Institutt for Energiteknikk (IFE),
established in 1948, is Norway's national
centre for energy technology. IFE has about 600 employees and the annual
turnover is approximately 775 million NOK (about 100 million EUR). The research
activities cover petroleum, renewables and nuclear energy.
Department at IFE is a
national centre for materials research using neutron scattering techniques at the
research reactor JEEP II. The main research activities span from soft condensed
matter to hydrogen storage materials. In the last decade, the Physics Department
has acquired a strong expertise in non-equilibrium ball milling processing techniques,
which are becoming increasingly widespread for synthesizing and processing novel
IFE's Physics Department has about 25 employees, which include 7 permanent
scientists, 2 non-permanent scientists, 6 postdocs, and 7 engineers. In the last
5 years, the research activity resulted in more than 150 publications in international
peer-reviewed journals and 5 patents. The physics department has a long-standing
experience as a partner in EU and international collaborative projects. During the
last six years, IFE has participated in or coordinated ten EU projects, received three
Marie Curie grants, participated in three Nordic, one Japanese and one European-Japanese
network, as well as several collaborative projects with the US, altogether involving
research institutions in 16 different countries.
The role of IFE's Physics Department in the current project is to synthesize and processing
alloys by arc-melting and ball milling techniques. The materials are characterized and
investigated with respect to their structural and microstructural properties by X-ray and
neutron diffraction analysis.