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Our research at a glance

Achieving a climate neutral society through science and innovation

This shows a wafer with a sample cell. - enlarged view

Wafer, photo Martin Muske

A secure and climate-friendly energy system is one of the greatest challenges facing society. Through research and innovation, HZB contributes to developing solutions for a climate-neutral society.

To this end, we are driving material discovery and technology development - together with our partners in the Berlin-Brandenburg research landscape and with innovative partners worldwide.

We develop and optimize energy materials, including for solar cells, for catalysts or for the production of solar fuels. New materials for better batteries or for tomorrow's energy-efficient information technologies are also developed at HZB and their functionality optimised.

To realise our mission, we operate state-of-the-art infrastructures and instruments, especially the X-ray source BESSY II, that delivers synchrotron radiation over a wide energy range. At BESSY II, we record an average of 2700 visits by users per year. Our central laboratories, the CoreLabs, are also available to external guests for experiments.

Brief introduction to our research