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3rd Jülich Lecture: Electron Microscopy at the Frontiers of Materials Science

Microscopy represents one of the major breakthroughs of modern science. Since the early 17th century, scientists have made use of microscopes to make visible what was until then inaccessible to the human eye. The Ernst Ruska-Centre (ER-C) for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons specializes in the further development of these imaging techniques.

PICO is ER-C’s new ultrahigh-resolution electron microscope and allows unique insights to be acquired into the world of atoms. These insights are key to innovations, especially in materials research and nanotechnology, wich aim to respond to the major questions of our global society: How can we have a sustainable future despite finite raw materials? How can we meet our energy needs in a climate-friendly manner? How can we communicate and share know-how in an energy-efficient way?

Prof. Dr. Knut Urban, Prof. Dr. Joachim Mayer and Prof. Dr. Rafal E. Dunin-Borkowski gave an insight into this topic in October 2012 as part of the Jülich Lecture series.

Prof. Dr. Knut Urban: Diving into the World of Atoms

Prof. Dr. Knut Urban is JARA senior professor and former director of Ernst Ruska-Centre (er-c). He was appointed to Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University in the late 1980 and is one of the world leading pioneers of Atomic Electron Microscopy. In 2011 he was jonitly awarded with the internationally renowned Wolf Prize in Physics together Maximilian Haider (CEOS GmbH, Heidelberg) and Harald Rose (Technische Universität Darmstadt), for their work in advancing electron microscopy.

Duration: 46 min 52 sec



Prof. Dr. Joachim Mayer: Contributions of the ER-C to Solve the Global Energy Crisis

Prof. Dr. Joachim Mayer is a full professor of Microstructural Analysis and head of RWTH Aachen University’s Central Facility for Electron Microscopy. Since the founding of the Ernst Ruska-Centre in 2004, he has been one of the Centre’s two directors.

Duration: 30 min 12 sec



Prof. Rafal Dunin-Borkowski: New Horizons in Fundamental Physics

Prof. Rafal Dunin-Borkowski, who is originally from the UK, joined Forschungszentrum Jülich in 2011, where he heads the Institute for Microstructure Research at the Peter Grünberg Institute. He is also a director of the ER-C. Previously, Prof. Dunin-Borkowski was the founding director of the Center for Electron Nanoscopy at the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby.

Duration: 28 min 52 sec