Various types of samples (see graphic) can be examined at BESSY II. Researchers from Germany and abroad must apply to BESSY II for measurement time. An international panel of experts then selects the most promising projects. This procedure ensures a high quality of the scientific work. The results are published in scientific journals.
BESSY II thus contributes to the continuous growth of knowledge in many socially relevant fields, including energy, climate, materials and health research. Measured by the number of publications, BESSY II has an enormous scientific output.
Selected research examples
"Molecular scissors" for plastic waste: A research team from the University of Greifswald and Helmholtz-Zentrum-Berlin (HZB) has solved the molecular structure of the important enzyme MHETase at BESSY II. MHETase was discovered in bacteria and together with a second enzyme - PETase - is able to break down the widely used plastic PET into its basic building blocks. This 3D structure already allowed the researchers to produce a MHETase variant with optimized activity in order to use it, together with PETase, for a sustainable recycling of PET.
A team of researchers succeeded in increasing the efficiency of metal-free photocatalysts by a factor of eleven. These materials can be used for producing solar hydrogen and are very affordable.
An international team at BESSY II studied for the first time the optical properties of three-dimensional graphene. The results could allow the development of highly sensitive chemical sensors.
Researchers have found a way to produce exotic magnetic patterns inside a layer of iron and nickel. The material could one day be used to produce more efficient magnetic data storage media.