BESSY II – behind the scenes

BESSY II@HZB offers the experimental infrastructure for a research community encompassing a wide spectrum of fields. There are many people working in the background to ensure all instruments are in optimal condition for their experiments. This includes around 80 beamline scientists, some of whom we have already introduced. Here in our blog, they talk about their work collectively under #BESSYBeamlineScientists

From MIT to Wannsee

From MIT to Wannsee

For Marcel Risch, it feels like a homecoming: as a student, he had previously run experiments at the Berlin particle accelerator BESSY II. After working for several years at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and then in Göttingen, he is now establishing his own group at HZB – supported by funding from the European Research Council.

building integrated photovoltaics

Achieving climate targets with building integrated photovoltaics

In cities with multi-storey construction, roof areas are not sufficient to cover the electricity demand with photovoltaics. Active facade elements make additional areas usable. So far, however, such building-integrated PV modules have rarely been installed. The Advisory Centre for Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BAIP) at the HZB wants to change this. Blog post building integrated photovoltaics 

Plastic-waste

Using BESSY II in the fight against plastic waste

Many people buy drinks in PET plastic bottles. Unfortunately, it has never been possible to fully recycle this plastic. In 2016, researchers in Japan have discovered bacteria that can break down PET into its basic components. By experimenting at BESSY II, a team from Universität Greifswald and HZB recently deciphered one of the two most crucial enzymes in this process. Their work points the way towards perfect recycling of PET plastics.

JOB
The Institute Nanospectroscopy search:
Postdoc Position (f / m / d) - Electron Paramagnetic Resonance on a Chip
application until: 13.03.2020
Postdoc within the EPRoC project.
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Events at HZB
Strahlenhärtetests für den Weltraumeinsatz: Elektronik und Photovoltaik
Lise-Meitner-Campus
JOB
The Department Personnel and Social Matters search:
Personalreferentin / Personalreferent (w/m/d)
application until: 22.01.2020
Personalreferentin / Personalreferent (w/m/d)
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Events (with participation of external organizers)
Photon School 2020
Wilhelm-Conrad-Röntgen-Campus
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Institute - Methods and Instrumentation for Synchrotron Radiation Research
Young and Experienced Investigators Exchange Workshop 2020
Brauhaus Wittenberg, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany
JOB
The Research Group Ultrafast Dynamics in Solution and at Interfaces search:
PhD-student (f / m / d) Diploma or Master in Physics or related subject area
application until: 31.01.2020
PhD in the field of development and fabrication of diffractive X-ray optics
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The Young Investigator Group Nanoscale Operando CO2 Photo-Electrocatalysis search:
PhD-Student (f / m / d) "In-situ nanoscale characterization of catalytic materials"
application until: 31.10.2019
PhD-Student (f / m / d) "In-situ nanoscale characterization of catalytic materials"
JOB
The Research Group Ultrafast Dynamics in Solution and at Interfaces search:
PostDoc (f / m / d) (PhD in Physics, Materials Sciences or equivalent)
application until: 31.01.2020
PostDoc (f / m / d) (PhD in Physics, Materials Sciences or equivalent)
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External events
LEAPS meets Quantum Technology
Hotel Hermitage, La Biodola, Isola d'Elba, Italy
Reactor

BER II Decommissioning

The Berlin experimental reactor BER II will be finally shut down at the end of 2019. We are currently preparing the decommissioning of the BER II. (in German)

Accelerator

Proton Therapie

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