Electricity from windowpanes sounds like science fiction at first, but it is an application that is possible with organic solar cells. To better understand the active layer of organic solar cells, a team of scientists from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) studied the dynamic behaviour of the active layer at MLZ. [more]

If a component is to be tight and robust, it should be welded. Simulations determine the properties of the weld in advance. To optimize the simulated calculation models for the French electricity company Électricité de France (EDF), a team of researchers at MLZ measured stress in a component after welding. [more]

In our smartphones, our computers and in our electric cars: We use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries everywhere. But their capacity drops after a while. Now a German-American research team has investigated the structure and functionality of these batteries using neutron diffraction: They discovered that the electrolyte fluid's decomposition... [more]

MLZ instrument scientist Dr. Thomas Keller received the most votes in the election for the 12th Committee Research with Neutrons (KFN). In December 2020, the outgoing chairmen Dr. Astrid Schneidewind and Prof. Dr. Markus Braden passed the baton to the new KFN members. [more]

Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a new cell design for lithium-ion batteries for material characterization. The “battery with windows” makes it possible, using neutron scattering, to measure the lithium concentration within an electrode as a function of depth during charging and discharging. The new technique can... [more]

A fire in an office building section of the Neutron Guide Hall East, on the premises of the Research Neutron Source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) in Garching was reported early on Sunday morning (31.01.21 at 5:44 am). [more]

Since January, Prof. Dr. Martin Müller has been the new director at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ), succeeding Prof. Dr. Stephan Förster in the role. A materials physicist, he now represents the Helmholtz partners Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) in the Scientific Directorate of the MLZ. By rotation,... [more]

When the charity organisation NAVIS e.V. called for a donation for a newly established fire department in Hungary, the management of the FRM II research neutron source was eager to help by donating 16 firefighting outfits for this cause. [more]

Presentations, intensive exchange and stimulating discussions made up the 10th Serpent User Group Meeting. 174 participants from 28 countries came together virtually at MLZ to exchange information about the "Serpent" software used for modelling the neutron physics and behaviour of nuclear reactors. [more]

The Research Neutron Source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) now classifies the reportable event "Annual licensed value for the discharge of the nuclide C-14 exceeded" of May 14, 2020 into level 1 of the INES scale. [more]