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Projects for the Future: Research for the World of Tomorrow

As a member of the Helmholtz Association, the HZDR operates large-scale research facilities which are also available to guests from Germany and abroad wishing to conduct experiments. Part of the large-scale scientific equipment permits new insights into the behavior of matter under extreme conditions; that is, under extremely high temperatures, pressures, and electromagnetic fields as well as intense radiation. This core subject combines the HZDR’s in-house materials science research with the focal points cancer research and energy research; thus, permitting comprehensive research results in an interdisciplinary approach which help solve scientifically and socially relevant problems.

In order to prepare the Helmholtz center in Dresden even better for the future several large-scale projects are in progress. This creates unique research opportunities for scientists from around the globe. What is more, the new CASUS research institute in Saxony aims to create digital, dynamic "worldviews" of complex systems.

DRESDYN Laboratory at the HZDR


The objective of the DRESDYN project is the creation of a European platform for dynamo experiments and thermohydraulic studies with fluid sodium – the world’s first precession dynamo. With this facility it will be possible to simulate more realistically, for example, the evolution of cosmic magnetic fields than it has been possible so far. In addition, the experiments will allow detailed insights into metal melts to develop new liquid metal batteries for energy storage or to explore the use of liquid metals in high-temperature processes such as solar power plants.

Link to the article "Geodynamo, star formation ..." in the HZDR magazine 02/2016

Contact: Dr. Gunter Gerbeth

Accelerator tunnel at the European XFEL

HIBEF – Helmholtz International Beamline for Extreme Fields

Coordinated by the HZDR, a new experimental facility was built at European XFEL in Hamburg: the Helmholtz International Beamline for Extreme Fields (HIBEF). It is a key addition to the High-Energy Density Science Instrument (HED) there. By coupling laser light with X-rays and high magnetic fields our laboratory will allow for research under extreme conditions, thus providing a deeper insight into the structure of materials and in very fast natural processes. The results could be used to improve models of planet formation or build the foundation for innovation in materials and accelerator research. HIBEF is part of the "Helmholtz International Beamlines" (HIB), which are funded with a total of almost 30 million euros.

Link to the article "X-ray unleashed" in the HZDR magazine 02/2016

Contact: PD Dr. Toma Toncian

CASUS - ein neues Zentrum für die interdisziplinäre Systemforschung (Foto: HZDR)

CASUS – Center for Advanced Systems Understanding

The CASUS research institute in Saxony is to become the center for digital interdisciplinary systems research in Germany. It aims to create digital, dynamic "worldviews" of complex systems that combine large amounts of data about these systems with novel methods of modelling such systems in order to create a digital image of complex reality based on systems and their interactions and thus be able to make predictions. CASUS is set up as an institute of the HZDR together with the partners Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden University of Technology and the University of Wrocław. Funding is initially secured until 2038.

Contact: Dr. Michael Bussmann

PENELOPE laser at the ELBE center

ELBE Center for High Power Radiation Sources

With the expansion of the Radiation Source ELBE, a center for high power radiation sources was built between 2009 and 2014. The new constructions are home to a narrow and a broadband terahertz source and to experiments for coupling the high performance laser with the ELBE electron beam. Still under construction is the new petawatt laser system PENELOPE.

Contact: Prof. Thomas Cowan, Prof. Ulrich Schramm, Prof. Peter Michel

Center for Radiopharmaceutical Tumor Research

Center for Radiopharmaceutical Cancer Research

The Institute of Radiopharmaceutical Cancer Research has been successfully working on the development and testing of radiopharmaceuticals for many years, mainly for the diagnosis of cancer. To consider also new questions, in particular such concerning cancer therapy, the institute's infrastructure is going to be modernized and expanded. In the new building will be room for new laboratories, cleanrooms, and a new cyclotron as well as an area for the small animals' imaging. The building was completed 2017/18.

Link to the article "The daily race against time" in the HZDR magazine 02/2016

Contact: Prof. Michael Bachmann