50 years of Protein Data Bank

The Protein Data Bank is celebrating this year the 50th anniversary of its founding as the first freely accessible digital data source for biology. There are three beamlines dedicated to protein crystallography at BESSY II. They can be used to decode the 3D architecture of proteins. Discover more on our page Protein crystallography: a tool for decoding the building blocks of life.

Photoanode for the production of solar hydrogen

Green hydrogen for the energy transition

CatLab in Berlin will become a beacon for research on catalyst materials. Such materials are needed to produce green hydrogen with renewable energy such as sunlight or wind power. Green Hydrogen is considered a building block in a future climate-neutral energy supply. Climate protection and sustainability also played a major role in the architectural competition.

Experiments with Radio TEDDY

Experiment of the week: HZB at Radio TEDDY - Part 2

Radio TEDDY and the HZB continue their successful cooperation. Every Saturday at 2.40 pm Leo from Radio TEDDY performs a new experiment for the children in front of the radio (in German). At Radio TEDDY-Experimentierkasten you can find out what you need to do it and listen to all the episodes.

Schematic representation of the coronavirus protease

How does BESSY II contribute to the research on SARS-CoV-2?

At the light source BESSY II, researchers gain important insights into the corona virus. How do they do that? Our expert Manfred Weiss explains on the HZB YouTube channel how protein crystallography works. All important information about the SARS-CoV-2 research at BESSY II can be found here.

Steve Albrecht, Innovation Lab HySPRINT

The athlete in the lab coat

Steve Albrecht is researching on perovskite solar cells and holds several efficiency world records with his team. Back in his schooldays, he was going to become either a competitive gymnast or a scientist. He chose science, but the same athletic ambition still drives his research forward.

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Graphic recording from the expert workshop on catalysis

The route to BESSY III

At HZB we have the experts for designing and building a new accelerator source, and we have many creative scientists onboard, who are making advancements in the development of photon research. The new source BESSY III is planned go into operation in 2030. Our aim is to offer worldwide unique experiments that will accelerate the gaining of new insights in many disciplines.

The head of proton therapy at the sector cyclotron

Proton Therapy

Patients with eye tumours are being treated with proton beams since June 1998 by  the Charité Universitätsklinikum Benjamin Franklin together with the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. Especially, we succeed to destroy the tumour in more than 97 percent of the patients. Eye tumour therapy with protons


BER II Decommissioning

The Berlin experimental reactor BER II of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) was finally shut down at the end of 2019. We are currently preparing to decommission the facility.