Welcome to the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
At the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) we explore materials and complex material systems that help to face current and future challenges, such as the energy transition - “Energiewende”. One of the HZB’s research emphases is on materials for thin-film photovoltaics and for the conversion of solar energy into chemical energy carriers (e.g. molecular hydrogen).
To be able to study material structures and processes in detail, the HZB operates two separate large-scale research facilities – the neutron source BER II and the synchrotron radiation source BESSY II – used by some 3,000 guest scientists from all around the World every year. At both facilities, HZB teams have developed in some cases unparalleled instruments and are continuing to work on increasing their measurement precision to allow for new insights to be gleaned.
The HZB is a member of the Helmholtz Association and co-founder of the Competence Centre for Thin-Film and Nanotechnology for Photovoltaics Berlin (PVcomB), whose mission it is to promote the technology transfer to industry.
News and Press Releases
- 02.11.2014 Autumn School on Microstructural Characterization and Modelling of Thin-Film Solar Cells
- 01.12.2014 BESSY II - Tender X-ray Workshop
- 03.12.2014 User Meeting 2014
- 26.01.2015 BESSY II - From PICO to FEMTO, Time-resolved studies at BESSY II
- 13.09.2015 16th International conference on Small-Angle Scattering (SAS 2015), in Berlin