Energy is our matter – in the future as well: The Lise-Meitner Campus is preparing itself for new tasks in energy materials research
The remaining months until the final shutdown of the research reactor BER II are numbered. 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
LE-Building: new laboratory for energy research
Across from the E-building, a two-story laboratory building will arise for synthesis and analytics of energy materials by December 2017. The Institute for Functional Oxides for Energy-Efficient Information Technologies (EM-IFOX) shall move into the ground floor. The Institute Director, Catherine Dubourdieu, together with her team would like to research metal oxides. It is their objective to cover a broad scope of applications with oxides, which is comparable to that of the contemporary semiconductor heterostructures. It is intended that data shall be stored and processed there using an extremely low level of energy input in the future.
- Institute for Functional Oxides for Energy-Efficient Information Technologies (EM-IFOX)
- Department construction and planning
KH-Building: Construction of a new laser laboratory
Currently the KH-Building, which contains a huge and high hall, is being renovated down to its core. The reason: the institute ‘Methods for Material Development’ plans to construct cutting-edge laser laboratories for investigation of complex energy materials there. In the former Kesselhaus, two measuring huts shall be constructed for the laser setup and experiments, in which the highest clean-room conditions (ISO 5-7) and extremely stable environmental conditions must be observed. The temperature in the huts is allowed to vacillate no more than 0.2-0.5 degrees maximum, and the air has to remain extremely dry at the same time. The combination of these two properties in particular represents an enormous technological challenge. After completion, Emad Aziz will also relocate the laboratory ‘Joint Ultrafast Dynamics Laboratory in Solution and at Interfaces’, which has been heretofore domiciled in the rooms of the Free University Berlin, to the Wannsee campus.
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.