News & Events
Batteries of the future: Project on „Circular economy“
How must design processes for new batteries be organized to ensure that all their materials can be reused in a “circular economy”? A new project at ITAS in cooperation with POLIS and CELEST is looking…
7 new research projects
The POLiS board is funding seven projects from its reserves with a total volume of around 1,000,000 euros, which complement the cluster's current research program. Out of 13 applications, those…
Women in Battery Research
On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, five of our female researchers from different disciplines came together to talk about their experiences during their studies…
Prof. Streb receives ERC Consolidator Grant
Precisely fitting materials could significantly accelerate the development of powerful batteries, high-precision sensors or innovative information technologies. Until now, however, such customized…
Margret Wohlfahrt-Mehrens receives battery award
Dr. Margret Wohlfahrt-Mehrens has been awarded one of the most prestigious international battery prizes. The International Battery Materials Association (IBA) honored her with the Technology Award…
POLiS honors two female researchers
POLiS is proud to announce for the first time, the awardees for the Equal Opportunity Award of the Cluster. Due to COVID-19 situation, the board of POLiS and a selection committee has selected two…
New Associate Members
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Krewer and Dr. Matthias May were accepted as associated members of the cluster. From 2022, they will be included in the cluster's research program. Ulrike Krewer conducts…
Electric Car Ride with a Battery Researcher
Professor Helge Stein takes us along in his electric vehicle and explains the processes in the car from the perspective of a battery researcher. What is happening to the battery of an electric car…
New POLiS server for research data
At the Institute for Applied Materials - Computational Materials Science (IAM-CMS) at KIT, a new server for the Cluster of Excellence was put into operation. In the final stage of expansion, it will…
Dr. Anjass receives Südwestmetall sponsorship award
Dr. Montaha Anjass, an associate fellow of POLiS, is one of eight young scientists from Baden-Württemberg to receive the €5,000 sponsorship award from the Südwestmetall employers' association. Anjass…
New Equal Opportunities Committee
The newly established Equal Opportunity Committee met for the first time in early October. 16 members of the POLiS Cluster at different career levels along with the Equal Opportunity Representatives…
Maximilian Fichtner on 3sat
In the show Scobel on the tv channel 3sat, POLiS spokesperson Maximilian Fichtner discussed the storage of electricity from renewable energies and dispelled some myths about electric car batteries.
4th International Symposium on Magnesium Batteries (MagBatt IV)
September 6 to 8, 2022 in Ulm, Germany
The 4th International Symposium on Magnesium Batteries (MagBatt IV) will take place from September 6 to 8, 2022 in Ulm, Germany. As always we will welcome some of the world's top battery speakers. This time we extend the program with calcium, zinc and aluminum batteries. The aim of the conference is to present and discuss the recent state-of-the-art and the progress in the post-lithium field.
Short Course and Thin Film Technology Forum 2022
13th Short Course on Coating and Drying of Thin Films and 6th Thin Film Technology Forum will take place from May 9th to May 13th 2022 as a virtual event
The short course Coating and Drying of Thin Films addresses engineers, scientists and technicians working in the areas of coatings, functional films, direct printing, inkjet printing, sensors, adhesives, paints, automotive coatings, patches, optical foils, tapes, diagnostics, membranes, printed electronics, fuel cells and battery coatings, who intend to get insight into more
fundamental aspects with industrial applications or to deepen their expertise. Leading national and international scientists
and experts from academia and industry will report on topics of coating technologies, rheology, preparation of coating fluids
and about fundamentals and industrial aspects of drying technology. Coating and printing processes and drying technology
are explained interactively by easily accessible examples and in a practical workshop in the TFT Coating and Printing Lab instructed (virtually) by TFT staff members (see photos below). The 6th Thin Film Technology Forum will take place on the last
two days, where renowned scientists will present and discuss new trends in industry and academia with a focus on advances in processing of functional films, electrodes for battery, fuel cell and electrolyzer applications.
