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  • <p>Overview: Number of patients treated with prontons at HZB from 1998 to 2020.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
    The 4000th eye tumour patient treated with protons at HZB

    On 19 February 2021, the 4000th eye tumour patient received irradiation with protons, performed by a joint team from Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The number of patients treated in 2020 remained at the previous year's level despite the more difficult corona conditions. The treatment in Berlin-Wannsee is only available for uveal melanomas of the eye. The proton accelerator at HZB is the only therapy site for this disease in Germany.


  • <p>Artificial and natural interzones on a tooth restored with non-degradable biomaterials are exposed to mechanical (left: stresses acting in compression, tension and shear) and biological challenges (right: bacterial attachment, penetration, and other interactions with biological media).</p>
    Dental materials science: HZB is part of a research project funded by DFG
    How can dental restorations – such as fillings and crowns – be made to last longer? A new research group centered at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Technische Universität (TU) Berlin plans to address this topic by utilizing approaches from both materials science and dentistry. The interdisciplinary ‘InterDent’ research group is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). It will receive an initial funding of €2.1 million Euro over three years. Partners also include the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPI-KG).


  • News
    The HZB Graduate Center is here now
    The HZB “DR coordination” is now the HZB Graduate Center. Since the beginning of 2018, the DR coordination has been continuously expanding the offers and standards at the HZB for doctoral researchers and their advisors. The ideas and suggestions that were collected in discussions with numerous stakeholders and in various HZB committees on this topic are leading the path and are incorporated in the set up of a uniform HZB-wide umbrella structure for doctoral researchers and their advisors - the HZB Graduate Center.


  • <p>Part of the IRIS research labs will be equipped for research on catalysts. Photo</p>
    HZB and Humboldt University agree to set up a catalysis laboratory
    Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) have signed a cooperation agreement with the aim of establishing a joint research laboratory for catalysis in the IRIS research building of HU in Adlershof. The IRIS research building offers optimal conditions for the research and development of complex material systems.


  • News
    Call for Application “Helmholtz young investigator groups”

    We are looking for young excellent scientists looking for leadership! To participate in the pre-selection, please apply with a two-page outline of your project by February 28, 2020.


  • Nachricht
    21.01.: Seminar zu klimaneutralem Planen, Bauen und Betreiben
    Bauwerkintegrierte Photovoltaik (BIPV) bietet in Städten und Gemeinden enorme Möglichkeiten, aktiv zum Klimaschutz beizutragen. Im Seminar geht es um die baurechtlichen Anforderungen, den Brandschutz und den Einsatz verschiedener PV-Materialien.


  • News
    Corona Update 07.01.2021 / restriced operation
    After careful assessment of the situation, the HZB management has decided that HZB continue to operate in a very restricted mode. From 11.01.2021 on, the laboratories and BESSY II are opened exclusively for in-house research. Eye tumor therapy continue to take place. [...]
  • <p>For the measurement campaign, two couplers were mounted in a horizontal test position under a local clean room tent.</p>
    Accelerator Physics: HF-Couplers for bERLinPro prove resilient
    In synchrotron light sources, an electron accelerator brings electron bunches to almost the speed of light so that they can emit the special "synchrotron light". The electron bunches get their enormous energy and their special shape from a standing electromagnetic alternating field in so-called cavities. With high electron currents, as required in the bERLinPro project, the power needed for the stable excitation of this high-frequency alternating field is enormous. The coupling of this high power is achieved with special antennas, so-called couplers, and is considered a great scientific and technical challenge. Now, a first measurement campaign with optimised couplers at bERLinPro shows that the goal can be achieved.


  • News
    December issue of lichtblick
    On the cover, we introduce Catherine Dubourdieu, who is not only an excellent researcher but also likes the craftsmanship in her work.


  • <p>Martin Bluschke (MPI for Solid State Research, TU Berlin) receives the Ernst Eckhard Koch Prize from Mathias Richter for his outstanding dissertation.</p>
    Ernst Eckhard Koch Prize and Innovation Award Synchrotron Radiation
    This year, the Friends of HZB awarded the Ernst Eckhard Koch Prize to Dr. Martin Bluschke (MPI for Solid State Research and TU Berlin) for his outstanding doctoral thesis. The European Innovation Award for Synchrotron Radiation went to a team of four physicists for their work on the FERMI free electron laser at the Elettra synchrotron source in Trieste. The award ceremony took place at this year's HZB user meeting, which had to be held digitally this year. [...]
  • <p>Two structure powder diffractometers next to each other: the high structure powder diffractometer SPODI (above) in the MLZ experimental hall will be neighbouring FIREPOD.</p>
    Two neutron instruments from HZB move to Munich
    At the end of 2019, the neutron source used for materials research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) was shut down as planned. Now the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) in Munich is taking over two scientific instruments from the HZB. The Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMBF) is funding the relocation and adaptation with 5.62 million euros.


  • <p>1st Place: h4a Gessert + Randecker Architekten</p>
    Architectural Design drafts for new CatLab Center awarded
    An innovative laboratory and office building for catalysis research will be built in Berlin-Adlershof: CatLab is to become an international beacon for catalysis research and drive forward the development of novel catalyst materials, which are urgently required for the production of green hydrogen for the energy transition. In an architectural competition four winning designs have now been selected. All designs include climate friendly solutions.


  • News
    CatLab - A beacon for future hydrogen research

    The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and two Max Planck institutes are building a catalysis research platform named CatLab to achieve leaps of innovation in hydrogen research

    Hydrogen as a sustainable fuel source will play a key role in our energy system for the future. Hydrogen-based chemical energy media are needed as long-term storage repositories in the energy system and are crucial for climate-neutral design of industrial processes. The German federal government's National Hydrogen Strategy clearly identifies the great need for research in this area, which will be the foundation for breakthroughs and leaps in innovation. The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and two Max Planck institutes – the Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPI CEC) – are pooling their expertise for this purpose and together with Humboldt Universität zu Berlin they are jointly establishing the CatLab research platform in Berlin. CatLab is intended as a bridge between pure research and industry, and is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with more than 50 million euros. In total, the five-year development project will cost about 100 million euros.


  • <p>Christina Herold (right) accepted the award on behalf of the instructors at HZB. Together with the HZB, eight companies in Berlin were honoured by the employment agency for outstanding training.</p>
    HZB is one of the best trainers in Berlin
    The Berlin-South Employment Agency has awarded the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin for an innovative  procedure to select applicants for apprenticeships and dual studies not only on the basis of their grades, but also to include communicative and social skills. A total of eight Berlin companies were awarded the Certificate for Young Talent Promotion 2019/2020. [...]
  • <p>View into the experimental hall of the electron accelerator BESSY II at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. Researchers carry out experiments at approximately 50 beamlines. The aim of the cooperation between the University of Kassel and the HZB is to use artificial intelligence to evaluate these data more efficiently.</p>
    University of Kassel and HZB establish Joint Lab for the use of artificial intelligence

    The University of Kassel and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin are setting up a joint laboratory for the use of artificial intelligence, where they will be developing new experimental methods and improving the analysis of data from experiments performed at BESSY II. [...]

  • <p>Dr. Raphael Jay has received this year's Carl-Ramsauer-Prize of the German Physical Society of Berlin.</p>
    Carl-Ramsauer-Award for excellent dissertation
    Dr. Raphael Jay has received this year's Carl-Ramsauer-Prize of the German Physical Society of Berlin (DPGzB). The prize honours outstanding dissertations in physics and related fields and will be awarded during a festive colloquium on 18 November 2020 in the Magnus-Haus.


  • <p>The participants after signing the cooperation agreement between IKZ and HZB in corona-conform distance: (from left to right) Dr. Andreas Popp (IKZ), Dr. Manuela Urban (FVB), Dr. Peter Gaal (IKZ), Prof. Dr. Catherine Dubourdieu (HZB), Prof. Dr. Thomas Schr&ouml;der (IKZ), Prof. Dr. Bernd Rech (HZB), Thomas Frederking (HZB).</p>
    HZB & IKZ bundle their competencies In crystalline energy and quantum materials
    On September 11, 2020, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and the Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung (IKZ) signed a cooperation agreement to advance joint research on energy and quantum materials. As part of the cooperation, new types of X-ray optics for synchrotron radiation sources are also being developed. [...]
  • <p>This is how the extension hall will look after the scaffolding has been removed. The blue modules enclose the building like a bracket.</p>
    Solar-cell façade at HZB undergoes real-life testing
    Solar-modules shimmer bright blue on the cladding of a new building at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB). They are special CIGS thin-film modules custom-developed and produced in Germany for integration into the building’s envelope. The solar cladding not only meets part of the power requirement, but is also a realistic laboratory in and of itself: an HZB team is monitoring the long-term behaviour of the modules under varying environmental conditions and evaluating the data. 


