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.

BESSY II from above

Digital walk through BESSY II

How does an accelerator actually look from the inside? And how is the highly desired X-ray light produced, which researchers from all over the world use? Join us on a tour of the electron storage ring BESSY II in Adlershof, which produces the brightest light in Berlin! Link to the video

 

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 

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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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

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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.