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

  • 01.04.2015

    Antique Osiris figurines from the Egyptian Museum of Florence examined with neutrons

    A research team from the Egyptian Museum of Florence examined three antique bronze figurines non-invasively with neutrons at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie. The statuettes embody Osiris, the Egyptian god of the afterlife, the underworld and the dead. Until now, little had been known about what alloy they consist of or how they were produced. Using several analytical methods, the researchers have now shown that the production method and the materials used were astonishingly similar for all three figurines, even though they were crafted in different regions of ancient Egypt. [...].

  • 31.03.2015

    HZB still a certified family-friendly employer

    The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) offers a family-friendly environment for its employees. The charitable Hertie Foundation has confirmed this once again, and has awarded the research centre the “career and family” certificate for another three years. The HZB management decided to undergo this external audit in 2011 and has agreed on new targets to increase the family friendliness even further. This certificate awarded by the experts confirms that HZB now ensures better long-term reconciliation of family and career. [...].

  • <p>Solar Solutions, hand made by the students. And they all work. Credit: HZB</p>30.03.2015

    Call for Applications open: International Summer University on Energy, Falera/Switzerland

    Excellent Master, Diploma, and PhD Students from all over the world from different disciplines are invited to participate in the international summer university ISUenergy2015. The ISUenergy2015 will take place from Aug. 23rd - Sept. 4th 2015 in Falera/Switzerland. [...].

  • <p>Leading scientists presented the research programme for the two new graduate schools, HZB is organising together with HUB and UP. credit: Jennifer Bierbaum/HZB</p> <p></p>30.03.2015

    New Opportunities for students in energy research:

    HZB starts two Graduate Schools with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Universität Potsdam
     
    Friday, 27 March 2015, the start of two new graduate schools on solar energy research was celebrated at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB). Hybrid4Energy, the Graduate School of Hybrid Materials for Efficient Energy Generation and Information Technologies, is a joint venture of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HUB) and HZB. The Graduate School HyPerCell focuses on a new type of thin film solar cells based on hybrid perovskite absorber materials and is organised by Universität Potsdam (UP) and HZB. [...].

  • <p>Learning in green surroundings: In 2014 the summer students came from all over the world to meet solar energy experts.</p>25.03.2015

    Registration now open! Summer School Quantsol

    The International Summer School Quantsol will inform on basics in photovoltaics and solar energy conversion.

    For the eighth time already young solar energy researchers are invited to attend the International Summer School on Photovoltaics and New Concepts of Quantum Solar Energy Conversion (Quantsol). The school will be held from September 6th to 13th, 2015 in Hirschegg, Kleinwalsertal, Austria. The school is organized by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin together with the Technical University of Ilmenau. Application can be submitted through the school’s homepage until May 31st, 2015. [...].

  • 23.03.2015

    Susan Schorr named DGK Chair

  • 13.03.2015

    Neutrons and X-rays show how to prepare durable tooth cement

  • 19.02.2015

    The BER II neutron source is back in operation and available for experiments following the interruption in availability


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