervisory board decided in June 2013 that operation of the facility, and thus neutron research, would be discontinued by the end of 2019. Since this time the site has been in a state of radical change – and is preparing for new tasks. Considerable investments are being made in this regard: the Wannsee campus is currently being expanded into one of the most modern sites worldwide for energy and materials research.

We would like to introduce to you the most important projects for Wannsee campus. 

Expansion of laboratories

Illustration of the LE building on the Wannsee Campus

Illustration: erchinger wurfbaum, architektur I projektsteuerung

Picture of the construction site: The former boiler house

The former Kesselhaus

Detail from the X-Ray CoreLab

X-Ray CoreLab

Picture of the opening of the CoreLab Correlative Microscopy and Spectroscopy

Opening of the CoreLab Correlative Microscopy and Spectroscopy

CoreLabs with modern infrastructure for energy materials research

HZB operates on site two CoreLabs with state-of-the-art equipment which can be used internally and externally be research scientists.

A plethora of modern X-ray diffractometers are available in the X-Ray CoreLab. Among other things, in-situ analyses of structural phase transitions, investigations of structure, microstructure and texture of thin layers are thus made possible. Moreover, there is a MetalJet high-flux X-ray source at the Wannsee site.

In the CoreLab Correlative Microscopy and Spectroscopy , cutting-edge ZEISS scanning electron microscopes and ion microscopes are available. These allow materials to be processed and imaged on a nano scale. HZB is a member in the ZEISS labs@location community. In this network, ZEISS users make their knowledge and specialised services available.