The HI MS
The Helmholtz Institute Münster (HI MS) with the official designation “Ionics in Energy Storage” (IEK-12) was founded by the German research centre Forschungszentrum Jülich, the University of Münster (WWU), and RWTH Aachen University in 2014. It is a sub-institute of the Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK) at Forschungszentrum Jülich. The international and interdisciplinary team of HI MS explores new battery technologies based on innovative electrolytes.
As the lifeblood of every battery cell, the electrolyte ensures that all components work effectively together. Thereby, HI MS makes a significant contribution to the success of mobility and energy transition. When researching and developing innovative battery cell technologies, scientists at HI MS also ask the key question: how can we ensure the cost-effective and long-term storage of large quantities of generated electricity using a small amount of space.
The priority areas of research are the five classes of electrolytes: solid anionic electrolytes, solid cationic electrolytes, polymer electrolytes, liquid electrolytes, and hybrid electrolytes. HI MS’ existing expertise and infrastructure covers a broad spectrum of the theory, chemistry, and technology behind electrolytes, battery cells, and battery systems.
Since 2015, HI MS is receiving its base funding from the programme-oriented funding scheme of Helmholtz Association, 10 % of which is provided by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and 90 % by the German Federal Government.
The architect office Gerber Architekten in Dortmund is planning a new building for HI MS for 2023. It will be built next to the building of MEET Battery Research Center (University of Münster) at Corrensstraße in Münster.
Interview with Prof. Dr. Egbert Figgemeier