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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First German factory for battery electrolyte - Dr. Beltrop (E-Lyte) & Dr. Hofmann (KIT)

September 18th, 2023 It is the best-protected material recipe for a #battery: the #electrolyte. Consisting of solvents, conductive salts and additives, it enables ion mobility between the positive and negative poles within a battery. Without ... Learn more

BEV trucks vs. Hydrogen trucks - Dr. Jürgen Wagner (MAN)

August 20th, 2023 Dr. Jürgen Wagner (Vice President MAN Truck & Bus SE) explains his company's electrification strategy. In fact, the Munich-based company is pursuing a three-pronged approach: The manufacturer of commercial vehicles and truc... Learn more

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