Institute of Energy and Climate Research - Microstructure and Properties of Materials


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ruth Schwaiger

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IEK-2 develops and characterises high-performance materials and composites for central and local energy conversion and storage systems.
The research activities of IEK-2 are concentrated on the development and characterization of high temperature materials advanced gas and steam powerplants, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and for plasma facing materials for future fusion devices.
The scientific competences of the institute are focussed on the investigation of physical- mechanical properties of high temperature structural metallic materials, structural ceramics and metallic and ceramic coating systems. Compound materials consisting of high strength materials combined with ceramic or metallic top layers are considered to be used for plasma facing components. This requires new approaches for materials testing and investigation especially in the area of materials characterization and analysis including transmission electron microscopy (TEM).



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Phone: +49 2461 61 3058
Email: sekretariat-iek2@fz-juelich.de

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