News and press releases

  • <p>Prof. Dr. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Prof. Dr. Roel van de Krol, Dirk Mielke, Dr. Catherine Dubourdieu andMonica Wurfbaum (from left to right). Photo: HZB/J. Bierbaum</p>27.03.2017

    Foundation stone laying ceremony for an energy research laboratory on Wannsee campus

    A milestone has been reached in the expansion of energy materials research at the Lise-Meitner Campus: on 23 March 2017, the celebration was held for laying the foundation stone of a laboratory building that will offer a multitude of methods for synthesising and characterising energy materials. [...].

  • <p>Chromium enhances the current density which is directly related to catalytic activity. Credit: HZB/RUB</p>23.03.2017

    Finding and understanding low cost catalysts: it all comes down to the iron

    A team has investigated more than one hundred iron-nickel catalysts containing various admixtures of chromium. At BESSY II, they also analysed the configurations of the electrons in the individual elements. The team showed that an increasing proportion of chromium primarily influences the energy levels of the iron electrons, which are important for the catalytic effect. The results of this high-throughput study will assist the knowledge-based search for better specific catalysts. [...].

  • 22.03.2017

    Christiane Becker receives a professorship at HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences

    Prof. Dr. Christiane Becker has accepted the call to a W2 professorship for the field of “Experimental physics focusing on material sciences and photonics” at HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences. Since October 2012, she has headed a Young Investigator Group funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF. [...].

  • 22.03.2017

    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde was a guest of HZB

    From 15 to 16 March, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde, DGM (German association of materials science), held its closed board meeting and Advisory Council meeting at HZB. The experts took the occasion to visit the synchrotron source BESSY II and the neutron source BER II, gaining an insight into important future projects of HZB. [...].

  • <p>Dr. Antonio Abate</p>17.03.2017

    Dr. Antonio Abate sets up a new Helmholtz Young Investigator Group to improve life span of perovskite solar cells

    Dr. Antonio Abate sets up a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin from now on. His aim: He wants to improve Perovskite solar cells which are one of the most promising material classes to be discovered in the last few years. The scientist will study the materials and interfaces of perovskite solar cells in order to improve their long-term stability.


  • <p>Dr. Eva Unger leads the Young Investigator Group Hy-Per-FORME. Credit: E. Unger</p>17.03.2017

    Young investigator group at HZB: Scaling perovskite cells

    The new Young Investigator Group Hy-Per-FORME led by Dr. Eva Unger is working on scaling all processing steps to enable manufacturing of perovskite solar cells on larger areas, thus brigding he gap between lab and industry. [...].

  • <p>Uschi Steigenberger was awarded the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) medal. Credit: ISIS<strong> </strong></p>15.03.2017

    Uschi Steigenberger receives prestigious British medal for her service to the sciences

    World-reknowned physicist Dr. Uschi Steigenberger has been honoured with one of the highest decorations in Great Britain for her services to the sciences. She was awarded the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) medal by the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Mr. Jo Johnson. Uschi Steigenberger has also chaired the Scientific Advisory Council of the HZB for many years. [...].

  • <p>Nanostructures trap the light, shows this illustration on the cover in&nbsp; Advanced Optical Materials. Credit: Adv. Opt. Mat. 5/2017&nbsp;</p>14.03.2017

    How to increase efficiencies of ultrathin CIGSe solar cells

    Nanoparticles at the back help harvesting the light.

    Ultrathin CIGSe solar cells need much less rare earth elements and energy for production. Unfortunately, they are much less efficient too. Now a team at HZB together with a group in the Netherlands has shown how to prevent the absorption loss of ultrathin CIGSe cells. They designed  nanostructured  back contacts for light trapping and could achieve a new record value of the the short circuit current density, reaching nearly the best values for thicker CIGSe-cells.  [...].

  • 13.03.2017

    NextGen@Helmholtz Conference 2017:

    PhD-students can now register for the second German-wide conference of Helmholtz doctoral researchers!

    Do you know your peers from other Helmholtz Centers? Have you ever wondered what working beyond your doctoral research could look like? Do you have trouble explaining your grandma what your research is about? Are you wondering what all those questions have in common with each other? The second NextGen@Helmholtz Conference 2017 – organized by Docs for Docs – is where you´ll find the answers. It will take place at GEOMAR in Kiel from July 5 to 7, 2017. [...].

  • 02.03.2017

    Jetzt anmelden für den Girls’ Day am HZB


    Am 27. April 2017 ist wieder Girls' Day! An diesem Tag schnuppern Schülerinnen der Klassen 5 bis 10 deutschlandweit in die Welt der Technik, Ingenieur- und Naturwissenschaften. Auch am Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin finden zum Girls‘ Day wieder spannende Workshops statt. Jetzt startet die Anmeldung dafür auf der zentralen GirlS’Day-Webseite. Es stehen an beiden Standorten insgesamt 70 Plätze zur Verfügung. [...].

  • <p>The SPATZ team of ANSTO was glad about the arrival of the former HZB neutron instrument BioRef. It will be set up until 2018 in Australia. photo: ANSTO.</p>20.02.2017

    Neutron instrument BioRef arrived safely in Down Under

    As reported, the neutron instrument BioRef will be set up at the “Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering” of ANSTO. Approximately 257 components were safely packed in 43 wooden crates weighing just under 30 tonnes for the sea voyage from Hamburg to Port Botany, Australia. On 14 February the colleagues from ANSTO told us: the three shipping containers arrived safely after a two-month journey from Germany. [...].