  • <p>"I am convinced that we must act on climate change to prevent dramatic developments," says Bernd Rech. The technologies are available, and research is already working on further options. You can start the video by clicking the picture.</p>
    Climate Strike on Friday: HZB-Direktor welcomes engagement for climate protection
    "I find it remarkable and encouraging that more and more citizens are joining the protests of the younger generation and calling for a turnaround for climate protection," says Prof. Bernd Rech, Scientific Director of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB). In an open video message on the occasion of the worldwide climate day planned for Friday, he welcomes the fact that HZB staff members want to participate in the actions. At the same time he calls on people not to be afraid of technical changes. "The technologies for a climate-friendly energy supply are available. We must now use them quickly, but we must also improve them and create new options".


  • News
    HZB is member of the IGAFA initiative in Adlershof

    Since September 2020, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin is again a member of IGAFA - the Initiative of Non-University Research Institutions in Adlershof. Prof. Dr. Jan Lüning, scientific director of the HZB, was elected to the association's board. [...]

  • <p>Prof. Birgit Kanngie&szlig;er heads a joint research group on X-ray methods, which is funded by TU Berlin and HZB.</p>
    HZB and TU Berlin: New joint research group at BESSY II
    Birgit Kanngießer is setting up a joint research group to combine X-ray methods in laboratories and at large-scale facilities. In particular, the physicist wants to investigate how X-ray experiments on smaller laboratory instruments can be optimally complemented with more complex experiments that are only possible at synchrotron sources such as BESSY II.  [...]
  • <p>Radio Teddy hat eine eigene Webseite f&uuml;r das Experiment der Woche eingerichtet, auf der die Videos gezeigt werden.</p>
    Radio Teddy berichtet über Experimente aus dem HZB
    Radio TEDDY macht ein beliebtes Programm für Familien und Kinder nach dem Motto: „Macht Spaß! Macht schlau!“ Nun waren Reporterteams von Radio TEDDY am HZB zu Gast. In den kommenden zwölf Wochen berichten sie nun jeden Samstag um 14:40 über spannende Experimente aus dem HZB: von selbstgebauten Solarzellen über Materialien mit Gedächtnis bis zum Elektromagnetismus. Auf einer Webseite zum "Experiment der Woche" sind auch Videoreportagen über die HZB-Besuche zu sehen. [...]
  • News
    HZB newspaper lichtblick published

    In the new lichtblick we look with Bernd Rech, spokesman of the scientific management, at the upcoming funding period of the Helmholtz Association, the POF IV. What does it mean for our center? And what exciting topics will be accompanying us in the near future? You will find the answers in the interview on page 2. [...]

  • <p>The truck transporting the crane arrives early on Wednesday, September 2. Grey clouds over Adlershof, but that doesn't stop the team from setting up the crane.</p>
    A new cooling tower flying to BESSY's roof
    Early September a huge crane near BESSY II could be seen from afar. A series of pictures for you to discover the exciting installation of the fourth cooling tower. [...]
  • <p>Dr. Tristat Petit receives the ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council for his research on a new class of materials for the storage of electrical energy, the so-called MXenes.</p>
    New Materials for Energy Storage: ERC Starting Grant for Tristan Petit
    Dr. Tristan Petit has received a prestigious Starting Grant from the European Research Council for 1.5 million euros over the next five years. The materials researcher will use the grant to investigate a new class of materials known as MXenes for storing electrical energy. MXenes can store and deliver large amounts of electrical energy extremely quickly. They might play an important role in energy storage alongside batteries and supercapacitors. The ERC Starting Grant is one of the most important European research grants.


  • <p>Preparing the Undulator "castling": Next year, the undulator will be set up in a different location. So that it then goes quickly, the wiring is now being done.</p>
    The shutdown at BESSY II: busy activity in the ring

    The storage ring BESSY II is down for nine weeks this year while urgent maintenance is being performed and new components are being installed. That sounds like a lot of down time, but there is a long list of work to be done. There is much going on behind the scenes to ensure that BESSY II will be available as reliably as ever for our guest researchers. [...]

  • <p>Integrated PV-EC device during performance tests in the outdoor test bed for realistic operating condition.</p>
    Best electrolyser/photovoltaics combinations demonstrated in test fields
    One of the most promising ways to increase the availability of solar energy is to convert excess production into hydrogen. The PECSYS project has investigated the best possible material and technology combinations to facilitate such an operation.


  • <p>Jan L&uuml;ning, Scientific Director at HZB for "Matter", holds a professorship at Humboldt University in Berlin.</p> <p></p>
    Humboldt-University Berlin appoints Jan Lüning
    Prof. Dr. Jan Lüning, Scientific Director at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), was appointed to an S-W3 professorship at Humboldt University in Berlin in July. The professorship is entitled "Electronic Properties of Materials/X-ray Analysis" and is part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Humboldt University Berlin. [...]
  • <p>Grosspeter Tower, Basel 2016</p>
    Seminar für Architekt*innen Bauwerkintegrierte Photovoltaik: Architektur – Gestaltung und Ausführung
    Im September veranstaltet die Beratungsstelle für bauwerkintegrierte Photovoltaik (BIPV) „BAIP“ zusammen mit der Architektenkammer Niedersachsen ein Seminar für Architekt*innen zum Thema Bauwerkintegrierte Photovoltaik: Architektur-Gestaltung und Ausführung [...]
  • News
    Facts, Research, Expertise: Helmholtz Climate Initiative starts new website

    The Helmholtz Climate Initiative has intensively reworked its website. Starting immediately, the Initiative now offers articles, background knowledge, fact sheets, and much more on the current state of climate research at www.helmholtz-klima.de. In a new expert inquiry, the Initiative connects with Helmholtz climate scientists. The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) contributes research on the conversion of CO2 into fuels and basic materials to reach the goal of "Net Zero 2050". [...]

  • <p>The new CatLab (blue area) will be built in close proximity to BESSY II and other laboratories.</p>
    Launch of new catalysis centre in HZB-Adlershof
    The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) is launching a major new project through an interdisciplinary architectural competition: an innovative laboratory and office building for expanding joint catalysis research between the HZB and the Max Planck Society (MPS). Catlab is to become an international beacon for catalysis research that will advance the development of novel catalyst materials urgently needed for the energy transition.


  • News
    Enjoy your holidays: Video greetings from Bernd Rech, vol. 4
    The summer holidays have been startet, time to catch our breath and recharge our batteries. In a video message Bernd Rech reports from the Scientific Retreat. He thanks all colleagues for the creativity with which they found new ways of working together during the pandemic. He is looking forward to the second half of the year, but for now he wishes everyone nice holidays and thanks all those who are holding down the fort at HZB.  [...]
  • <p>The LumY Pro is an easy-to-use, non-invasive and versatile system with unparalleled compactness to swiftly quantify absolute electro- and photoluminescence photon fluxes of thin film absorbers, layer stacks or complete devices under various operating conditions.</p>
    Optimize opto-electronic devices with new compact measuring system

    In order to develop efficient opto-electronic devices such as solar cells or LEDs, it is crucial to improve the quality of the semiconductors. To achieve this, it is necessary to determine the luminescence yield of the semiconductor material. For this characterization, a research team at HZB has developed a new measuring device that precisely determines the luminescence and is also very compact. In order to evaluate the potential for commercial applications, the team now receives a Field Study Fellowship from the Helmholtz Association. [...]

  • News
    New lichtblick online
    There is usually a lot of bustle in the school lab at HZB. Children and young people pour in, experiment and ask Ulrike Witte's team questions. For example this one: "Is there actually ultra-green violet?" In the cover story our author Kilian Kirchgessner describes how lively the work with the children is - and how wonderful it is when at the end of the day all the young visitors are amazed, even the coolest.


  • News
    Start your accelerator tour - the Long Night of Science in a different way
    Due to corona restrictions, unfortunately there will be no Long Night of Science this year. This is not only a pity for all those interested in science, but also for us! We look forward to it every year when many people come to us, asking us questions or being amazed by the huge facilities and laboratories in which we do our research. To make sure that the long night doesn't fall flat, we take you on a virtual journey through our accelerator BESSY II.


  • News
    HZB has now its own app

    The new HZB App allows you to quickly access news, jobs and events, but also find about operational data of BESSY II. Now it is ready for you to use and waiting to be installed on your mobile phone.


  • News
    They are back: Sheep and goats graze the Wannsee campus again

    The meadows are lush green, the ice saints (almost) over: Now is the perfect time for the sheep and goats to return from their winter quarters! Until late autumn, they will now graze the near-natural HZB campus in Wannsee and serve the natural preservation of the landscape - completely without a lawn mower. [...]

  • News
    New charging points for electric cars installed in Adlershof
    On 14 May 2020, two charging points for electric cars were installed near the BESSY II main building. But not only the hybrid company car fleet is to be charged here. Soon, employees will also have the opportunity to charge their private cars at one of the charging points.


