The proposed structure is based on the recognition that materials, apparatus and processes that can contribute to innovations for a sustainable and infrastructure-compatible hydrogen economy must be further developed on very different length and time scales. These range from the extremely fast processes on catalytic interfaces to the system stability of a plant network over years. By structuring the institute into separate work areas with a scientific focus on the nanoscale, mesoscale, reactor scale and system scale, specific research methods for the respective issues are bundled to enable the most efficient acquisition of knowledge. The findings from the respective scales flow together via a professional research data management system to form an overarching overall understanding that promises unique, linking insights.
The following is a description of possible research foci of the institute areas from the establishment proposal "Helmholtz Cluster for Sustainable and Infrastructure-Compatible Hydrogen Economy."
Focus of our research
In area 1 "Nanoscale" of INW, the focus is on the elementary processes on the catalyst surface during the hydrogenation and dehydrogenation of hydrogen storage molecules. In addition to the highest possible productivity and efficiency, the main aim here is to maximize selectivity in the storage cycle in order to avoid hydrogen losses and degradation of the storage molecules and to further reduce the costs of hydrogen storage.