Researching Means Posing Questions
In order to make a vital contribution towards solving the problems of our time and in our society, we focus on answering the following three questions:
- How can resources and energy be utilized in an efficient, safe, and sustainable way?
- How can malignant tumors be more precisely visualized, characterized, and more effectively treated?
- How do matter and materials behave under the influence of strong fields and in smallest dimensions?
In cooperation with other Helmholtz centers, universities, and research institutions from around the globe, we are committed to answering these questions and providing excellence in research in the sectors Energy, Health and Matter.
Research Field Energy
In the Research Field Energy Helmholtz scientists are seeking to safeguard and assure both energy supplies and resources over the long term in a sustainable manner in order to find economically and ecologically viable solutions for these challenges. The research conducted at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf focuses on the one hand on the energy efficent use of raw materials and the permanent disposal of nuclear waste. On the other hand HZDR scientists also develop new cost-efficient batteries to store large amounts of energy and explore new approaches to save energy and ressources in industrial processes.
Research Field Health
The participating Helmholtz centers in the Research Field Health explore causes and development of widespread diseases. Cancer is one of these often complex diseases for which they develop new strategies for early detection, diagnosis and treatment. At HZDR our scientists focus on the design and manufacturing of radiopharmaceuticals. These substances accumulate in specific tissue structures and thus help to better understand and treat the cancer with imaging techniques. In addition, scientists at HZDR also investigate new laser-accelerator technologies for the treatment of tumors with proton beams and ways to monitor those beams precisely. In recent years the cancer research in Dresden relies increasingly on new cooperation models between academic medicine and research centers, such as the HZDR and the DKFZ in Heidelberg.
Research Field Matter
In the Helmholtz Research Field Matter, for example, materials are examined under extreme conditions – such as very high magnetic fields and very low temperatures – in order to improve conventional materials and to develop new ones. A particular strength of Helmholtz research comes into play specifically in this research sector: The operation and use of large-scale facilities for research.