  • <p>A novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is spreading worldwide and can cause severe respiratory symptoms (COVID-19).&nbsp;</p>
    04.05.2020 - #Corona: HZB resumes operation step by step
    After a careful assessment of the situation, the management decided that operations at HZB would be resumed step by step from 4 May onwards. Strict security regulations apply. BESSY II will be available again for in-house research from 11 May. For Sars-CoV-2-relevant measurements a fast access to BESSY II has been established. [...]
  • News
    Video greetings from Bernd Rech, vol. 3

    After six weeks of minimal operation, life is slowly returning to both HZB locations. The laboratories open, although under strict security precautions. In a video message Bernd Rech tells us that he is very much looking forward to the open laboratories and new results. However, he also emphasises that it is still advisable to work from home in order to avoid infections. He expressly thanks all employees for their creativity and team spirit over the past weeks. [...]

  • <p>Protein crystals are analysed in the MX laboratory at BESSY II with hard X-rays.</p>
    Corona research: Consortium of Berlin research and industry seeks active ingredients

    The Berlin biotech company Molox GmbH and a team at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) have initiated a consortium of regional research groups and BASF. Together, they want to identify a starting point for the development of a potential active substance against the new coronavirus. Targets of potential inhibitors will be SARS-CoV2 proteins that promote the spread or infectivity of the viruses. Scientists from Freie Universität Berlin are also involved in the research work. [...]

  • <p>Prof. Dr. Johannes Reuther works at the Freie Universit&auml;t Berlin and the HZB.</p>
    Freie Universität Berlin appointed Johannes Reuther as W2 professor

    On April 6, 2020 Freie Universität Berlin appointed Johannes Reuther to the joint W2 professorship "Theory of Novel Quantum Materials”. The physicist will conduct research at both Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and Freie Universität Berlin. The joint appointment will build a bridge between experimental and theoretical physics. [...]

  • News
    Happy Easter Holidays!
    After three weeks of home office and minimal operation, Bernd Rech addresses all employees again with a short video message. He thanks them for their creativity and open-mindedness and wishes everyone a Happy Easter! [...]
  • <p>Schematic representation of the coronavirus protease. The enzyme comes as a dimer consisting of two identical molecules. A part of the dimer is shown in colour (green and purple), the other in grey. The small molecule in yellow binds to the active centre of the protease and could be used as blueprint for an inhibitor.</p>
    Corona research at BESSY II: Two days of measuring operation to find the right key
    The Berlin Synchrotron Source BESSY II of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) will resume operation for two days. Scientists intend to use the intense X-ray radiation from BESSY II to search for active substances against the corona virus SARS-CoV2. Almost two hundred samples from an important protein of the virus will be examined in the coming hours. The samples are saturated with different molecules that could be used as components of active substances. The analyses will show whether certain molecules can dock particularly well to the protein molecule and thus hinder the reproduction of the virus. These molecules are best candidates as components of a future drug.  [...]
  • News
    HZB donates urgently needed protective equipment for doctors’ surgery
    The situation in Berlin's doctors’ surgery is becoming increasingly acute due to the lack of important protective clothing and disinfectants. Some practices have already had to close for this reason. The HZB has therefore decided to provide quick help and is donating 65 boxes of protective clothing that are normally used for work in the laboratories and clean rooms. The boxes were handed over to the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Berlin on 27.03.2020. [...]
  • Nachricht
    Neue lichtblick erschienen: Jetzt online lesen

    Als wir die "lichtblick" vor zwölf Tagen in den Druck gegeben haben, war die Welt noch eine andere. Doch vielleicht ist die lichtblick gerade jetzt auch ein Zeichen für ein Stück Normalität in unnormalen Zeiten. Etwas Ablenkung vom Nachrichtenfluss, der täglich auf uns einströmt. [...]

  • News
    Working in the home office - important IT tools and hints for IT security

    Due to the current corona situation, many colleagues work in their home offices. The IT department has published a page on how to conduct video conferences and chats, redirect phone calls or get access to internal resources. [...]

  • <p>Felix B&uuml;ttner has set up a holography chamber at Brookhaven National Laboratory.</p>
    New Helmholtz Young Investigator Group at HZB
    Dr. Felix Büttner will establish a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group (YIG) on topological solitons at the HZB beginning in March 2020. Topological solitons occur in magnetic quantum materials and can contribute to extremely energy-efficient switching processes. Büttner wants to develop a new imaging technique at BESSY II to study these quasi-particles. [...]
  • <p>View into the BESSY II experimental hall</p>
    Important News about the Radiation Safety Requirements

    As of 1st April 2020, the experiment hall of BESSY II will no longer be a controlled area but a surveillance area and the users are no more required to have the status as radiation workers. This makes an easier access to the experimental hall possible. [...]

  • <p>An individual eye shield is made for each patient to protect the surrounding tissue from the proton beam.</p>
    20 percent more patients were treated with proton therapy in 2019

    For more than 20 years, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) have jointly offered the irradiation of eye tumors with protons. In 2019, more patients were treated in Berlin-Wannsee than ever before. 276 patients - 20 percent more than in the previous year - underwent proton therapy. The treatment is specialized in choroidal melanomas of the eye. The proton accelerator at HZB is the only treatment facility for this disease in Germany.  [...]

  • Nachricht
    Berlins außeruniversitäre Forschungseinrichtungen schließen sich zusammen
    Berlin als internationale Wissenschaftsmetropole zu stärken, ist Ziel einer gemeinsamen Initiative der außeruniversitären Forschungseinrichtungen der Hauptstadt. Sie haben sich zur BR 50 (Berlin Research 50) zusammengeschlossen, um künftig gemeinsam Strategien für die Forschung und den Austausch mit Politik und Gesellschaft zu entwickeln. Auch das Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin hat sich der Initiative angeschlossen. Die Kooperation mit den Berliner Universitäten wird hierdurch erleichtert und verstärkt. [...]
  • News
    Call for Application “Helmholtz young investigator groups”
    We are looking for excellent scientists who are interested in working independently on a topic and building up their own group at an early stage of their career. [...]
  • <p>60s on the new detector were sufficient to obtain the electron density of the PETase enzyme.</p>
    New detector accelerates protein crystallography

    Last week a new detector was installed at one of the three MX beamlines at HZB. Compared to the old detector the new one is better, faster and more sensitive. It allows to acquire complete data sets of complex proteins within a very short time. [...]

  • News
    Doctoral student receives Erhard Höpfner Thesis Award
    On 11 February 2020, Max Grischek received the Erhard Höpfner Thesis Prize, worth 2000 euros, which is awarded by a jury of the Berlin Scientific Society for outstanding theses. Grischek studied at the Technische Universität Berlin and wrote his master thesis in the young investigator research group "Perovskite Tandem Solar Cells" at HZB. [...]
  • <p>Research on the EU project Sharc25 also took place in the EMIL laboratory, where thin films and materials can be analysed with X-rays from BESSY II.</p>
    CIGSe thin-film solar cells: EU Sharc25 project increases efficiency
    Thin-film solar cells made of copper, indium, gallium, and selenium (CIGSe) are cost-effective to produce and now achieve efficiencies of significantly more than 20 percent. This level of performance was achieved through post-processing with alkali elements, and the procedures are suitable for industrial-scale production. Insights into the beneficial effect of these alkali treatments from the EU Sharc25 project have now been collected in an article published in Advanced Energy Materials. [...]
  • News
    Unique X-ray experiments for school classes: The X-ray mobile will arrive at the HZB
    What is ultraviolet radiation? What are X-rays used for? And what is radioactivity again? These questions are on the curriculum in physics lessons, but vivid experiments on these topics are rare. From 5 to 13 March 2020, pupils can conduct experiments on these topics in the HZB's school laboratory in Berlin-Adlershof. The public is invited to attend on 12 March. [...]
  • News
    Farewell to the research reactor BER II: brochure on 50 years of neutron research in Berlin-Wannsee

    Many guests from politics and academia and employees attended the colloquium on January 13, 2020, at Freie Universität Berlin. They joined us to say goodbye to the exciting and highly productive time of neutron research at BER II. [...]

  • Nachricht
    Bewerbertag am 23. Januar für die Ausbildung Fachinformatiker*in

    Wir bieten zwei Ausbildungsplätze für Fachinformatiker mit der Fachrichtung Systemintegration ab September 2020. Ihr arbeitet in einem sehr internationalen Umfeld, absolviert ein Auslandpraktikum u.v.m. Wer Interesse hat, kann einfach am 23. Januar 2020 zur Audition nach Wannsee kommen. Die Auswahl erfolgt in K.O.-Runden. Wer sie meistert, bekommt ein Ausbildungsangebot vom Helmholz-Zentrum Berlin. [...]

