Welcome to the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin

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, thermoelectric, and the materials with which you can construct new, energy-efficient information technologies such as spintronics. 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.

News and Press Releases

  • <p>Foto: HZB/S. Kodalle</p>27.04.2017

    Ansturm auf die 70 Plätze beim Girl’s Day im HZB


    Wie sieht die Arbeit von Wissenschaftlerinnen, Ingenieurinnen oder Programmiererinnen aus? Beim Girls‘ Day können Mädchen MINT-Berufe (Mathematik, Informatik, Naturwissenschaften und Technik) kennenlernen, die noch immer nicht besonders beliebt bei den Berufsanfängerinnen sind. Die 70 Plätze für den Girl’s Day an den beiden HZB-Standorten waren schnell vergeben.  [...].

  • <p>Nanodiamonds have been modified by attaching different molecules. Credit: HZB</p>26.04.2017

    Nanodiamonds as energy materials: tuning the functionalities

    An international team has shed light onto interactions between nanodiamonds and water molecules. Experiments at synchrotron sources showed how hydrogenated groups on nanodiamond surfaces change the network of hydrogen bonds in the aqueous environment and may potentially influence the catalytic properties of nanodiamonds, for instance for the production of solar fuels from CO2 and light. [...].

  • 25.04.2017

    NextGen@Helmholtz Conference 2017 for PhD students from Helmholtz

    The Conference will take place from 5 th to 7th July - please register until April 30th

    Do you know your peers from other Helmholtz Centers? Have you ever wondered what working beyond your doctoral research could look like? 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. Do you want to join? Please register here until April 30th. The fee is 50 €.  [...].

  • <p>Learning about solar fuels and photovoltaics goes green. The summerschool takes place from 3. to 10. september 2017 in the idyllic Kleinwalsertal, Austria. Credit: Quantsol/HZB</p>24.04.2017

    Registration open for Quantsol Summer School

    Newcomers and young scientists in solar energy research can register now for the 10. International Summer School on Photovoltaics and New Concepts of Quantum Solar Energy Conversion (Quantsol). The school is organized by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and the Technical University of Ilmenau and will be held from 3. to 10. September 2017 in Hirschegg, Kleinwalsertal, Austria. Applications can be submitted through the school’s homepage until May 21st, 2017. [...].

  • 24.04.2017

    Michael Müller besucht das HZB


    HZB ist "wichtiger Impulsgeber für die Zukunft der Brain City Berlin"

    Der Regierende Bürgermeister und Wissenschaftssenator, Michael Müller, hat das Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) an seinem Standort Adlershof besucht. Während des zirka anderhalb Stunden dauernden Besuchs hat er sich mit den Forschungsthemen des HZB vertraut gemacht und zahlreiche wichtige, auch forschungspolitische Themen mit den Geschäftsführenden, Prof. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla und Thomas Frederking besprochen. [...].

  • 19.04.2017

    Green IT: New switching process in non-volatile spintronics devices

  • 18.04.2017

    Neue HZB-Zeitung „lichtblick“ erschienen

  • 07.04.2017

    CIGS Thin-film Solar Modules: HZB invites for workshop

  • 07.04.2017

    Proton transfer: Researcher find mecanism to protect biomolecules against light induced damage

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