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IEK-9 is represented in various cooperative research programs of the Helmholtz Association. Furthermore, IEK-9 collaborates with national and international partners in academia, large-scale facilities and industry and is incorporated in various strategic research networks.

Helmholtz Association (HGF):

Helmholtz Association

At the research area Energy, the Helmholtz Assocation focuses its research activities to develop a sustainable energy supply system. IEK-9 focuses its activities to the research program Storage and Cross-linked Infrastructures (SCI) within the topics "Electrochemical Energy Storage", "Electrolysis and Hydrogen", as well as "Fuel Cells". In the framework of the SCI-program, IEK-9 cooperate with researchers from KIT (Prof. Helmut Ehrenberg, Prof. Horst Hahn, Prof. Roland Dittmeyer), the DLR (Prof. Andreas Friedrich), and HIU (Prof. Arnulf Latz).

Helmholtz Association


The Helmholtz-Institut Erlangen-Nürnberg (HI-ERN) for Renewable Energy focuses its research activities towards the chemical energy storage on basis of hydrogen. At HI-ERN, scientists from IEK-9 cooperate mainly with the group of Prof. Peter Wasserscheid (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg).


The Helmholtz-Institut Münster (HI-MS) for Ionics in Energy Storage focuses its research on the development of high-performance electrolytes for batteries. At HI-MS, scientists from IEK-9 cooperate with the groups of Prof. Hans-Dieter Wiemhöfer und Prof. Martin Winter (MEET).

Research Networks:

JARA Energy

The Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance (JARA) is the strategic alliance of university and non-university research between RWTH Aachen and Forschungszentrum Jülich. At the focus of the section JARA-Energy is the investigation of a sustainable energy generation and usage.
In the framework of JARA-Energy, scientists from IEK-9 cooperate among others with the groups of Prof. Dirk Uwe Sauer, Prof. Joachim Maier, Prof. Manfred Martin, Prof. Ulrich Simon, Prof. Walter Leitner, Prof. Regina Palkovits, Prof. Bernhard Blümich, Prof. Matthias Wessling und Prof. Stefan Pischinger.

JARA Energy


The project Power-to-Fuel is part of the Zukun-ftskonzept of the German excellence initiative (DFG). Its vision is the establishment of a competence center for the research field "power-to-Fuel".


The Forschungsverbund Erneuerbare Energien (FVEE) is a nationwide cooperation of non-university research institutes with focus on technologies for renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage and an optimized coaction of technological and socio-economic system components. Overall goal is the transformation of the energy supply towards a sustainable energy system.

Forschungsverbund Erneuerbare Energien (FVEE)


The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) is an alliance of European public research centers and universities, elaborating the European Union’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). IEK-9 is involved in two joint research programs - FC/H2 and Storage. EERA closely cooperates with European industrial platforms to align research and innovation priorities.



The Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative (EMIRI) is driving forward research and innovation in the field of advanced materials for low-carbon ener-gy applications. EMIRI brings together research, in-dustry and trade organizations.

Selection of the most important national cooperations:

  • Prof. Robert Schlögl, Max-Planck Institut für chemische Energiekonversion (MPI-CEC)
  • Prof. Hubert Gasteiger, Prof. Karsten Reuter, Dr. Christoph Scheurer, Technische Universität München (TUM)
  • Prof. Frank Endres, Technische Universität Clausthal
  • Prof. Jürgen Garche, Dr. Margret Wohlfahrt-Mehrens, Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW)

Selection of the most important European cooperations:

  • Prof. Laurence Croguennec, Institut de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Bordeaux CNRS
  • Dr. Florence Lefebvre-Joud (LITEN), Dr. Gérard Bidan (INAC), Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA)
  • Prof. Søren Linderoth, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)
  • Prof. Ton Backx, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e)
  • Prof. Gunnar Jeschke, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH)
  • Prof. Dragan Damjanovic, Ecole Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Selection of the most important global collaborations:

  • Prof. Yair Ein-Eli, Israel Institute of Technology (Technion)
  • Prof. Lu Li, National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Prof. Andreas Rüdiger, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)
  • Dr. Anrew Ozarowski, Dr. Johan van Tol, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL)
  • Dr. Nina Balke, Oak Ridge National Institute (ORNL)
  • Prof. Zhaoxiang Wang, Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)