The Leibniz-Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden e.V. (IFW Dresden) is a non-university research institute and member of the Leibniz Association. The institute has presently about 500 staff members (including about 120 PhD students) financed by public and industrial sources. The IFW Dresden is devoted to fundamental and applied research and development, with particular emphasis on the fields of solid state and materials research. The research program is focussed on functional materials which hold a key position in many fields of application: superconducting and magnetic materials, thin film systems and nanostructures as well as crystalline and amorphous materials. In an interdisciplinary approach it combines fundamental research in physics, chemistry and material science with the specific needs of technological application.
Previous relevant experience related to the project’s aims:
The development of superconducting materials is a major research area of the institute with a total of around 80 people working on that topic. Among them, the “Superconducting Materials” research group focuses on melt textured bulks, RE-123 coated conductors, Fe-based superconducting thin films and PIT tapes and range from basic phase diagram investigations over the development of advanced film deposition techniques to up-scaling projects in cooperation with industry. The group was and is involved in a number of national and European projects on superconductivity and in particular in the development of coated conductors. Among them they coordinated the FP6 RTN NESPA (MRTN-CT-2006-035619).
Profile of staff members involved in the project:
- Prof. Dr. Bernhard Holzapfel is the leader of the “Superconducting Materials” group at the IFW, specialist in the RABiTS technology, PLD, CSD and superconducting characterisation; Dr. Ruben Hühne: senior scientist with large experience in IBAD, RHEED and structural characterisation; Dr. Jens Hänisch: Postdoc with extensive expertise in pinning enhancement of REBCO and superconducting characterisation; Dr. Bernd Rellinghaus: leader of the group “Metastable and Nanostructured Materials” and expert in HR-TEM
- Dr. Ruben Hühne is a senior scientist with large experience in the field of IBAD, PLD, in-situ RHEED analysis and structural characterisation.
- Dr. Jens Hänisch is a Postdoc with extensive expertise in pinning enhancement of REBCO and superconducting characterisation.
- Dr. Bernd Rellinghaus is the leader of the group “Metastable and Nanostructured Materials” and an expert in HR-TEM