About us

Florian Winkler, Juri Barthel, Amir H. Tavabi, Sven Borghardt, Beata E. Kardyna, Rafal E. Dunin-Borkowski


The ER-C is a centre of excellence in advanced transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy for addressing topical problems in solid state physics and chemistry, materials science, soft matter and biology.



The ER-C operates a user facility that provides access to state-of-the-art instruments, methods and expertise to universities, research institutions and industry. It is governed jointly by FZJ and RWTH Aachen.

Vincenzo Grillo, Alberto Roncaglia, Paulo Rosi and the Q-SORT project.


New techniques and instrumentation are developed by the ER-C’s scientific and technical staff in collaboration with academic and commercial partners, as well as with the instrumentation institutes in Forschungszentrum Jülich.


Structural Change / ER-C 2.0

The project ER-C 2.0 aims to expand our infrastructure in order to create unique characterization opportunities. This helps to create targeted incentives for companies to move to the Rhineland.



The ER-C is a key part of the European landscape of infrastructures for the characterization of materials using advanced techniques and instrumentation.

Lab tours of ER-C


The ER-C offers opportunities for students (B.Sc. / M.Sc. / PhD) and scientists to conduct research in fundamental and applied electron microscopy. We provide access to world-leading instruments and support from our experts.

News and Events


Skyrmion Research: Braids of Nanovortices Discovered

A team of scientists from Germany, Sweden and China has discovered a new physical phenomenon: complex braided structures made of tiny magnetic vortices known as skyrmions. Skyrmions could provide a possible basis for innovative concepts in information processing that offer better performance and lower energy consumption.


PGI Colloquium - Extraordinary Talk: Prof. Dr. Stephan Appelt,
Forschungszentrum Jülich (ZEA-2) and RWTH Aachen (ITMC), Germany

In this colloquium, the discussion will centre on the physics of the parahydrogen pumped RASER (Radio-frequency Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) [1], which is an ideal quantum sensor for exploring self-organized phenomena between spins and photons. RASER activity can be observed if the low-frequency photons of a high Q resonator [2] interact with a negatively polarized nuclear spin ensemble.



ER-C for External Users

Access to the ER-C’s facilities is provided on the basis of peer-reviewed applications. Please contact our User Office for further information.


ER-C 2.0

As part of the programme to promote structural change in the Rhineland, the Ernst Ruska-Centre at Forschungs- zentrum Jülich is to be strategically expanded within the framework of the ER-C 2.0 project, and as a national research infrastructure for high-resolution electron microscopy, will create characterisation capabilities that are unparalleled world- wide. With its unique profile, the Rhineland is thus set to become Germany's most attractive region for the establishment of new materials technologies.


How the "PICO" Microscope Works

A unique transmission electron microscope with a resolution of 50 picometres has been available in the ER-C since February 2012. Learn here how the "PICO" (Advanced Picometre Resolution Project) works.



The Jülich Centre for Structural Biology ("JuStruct") is a user platform for determining atomically-resolved structures of medically and neurobiologically relevant proteins using NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, computer simulations, neutron scattering, neutron spectroscopy and cryo-EM.



ESTEEM3 – Enabling Science and Technology through European Electron Microscopy – is an EU funded project for electron microscopy, which aims at providing access to leading European state-of-the-art electron microscopy research infrastructures.



This European Research Council Synergy project aims at studying three-dimensional magnetic solitons with high temporal and spatial resolution, bringing together experts on magnetic imaging, magnetic manipulation, theory and device applications.



Thanks to smart phase manipulation, Q-SORT revolutionises the electron microscope by turning it into a so-called Quantum Sorter, yielding new insights in solid-state physics and biochemistry. This cutting-edge research project is funded by the EU’s FET OPEN Programme.