Welcome to the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin

At the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) we explore materials and complex material systems that help to face current and future challenges, such as the energy transition - “Energiewende”. One of the HZB’s research emphases is on materials for thin-film photovoltaics and for the conversion of solar energy into chemical energy carriers (e.g. molecular hydrogen).

To be able to study material structures and processes in detail, the HZB operates two separate large-scale research facilities – the neutron source BER II and the synchrotron radiation source BESSY II – used by some 3,000 guest scientists from all around the World every year. At both facilities, HZB teams have developed in some cases unparalleled instruments and are continuing to work on increasing their measurement precision to allow for new insights to be gleaned.

The HZB is a member of the Helmholtz Association and co-founder of the Competence Centre for Thin-Film and Nanotechnology for Photovoltaics Berlin (PVcomB), whose mission it is to promote the technology transfer to industry.

News and Press Releases

  • 22.07.2016

    Klangkunst im Speicherring, Ausstellung im Rohbau: Der Juli steht ganz im Zeichen der Kunst am HZB


    Malerei, Installation, Foto, Video, Performance: Studierende und bereits etablierte Kunstschaffende stellen in der unterirdischen Teilchenbeschleunigerhalle bERLinPro aus. Das Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) als Bauherr, DGI Bauwerk als Architekten und der Kurator Enno Wallis laden unter dem Titel SPEED zu einer außergewöhnlichen Kunstausstellung ein. Sie wird am Freitag, den 29. Juli um 19:00 Uhr eröffnet und wird dann für 2 Tage, bis zum 31. Juli zu sehen sein: am Samstag und Sonntag jeweils von 12 bis 16:00 Uhr. Am Sonntag wird um 15:00 Uhr der TIBES ART AWARD II verliehen - ein Kunstpreis, der an drei Aussteller geht. Der erste Preis wird von DGI Bauwerk gestiftet.


  • <p>&nbsp;Gerriet K. Sharma is setting up the icosahedral loudspeaker, photo: Kristijan Smok (izlog)</p>12.07.2016

    Sound artist Gerriet K. Sharma designs sound sculptures of BESSY VSR

    From 13 to 19 July 2016, the artist will be recording sounds on location
    The electron storage ring BESSY II is the backdrop for an extraordinary art project. Sound artist Gerriet K. Sharma of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz will translate the principles of accelerator physics into three-dimensional acoustic compositions. From 13 to 19 July 2016, the artist will be on location to record sounds directly in the electron storage ring. [...].

  • <p>The X-ray diffraction devices at HZB in the X-ray CoreLab are available to all scientists. Credit: S.Kodalle/HZB</p>11.07.2016

    X-ray CoreLab now in operation and available

    All regular HZB scientists as well as visiting scientists can now use the diverse X-ray diffractometry equipment at the X-ray CoreLab, effective immediately. Each instrument is up-to-date with the latest versions of hardware & software and specialised for certain investigations. Instrument time will be allocated via the Online Calendar. [...].

  • <p>Prof. Klaus Lips, Prof. Emad Aziz and Dr. Alexander Schnegg (f.l.t.r) have been awarded with adjunct professorships by Monash-University. Credit: HZB</p>07.07.2016

    Monash University awards three HZB-scientist with adjunct professorships

    Cooperation between Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, is thriving. Now, Monash University has awarded three HZB-scientists with adjunct professorships: Prof. Klaus Lips, Dr. Alexander Schnegg and Prof. Emad Aziz have been working several years already with Prof. Leone Spiccia, an internationally renowned chemist at Monash University, on energy materials science. [...].

  • 27.06.2016

    Data policy finalized for research data at HZB

    Researchers retain exclusive access to their data for five years
    The instruments at the large facilities of Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin produce large quantities of raw data. These data must be stored long-term and should also be openly accessible. The rules for handling such data at HZB are now defined in its data policy. The management finalized the policy on 14 June 2016. It stipulates that, as a rule, raw data should become openly accessible after five years. [...].

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