Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II)



Transport and storage cask for fuel elements approved

The Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management (BfE) granted the transport approval certificate for the transport and storage cask CASTOR® MTR3 on 17 January 2019. The cask has been specifically designed by GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service mbH for spent fuel elements from research reactors. The cask will initially be used for...[more]


Research at high pressure reveals details on phase transition

Unlike ice and other inorganic substances, most polymers do not show sharp phase transitions. Instead of melting at a well defined temperature, they gradually soften without significantly changing their microscopic structure. Yet some so-called thermoresponsive polymers show a drastic and discontinuous phase transition with rapid structural...[more]


Materials research: Oxide ceramics with reversible properties

A new approach to achieving targeted and at the same time reversible material design using oxygen has now been presented by scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich. The ceramic material they examined at the MLZ-instrument MARIA is able to absorb, store and release oxygen, in the same manner as a sponge does with water.[more]