Helmholtz Institute Münster

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MissionGerman research centre

The Helmholtz Institute Münster (HI MS) with the official designation "Ionics in Energy Storage" (IEK-12) is an institute of the German research centre Forschungszentrum Jülich founded in 2014 that researches battery technologies based on electrolytes..[1] HI MS is operated as a branch office of Forschungszentrum Jülich at the University of Münster (WWU). The focus of the institute’s research is on elektrolytes – one of a battery’s basic components.[2]


HI MS was founded in 2014 by Forschungszentrum Jülich, the University of Münster (WWU), and RWTH Aachen University. It is a substitute of the Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK) at Forschungszentrum Jülich and is operated as one of its branch offices (IEK-12). About 75 employees currently work at HI MS. The director at the substitute is Martin Winter (Chemiker).[1]


Electrolytes, a key component of battery cells, are the focus of research conducted by HI MS.

The institute develops electrochemical energy storage systems based on five classes of electrolyte: solid anionic electrolytes, solid cationic electrolytes, polymer electrolytes, liquid electrolytes, and hybrid electrolytes. The research covers the theory, chemistry, and technology relating to electrolytes and batteries, ranging from basic research to technology transfer.[1] The applications it pursues include stationary energy stores and e-mobility.

The focus of research at HI MS is on battery cells with polymer, liquid, and hybrid electrolytes. The emphasis is on electrochemical materials and cell research, which is supported by the work of Forschungszentrum Jülich in materials research, processing, and in operando characterization. The priority here is on the research, synthesis, and development of cation- and anion-conducting ceramic materials for solid-state batteries in particular.[2]

RWTH Aachen University specializes in the characterization of large-format cells and in anion-conducting ceramic electrolytes. HI MS works closely together with the Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology (MEET) research centre at the University of Münster, whose research focuses on rechargeable lithium and lithium-ion batteries.[2] HI MS also works in close cooperation with the Helmholtz Institute Ulm for electrochemical energy storage.[1]

Since 2015, HI MS has received its base-level funding of nominally around € 5.5 million from the Helmholtz Association’s programme-oriented funding scheme, 10 % of which is provided by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and 90 % by the German Federal Government.[2]

HI MS provides the spokesperson for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s (BMBF) advisory council on battery research, the spokesperson for the BMBF’s Batterie 2020 project initiative[3], and the spokesperson of the acatech project “Energy Systems of the Future” (ESYS)[4], as well as coordinating a number of national and international research alliances.


The architect’s office Gerber Architekten in Dortmund is planning a new building for HI MS for 2021[5]


Batterieforschung: Land gibt weitere 80 Millionen Euro
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 20 November 2020

Knowledge Modules for Battery Cells "Made in Germany"
myScience, 29 October 2020

Martin Winter honoured with Volta-Medal
myScience, 9 October 2020

NRW will Nr. 1 bei Entwicklung der Batterietechnik werden
WIR I Wirtschaft Regional, 29 September 2020

Wettlauf um den Super-Akku
Spiegel, 26 September 2020

Battery 2030+ legt strategische Ziele fest
Energie & Management, 02 September 2020

Scientific Documentation "Strom to go"
"Wissen hoch 2", 3sat, 20 August 2020

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Helmholtz Institute Münster / IEK-12".
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Helmholtz Association".
  3. "Batterie 2020".
  4. "Energy Systems of the Future".
  5. "Gerber Architekten: Architektur".

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