The Short Course and the TFT Forum provide a platform for scientific and technical exchange with advanced learning.
Materials and Energy ‐ New Directions for the “Energiewende” - 773. WE-Heraeus-Seminar
23 Oct - 27 Oct 2022
Where: Physikzentrum Bad Honnef
Scientific organizers: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Janek, U Gießen, Germany • Prof. Dr. Christof Schulz, U Duisburg‐Essen, Germany
“Energy” and “Materials” have an overarching importance for the future development of our society. They are coupled in multiple ways ranging from fundamental science to real-world applications. Analyzing their intricate relationship as energy–materials nexus, however, is a new approach. On the fundamental physics side, the control of quantum processes in real time under non-equilibrium conditions will have practical implications for bringing the understanding and discovery of materials and the development of process design concepts to the next level. In the field of materials science, novel functional materials for energy conversion and storage and their processing towards usable devices (batteries, water splitting, fuel cells, catalysis) aims at efficient pathways for energy conversion and storage. This field benefits from a combination of fundamental understanding as well as combinatorial materials discovery and informatics to find new materials that combine application-related efficacy with availability on the level of raw materials.
Sustainability aspects require considering the entire chain of synthesis, processing, and application and thus finding optimum solutions through techno-economical multi-criteria analysis. In this context, novel energy- and resource-efficient materials processes are highly relevant for industry such as steel manufacturing, smelting, chemical industries as well as for the targeted production of high-performance materials by reduction of the number of processing steps, e.g., through additive manufacturing, and recycling. Novel high-performance materials, finally, play an enabling role for the engineering of energy-efficient technologies, such as through lightweight high-strength materials for mobility and civil engineering, high-temperature materials for turbine blades, and corrosion-resistant materials for operation under extreme conditions.
This WE-Heraeus Seminar aims at connecting “Energy” and “Materials” in a new way and steering thinking and research in new directions.
The conference language will be English. The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation bears the cost of full-board accommodation for all participants.
ModVal18 - 18th Symposium on Modeling and Experimental Validation of Electrochemical Energy Technologies
March 14-16, 2022, Schloss Hohenkammer, GERMANY
ModVal18 is the 18th event of an international symposium on Modeling and Experimental Validation on fuel cells and batteries. Initiated in 2004, the symposium aims to connect researchers in academia and industry as well as theorists and experimentalists. Taking place every year in March, the venue alternates between Germany and Switzerland and is always hosted by an academic institution. This time it is organized by the DLR-Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics situated in Stuttgart.
GOAL & FOCUS
Focus of the symposium is to present and discuss the latest research, the advances made in modeling, as well as in experimental work for model validation for fuel cells, batteries and electrolysis.
Over 100 attendees will be expected and will have the opportunity to extend their networking promoting new research collaborations.
Workshop: Emerging Technologies – From Research To Manufacturing
Technology - Update and Networking
April 4th, 2022 at 9 am
Deadline Registration: March 13th
The Cluster of Excellence POLiS offers its researchers a platform to transfer their developments into the industry. At the same time, POLiS benefits from the expertise of their industry partners to perform application-oriented research. The workshop „Emerging Technologies - From Research to Manufacturing“ features presentations from lead industry in the field of batteries fabrication and matching presentations from POLiS research on the latest results. The event offers mutual and intimate exchange of hot topics and fresh ideas in the field of next generation batteries, with plenty of space for meetings and open discussions.
Short Course and Thin Film Technology Forum 2021
12th Short Course on Coating and Drying of Thin Films and 5th Thin Film Technology Forum will take place from June 21th to June 25th 2021 in Karlsruhe
The Short Course Coating and Drying of Thin Films addresses engineers, scientists and technicians working in the areas of coatings, functional films, direct printing, sensors, adhesives & tapes, battery coating, paints & automotive coatings, medical patches & diagnostics, optical foils, membrane processing, printed electronics, fuel cells and smart coatings, who intend to get insight into more fundamental aspects with industrial applications or to deepen their expertise. Leading national and international scientists and experts from academia and industry will report on topics of coating technologies, rheology, preparation of coating fluids and about fundamentals and industrial aspects of drying technology.