  • News
    HZB is now using green electricity
    Since 1 January 2020, HZB is drawing 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable energies. This reduces CO2 emissions by around 17,400 tons per year (related to 2018). By switching to green electricity, HZB acknowledges its responsibility to contribute to climate protection. [...]
  • <p>Dr. Simon Krause (University of Groningen, 1st from left) and Dr. Felix Willems (TU Berlin and Max Born Institute, 3rd from left) received the Ernst Eckhard Koch Prize for their outstanding dissertations. &copy; M. Setzpfand/HZB</p>
    Ernst-Eckhard-Koch-Award and Innovation Award for Research in Synchrotron Radiation
    This year, the circle of friends of the HZB awarded the Ernst Eckhard Koch Prize to two young scientists for their outstanding PhD theses. The European Synchrotron Radiation Innovation Award went to a team of physicists from DESY and the Paul Scherrer Institute. The award ceremony took place at this year's User Meeting of the HZB, which was very well attended with over 500 participants and more than 50 exhibitors. [...]
  • <p>A view into the core of the BER II reactor.</p>
    Operation of the BER II research reactor ends on 11 December 2019
    After 46 years of successful research with neutrons, the operation of the Berlin research reactor BER II ends on 11 December 2019. This date was announced by the HZB Supervisory Board on 25 June 2013. The early announcement has enabled the HZB to focus its profile on research into energy materials and the further development of the electron storage ring BESSY II. The BER II is to be dismantled over the next few years. [...]
  • <p>The graph visualizes the average temperature for Germany between 1881 and 2017; each strip stands for one year, based on the data set of the DWD.</p>
    Invitation: Climate change - from knowledge to action

    Climate change and its causes are undisputed. But how do we get from knowledge to action? What can science contribute to this? On Thursday, 5.12.2019 at 17:00 Clara Mayer (Fridays for Future), Volker Quaschning (HTW Berlin and Scientists for Future), Bernd Rech (scientific director of the HZB) and Kira Vinke (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research) will discuss these questions. The event takes place in the Bunsen lecture hall of WISTA in Adlershof and is open to the public. Admission is free. [...]

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    More information from microscopy images by computing power
    The first meeting of the Helmholtz Ptychography 4.0 Incubator Project took place at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) on November 27, 2019. Seven Helmholtz Centres intend to jointly develop advanced image data analysis and processing methods in order to extract more information from electron and X-ray microscopy images. In particular, the approach will be to use “virtual lenses” to correct imaging errors and thus considerably increase the resolution of images. [...]
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    Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Gisela Schütz on 2nd Dez
    We would like to invite you to the next HZB Distinguished Lecture on 2nd December 2019 at 3.30 pm in the BESSY II lecture hall in Adlershof. Prof. Dr. Gisela Schütz from Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (Stuttgart) will give her lecture about interesting phenomena in magnetic nanomaterials. [...]
  • <p></p> <p>Happy winners of the 2019 Technology Transfer Prize: Prof. Jens Anders and Prof. Klaus Lips.</p>
    HZB-Award for Technology Transfer 2019: A chip with many application options

    Klaus Lips (HZB) and Jens Anders (Univ. of Stuttgart) have won the 2019 HZB Technology Transfer Prize for their electron spin resonance chip that will revolutionise spin analysis (“EPR On A Chip - Eine Revolution in der spinbasierten Analytik“). [...]

  • <p>The award ceremony in the dinosaur hall of the Natural History Museum in Berlin: Governing Mayor Michael M&uuml;ller, Steve Albrecht and laudator J&uuml;rgen Mlynek.</p>
    Berlin Science Award: Young Talent Award for Steve Albrecht
    On November 7, 2019, Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Science and Research, honoured outstanding research achievements for the twelfth time. Prof. Dr. Steve Albrecht was honoured this year with the "Nachwuchspreis" (Young Talent Award) for his research on novel tandem solar cells. Albrecht teaches as a junior professor at the Institute for High Frequency and Semiconductor System Technologies at the Technical University of Berlin and heads the research group "Perovskite Tandem Cells" at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. The Young Talent Award is given to scientists who are not older than 35 years and is endowed with 10,000 euros. [...]
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    HZB Postdoc awarded prize for best presentation at ICMSET 19

    Dr. Lifei Xi was awarded a prize for the best presentation at the 8th International Conference for Materials Science and Engineering Technology (ICMSET 19) in Singapore. The postdoc works in the Young Investigator group "Oxygen Evolution Mechanism Engineering". His research interests are operando measurements to better understand electrocatalytic reactions.  [...]

  • <p>The Aktiv-Stadthaus in Frankfurt am Main achieves the efficiency house Plus Standard despite difficult conditions.</p>
    Reaching climate targets with building integrated Photovoltaics
    By 2050, the building stock in Germany must be almost climate-neutral in order to achieve the climate targets - an ambitious goal. Especially in cities with multi-storey buildings, roof areas alone do not offer sufficient space to cover a significant portion of the electricity demand with photovoltaics. There is now a wide range of façade elements that generate photovoltaic electricity. So far, however, such building-integrated PV modules have rarely been installed. The Advisory Centre for Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BAIP) at HZB wants to change this:

  • <p>The Russian-German Laboratory operating its own beamline at BESSY II.</p>
    New instrument at BESSY II commences user operation
    A new instrument became available to the users of BESSY II on Oct. 28, 2019. The new beamline and apparatus for spin- and angular-resolved photoemission in the Russian-German Laboratory at BESSY II have successfully completed their test phase. They facilitate precise measurements of the electron band structure and spin of different material classes such as topological insulators and magnetic sandwich structures, as well as novel perovskite-based solar-cell materials. A photoelectron microscope has also been developed which is particularly important for nanoscopic structures.


  • <p>Die Energiewende und die H&uuml;rden bei ihrer Umsetzung standen im Fokus auf der Jahrestagung des Forschungsverbunds Erneuerbare Energien.</p>
    Jahrestagung FVEE zu aktuellen Herausforderungen der Energiewende
    „Energy Research for Future – Forschung für die Herausforderungen der Energiewende“ ist das Motto für die Jahrestagung des ForschungsVerbunds Erneuerbare Energien am 22. und 23. Oktober 2019 im Umweltforum Berlin. Auf der Tagung zeigen die Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler u.a. auch aus dem HZB den dringenden Handlungsbedarf auf. Sie analysieren, wo Hemmnisse für eine schnelle Energiewende liegen und wie sie überwunden werden können. Leitplanke für alle Maßnahmen der Politik sollten die Klimaziele von Paris sein. [...]
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    HZB awards prize for technology transfer project
    On 15 November, the best innovation project from the HZB will be awarded the Technology Transfer Prize 2019. The award ceremony is open to the public and will take place at 2 p.m. in the BESSY II auditorium at the HZB location in Berlin-Adlershof. All projects submitted to the competition will be presented in an exhibition starting Monday, October 21, initially in Wannsee, and starting November 4 in Adlershof. [...]
  • <p>Dr. G&ouml;tz Schuck was awarded a poster prize at the PSCO-19</p>
    Poster award for Götz Schuck
    At the 5th International Conference on Perovskite Solar Cells and Optoelectronics (PSCO-19) Dr. Götz Schuck received a prize for his poster contribution. The international conference took place from 30.09.2019 to 02.10.2019 in Lausanne, Switzerland. [...]
  • <p>Marko Jo&scaron;t was a PhD student in the HySPRINT-Lab in Steve Albrecht's group. Now he will continue his research on tandem solar cells at the university of Lubljana.</p>
    Helmholtz Association promotes HZB cooperation with Slovenia on perovskite silicon tandem solar cells
    A HZB team has successfully raised funds from the “Helmholtz European Partnering Program” of the Helmholtz Association to expand cooperation with partners of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The topics of the cooperation are tandem solar cells made of perovskite and silicon and, in particular, their precise characterisation. [...]
  • <p>Catherine Dubourdieu is head of the IFOX Institute at HZB and was elected now into the board of directors of the MRS.</p>
    HZB Researcher on the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society
    In September 2019, Prof. Dr. Catherine Dubourdieu was elected into the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society (MRS). The MRS is one of the largest scientific associations and has almost 14000 members from various areas of the natural sciences and engineering. [...]
  • <p>From left to right: Prof. Bernd Rech of HZB, Prof. Ulrich S. Schubert of CEEC Jena, and the President of Jena University, Prof. Walter Rosenthal, seal the cooperation.</p>
    Memorandum of Understanding signed between University of Jena and HZB
    Thuringa’s minister of science gives the green light for the cooperation on research into new energy stores: Friedrich Schiller University Jena and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) today have laid the foundation for close collaboration with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. The Centre for Energy and Environmental Chemistry Jena (CEEC Jena) and HZB want to join forces to research novel energy storage materials and systems in the future. [...]
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    Results of the survey on short-haul flights and information on the climate strike on 20.9.2019
    173 HZB-employees took part in the internal survey on short-haul flights (as of Wednesday afternoon). 146 of them would be prepared to accept train journeys of up to 12 hours to replace a flight. This result shows a great willingness among the researchers to act in a climate-friendly manner, many of whom are also privately involved and, for example, are taking part in the Climate Strike on 20 September in Berlin (more info below in the text). [...]
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    Poster award for Maximilian Krause at the MC2019
    Maximilan Krause, master student at HZB, won a prize for the best poster at the Microscopy Conference 2019 in Berlin. He then presented his research on highly efficient chalcopyrite thin-film solar cells. [...]
  • <p>Dr. Yaolin Xu, postdoctoral researcher at HZB</p>
    HZB postdoctoral researcher receives Humboldt Fellowship
    Since September 2019, Yaolin Xu is doing research on the development of advanced lithium batteries with a Humboldt Foundation fellowship. In the future, these batteries could store significantly more energy than conventional lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). [...]
  • <p>&lsquo;Chuck&rsquo; Fadley spoke at the inauguration of the EMIL facility in 2016.</p>
    In Memoriam: Charles S. Fadley, Longstanding Collaboration Partner, Power User, Advisor

    Charles ‘Chuck’ S. Fadley, a pioneer in photoemission spectroscopy and internationally renowned Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of California, Davis, and Senior Faculty Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA, passed away on the 1st of August 2019. He remained an active and avid researcher until a few weeks before his death at age 77. [...]

