Main Subject Areas
Our research activities form part of the research programme of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, of which Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht is a member.
Regenerative Medicine: With the help of innovative biomaterials for medical applications, researchers develop active implants for use in minimally invasive surgery and intelligent drug-delivery systems for the pharmaceutical industry. In collaboration with Berlin’s Charité Hospital, our scientists also run the Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies (BCRT).
Lightweight Construction in Traffic and Energy Technology and Advanced Engineering Materials: The use of new materials and welding techniques make cars and aircraft lighter, thus reducing their energy consumption. The Magnesium Innovations Center (MagIC) concentrates a unique wealth of expertise with regard to magnesium technology. At the same time, researchers are also looking at the use of specially developed membranes for zero-emissions power plants.
Earth and Environment
Research vessel of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht: Ludwig Prandtl
Marine, Coastal and Polar Research: Coastal researchers investigate the impact of global climate change on the regional level, particularly in northern Germany and the Baltic. They employ modern monitoring methods in coastal areas for this purpose and also enhance these on a continuous basis. Onboard the Ludwig Prandtl and the MS Storch, our researchers conduct on-the-spot surveys of water quality and the structure of the seabed.
Structure of Matter
Beamline at DESY in Hamburg
Major Facilities for Research with Photons, Neutrons and Ions: Using synchrotron radiation and neutron flux, scientists are able to investigate materials and biological systems in a non-destructive manner and generate high-quality 3D images.