The State Initiative for the Development of Scientific and Economic Excellence (LOEWE) is the central research funding programme of the State of Hessen. In the 11th funding season, a new LOEWE centre and five new LOEWE priority programmes will now receive 46.3 million euros in funding over the next four years. The department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at TU Darmstadt is also involved in two of the five priority programmes.
Functional materials for energy storage
The new LOEWE priority programme „FLAME – Fermi Level Engineering Antiferroelectric Materials for Energy Storage and Insulators“ investigates how the properties of functional materials can be adjusted via their electronic structure. The programme is coordinated by Prof. Andreas Klein from the Surface Science research group. Twelve working groups from the departments of Materials and Earth Sciences, Chemistry, and Electrical Engineering and Information Technology will develop functional materials for capacitors with high energy and power density, for example. The etit department will be represented in the new LOEWE priority programmes with the High Voltage Technology research group under the direction of Prof. Volker Hinrichsen.
Nature conservation through digital networking
The new LOEWE priority programme „Natur 4.0 – Comprehensive nature conservation monitoring through networked sensor technology and integrative data analysis“ is located at the Philipps-Universität Marburg. In this priority programme, research will be conducted into how nature conservation can be made more efficient. The researchers are developing new methods for nationwide nature conservation monitoring. With the help of remote sensing and environmental sensors, nature conservation is to become more cost-effective. A more differentiated observation of nature conservation-relevant areas is also to be achieved. The department etit is involved in the new LOEWE priority programme Natur 4.0 with the research group Multimedia Communication under the direction of Prof. Ralf Steinmetz.