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GEMS is involved in many networks and collaborations. Strong links exist to regional universities, both through joint appointments with the universities of Hamburg, Christian Albrechts University (CAU) Kiel and the TU Clausthal, as well as through joint third party projects. Some important projects are listed in the following:

Baltic TRAM

The key aim of BALTIC TRAM is to link Research Infrastructures (RI) at research centres and universities with industrial enterprises in the Baltic Sea region. As part of “Baltic TRAM”, national hubs are due to be set up in Sweden, Germany and Poland over the next three years. These hubs will serve as a network offering RI measurement and other services using neutron or synchroton radiation to industrial customers, locally and also by international exchange. An international network for industrial research will be set up. One university per country will coordinate the research and measuring orders by the industrial users. If measurements cannot be carried out locally, they will be forwarded into the international network. The organizational structures to be developed for this purpose will be tested in pilot activities before being expanded step by step.

The Baltic TRAM project is one of several activities of the ScienceLink network, which is a cooperative venture involving leading universities, research centres and regional development partners in the Baltic Sea region, whose aim is to turn scientific findings into innovations more swiftly. Through Baltic TRAM and ScienceLink, the consortium strives to help set up cooperative research ventures with the industry in the Baltic Sea region which can benefit both sides. BALTIC TRAM is in part a continuation of the successful Science Link project co-funded by the INTERREG IVb program during 2011 to 2014. more


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In the frame of the Design Update Project for the European Spallation Source (ESS) funded by BMBF novel neutron instrumentation concepts are developed by the HGF-centres FZJ, HZG, HZB and by TUM. HZG and partners from the Czech Republic successfully submitted a proposal for a common engineering diffractometer (Beamline for European materials Engineering Research, BEER) at the ESS. HZG is also involved in concepts for reflectometry, 3He-free neutron detectors, ESS-specific sample environment and the High Data Rate Initiative (HDRI) communication platform. more


In the frame of the German-Russian Collaboration „Ioffe-Röntgen-Institut“ HZG applied successfully for the German-Russian project „PIK-GGBase“ together with Russian partners of PNPI NRC KI (Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute of National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute“) in Gatchina. This project includes amongst others the adaption and further development/optimisation of the former FRG-1 instruments which were transfered from HZG to PNPI to the needs of PIK reactor. Furthermofe, a trainig program for Russian Ph.D. students is developed with the aim to educate instrument responsibles for the instruments. more

Science Link

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Science Link is a network between leading research facilities of photon and neutron sources and its users. The project aims at supporting and encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship in the Baltic Sea Region. Apart from the research facilities, the network also includes scientific institutes, universities and regional organisations that serve as service and promoting units. Science Link involves 17 partners from 8 countries and was part-financed by the European Union (Baltic Sea Region Programme) during the project period 2012 to 2014.

SINE 2020

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Today’s society is being transformed by new materials and processes. Analytical techniques underpin their development and neutrons, with their unique properties, play a pivotal role in a multi-disciplinary, knowledge-based approach. Industry and the neutron research community must however work together more closely to enhance their innovation potential. Neutrons are only available at large scale facilities (LSF’s), presenting specific challenges for outreach. National and European initiatives have combined to create a user community of almost 10000, mainly academia-based users, which is supported by an ecosystem of about 10, often world-class national facilities and the European facility, the Institute Laue Langevin. Europe leads neutron science and is investing almost 2B€ in the European Spallation Source (ESS), its construction, like Horizon 2020, spanning the period 2014-2020. SINE2020 is therefore a project with two objectives: preparing Europe for the unique opportunities at ESS in 2020 and developing the innovation potential of neutron LSF’s. Common services underpin the European research area for neutrons. New and improved services will be developed in SINE2020, by the LSF’s and partners in 13 countries, in a holistic approach including outreach, samples, instrumentation and software. These services are the key to integrating ESS in the European neutron ecosystem, ensuring scientific success from day one. They are also the basis for facilitating direct use of neutron LSF’s by industry. Particular emphasis is placed on the industry consultancy, which will reach out to industry and develop a business model for direct, industry use of LSF’s in 2020, and data treatment, exploiting a game-changing opportunity at LSF’s to adopt a common software approach in the production of scientific results. HZG leads the work package entitled “Industry Consultancy”. more

SFB 986

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The goal of the DFG funded Collaborative Research Centres project SFB 986 „Tailor-Made Multi-Scale Materials Systems– M³“ is to manufacture and characterize novel multiscale material systems. The project is a collaboration between the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, the University of Hamburg, and HZG. In a central project of the SFB, GEMS is involved in providing sophisticated characterization methods at synchrotron and neutron sources to the project partners. more


As a member of the Helmholtz Virtual Institute “New X-ray analytic methods in material science”, VI-NXMM, HZG participates in the development, commissioning and applications of new X-ray lenses and of phase-contrast tomography techniques. more

Detector Technology and Systems Platform

In the frame of the Helmholtz portfolio process, the Portfolio project “Detector technology and systems platform“ advanced technologies are developed for the construction of highly integrated detectors of photons, neutrons and charged particles, to optimise the transmission and evaluation of data and to design and build new detector prototypes. To achieve these goals the co-operation between Helmholtz research institutions (DESY, FZJ, GSI, HZB, HZDR and KIT (coordinator)), the two Helmholtz Institutes in Jena and Mainz, more than 10 university groups and other associated research centres is strengthen within this project. The HZG MML contributions are e.g. in the fields "Fastes data processing“ and "Image reconstruction“. more

Energy Storage Initiative

In the frame of the Helmholtz initiative for mobile/stationary energy storage systems (Energiespeicherinitiative), HZG is involved in the development of new energy storage materials. The focus of the MML activities is the structural characterisation of the storage materials as well as high energy tomography investigations at the new PETRA III beamlines. more


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The collaboration between the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the Helmholtz Centres FZJ and HZG at the FRM II is organised in the frame of the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) founded in 2012. TUM and the Helmholtz Centres are running together 30 first-class neutron instruments at the FRM II. The expertise of the partners involved is combined in six scientific groups. Joint professorships are also planned. more

Technology and Medicine

In the Portfolio project "Technology and Medicine - in vivo multimodal imaging of polymeric biomaterials" the competences of the participating Helmholtz centres HZG (coordinator), FZJ, GSI, HZB, HZDR and KIT (Research Area Key Technologies in cooperation with the Research Areas Health and Structure of Matter) and of the associated partner universities (Freie Universität Berlin, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, RWTH Aachen) is bundled in order to clarify the in vivo behaviour of polymeric biomaterial systems. The HZG contribution to this project is micro- and nanotomography. more