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Source: Research Center JulichJülich / Garching, October 22, 2020 – Every year up to 1,200 guest scientists from all over the world come to carry out measurements at the Research Neutron Source FRM II of the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Center (MLZ) in Garching. The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Jülich Research Center, which is involved in the MLZ, are now expanding the research capacities of the world’s most versatile neutron source with two new buildings that provide a total of 4,550 square meters of usable space for laboratories, offices and workshops. Now the buildings have been officially inaugurated with a (virtual) ceremony.

Thanks to their special properties, neutrons provide important knowledge for many areas of science, from biology to chemistry and physics to geology, engineering and materials science. Neutron research thus contributes directly to solving fundamental problems in our society. The FRM II is one of the few high-flux neutron sources for research purposes and radioisotope production in Europe. The two new buildings offer a view of the Garching atomic egg. There are 100 workplaces available in each building, as well as laboratories and workshops To further expand research and training opportunities so that Germany will continue to be one of the world’s leading nations in neutron research. Over 400 people are currently working at MLZ and FRM II. They use 27 scientific instruments, and six more are under construction. Since the instruments can only be operated by skilled surgeons, the number of employees is also growing continuously. In addition, there are up to 1,200 visiting researchers annually, more than 50 percent of them from abroad, who also need experimental and office space. The two new buildings now meet the greatly increased space requirements. The southern building is being built on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for scientists from the Research Center Jülich and the Helmholtz Center Geesthacht. The northern building was commissioned by the Bavarian State Government for TUM. The construction costs total around 38 million euros. ”With the construction of the two new buildings at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Center in Garching, we have literally created space for more science – space for more basic research and space for more application-oriented research in areas such as Energy, health and the environment. Neutrons, with their unique abilities to investigate the structure and function of materials and components, can make a significant contribution to this. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is particularly interested in the transfer of research results from basic research into innovative practical applications. The MLZ succeeds in doing this in a convincing way, ”says Thomas Rachel, Member of the Bundestag, Parliamentary State Secretary in the BMBF. “Due to this potential, the federal government is contributing over 20 million euros for the construction of the building and will continue to provide further funds in the millions in the way of institutional funding.” shut down in 2000. Copyright: Juli Eberle / TUM “Neutron research offers the unique opportunity to understand phenomena on the atomic scale and thus to gain fundamental knowledge from which the development of new technologies can significantly benefit”, says Prof. Wolfgang Marquardt, Chairman of the board of the Jülich Research Center “To make the best instruments usable at the best sources is the mission of the Jülich Center for Neutron Science, which we are further strengthening with the expanded laboratory, workshop and office space at Germany’s most powerful neutron source.” Jülich Center for Neutron Science, Neutron Methods (JCNS-4) Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Center (MLZ) Contact: Prof. Stephan FörsterJülich Center for Neutron ScienceTel .: 02461 61-85161E-Mail: s.foerster@fz-juelich.dePress contact: Erhard Zeiss, Press OfficerTel .: 02461 61-1841E-Mail:



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