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    Neuer „lichtblick“ erschienen

    Die Entwicklung von effizienten und stabilen Katalysatoren ist eine Schlüsselaufgabe, um nachhaltige Lösungen für unsere Energieversorgung zu finden. In der aktuellen Ausgabe stellen wir zwei neue Nachwuchsforschergruppen vor, die nun am HZB mit diesem Ziel forschen (Seite 1 und 2). [...]

  • <p>Dr. Paul Harten heads the new "Technology Transfer and Innovation" department</p>
    HZB strengthens its technology transfer
    The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) wants to bring technologies to market faster together with industrial partners and use its expertise in materials and energy research to investigate questions from industry in joint projects. The newly established "Technology Transfer and Innovation" department will identify cooperation partners and applications that are of industrial interest. [...]
  • <p>Congratulation to Javier Villalobos from the Young Investigator Group <br />Oxygen Evolution Mechanism Engineering at HZB.</p>
    Poster award for HZB doctoral student

    Javier Villalobos has been awarded for the best poster at the International Workshop on Correlated Dynamics in Energy Conversion (IWCE 19) in Göttingen. The doctoral student works in the young investigator group "Oxygen Evolution Mechanism Engineering". His research contributes to a better understanding of electrocatalytic oxygen evolution. [...]

  • <p>Silvio K&uuml;nstner (2nd from right) was awarded with five other young researchers at the EUROISMAR 2019 conference.</p>
    HZB doctoral student won Young Scientist Award

    The "Journal of Magnetic Resonance" and the ISMAR (International Society of Magnetic Resonance) awarded Silvio Künstner with a Young Scientist Award for his talk "Rapid Scan EPR-on-a-chip". The doctoral student from the HZB institute for Nanospectroscopy presented current progress in the development of a miniaturized electron spin resonance spectrometer. [...]

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    Stellungnahme des FVEE: Ausbaudeckel für Photovoltaik behindert erfolgreiche Klimapolitik
    Der im EEG von 2012 festgelegte Stopp der Einspeisevergütung durch den 52 GW-Deckel läuft dem erforderlichen massiven Ausbau der Photovoltaik und damit auch den deutschen Klimaschutzzielen diametral entgegen. Stattdessen sollte PV-Strom, der nicht lokal verbraucht werden kann, auch nach Erreichen von 52 GW installierter Leistung ins Netz eingespeist und vergütet werden. Der Forschungsverbund Erneuerbare Energien (FVEE) empfiehlt daher, so schnell wie möglich eine Anschlussregelung zu finden, die den für die Klimaschutzziele erforderlichen Solarausbau sichert. [...]
  • <p>Jean-Paul Kleider (co-chair conference committee; l.) congratulated Eike Gericke (r.) on his award.</p>
    HZB doctoral student receives award at conference

    Eike Gericke gave a lecture at the 28th International Conference for Amorphous and Nanocrystalline Semiconductors (ICANS) which was awarded as "Best Student Talk". Gericke is a PhD student at the Institute of Nanospektroscopy at the HZB. [...]

  • <p>View into the experimental hall of BESSY II at HZB, Berlin.</p>
    Physicists develop "time machine" for materials research

    Researchers from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Universität München will develop fast electronics for data acquisition at BESSY II. It will make it possible to record the signal of all X-ray flashes generated during the experiment. This will enable researchers to evaluate the data more extensively - even retrospectively. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the project with two million euros. [...]

  • <p>The new german russian undulator beamline at BESSY II</p>
    German Russian collaboration further strengthened at HZB
    HZB physicist Jaime Sánchez-Barriga establishes a "Helmholtz-RSF Joint Research Group". Over the next three years he will receive additional funding from the Helmholtz Association and the Russian Science Foundation (RSF) to investigate magnetic quantum materials for future information technologies with partners from the Lomonosov State University in Moscow. In particular, the funding should also enable the exchange and training of young scientists. [...]
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    Lectures with accelerator physicist Alexander Wu Chao on 19 and 20 August 2019

    Alexander Wu Chao is one of the most important theorists in accelerator physics and has made many major contributions, including to the Stanford National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) and Stanford University. He will visit the HZB in August and take part in measurements at the Metrology Light Source. Alexander Wu Chao will also give two lectures to which you are cordially invited. [...]

  • <p>At the MX-Beamlines at BESSY II, Gottfried Palm, Gert Weber and Manfred Weiss could solve the 3D structure of MHETase.</p>
    FOCUS TOPIC: Using BESSY II to combat plastic waste
    Plastics are excellent materials: extremely versatile and almost eternally durable. But this is also exactly the problem, because after only about 100 years of producing plastics, plastic particles are now found everywhere – in groundwater, in the oceans, in the air, and in the food chain.


  • <p>The neutron school at ANSTO in cooperation with HZB experts could transfer knowledge and skills in neutron research.</p>
    Traditional HZB Neutron School will be continued at ANSTO in Australia
    This summer, researchers at the Australian neutron source ACNS organised a joint neutron school at Australia's Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation ANSTO. The HZB-ANSTO neutron school will take place every two years.  [...]
  • <p>Group picture at arrival day at HZB.</p>
    Summer in the laboratory: 24 students from all over the world start their summer project
    For eight weeks the summer students are now working on a research project at the Helmholtz Centre Berlin. Experienced scientists of the HZB will support them. On Thursday, 30 August, they will present their results. [...]
  • <p>The Physical Society of Berlin is awarding the Karl-scheel-Prize to Steve Albrecht.</p>
    Steve Albrecht wins the 2019 Karl Scheel Prize
    This year's Karl Scheel Prize from the Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin honours Steve Albrecht of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie for his work in the field of highly efficient tandem solar cell absorbers made of metal-halide perovskites. [...]
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    Support for the sheep at Campus Wannsee
    Since mid-May, sheep have been grazing on the Wannsee campus and contributing to landscape conservation. They have now been reinforced: Since 14 June 19, five sheep and five goats have been supporting the existing herd in its "work". Since the goats prefer to eat blackberries and thorny plants, they find ideal conditions on the natural property. [...]
  • <p>1st place: "The interior of an electron beam evaporator in operation"</p>
    1st place for "Glowing Silicon Lake" at the HZB photo competition for the Long Night of Science
    More than 200 people have chosen their favourite pictures in the photo competition "Moments at the HZB" during the Long Night of Science. The winners have now been chosen, but the decision was extremely close. [...]
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    Members of the Berlin House of Representatives (Abgeordnetenhaus) visit Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
    On 17 June 2019, representatives of the Committee for Science and Research of the Berlin House of Representatives met with the management and scientists of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB). During their two-hour visit, they visited energy research laboratories and discussed the campus's prospects for the site after the final shutdown of the BER II research reactor. [...]
  • <p>This new laboratory building received the silver plaque "Sustainable Building" in April 2019.</p>
    Silver plaque "Sustainable building" for laboratory building in Wannsee

    In Wannsee, a new laboratory building for organic chemistry (LE building) was built in just one and a half years, which has now been awarded the silver plaque "Sustainable Building". It is the first HZB building to be certified according to the strict criteria. On the ground floor there is a physical-chemical laboratory for the institute "Functional Oxides for Energy-Efficient Information Technologies (EM-IFOX)". [...]

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    1300 visitors at the HZB location Wannsee at the Long Night of Science

    Despite high summer temperatures, the HZB was able to welcome more than 1300 people to the Long Night of Science at Wannsee. This is about 15 percent more than the last time (2017) when the location took part. Visitor magnets were the guided tours through the energy research laboratories and the experimental halls around the research reactor. [...]

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    Long Night of Science at HZB's Wannsee site: Solar cells, environmentally friendly hydrogen and a visit to the experimental halls of the research reactor
    The sun provides an enormous amount of energy. But can we really use it to cover our energy needs? Can solar energy actually be stored? And how powerful will innovative batteries be? During the Long Night of Science on 15 June 2019 (17:00 - 24:00) at the Helmholtz Centre Berlin in Wannsee, visitors can talk to researchers, discover secret places and interesting details.Bring your identity card with you! [...]
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    Neuer „lichtblick“ erschienen

    Heute demonstrieren wieder viele Schülerinnen und Schüler bei der »Fridays for Future«-Bewegung. Solarforscher Klaus Jäger unterstützt die protestierenden jungen Menschen aktiv. »Klimaschutz ist schlussendlich Menschenschutz«, sagt er in der Titelgeschichte. Er erzählt unter anderem von seinen Nachmittagen im Berliner Naturkundemuseum, wo er mit gut informierten Jugendlichen diskutiert. [...]