Within the scope of the short course, coating processes and drying technology are explained interactively by easily accessible examples, both in lectures as well as in a practical Workshop instructed by TFT staff members.
5th Thin Film Technology Forum, renowned scientists will present and discuss recent research results and new trends in industry and academia with a focus on Advances in Printing, Batteries, Smart Processes & Coatings
Exhibition "Akku Alle?! - Electric mobility and energy storage"
Exhibition Akku Alle?!
4 June - 14 July 2021
The exhibition "Akku Alle?! - Electromobility and Energy Storage" shows the complete spectrum of battery research in Ulm. In addition to a "blackout" simulation for Ulm in 2028, which simulates a six-day power outage in the Danube-Illertal, the exhibition will feature outstanding exhibits from all the scientific institutes involved. This includes DLR's hydrogen aircraft Hy4.
Post-Lithium Research: Women in Focus
Date: 27th - 28th of July 2021
The aim of this international virtual workshop is to highlight the role of women in state-of-the-art Post-Li energy storage research. The workshop will cover various topics from fundamental material and electrolyte research to advanced characterization and applications. Although significant progress in „bridging the gap” can be observed in recent years, female students and researchers in STEM subjects are still underrepresented. This workshop will bring together leading female scientists in Post-Li energy storage.
Symposium KIT Future Fields - Design for circular economy
Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Kölch, EVA Fahrzeugtechnik
25.02.2021, 15:30 - 17:00
Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Kölch did his doctorate at the Technical University of Munich on exhaust gas scrubbing of diesel engines powered by plant oil. As a post doctorate he studied the durability of PEM fuel cells at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) in Ulm. He has worked at EVA Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH for more than 16 years in various fields such as powertrain pre-development of alternative fuels, hydrogen/electric mobility infrastructure issues, upstream chain considerations, charging issues and the second life of used electric vehicle batteries.
Along with his work at EVA Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH, Dr. Kölch is also an associate lecturer at the Ingolstadt Technical University for the subjects “Electric mobility and alternative drive concepts in the automotive industry” and “Political and social trends in the field of mobility.”
3rd International Symposium on Magnesium Batteries
3rd International Symposium on Magnesium Batteries
8 and 9 September 2020
The 3rd International Symposium on Magnesium Batteries will take place on September 8 and 9, 2020 as a web conference. It is the aim of the symposium to present and discuss the recent state-of-the art and the progress in the field. On the second day the largest European project on Mg batteries, the 'E-MAGIC' project (see also http://www.e-magic.eu/ ), will present its results.
StorageX International Symposium - From academic breakthroughs to technological impact
Stanford Energy’s StorageX Initiative brings together Stanford faculty from materials science to computer science to economics to tackle the dominant challenges in energy storage. By addressing gaps between academic and industrial R&D, StorageX aims to accelerate the development and implementation of revolutionary energy storage technologies and concepts.
StorageX International Symposium
This week's StorageX International Symposium will feature Prof. Jürgen Janek of the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, and BELLA, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, speaking on "Solid State Batteries and their Challenges;"
and Prof. Linda Nazar, University of Waterloo, presenting "Design 'Rules' for Solid State Electrolytes in Solid State Batteries."
Friday, June 5, at 4 pm German time.
Registration is free and open to the public.
Battery 2030+ - European Perspectives on Batteries of the Future
The Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage Ulm-Karlsruhe (CELEST) hosted a web-based scientific conference on May 25-26, 2020 to discuss perspectives for future batteries in Europe. The conference was a display of research performed in Europe in relation to the newly launched BATTERY 2030+ roadmap. Its purpose was to start the scientific discussions within the BATTERY 2030+ community as a foundation for our next phase as a large-scale research initiative.