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JARA – Jülich Aachen Research Alliance

Focusing Expertise - Shaping the Future
In the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA), RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich pool their outstanding expertise in six research sections. These common efforts open up

new research opportunities and facilitate projects that would not be attainable for either of the partners on their own. Furthermore, their attention is always focused on the grand challenges facing society.


At the Swiss large-scale research facility CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire), scientists were able to detect the decay of the Higgs particle into so-called b quarks for the first time. A CMS detector was used to carry out the investigations, and researchers from the Chair of Experimental Physics III B, headed by JARA-FAME member Prof. Achim Stahl, played a key role in its development.

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There are currently great hopes for solid-state batteries. They contain no liquid parts that could leak or catch fire For this reason, they do not require cooling and are considered to be much safer, more reliable, and longer lasting than traditional lithium-ion batteries. Scientists at the Institute of JARA-ENERGY member Prof. Rüdiger A. Eichel have now presented a new concept that allows ten times higher currents during charging and discharging than previously expected. The improvement was achieved by a "clever" choice of materials. All components were made from phosphate compounds, which are well matched both chemically and mechanically.

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