The GKSS is giving itself a new name
From the 1st of November, the centre will be known as the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material und Küstenforschung GmbH (Centre for Materials and Coastal Research). The new name intends to show the connection with the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres and the city of Geesthacht. The addition of the two conceptual pillars of material research and coastal research also outline the current research issues.
The field of material systems deals, for example, with magnesium and titanium aluminide, i.e. materials with a high potential for the light-weight construction much lighter automobiles and aircraft. These materials will not only help to save energy, they will also be essential if we want to continue to drive cars or fly off somewhere on holiday. The Geesthacht-based researchers are working on innovative membranes to reduce CO2 emissions from today’s power stations and they are investigating how hydrogen can be exploited as an environmentally-friendly energy carrier of the future. The scientists in Teltow are researching implants, for example, which fulfil several functions at the same time. These are inserted into the body and not only replace body parts, which are damaged or injured but also stimulate the human body to regenerate these body parts in the correct position and with all their functions. In this way, the implant is used only as a temporary replacement. The body part grows back and, at the same time, the implant dissolves. One of these wonder materials is “intelligent plastics” with shape memory effect. These innovative biomaterials make innovative regenerative treatment in medicine possible. The coastal researchers have the task of understanding the climate and coasts as they change and prepare this knowledge for society. In order to expand the expertise in this field, a new sub-institute for biogeochemistry is currently being built up which will explain the important material flows in the offshore marginal seas. Today and more so in the coming years, the COSYNA coastal observation system and knowledge transfer by the Climate Service Center and the Norddeutsche Klimabüro will become central components of HZG research and impartation.As has been the case for many years, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht poses important topical and future-oriented scientific, economical and social questions. For example, the involvement of large-scale equipment is being further developed. The centre operates a total of seven beam lines at the FRMII in Munich and at the DESY in Hamburg. The spectrum of complex scientific material issues can be investigated superbly using such equipment. The Geesthacht-based researchers will also continue to invest in research platforms and networks in a targeted manner. For material research, the scientists operate the Magnesium Innovation Centre (MagIC), the Assessment, Computing und Engineering Centre (ACE), the Centre of Biomaterial Development and the German Engineering Materials Science Center (GEMS). In terms of coastal research, the scientists are firmly committed to national and international networks, such as the Hamburg Cluster of Excellence CLiSAP and the Baltic Sea Experiment (BALTEX). In the future, the COSYNA coastal observation system and impartation of knowledge through the Climate Service Center and the Norddeutsche Klimabüro will continue to be central components.