Institute of Materials Research

Materials Technology

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A solid state hydrogen storage tank of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht.

The division Materials Technology works on selected applications of hydrogen and of nano technology. It works interdisciplinary and across department boarders in close coordination with other research activities at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, with other Helmholtz centres and with universities as the Helmut-Schmidt University, Hamburg, the Hamburg University of Technology, and the University of Hamburg.
For the future hydrogen economy the cost-effective production of hydrogen and its energy efficient and cost saving storage at the lowest possible pressures, moderate temperatures and high capacity are essential prerequisites. To meet challenges of characterization of novel materials with X-ray and neutron diffraction techniques, highly reflective optics are needed that are based on specific nanostructured coatings. Modern lightweight materials such as magnesium must be protected by coatings against corrosion.

Research Topics

The division Materials Technology focuses its activities on the following topics:

Nanostructured semiconductor surfaces for photoelectrochemical production of hydrogen by sun light (Dept. Sustainable Energy Technology) Nanocrystalline light metal hydrides and hydride composites for solid state hydrogen storage: Development, optimisation, scale-up of materials production and evaluation of novel hydrogen storage materials, hydrogen storage tank design and test (Dept. Nanotechnology) Deposition of nanostructured thin layers for corrosion protection and for X-ray and neutron optics (Dept. Nanotechnology)