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News Archive 2019
YIN candidatesYIN members up for KIT Senate election on July 18

We want to bring the experience and perspective of junior researchers into the KIT-Senate and, thus, participate in shaping the future at KIT. Please, support the candidacy of junior research group leaders in the election on July 18th with your vote! As YIN members, Hartwig Anzt (l.) and Karsten Woll (r.) stand for plannable career paths and transparent communication on every level; strengthened collaboration between the large-scale research sector and the university sector; Internationalization and diversity; Work-life balance as well as the compatibility of family and career.

KIT Senate election
doi: 10.1029/2018MS001592Wolken beeinflussen Jet-Streams im Klimawandel

Jet-Streams geben die Zugbahnen außertropischer Stürme vor und bestimmen damit das regionale Klima und Wettergeschehen maßgeblich. Der Klimawandel wird die Position und Intensität der Jet-Streams verändern und so auch die Häufigkeit starker Stürme außertropischen Ursprungs. Wie die BMBF-Nachwuchsgruppe „Wolken und Sturmzugbahnen“ um Aiko Voigt nun herausfand, hängt die Reaktion der Jet-Streams auf den Klimawandel zu einem Großteil von Wolken ab: Ein bis zwei Drittel der polwärtigen Verschiebung sowie die Verstärkung im Nordatlantik und im südlichen Ozean gehen auf Wolken zurück.

HAnzt and KWollTwo YIN members elected for the Convention at KIT

YIN members Hartwig Anzt (l.) and Karsten Woll (r.) are part of the newly elected Convention for academic and scientific employees at KIT. As a representative organ, the Conventions bundles opinions and concerns, seeks dialog with the management at KIT, and makes recommendations. YIN acknowledges the Steinbuch Centre for Computing and the Institute for Applied Materials for trusting junior research group leaders to represent them in the Convention. They will also speak for the minority of young investigators at KIT working on temporary contracts.

Convention at KIT
Perowskit-TandemsolarzellenAdv.En.Mat: Perowskit für hocheffiziente Solarzellen

Perowskit-Tandem-Solarzellen versprechen effiziente Wirkungsgrade oberhalb von 35 Prozent. Dies entspricht einem Anstieg um 10 Prozent gegenüber marktüblichen Silizium-Solarzellen. Die größte Herausforderung besteht darin, metallorganische Perowskit-Materialien mit passgenauem Absorptionsspektrum herzustellen: Ulrich W. Paetzold und sein Team entwickelten nun eine neuartige Kombination aus 2D- und 3D-Perowskit-Materialien mit stark gesteigerte Photospannung und einen Rekord-Wirkungsgrad im gewünschten Spektralbereich. Sie berichten im Fachmagazin Advaned Energy Materials.

Granular aluminium as a superconducting material for high-impedance quantum circuitsNature.Mat.: Supraleiter Alu für Quantencomputer

Quantencomputer rechnen parallel und können große Datenmengen effizient verarbeiten. Ihre Informations- träger, die Qubits, nehmen nicht nur die Werte „0“ und „1“ an, sondern auch Überlagerungszustände dazwischen. Je mehr Qubites im Einsatz sind, desto schwieriger ist es, solche Quantenzustände aufrechtzuerhalten. Ein Forscherteam um Nachwuchsgruppenleiter Ioan Pop hat nun erstmals supraleitendes granulares Aluminium eingesetzt und eine damit Kohärenzzeit von bis zu 30 Mikrosekunden erreicht. Sie berichten in der Fachzeitschrift

Nature Materials
CELEST LogoLaunch of center f electro- chemical energy storage

The Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage Ulm & Karlsruhe CELEST reinforces joint research on high-performance and environmentally friendly energy storage systems. The activities will range from fundamental research toward the development of new battery technologies and technical applications with a particular focus on training early career researchers.The platform was co-founded by KIT, Ulm University, and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg. YIN members Julia Maibach and Dominic Bresser are among the (co-)spokespersons.

YIN Insight 2017/18YIN Insight 2017/18 online with new insights

100 Million euro initial third-party funding, 4,000 weekly teaching hours per semester, and 2,800 peer-reviewed articles – the 10-year statistic speaks for itself. The jubilee edition of the annual magazine YIN Insight further presents the hot topic “The what and why of young investigator programs” with interviews of six funding agencies. The scientific highlights include a recent ERC starting grant, the inauguration of the KATRIN neutrino experiment, and the excellence cluster POLiS. The YIN grants showcase exciting collabo- rations within the network.

YIN Insight 2017/18
Inkjet-Printed Perovskite PhotovoltaicsPerovskite photovoltaics – flexible in shape and color

In the project PRINTPERO, German and Greek researchers have teamed up with industrial partners to develop printed perovskite semi-conductors for building integrated photovoltaics. In ACS Applied Energy Materials, they report how a strong color perception can be achieved by inkjet-printing luminescent layers on top of the Perovskite solar cells at a relatively small (∼17%) reduction of power conversion efficiency. Gerardo Hernandez-Sosa and Ulrich Paetzold, both YIN members, added their know-how in electronic printing and photovoltaics respectively.

ACS Applied Energy Materials
HEiKATwo new HEiKA projects for YIN members in 2019

Frank Biedermann and Ulrich Paetzold each run a collaborative project supported by the Heidelberg Karlsruhe Strategic Partnership (HEiKA). Frank Biedermann and Prof. Thomas Kuner plan to apply artificial neurotransmitter receptors  for the monitoring of dopamine levels in neuronal tissues as well as in prefrontal cortex and basal nuclei of intact mice. Ulrich Paetzold and JProf. Yana Vaynzof aim to utilize the inkjet printing deposition method for fabrication of high yield and high performance perovskite solar cells. Since 2013, YIN members have been involved in 11 HEiKA projects.

