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We perform user and user-inspired energy materials research for a sustainable, economic and secure energy system. Our approach encompasses basic principles, guided design, synthesis and analysis of materials using dedicated infrastructures, as well as translation into application. We make our infrastructures available to our users and collaboration partners. We thereby provide know-how and know-why for society.

We design, develop and operate world-class large-scale infrastructures for photon-based and energy materials research. We provide these infrastructures in order to meet the needs of the national and international scientific communities. We stand for expert user service based on our leading research activities within the framework of our participation in programmes of the Helmholtz-Association.

We conduct top-level accelerator research and development, from theoretical concepts to the operation of machines. We collaborate with universities and non-university research institutions. We are an active partner in the regional, national and international research communities. We make our knowledge and our results available to others through pro-active transfer to industry and society as well as education and promotion of young scientists and professionals.