SNI2022 Registration and Call for Abstracts is open!
SNI2022 will take place at Freie Universität Berlin. We look forward to seeing you there! © Freie Universität Berlin
The 5th Conference for Research with Synchrotron Radiation, Neutrons and Ion Beams at Large Facilities takes place form 5.-7. September 2022 in Berlin. The registration for this event organised by HZB is now open! The Early Bird rate is valid until 26. June.
Registration - Early Bird Deadline 26. June
The Early Bird rate of 180 € (regular) or 90 € (PhD students) is valid until 26. June.
Good to know: Students who have not yet started their doctoral studies can register free of charge until March 20th at the latest. For this purpose, a proof of the student’s status and a letter of recommendation from the supervisor is required.
Call for Abstracts – Deadline 24. April
Abstracts for talks and posters can be submitted until 24. April.
We look forward to your participation and exciting contributions from HZB staff as well as our users and partners.
Green hydrogen: How photoelectrochemical water splitting may become competitive
Sunlight can be used to produce green hydrogen directly from water in photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells. So far, systems based on this "direct approach" have not been energetically competitive. However, the balance changes as soon as some of the hydrogen in such PEC cells is used in-situ for a catalytic hydrogenation reaction, resulting in the co-production of chemicals used in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The energy payback time of photoelectrochemical "green" hydrogen production can be reduced dramatically, the study shows.
Perovskite solar cells from the slot die coater - a step towards industrial production
Solar cells made from metal halide perovskites achieve high efficiencies and their production from liquid inks requires only a small amount of energy. A team led by Prof. Dr. Eva Unger at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin is investigating the production process. At the X-ray source BESSY II, the group has analyzed the optimal composition of precursor inks for the production of high-quality FAPbI3 perovskite thin films by slot-die coating. The solar cells produced with these inks were tested under real life conditions in the field for a year and scaled up to mini-module size.
Superstore MXene: New proton hydration structure determined
MXenes are able to store large amounts of electrical energy like batteries and to charge and discharge rather quickly like a supercapacitor. They combine both talents and thus are a very interesting class of materials for energy storage. The material is structured like a kind of puff pastry, with the MXene layers separated by thin water films. A team at HZB has now investigated how protons migrate in the water films confined between the layers of the material and enable charge transport. Their results have been published in the renowned journal Nature Communications and may accelerate the optimisation of these kinds of energy storage materials.