HEiKA projects
.YIN record: Five new Professors in six months

Five YIN members have taken on new positions as professors within the last six months. Anne Koziolek has just been announced professor for software engineering at KIT. Petra Schwer is now professor for geometry at the University Magdeburg. Bastian Rapp relocated to Freiburg University starting as professor for Process Technology. Frank Schröder has become assistant professor at the University of Delaware. And Cornelia Lee-Thedieck was welcomed as professor for cell biology at the University Hannover. Congratulations! As of now, there are 50 professors among YIN alumni (49%).

YIN workshopsYIN Continuing Education 2019 with new workshop

"Negotiating with Confidence", "Challenging Leadership Situations", and "Mastering Conflicts" are three new topics addressed by the YIN continuing education program 2019 - now online. Scheduled are also well-established workshops like "Leadership Excellence" or "Appointment Procedures". YIN continuing education is specially tailored for early-stage academic leaders including leadership skills, project and personnel management, as well as personal development. Small sized groups and expert consultants stand for the high quality of the program.

News Archive 2018
Pflanzenproteine fuer FleischfreundePlant proteins for meat lovers

Scientists at KIT and colleagues from TU Berlin are working on a better meat texture for plant substitutes.The typical impression when chewing, the mouth feeling, is based above all on the fibre-like texture of meat,"; explains YIN member Dr. Azad Emin. The process engineer heads the KIT junior research group „Extrusion of Biopolymers". In extrusion, a dough-like mass is pressed. The researchers are now analysing the interactions between pressure, temperature, flow and shear forces in order to specifically modify the structure of plant proteins.

YIN Founding speakersYIN founders spokesman becomes honorary members

10 years ago they helped to launch the Young Investigator Network and today they are honorary members: YIN founder spokespersons Prof. Timo Mappes (l. ), Dr. Dominic von Terzi (m. ) and Prof. Chris Eberl (r. ). They started in 2008 as junior research group leaders and have since embarked on very different career paths. Timo Mappes is Museum Director and Professor of the History of Physics in Jena, Dominic von Terzi Manager at GE Global Research and Chris Eberl Deputy Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials. YIN connects with them to this day.

Chris Eberl im Videoportrait
ReibungsverlusteScripta Materialia: Contact causes material change

Friction causes wear. But how? Experiments at KIT showed that a sharp line of 100-200 nanometers in depth forms within the softer material at first contact already. Atoms shift relative to each other and some of these dislocations self-assemble into the observed line-shaped structure, explains YIN member Dr. Christian Greiner, who is corresponding author of the articlespublished in Scripta Materialia. Within the material, a kind of atomic wave occurs which propagates similar to the movements of a snake. The scientists also analyze how friction accelerates oxidization.

Press info
10 years YINOct 8: 10th YIN Anniversary Public Celebration

YIN has been on a success story for 10 years! Special thanks go to the friends and supporters of the YIN who have accompanied the network over long distances. We were very happy to see many familiar faces at YIN Day 2018. Highlights of the public program were a scientific keynote lecture by YIN Alumna Prof. Erin Koos, KU Leuven, and a panel discussion on "Careers in Science - Fostering Research"; with selected representatives of the major external funding agencies and university policy. Thank you very much for coming!

Impressions YIN Day 2018
Research of Dr. Frank Schröder focuses on astroparticle physics and in particular on radio measurement of high-energy cosmic rays. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)ERC Starting Grant for Frank Schröder

With a new radio antenna field, Dr. Frank Schröder will search for high-energy photons that accompany the massively charged particles of cosmic rays. The future setup will also measure signals with energies smaller by a factor of 100 as in photons originating from our galaxy. "Within three years, I expect to obtain crucial indications as to where the highest-energy particles of the Milky Way are formed", says the former YIN member who has just taken up an assistant professorship at the University of Delaware, USA. The ERC will fund his project with 1.6 million euro over five years.

press info
HEiKAStrategic Partnership with Heidelberg university

The joint promotion of young talent, teaching, and innovation are new activities within the HEiKA cooperation. With the renewed framework agreement signed in June, the research partnership between KIT and the Heidelberg University expands into the “Heidelberg Karlsruhe Strategic Partnership”. Continuing under the acronym HEiKA, the two partner institutions plan to establish joint research institutes, study programs, and graduate schools. Since 2013, YIN members have successfully applied for nine HEiKA projects with partners from Heidelberg.

press info
Helmholtz Young Investigator Group of Kathrin Valerius (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)Top mark for Kathrin Valerius and her group

The Council for Research and Promotion of Young Scientists (CRYS) rated the Helmholtz group of YIN speaker Kathrin Valerius as "extraordinary success". Her team developed strategies and methods to analyze the data on neutrino mass measured with the Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino (KATRIN) experiment. At the interface of cosmology and elementary particle physics, neutrinos play a key role in modern astroparticle physics. Starting with the measurement operation on 11 June 2018, the scientists will use the data to search for new physical phenomena.

KATRIN experiment
Impression from YIN fireside chatAlternative: professor at an uni of applied sciences

Becoming professor at a university of applied sciences can be an appealing alternative career option. For three YIN alumni it has become a reality. At the YIN fireside chat in April, Prof. Romana Piat (Darmstadt), Prof. Stefanie Betz (Furtwangen), and Prof. Oliver Waldhorst (Karlsruhe) talked about getting appointed and about the differences and similarities between working at a university of applied sciences and a regular one. While industry experience is crucial for a career in applied sciences, for some it may be attained project-wise or at a research center. The teaching load can be reduced.