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In Situ SIMS in Pursuit of Materials for the Energy Transition

New analytical instrument for characterizing materials goes into operation at ZEA-3

Jülich, 5 December 2018. In the presence of Thomas Rachel, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research and member of the German Bundestag, scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich today put a new analytical instrument into operation that will speed up the development of materials for the energy transition (Energiewende). State-of-the-art high-performance batteries, fuel and electrolysis cells, and membrane reactors for synthetic fuels are usually structured as complex systems of multilayers and composites. The new instrument, a time-of-flight mass spectrometer, will enable Jülich researchers to investigate the behaviour of these complex material systems in operation. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) provided funding of roughly €2 million to construct the instrument at Jülich’s Central Institute of Engineering, Electronics and Analytics (ZEA).

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