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At the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB), we conduct research on complex systems of materials that contributes to dealing with challenges such as the energy transition. The HZB research portfolio includes solar cells, solar fuels, thermoelectrics, and materials for new, energy-efficient information technologies (spintronics) or electrochemical energy storage. Research on these energy materials is closely connected with the operation and advanced development of the BESSY II photon source. And our research approach always concentrates on thin-film technologies. Find out more at this About us.

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  • <p>Doped Diamond Foam. Credit: P. Knittel/Fraunhofer IAF.</p>18.10.2018

    Nanodiamonds as photocatalysts

    Diamond nanomaterials are considered hot candidates for low-cost photocatalysts. They can be activated by light and can then accelerate certain reactions between water and CO2 and produce carbon-neutral "solar fuels". The EU project DIACAT has now doped such diamond materials with boron and shown at BESSY II how this could significantly improve the photocatalytic properties. [...].

  • <p>Prof. Dr. Andrea Denker is the head of the department "Proton Therapy" at HZB. Photo: HZB/ M. Setzpfandt</p>16.10.2018

    Andrea Denker is Professor of "Accelerator Physics for Medicine"

    The Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) have appointed Prof. Dr. Andrea Denker to the joint professorship "Accelerator Physics for Medicine" as of October 1, 2018. Since 2006, Andrea Denker is head of the department "Proton Therapy" at the HZB, which operates the accelerator for eye tumor therapy. The therapy, offered in cooperation with the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the HZB, is unique in Germany. [...].

  • <p>The STM image shows blue phosphorus on a gold substrate. The calculated atomic positions of the slightly elevated P atoms are shown in blue, the lower lying ones in white. Groups of six elevated P atoms appear as triangles. Credit: HZB</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p>15.10.2018

    Blue phosphorus - mapped and measured for the first time

    Until recently, the existence of "blue" phosphorus was pure theory: Now an HZB team was able to examine samples of blue phosphorus at BESSY II for the first time and confirm via mapping of their electronic band structure that this is actually this exotic phosphorus modification. Blue phosphorus is an interesting candidate for new optoelectronic devices. The results have been published in Nano Letters. [...].

  • <p>John Uhlrich, Editor-in-Chief at Wiley VCH presented an award to Quentin Jeangros, EPFL, and Eike K&ouml;hnen, HZB, for their outstanding posters (from left to right).&nbsp; Credit: group Steve Albrecht/HZB</p>12.10.2018

    Poster award for HZB PhD student

    Eike Köhnen received an award for his poster on perovskite silicon tandem cells at the 4th International Conference on Perovskite Solar Cells and Optoelectronics (PSCO) in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a PhD student in the Junior Research Group on Perovskite Tandem Cells led by Dr. Steve Albrecht. [...].

  • 10.10.2018

    Am 15. Oktober startet die Ringvorlesung der Freien Universität Berlin– Zum Gedenken an Lise Meitner


    Lise Meitner ist eine der bedeutendsten Wissenschaftlerinnen des 20. Jahrhunderts. Die Freie Universität Berlin würdigt im Rahmen einer Ringvorlesung die Leistungen Lise Meitners und arbeitet deren Bedeutung für die Wissenschaft und Kultur auf. Die Veranstaltung findet immer montags von 18.15 bis 19.45 Uhr statt, Beginn ist am 15. Oktober. [...].

  • 08.10.2018

    Collaboration between HZB and the University of Freiburg

  • 02.10.2018

    Neutrons scan magnetic fields inside samples

  • 28.09.2018

    Machine learning helps improving photonic applications

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