The ER-C operates high-performance electron microscopes that provide unique insight into the world of atoms. The core topics of the ER-C comprise the methodological development of high-resolution electron microscopy and spectroscopy techniques and their applications to the areas of materials research and nanotechnology, as well as to soft matter and structural biology research. As a national user facility operated jointly with RWTH Aachen University, it also provides state-of-the-art instruments, methods and expertise to researchers from science and industry.
The Ernst Ruska-Centre (ER-C)
The interplay of individual atoms determines the properties of materials and components. High-resolution electron microscopy and spectroscopy offers the opportunity to decode material structures and properties in a detailed manner and is therefore a key to innovation. The Ernst Ruska-Centre (ER-C) for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons constitutes a further development of these imaging techniques.
The Ernst Ruska-Centre works closely with partners from academia and industry on scientific projects, as well as on the testing and development of methods and equipment.
The ER-C is a key part of the European landscape of infrastructures for the characterization of materials using advanced techniques and instrumentation.
The ER-C comprises three scientific divisions (ER-C-1, ER-C-2 and ER-C-3 ) plus three departments (Electron SimLab, Instrument Technology & Projects and Support) plus a Science Office.