The Helmholtz Research Program "From Matter to Materials and Life" (MML) at KIT

Synchrotron Radiation for Materials Research and Life Sciences

The Helmholtz research programme “From Matter to Materials and Life” (MML) develops and utilises large-scale science research facilities and infrastructures to investigate the properties and behaviour of matter and materials under conditions that are not accessible with conventional laboratory technology. Key issues within the programme are the characterisation of matter under extreme and non-equilibrium conditions, dynamic processes in materials over all relevant time and length scales, the investigation of complex, functional materials for novel technological applications, and the understanding of the interrelationship between biological structure and function in the life sciences.

The Helmholtz program MML∂KIT addresses two main goals:
  • Development of cutting-edge characterization approaches using synchrotron radiation
  • High-throughput, in vacuo, in situ, in vivo, operando concepts at large-scale photon facilities as enabling technologies for KIT and strategic partners

for applications in two primary research fields:

Materials Research: Real-world materials and processes for:
  • Energy conversion (photovoltaic cells, solar hydrogen, catalysts, batteries, …)
  • Information technologies (growth of thin films & nanostructures, damage in electronic materials, …)
  • Transport (bi-axial load path changes and fracture in alloy sheets, injection nozzles, …)
Imaging Technologies for Life Sciences:
Selected examples form current research

High-throughput µCT studies of  morphological adaptation in insects, in relation to evolutionary success and organism diversity 

Soft X-ray spectroscopy and photoelectron spectroscopy of buffer-layers in Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 thin-films for improved efficiency of CIS-based solar cells

In situ X-ray scattering characterisation of PLD-grown electrode substrates for novel multiferroic materials