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    Photovoltaics are growing faster than expected in the global energy system
    Dramatic cost reductions and the rapid expansion of production capacities make photovoltaics one of the most attractive technologies for a global energy turnaround. Not only the electricity sector, but also transport, heating, industry and chemical processes will in future be supplied primarily by solar power, because it is already the cheapest form of electricity generation in large parts of the world. This is where opportunities and challenges lie - at the level of the energy system as well as for research and industry. Leading international photovoltaic researchers from the Global Alliance for Solar Energy Research Institutes describe the cornerstones of future developments in an article published in the journal "Science" on 31 May. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Dr. Jan L&uuml;ning (l.) and Prof. Dr. Bernd Rech (r.) have been appointed as scientific directors of HZB since June 1, 2019.</p>
    Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin has new scientific management

    As of 1 June 2019, Prof. Dr. Bernd Rech and Prof. Dr. Jan Lüning are the new scientific directors of Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie. Bernd Rech is responsible for the “Energy and Information” department and Jan Lüning heads the “Matter” department. Thus the HZB Supervisory Board has appointed two internationally recognised experts at the top of HZB. [...]

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    Development of a miniaturised EPR spectrometer
    Several research institutions are developing a miniaturized electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) device with industrial partner Bruker to investigate semiconductor materials, solar cells, catalysts and electrodes for fuel cells and batteries. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the "EPR-on-a-Chip" or EPRoC project with 6.7 million euros. On June 3, 2019, the kick-off meeting took place at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. [...]
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    90 preschool children experiment in the school lab for the Day of the Little Researchers

    Once a year the school lab says: Open doors for daycare children! 90 preschool children from five kindergartens experimented in the HZB school lab in Berlin-Adlershof for the nationwide Day of Little Researchers. Using homemade spectroscopes, they studied the properties of light and looked at poster snippets under the microscope. Actions are also planned at the Wannsee site. [...]

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    Adolfo Velez Saiz is a professor of accelerator physics at TU Dortmund

    Technische Universität Dortmund and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin have jointly appointed Prof. Adolfo Velez Saiz as a professor of accelerator physics. He heads the Cavity Development workgroup at the HZB institute SRF – Science and Technology. With this appointment, HZB is expanding its expertise in the development of new accelerator technologies. [...]

  • <p>Jakob Bombsch received an award for his poster on CIGSe absorbers at the spring meeting of the Materials Research Society.</p>
    HZB-Doktorand receives poster award
    At the spring meeting of the Materials Research Society, Jakob Bombsch received an award for his poster on CIGSe absorbers for thin-film photovoltaics. Bombsch is a researcher in the department for Interface Design headed by Prof. Marcus Bär.  [...]
  • <p>The idea: during summer, a module with photovoltaic and catalytic materials is splitting molten ice into hydrogen (H<sub>2</sub>) and oxygen. The H<sub>2</sub> is stored.</p>
    Energy for Antarctica: solar hydrogen as an alternative to crude oil?
    Volkswagen Foundation funds feasibility study by HZB experts in artificial photosynthesis

    The sun shines at the South Pole as well – and in summer almost around the clock. Instead of supplying research stations in the Antarctic with crude oil for producing the electricity and heating they need, solar hydrogen could be produced from sunlight in summer as an alternative. Hydrogen has a high energy density, is easy to store, and can be used as fuel when needed later without polluting the environment. An intriguingly simple idea - but one that raises many questions. Matthias May (HZB) and Kira Rehfeld (Heidelberg University) now want to examine how feasible this kind of solar fuel generation might be in Antarctica. The project is receiving financial support from the Volkswagen Foundation. [...]

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    Hörtipp: Die wissenschaftlichen Geschäftsführer im Interview des rbb-Inforadios

    „Physik made in Berlin“: Mitten in Berlin betreibt das HZB einen Forschungsreaktor und einen Teilchenbeschleuniger. Thomas Prinzler vom rbb-Inforadio spricht mit den wissenschaftlichen Geschäftsführern Prof. Bernd Rech und Prof. Jan Lüning darüber, was Forscher mit den kleinen Teilchen alles herausfinden können. Und warum die Anlagen ein Aushängeschild für Berlin sind. [...]

  • <p>Bassi presented results on new phases in the quaternary Fe-Ti-W-O system for application as photoelectrocatalyst in light-assisted water splitting.</p>
    Posterprize for HZB postdoc Prince Saurabh Bassi
    Dr. Prince Saurabh Bassi was awarded the poster prize at “International Bunsen-Discussion-Meeting on Fundamentals and Applications of (Photo) Electrolysis for Efficient Energy Storage”. He is a postdoctoral fellow working with Prof. Sebastian Fiechter in the Institute for Solar Fuels. [...]
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    Obituary for Prof. em. Dr. Hans-Joachim Lewerenz
    We are mourning the death of Prof. em. Dr. Hans-Joachim Lewerenz, who passed away on 24 April 2019 at the age of 70. From 1981 to 2014 he worked as a scientist and as department head in the field of renewable energies at our research institute. He was a pioneer in his research in photoelectrochemistry and photovoltaics. Prof. Hans-Joachim Lewerenz was a highly esteemed colleague and discussion partner far beyond the Center. We pay tribute to his work in the obituary.  [...]
  • <p>Seven sheep and two lambs are now grazing on the campus in Berlin-Wannsee, replacing the lawn mower.</p>
    Sheep graze the Lise-Meitner-Campus in Wannsee

    On 15 May 2019 they arrived at the campus in Berlin-Wannsee: Seven female sheep and two lambs of the domestic sheep breed "Skudde". By autumn, they will graze the semi-natural campus and thus contribute to biodiversity. By doing without extensive mowing, natural wild meadows are to be created that are particularly insect- and bee-friendly. [...]

  • <p>HZB-Teams are exploring and developing new technologies for perovskite based solar cells in the innovation lab HySPRINT.</p>
    LAUNCH OF EPKI: European Perovskite Initiative for the development of Perovskite based solar technology
    Perovskite based solar cells have made tremendous progress over the last decade achieving lab-scale efficiencies of 24.2% early 2019 in single-junction architecture and up to 28% in tandem (perovskite associated with crystalline silicon), turning it into the fastest-advancing solar technology to date. With the HySPRINT project and the recruitment of highly talented young scientists, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin has built up a considerable research capacity in the field of perovskite materials in recent years and is participating in the European Perovskite Initiative EPKI that has now been launched. [...]
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    The HZB at INTERSOLAR in Munich

    The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) will present itself from 15 to 17 May at INTERSOLAR in Munich, the world's largest solar trade fair. The HZB is one of the world's leading research centres in the field of solar energy and presents the latest developments in photovoltaics and solar fuels. The HZB offers a wide range of cooperation opportunities for companies - from contract research to joint research projects. [...]

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    Bernd Stannowski is Professor at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin

    Prof. Dr. Bernd Stannowski has received and accepted a call for a joint S-Professorship for "Photovoltaics" at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin. The physicist heads the working group "Silicon Photovoltaics" at the Competence Center Thin Film and Nanotechnology for Photovoltaics Berlin (PVcomB) of the HZB. [...]

  • <p>Frederike Lehmann earned an award for her presentation at the annual meeting of the German Society for Crystallography.</p>
    PhD student of HZB earns Best Presentation Award of the Young Crystallographers
    Frederike Lehmann received a prize for her presentation at the annual conference of the German Society of Crystallography in Leipzig on 28 March 2019. She is doing her doctorate in the Department of Structure and Dynamics of Energy Materials at the HZB under Prof. Dr. Susan Schorr at the Graduate School HyPerCell. [...]
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    Register now for the international summer school Quantsol
    It is already the twelfth time that the International Summer School on Photovoltaics and New Concepts of Quantum Solar Energy Conversion (Quantsol) will be held from 1 to 8th September 2019 in Hirschegg, Kleinwalsertal, Austria. The school is organized by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and the Technical University of Ilmenau. Applications can be submitted through the school’s homepage until June 9th , 2019. [...]
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    Girls'Day am Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
    Mehr als 60 Mädchen haben am 28. März 2019 das Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin besucht und an verschiedenen Workshops zum Girls'Day teilgenommen. [...]
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    Veranstaltungshinweis: Theater trifft Wissenschaft am 7. April im Berliner Ensemble

    Wie unterscheiden sich wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse von bloßen Meinungsäußerungen? Ist die Wissenschaft mitverantwortlich für die zunehmend düsteren Zukunftsszenarien? Der Thementag über Wissenschaft zwischen Misstrauen und Verantwortung verspricht interessante Diskussionen. Mit dabei ist auch der HZB-Forscher Daniel Meza, der beim Science Slam am 7. April ab 14 Uhr auftreten wird. [...]

