News and press releases

  • 20.06.2017

    Die Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften am 24. Juni macht schlau - auch am HZB in Wannsee


    Das Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin lädt am Samstag auf dem Campus Wannsee zur Langen Nacht der Wissenschaft ein. Unsere Highlights für Sie: Führungen durch die Experimentierbereiche um den Forschungsreaktor, durch die Energie-Labore und den Beschleuniger für die Augentumortherapie, eine Wissenschafts-Show und ein vielseitiges Kinderprogramm. [...].

  • <p>The kids built spectroscopes and studied the colours of light. photo: HZB/S.Zerbe </p>20.06.2017

    100 kindergarten kids do experiments at HZB on the Day of Little Researchers

    Kindergarten children are inquisitive and want to know how everything works – and they ask a great deal of questions. On the Germany-wide "Day of Little Researchers" on 19 June, around 100 kids visited the HZB School Labs in Adlershof and Wannsee and investigated the colours of light. [...].

  • 20.06.2017

    EU project CALIPSOplus has started for free access to European light sources

    The EU is providing ten million euros in funding for the project CALIPSOplus, submitted by 19 European light sources. The project consortium, of which Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin is a member, kicked off on May 2017. CALIPSOplus is aimed at promoting the international exchange of scientists and transnational access to the light sources in Europe. Other priorities are to integrate the relatively less active regions of Europe and to initiate research projects with small and mid-sized companies.  [...].

  • <p>Klaus Habicht analyses materials also with the help of neutron resonance spin-echo spectroscopy, a method, he helped to develop further.&nbsp; Credit: HZB</p>19.06.2017

    HZB researcher receives university-level teaching credential (Habilitation)

    Dr. Klaus Habicht has successfully completed the university-level teaching accreditation process in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Potsdam and received his official university-level teaching qualification for the physics of condensed matter. Habicht has conducted numerous lectures and seminars at the University of Potsdam since 2011, in particular in solid-state physics and methods in neutron research. He heads the Department of Methods for Characterisation of Transport Phenomenon in Energy Materials at the HZB.


  • <p>This optical zone melting furnace is producing large single crystals. Credit: M. Setzpfandt/HZB</p>19.06.2017

    New at Campus Wannsee: CoreLab Quantum Materials

    Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin has expanded its series of CoreLabs for energy materials research. In addition to the five established CoreLabs, it has now set up a CoreLab for Quantum Materials. A research team from the HZB Institute for Quantum Phenomena in New Materials is responsible for the CoreLab and its modern equipment. The CoreLab is also open to experimenters from other research institutes.  [...].

  • 14.06.2017

    New lab for electrochemical interfaces at BESSY II

    The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) is establishing a joint lab together with the Max Planck Society (MPS) to study electrochemical phenomenon at solid/liquid interfaces. The Berlin Joint Lab for Electrochemical Interfaces, or BElChem for short, will employ X-rays from BESSY II to analyse materials for renewable energy production. [...].

  • <p>The upgrade will usher in some important innovations. BESSY-VSR will offer short light pulses with durations of two picoseconds as well as longer pulses with durations of 15 picoseconds, while the high level of photon flux remains constant &ndash; even during the shorter pulses.</p> <p>Foto &copy;: / Robert Grahn</p>02.06.2017

    Cutting-edge research in Berlin: BESSY II light source to be equipped with new features and capabilities

    With the transformation of the BESSY II light source into a variable-pulse-length storage ring, Berlin will become even more attractive as a location for science to researchers from the world over

    The Senate of the Helmholtz Association resolved on June 1st, 2017 to support the transformation of BESSY II into a variable-pulse-length storage ring (BESSY-VSR). The Helmholtz Association will provide funding of 11.9 million euros for the upgrade project, with 10.1 million euros provided by internal resources of its operator, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB). Following the upgrade, BESSY-VSR will be the first synchrotron light source in the world to deliver brilliant X-ray pulses with user-selectable durations: short and long light pulses will be simultaneously produced in the same ring. This will open up new opportunities for researchers, including new studies on energy materials that contribute to sustainable energy supplies and storage. [...].