The Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) is part of the Helmholtz Association. It was originally founded by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), also a member of the Helmholtz Association, in cooperation with the University of Ulm. It was then joined by two other notable partners, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW). Scientists from its four partners combine their capabilities in research on batteries under one roof at the HIU.
The HIU is organized into committees, research groups and administrative divisions.
Its core competencies are organized into five research areas:
These research areas are further divided into research groups. Each research group is led by a renowned scientist who is also in the top levels of one of the institutes or research groups belonging to one of the four partners of the HIU. For this reason the HIU is able to include all four partners and benefit from their competencies.
As well as five research areas, the HIU also has four interdisciplinary topics:
- Metal Deposition and Interfaces
- Insertion Materials and Electrode Structure
- Li Based Conversion Materials and Alloys
- Batteries Beyond Lithium
These topics overlap the work of the research groups.