Institute for Energy Technology, IFE

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.

The Physics 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 materials.

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.

Role in the Project

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.

The Team


Dr. Stefano Deledda
Physics Department
P.O. Box 40
2027 Kjeller