  • <p>Dr. Godehard W&uuml;stefeld was awarded the Horst Klein Research Prize.</p> <p></p> <p></p>
    Godehard Wüstefeld receives the Horst Klein Research Prize
    The physicist Dr. Godehard Wüstefeld was awarded the Horst Klein Research Prize at the annual conference of the German Physical Society. The award recognizes his outstanding scientific achievements in accelerator physics in the development of BESSY II and BESSY VSR. [...]
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    Recipe book "Sciencefood" available for download
    In the current HZB newspaper "lichtblick" we already advertised our new Sciencefood cookbook. On 60 pages we have published the recipes of our colleagues from all over the world. Whether Pierogi, Quesadillas, Crêpes or Tiramisu: In the recipe book, everyone will find something delicious to cook. The brochure is of course also available for download. [...]
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    Neuer "lichtblick" erschienen
    Was leistet BESSY II? Und warum braucht die Nutzerschaft mittelfristig eine neue Synchrotron-Quelle? Diese Fragen haben wir Prof. Dr. Jan Lüning, den wissenschaftlichen Geschäftsführer für den Bereich „Materie“ am HZB, gefragt. Lesen Sie das Interview in der aktuellen Ausgabe der „lichtblick“ auf Seite 6. [...]
  • <p>Johannes Sutter received an award for his poster on solarcells at the NIPHO19.</p>
    Poster award for Johannes Sutter
    Johannes Sutter, PhD student at HZB, was awarded a poster prize at the "International Conference on Perovskite Solar Cells, Photonics and Optoelectronics (NIPHO19)". The conference took place from 25-27 February 2019 in Jerusalem. [...]
  • <p>Dr. Marcel Risch has been awarded with an ERC Starting Grant and will continue his research at HZB.</p>
    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>Facade with integrated CIGS thin-film solar modules at the institute building of the ZSW in Stuttgart.</p>
    Thin-film PV is key technology to drive global energy transition
    The German research institutes ZSW and HZB see huge potential in CIGS for both climate and business. CIGS thin-film PV is set to become a key pillar of the global transition towards renewable energy sources. With its high performance, low costs, small carbon footprint, and visual appearance, CIGS has some considerable advantages against other technologies, especially when it comes to highly demanding applications like buildings and vehicles. A new whitepaper compiled by ZSW and HZB describes in detail the benefits of CIGS and the huge business opportunities arising from it. [...]
  • News
    HZB to participate in two Clusters of Excellence
    Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) are researching novel systems of materials that can convert or store energy. The HZB will now also be contributing this expertise to the "MATH+" and "UniSysCat" Excellence Clusters being coordinated by Berlin universities. Over the next three years, the Helmholtz Association will fund HZB's participation under the Helmholtz Excellence Network with a total of 1.8 million euros. [...]
  • <p>New solutions are available to integrate PV into the building skin. One beautiful example is the Copenhagen International School.</p>
    Towards the Climate Neutral City: Independent consulting office for integrating photovoltaics into buildings
    The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin is opening a national consulting office for integrating photovoltaics into buildings (BAIP) this spring. The consulting office will support building owners, architects, and municipal planners in activating building envelopes for power generation. The project is being funded by the Helmholtz Association over a period of four years as part of its knowledge transfer programme.

  • News
    Two new Helmholtz Young Investigator Groups will start in 2019

    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>Marcus B&auml;r, here in EMIL lab at HZB, has accepted a professorship at FAU in South-Germany.</p>
    Marcus Bär accepts W2 professorship for X-ray spectroscopy in Erlangen-Nuremberg
    Prof. Marcus Bär has accepted a professorship for X-ray spectroscopy at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). Bär heads the Department of Interface Design at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB). The new W2 professorship was established in cooperation with HZB and Forschungszentrum Jülich in order to strengthen the Helmholtz-Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg für Renewable Energy (HI ERN). In the future, Bär will also be working on HI ERN research topics at HZB, thereby contributing to the intensification of cooperation. [...]
  • <p>Lena Gra&szlig; has received an award by GBM for her master thesis.</p>
    Outstanding master thesis on the structure and function of a bacterial enzyme honoured
    On December 17, 2018, Lena Graß, a PhD student from the Structural Biochemistry Group at Freie Universität Berlin, was awarded the Master Prize of the Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie e.V. (Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) (GBM). For her master thesis at Freie Universität Berlin and the MX beamlines of BESSY II, she deciphered the structure and function of a so-called RNA helicase. [...]
  • <p>Marko Topic, Bernd Rech, Janez Krc, Benjamin Lipovsek, Steve Albrecht, Marko Jost, Borut Pahor (f.l.t.r)</p>
    Slovenian president awards HZB scientist with "Apple of Inspiration"
    Marko Jošt, Steve Albrecht and Bernd Rech, researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and the Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) receive a rare award today, 19 December 2018. In the slovenian Grand Hall of Presidential Palace, the Slovenian President, Borut Pahor, presents them with the "Apple of Inspiration". It honours achievements in culture, science, sport and society. The Berlin scientists are the first foreigners who receive the prize together with colleagues from the University of Ljubljana. [...]
  • <p>Steve Albrecht is heading the junior investigator group "Perovskit Tandem Solar Cells" at the HZB.</p>
    Steve Albrecht is Junior Professor at the Technical University of Berlin
    The Technische Universität Berlin (TU) and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) have appointed Prof. Dr. Steve Albrecht to the joint junior professorship "perovskite solar cells" as of December 15, 2018. Since 2016, Albrecht has headed the junior investigator group "Perovskit Tandem Solar Cells" at the HZB, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


