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At the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB), we conduct research on complex systems of materials that contributes to dealing with challenges such as the energy transition. The HZB research portfolio includes solar cells, solar fuels, thermoelectrics, and materials for new, energy-efficient information technologies (spintronics) or electrochemical energy storage. Research on these energy materials is closely connected with the operation and advanced development of the BESSY II photon source. And our research approach always concentrates on thin-film technologies. Find out more at this About us.

News and Press Releases


  • <p>The Ernst Eckhard Koch Prize went to Dr. Victoriia Saveleva (right) for her work on catalysts.</p>NEWS      12.12.2018

    Ernst Eckhard Koch Prize and Synchrotron Radiation Innovation Award

    On December 6, 2018, the Association of Friends of Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin awarded the Ernst Eckhard Koch Prize for an outstanding doctoral thesis in the field of research with synchrotron radiation at the HZB or at DESY as well as the European Innovation-Award on Synchrotron Radiation. The award ceremonies took place during the 10th User Meeting at the HZB. [...]


  • <p>Photocathode in superconducting photoinjector system.</p>SCIENCE HIGHLIGHT      07.12.2018

    Milestone for bERLinPro: photocathodes with high quantum efficiency

    A team at the HZB has improved the manufacturing process of photocathodes and can now provide photocathodes with high quantum efficiency for bERLinPro. [...]


  • NEWS      30.11.2018

    Two new Helmholtz Young Investigator Groups approved at HZB

    Starting in 2019, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) will be establishing two new Helmholtz Young Investigator Groups and thereby strengthening its competencies in catalysis research. The Helmholtz Association will be funding each group with 150,000 euros annually over a period of five years, and HZB will be matching that sum with its own funds. [...]


  • <p><span>The APPLE II UE56 double undulator generates brilliant light with variable polarization.</span></p>NEWS      26.11.2018

    HZB builds undulator for SESAME in Jordan

    The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin is building an APPLE II undulator for the SESAME synchrotron light source in Jordan. The undulator will be used at the Helmholtz SESAME beamline (HESEB) that will be set up there by five Helmholtz Centres. The Helmholtz Association is investing 3.5 million euros in this project coordinated by DESY. [...]



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