Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (Germany)
With a staff of more than 5,000, FZJ is one of Europe’s largest interdisciplinary research centres. In line with our guiding principles, we work towards comprehensive solutions for the grand challenges facing society in the future in the three fields of health, energy and environment, and information technology, thus laying the foundation for future key technologies.
We develop technologies that benefit research in Germany and worldwide in the above-mentioned areas. FZJ is proud of the world-class tools it provides for internal and external researchers to conduct their work: simulation with supercomputers, unique analytical and characterisation equipment, imaging techniques for medicine, nanotechnology tools – these modern instruments allow science to break through to new horizons of knowledge. This infrastructure, valued and used by researchers throughout the world, characterises FZJ as the home of key technologies. Society benefits from the research results obtained by these innovative methods and unique instruments. Energy research at FZJ contributes to establishing the basis for the transformation of our energy system. Based on fundamental research on materials and processes, components and technical systems are developed along the R&D value chain until technological innovations are ready to be handed over to industry. FZJ’s research is focused on specific applications such as materials for extreme operating conditions in dynamic power plants, as well as electronic and electrochemical materials and systems for use in thin-film solar cells, batteries, fuel cells, hydrogen electrolysis, and gas separation membranes, and also energy-efficient electronics for future information technologies. Process engineering plays a key role in developing systems solutions for fuel cells and hydrogen technologies. In addition, long-term research is performed on plasma-wall interaction in fusion facilities, nuclear waste management, and nuclear safety.
The proposed work programme will be performed in the Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-6), Nuclear Waste Management, which is mainly involved in R&D concerning nuclear waste management (characterisation, treatment, disposal and partitioning). Methods, data and experimental results are supplied for further development of the safety in these areas. The institute has a long-term expertise in hydrometallurgical separation of minor actinides from high-level liquid wastes and participated in FP 7 projects ASGARD and SACSESS.