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The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie explores materials and complex material systems that help to face current and future challenges, such as the “Energiewende”. Energy conversion and efficient use of energy and resources in information technology but also other innovative fields depend largely on the research and testing of new material systems.

Here you can see artificially produced single crystals of CuInS2, TaS2 or PtS2.

Research at the HZB: e.g. on starting materials for catalysts. CuInS2, TaS2 or PtS2 monocrystals that were synthetically produced at the HZB. Photo: HZB/ P. Witt

The scientists investigate where the macroscopic properties of materials derive from which microscopic or molecular structures. This understanding is a prerequisite for the design of tailored materials and drugs for tomorrow. One of the HZB’s research emphases is on materials that are needed for a secure and sustainable energy supply, such as materials for thin-film photovoltaics and for the conversion of solar energy into chemical energy carriers (e.g. molecular hydrogen).

The picture shows BESSY II - enlarged view

BESSY II, photo: HZB / S. Maletzki

To solve those scientific problems, HZB operates a large research infrastructure of international importance – the 3rd generation synchrotron radiation source BESSY II. HZB’s user platform coordinates access to the infrastructure. Both scientific instrumentation and the large machine are continually being developed to stay at the cutting-edge. To make sure to offer optimal research conditions also in the future, HZB is working on so called “Future Projects” and reports on planning and realization of these projects on this website.

As part of the strategic research funding (POF) of the Helmholtz Association, the HZB involved in the Helmholtz Research Fields MATTER and ENERGY.

Very relevant topics are also training and support of young scientists and the intensification of research collaborations, in particular with universities.