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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.

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  • <p>Schematic view of carbon structures with pores.</p>SCIENCE HIGHLIGHT      13.03.2019

    X-ray analysis of carbon nanostructures helps material design

    Nanostructures made of carbon are extremely versatile: they can absorb ions in batteries and supercapacitors, store gases, and desalinate water. How well they cope with the task at hand depends largely on the structural features of the nanopores. A new study from the HZB has now shown that structural changes that occur due to morphology transition with increasing temperature of the synthesis can also be measured directly – using small-angle X-ray scattering. The results have now been published in the journal Carbon. [...]


  • <p>Dr. Marcel Risch has been awarded with an ERC Starting Grant and will continue his research at HZB.</p>NEWS      01.03.2019

    Marcel Risch to form research group at the HZB with an ERC Starting Grant

    The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) will be further strengthened in its research on solar fuels. Dr. Marcel Risch, who recently obtained an ERC Starting Grants, is moving from Georg August Universität, Göttingen to the HZB. Starting in March 2019, the materials physicist will set up his own research group to analyse and improve catalytic materials for water splitting. [...]


  • <p>Working in the newly equipped HySPRINT lab for perovskite solar cells: Cooperation opportunities - also in other laboratories and topics - will be presented at the Industry Day.</p>NEWS      22.02.2019

    Industry day with focus on optoelectronics and photovoltaics at HZB in Adlershof

    On 28 March 2019, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin kindly invites you to an Industry Day in Adlershof. We will provide information on cooperation opportunities and show laboratories that are available for joint research projects. Participants can expect a varied programme on the fields of material and component development, analytics and simulation. The event is free of charge, please register. [...]



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