Research at HIU


Research Areas

In order to underpin the HIU's claim to develop batteries for the future and to align research with this goal, the scientists at the HIU work in five research areas. In this way, the research groups efficiently bundle their competencies in each of the five fields. Above all, the interdisciplinary nature of research brings the HIU a significant step closer to the goal of developing safer, more cost-effective, more sustainable and more powerful batteries.

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Research groups

Here you will find all active research groups at the HIU along the research areas of electrochemistry, materials, theory, systems and methods. The HIU is also home to two junior research groups.

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Research Topics

Scientific News from Helmholtz Institute Ulm: At this point, from time to time scientists provide insights into their research.
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Prof. Fichtner & Dr. Bresser - Sodium-Ion Batteries

May 7th, 2023 Sodium-ion batteries have been overshadowed by lithium-ion batteries for decades, but there is a thousand times more sodium in the earth's crust than lithium. And now battery chemistry has evolved to the point where sodium-ion b... Learn more

Prof. Fichtner - CATL "Condensed Battery"

April 26th, 2023 Have the European battery producers completely lost touch? Chinese battery manufacturers are celebrating new product successes everywhere: The first sodium batteries (BYD, CATL, 2021) are being produced in Asia, high-performa... Learn more

Prof. Stein - Pulsed charging in battery formation process

April 23rd, 2023 Traditionally, fresh battery cells are carefully charged for up to 24 hours immediately after production. This "formation process" is cost-intensive, time-consuming and usually takes a long time. A group of battery researcher... Learn more

Self-healing Batteries - Prof. Binder & Dr. Marinow

April 16th, 2023 Wolfgang Binder & Anja Marinow from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg are developing self-healing battery materials using nanostructured polymer materials. These are composites that consist of repeating units (mon... Learn more

Supercapacitors - Dr. Pohlmann & Dr. Fleischmann

April 12th, 2023 This podcast is dedicated to an energy storage device that is often underestimated in materials science: the ultracapacitor. This is installed, for example, for regenerative braking in vehicles such as buses, trains, cranes a... Learn more