Joint Research Group

The X-Ray Microscopy group at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin specializes in the development and application of advanced x-ray microscopy, x-ray tomography and x-ray optics for the 10-nm scale characterization of the nanostructure, chemical nature, and composition of materials with high energy resolution. This world-class facility is comprised of a unique combination of state-of-the-art x-ray microscopy instruments, in-house x-ray diffractive optical development and staff members with expertise in microscopy, physics, biophysics and chemistry to address national needs and technical challenges that impact materials, energy and life sciences.

Development of diffractive optics for high-resolution X-ray imaging

Since June 1st, 2017, the joint research group “X-Ray Microscopy” was launched, combining the expertise of teams led by Prof. Dr. Gerd Schneider (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Helge Ewers (Freie Universität Berlin). While the HZB workgroup is responsible for X-ray microscopy at the synchrotron source BESSY II, Ewers’ group contributes its experience in the field of optical microscopy and biological research. The two methods help researchers to gain a detailed insight into the processes taking place inside cells.