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Industrial Liaison Office

Welcome to the Industrial Liaison Office of GEMS.

From tradition Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon co-operates with industry, authorities and other institutions on the basis of flexibly created co-operating contracts or just of orders. At GEMS special services are offered to partners using the unique capabilities of photons (synchrotron radiation) and neutrons.

Take advantage of the latest developments in engineering materials science. We offer your company access to two of Europe’s most powerful synchrotron and neutron radiation sources to solve your materials problems with cutting-edge research.

The characterisation of structural and functional materials such as metals, ceramics, polymers, soft matter and thin films, as well as properties like textures, residual stress and magnetism, etc. is needed by developers in the steel and metal industry, in the chemical industry, in the information technology to design e.g. new alloys, polymers, nanocomposites or data memories. The GEMS instruments are suitable tools for these purposes.

Orders from industry and others will be processed by experienced personnel. The costs depend on the necessary expenditure. All information regarding your orders will be treated confidentially.


The experimental techniques available include

The experimental techniques available include

  • X-ray and neutron diffraction
  • Small-angle X-ray and neutron scattering
  • X-ray and neutron tomography
  • X-ray and neutron reflectometry

Depending on your needs and experience with the techniques described above, we offer industry specific user support

  • Data analysis
  • Non disclosure agreements
  • Materials science support labs (sample preparation and characterisation)
  • Custom in-situ sample environments

One of the main expertise of GEMS is the examination of materials science processes in situ by measurements with synchrotron radiation. Therefore we design and provide custom sample environments like

  • Furnaces
  • Cooling devices
  • Stress rigs
  • Laser and friction stir welding devices
  • Dilatometer

Free Feasibility Studies and Consultation


Dr. Marc Thiry

Marc Thiry

Industrial Relations Officer
Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon c/o DESY
Notkestr. 85
22607 Hamburg

Tel: +49-40-8998-6914
Fax: +49-40-8998-5399