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IEK-9 is partner in various collaborative research programs of the Helmholtz Association. In addition, IEK-9 coordinates several major national consortia, cooperates with national and international partners in academia, large-scale facilities and industry and is incorporated in various world-leading strategic research networks in the areas of electrochemical energy conversion and storage technologies.

Helmholtz Association (HGF):

Helmholtz Association

At the research area Energy, the Helmholitz Assoca-tion focuses its research activities to develop a sus-tainable energy supply system. IEK-9 focuses its ac-tivities to the research program Storage and Cross-linked Infrastructures (SCI) within the topics "Elec-trochemical Energy Storage", "Electrolysis and Hy-drogen", as well as "Fuel Cells". In the framework of the SCI-program, IEK-9 cooperate with the following researchers:

  • Prof. Helmut Ehrenberg, Prof. Horst Hahn, Prof. Roland Dittmeyer, KIT
  • Prof. Andreas Friedrich, Prof. Arnulf Latz, DLR
  • Prof. Maximilian Fichtner, Prof. Stefano Passerini, HIU
  • Prof. Klaus Lips, HZB

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 following groups:

  • Prof. Karl Mayrhofer
  • Prof. Peter Wasserscheid


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 following groups:

  • Prof. Hans-Dieter Wiemhöfer
  • Prof. Martin Winter

Research Networks:


In the "Kopernikus projects for the Transition of the Energy System", technological and economic solutions for the transformation of the energy system are jointly being developed by science, industry and civil society. The Kopernikus project "Power-to-X - Flexible Use of Renewable Resources" is developing technologies that convert electricity from renewable sources into chemical energy carriers and energyrich chemical products. This will allow the harnessing of renewable energy in the form of tailor-made automotive fuels or in high added-value chemical products. Within the framework of Kopernikus P2X, scientists of IEK-9 cooperate among others with the following working groups and industrial companies:

  • Prof. Christian Elsässer, Fraunhofer IWM
  • Dr. Günther Schmid, SIEMENS
  • Dr. Rainer Weber, COVESTRO

JARA Energy

The Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance (JARA) is the strategic alliance of university and non-university research between RWTH Aachen and For-schungszentrum 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 following groups:

  • Prof. Dirk Uwe Sauer, ISEA
  • Prof. Joachim Maier
  • Prof. Ulrich Simon, IAC
  • Prof. Bernhard Blümich, Prof. Walter Leitner, Prof. Regina Palkovits, ITMC
  • Prof. Matthias Wessling, AVT
  • Prof. Stefan Pischinger, VKA

JARA Energy


The Cluster of Excellence “Tailor-made Fuels from Biomass” (TMFB) develops new alternative fuels from biomass which will not be competing with the food chain. The vision of the cluster of excellence is to develop 3rd generation of biofuels, that are tailor-made for novel low-temperature combustion engine processes with high efficiency and low pollutant emissions.



The project “Power-to-Fuel” (P2F) is part of the Zukunftskonzept of the German excellence initiative (DFG). Its vision is the establishment of a competence center for the research field "power-to-Fuel". A central challenge of P2F is the conversion of renewable electricity into the energy of chemical bonds. On long-term view, the intention is to achieve the directly electro catalytic reduction of CO2, which requires fundamental research.



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 energy applications. EMIRI brings together research, industry 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. Jürgen Garche, Dr. Margret Wohlfahrt-Mehrens, Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW)
  • Prof. Frank Endres, Technische Universität Clausthal
  • Dr. Jean-François Drillet, DECHEMA-Forschungsinstitut

Selection of the most important European cooperations:

  • Prof. Laurence Croguennec, Institut de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Bordeaux CNRS
  • Prof. Christian Masquelier, Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides
  • Dr. Florence Lefebvre-Joud (LITEN), Dr. Gérard Bidan (INAC), Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA)
  • Prof. Anke Hagen, Prof. Tejs Vegge, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)
  • Prof. Dragan Damjanovic, Ecole Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Selection of most important international cooperations:

  • Prof. Yair Ein-Eli, Israel Institute of Technology (Technion)
  • Prof. Alan Luntz (UC Stanford), Prof. Brian McCloskey (UC Berkeley)
  • Prof. Lu Li, National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Prof. Wook Jo, Ulsan Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)
  • Prof. Andreas Rüdiger, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)
  • Dr. Nina Wiesinger (geb. Balke), Oak Ridge National Institute (ORNL)
  • Prof. Zhaoxiang Wang, Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)