  • <p>The Ernst Eckhard Koch Prize went to Dr. Victoriia Saveleva (right) for her work on catalysts.</p>
    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>In September Bahrdt and team could insert the CPMU17 undulator in the storage ring in order to provide synchrotron light for EMIL.</p>
    Key competencies for BESSY III: Undulators
    HZB undulators are not only used in the BESSY II synchrotron lightsource. They also enjoy great popularity at other large-scale research facilities. HZB has already supplied undulators to renowned centres such as the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland, DESY in Hamburg, and MAX IV in Sweden. Undulators are key components in the operation of synchrotron lightsources. [...]
  • <p>From left to right: Prof. Dr. Jan L&uuml;ning (HZB, design. GF), Dr. Roland Steitz (HZB), H.E. Dr. Khaled TOUKAN (Chairman of Jordan Atomic Energy Commission), Dr. Antje Vollmer (HZB), Mr Akram Hayjeneh (Jordan Embassy in Berlin), Dr. Samer Kahook (Manager of JRTR Jordan Atomic Energy Commission).</p>
    Delegation from Jordan visited the HZB
    The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) will intensify its cooperation with Jordanian large-scale research facilities. This was agreed between Prof. Dr. Jan Lüning and representatives of a high-ranking Jordanian research delegation, which visited the HZB at the end of November 2018.  [...]
  • <p><span>The APPLE II UE56 double undulator generates brilliant light with variable polarization.</span></p>
    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. [...]
  • <p>New at HZB: DAAD MOPGA Fellow Dr. Yutsung Tsai.</p>
    "Make our Planet great again": New Research Group at the HZB institute of Silicon Photovoltaics
    The physicist Dr. Yutsung Tsai is setting up his own research group on  at the Institute of Silicon Photovoltaics at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. His goal is to develop two-dimensional transparent solar cells. Tsai receives research funding from the Franco-German programme "Make Our Planet Great Again – German Research Initiative“ (MOPGA-GRI), which is funded by the German Ministry or Education and Research.  [...]
  • <p>From left to right: The DTG board, Prof. E. M&uuml;ller (DLR) and Dipl.-Ing. N. Katenbrink (company Quick-Ohm) present the Young Scientist Prize to Alexander Petsch (HZB), whose work was supervised by Dr. K. Fritsch and PD Dr. K. Habicht (both HZB).</p>
    Alexander Petsch awarded the Young Investigators Prize of the German Thermoelectric Society
    Alexander Petsch from the HZB Department Methods and Characterization of Transport Phenomena in Energy Materials was awarded the Young Scientist Prize 2018 of the German Thermoelectrics Society e.V. (DTG) for his outstanding Bachelor thesis. [...]
  • Nachricht
    Veranstaltungstipp: Theaterstück Kernfragen über Lise Meitner am 13.11.2018
    Am 13. November 2018 wird an der Freien Universität ein Theaterstück zu Lise Meitner uraufgeführt, das durch das PORTRAITTHEATER aus Wien realisiert wird. Das Stück "KERNFRAGEN" basiert auf dokumentarischem Material, unter anderem dem umfangreichen Briefwechsel zwischen Lise Meitner und Max von Laue, der bislang wenig öffentlich bekannt ist. Der Eintritt ist frei, um Anmeldung wird gebeten. [...]
  • <p>Computer scientist Andreas Maier, materials researcher Silke Christiansen and medical expert Georg Schett have been awarded with an ERC Synergy Grant. </p>
    ERC Synergy grant with HZB participation
    Novel X-ray microscope to produce microstructural images in situ and in vivo [...]
  • <p>Andriy Zakutayev (NREL), member of the jury, has awarded Fredrike Lehmann for her poster at ICTMC-21 in Boulder, Colorado, USA.</p>
    Poster award to HZB doctoral student
    Frederike Lehmann from the HZB Department Structure and Dynamics of Energy Materials received a poster award at an international conference, the ICTMC-21 in Boulder, Colorado, USA. She presented her results on the synthesis and characterization of hybrid perovskite materials, which are considered interesting candidates for novel solar cells. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Dr. Andrea Denker is the head of the department "Proton Therapy" at HZB.</p>
    Andrea Denker is Professor of "Accelerator Physics for Medicine"
    The Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) have appointed Prof. Dr. Andrea Denker to the joint professorship "Accelerator Physics for Medicine" as of October 1, 2018. Since 2006, Andrea Denker is head of the department "Proton Therapy" at the HZB, which operates the accelerator for eye tumor therapy. The therapy, offered in cooperation with the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the HZB, is unique in Germany. [...]
  • <p>John Uhlrich, Editor-in-Chief at Wiley VCH presented an award to Quentin Jeangros, EPFL, and Eike K&ouml;hnen, HZB, for their outstanding posters (from left to right).  </p>
    Poster award for HZB PhD student
    Eike Köhnen received an award for his poster on perovskite silicon tandem cells at the 4th International Conference on Perovskite Solar Cells and Optoelectronics (PSCO) in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a PhD student in the Junior Research Group on Perovskite Tandem Cells led by Dr. Steve Albrecht. [...]
  • Nachricht
    Am 15. Oktober startet die Ringvorlesung der Freien Universität Berlin– Zum Gedenken an Lise Meitner
    Lise Meitner ist eine der bedeutendsten Wissenschaftlerinnen des 20. Jahrhunderts. Die Freie Universität Berlin würdigt im Rahmen einer Ringvorlesung die Leistungen Lise Meitners und arbeitet deren Bedeutung für die Wissenschaft und Kultur auf. Die Veranstaltung findet immer montags von 18.15 bis 19.45 Uhr statt, Beginn ist am 15. Oktober. [...]
  • <p>The theory group with Joe Dzubiella. </p>
    Collaboration between HZB and the University of Freiburg
    Through a Joint Research Group entitled “Simulation of Energy Materials“ Prof. Joachim Dzubiella of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg will be able to continue his collaboration with the HZB. The theoretical physicist headed the “Theory and Simulation“ group at the HZB until recently and worked closely together with colleagues conducting experimental research. The new research group will concentrate on electrochemical energy storage and solar fuels. [...]
  • <p>Photo: HZB/J. Bierbaum</p>
    Scientific delegation from China visited the HZB
    On 28 September 2018, a 25-member delegation from China gathered information about materials research at the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin. Representatives from various research institutes, universities and industrial companies visited the Lise-Meitner Campus in Wannsee and had discussions with the HZB researchers. [...]
  • <p>Milena Meschenmoser completed the best apprenticeship of her year. After finishing her training as a precision mechanic, she now has new plans.</p>
    Berlin’s best apprentice for precision mechanic comes from the HZB
    Milena Meschenmoser completed her apprenticeship as a precision mechanic as the best in Berlin. From 2014 to 2018, she completed the practical part of her training at the HZB workshop in Wannsee. [...]
  • News
    Atoosa Meseck is a professor of accelerator physics at the University of Mainz
    On 1 September 2018, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz appointed Atoosa Meseck to the joint professorship “Accelerator physics – collective effects and nonlinear beam dynamics”. Prof. Dr. Atoosa Meseck is researching at HZB into novel concepts for undulators, as are indispensable for producing high brightness synchrotron radiation. Among other things, she is developing undulator concepts for the successor facility BESSY III, for which the concept is currently being developed at HZB. [...]
  • <p>A heavy-duty crane lifted the undulator from the testing hall onto a truck, which transported it to the truck sluice of the experimental hall. </p>
    Spectacular transport: Undulator moved to the electron storage ring BESSY II
    A worldwide unique undulator developed at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) was installed in the storage ring BESSY II on September 20, 2018. It supplies the "Energy Materials In-Situ Lab EMIL" with the hard X-ray light from BESSY II. The transport of the six-ton device was spectacular: several cranes were used to transport the undulator just a few hundred meters from the production building to the storage ring. [...]
  • <p>Alejandra Villanueva Tovar, Pavlo Perkhun, Erin Looney, Tom Veeken, Gizem Birant, Harald Reinhold (from left) have been awarded with an HQCQ 2018. </p>
    Hanwha Q-Cells Quantsol Awards 2018
    Six young researchers received a Hanwha Q-Cells Quantsol Award for their self-developed Photovoltaics. This award is presented by the organizers of the international summer school Quantsol together with the industry. [...]
  • Nachricht
    Neue HZB-Zeitung „lichtblick“ erschienen
    Das Potenzial der Solarenergie ist längst nicht ausgereizt. Es gibt viele Stellschrauben, um den Wirkungsgrad weiter zu erhöhen. So beschichtet Christiane Becker Gläser mit winzigen Strukturen, um den Lichteinfang in Solarzellen zu erhöhen – eine Technologie, die auch für die Industrie höchst interessant ist. In der Titelgeschichte der neuen "lichtblick" stellen wir die Physikerin vor, die sich beinahe für eine Laufbahn als Musikerin entschieden hätte. Bis sie auf das Thema der Erneuerbaren Energien stieß. [...]
  • News
    The HZB welcomes new apprentices and students
    On September 3, 2018, 14 new colleagues who are undertaking an apprenticeship, a dual course of study or a voluntary scientific year at the HZB officially started their careers. [...]
  • <p>HZB/P. Dera</p>
    Invitation to the final presentations of HZB Summer Students on 30th August
    The summer students worked on their own research projects for eight weeks. August 30th is their last day at HZB. We cordially invite you to the final presenation event at Campus Wannsee. Three selected students will give a lecture on their research projects. Afterwards, the students will be glad to report on the results and progress of their work in a poster session. Just drop by without registering - we look forward to seeing you! [...]
  • <p>Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister of Education and Research, visited the HZB student laboratory exhibit. Photo: BMBF</p>
    Shaking hands and experimenting with the Federal Research Minister
    Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek visited the tent of the school laboratories in the Helmholtz Association at the German government's Open Day this weekend. Employees of the Alfred Wegener Institute, DESY and HZB experimented with the visitors at the invitation of the BMBF. "We have two great days behind us with many interesting encounters, curious children and lots of action," says Dr. Ulrike Witte from the HZB school laboratory. [...]
  • <p>View into the new HySPRINT laboratory at HZB, where perovskit solar cells can be produced and tested. Photo: HZB/M. Setzpfandt</p>
    2.8 Mio Euro Funding for preparing perovskite solar cells for high volume manufacturing
    HZB participates in a new consortium for Perovskite solar technology that is led by Oxford PV Germany GmbH. The consortium is funded by the German Ministry of Economics and Energy with 2.8 Million Euros and aims to further demonstrate the manufacturability of perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells. [...]
  • <p>The HySPRINT logo (Helmholtz Innovation Lab) printed on a copper solution symbolizes how the thinnest material layers can be produced simply and cost-effectively. Possible applications are solar cells, organic LEDs or transistors. Photo </p>
    Printing solar cells and organic LEDs
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin form a joint lab and research group “Generative production processes for hybrid components”. [...]
  • News
    Register now: Newsletter from HZB
    On Thursday evening we will send out the next newsletter with information from the HZB. The focus topic in August is BESSY II and the expansion to BESSY VSR. According to the new data protection guidelines, we may only send the newsletter to persons who have registered. And what about you? Did you just subscribe? Here is the registration link. [...]
  • News
    Summer in the lab - and in the HZB science blog
    They come from Egypt, China, Mexico or Russia and study science or technology in Bachelor's or Master's degrees. For eight weeks our summer students participate in research in an HZB team. But are they doing exactly? They are currently blogging about their projects in the HZB-Scienceblog. [...]
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    Shutdown BESSY II: work has started
    As of 30 July 2018, BESSY II will be down for several weeks. In the summer shutdown, important components in the storage ring tunnel will be replaced and overhauled. The first conversion work for the BESSY VSR project also begins.  Upgrading BESSY II into a variable-pulse-length storage ring (BESSY-VSR) will provide unique experimental conditions for researchers worldwide. The shutdown lasts until 30 September 2018, and user operation will recommence on 30 October 2018. [...]
  • <p>Antonio Abate is an internationally renowned perovskite researcher. </p>
    ERC Starting Grant awarded to Antonio Abate
    HZB scientist Dr. Antonio Abate has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant for his research project on perovskite solar cells. The ERC Starting Grant supports outstanding researchers in an early phase of their scientific careers with up to 1.5 million euros over five years and is considered one of the most important European awards. [...]
  • News
    HZB Newsletter in english now
    You can now register to receive the monthly HZB Newsletter automatically by email. It always contains two or three science features from research activities, information on personnel matters, and video and reading tips such as links to profiles and news reports from the HZB newspaper Lichtblick, the Campus Blog, and the Science Blog. [...]
  • <p>Katherine Ann Mazzio was awarded for her poster contribution at the ICT2018 in Caen.</p>
    Poster award für HZB scientist at ICT2018
    At the International Conference on Thermoelectrics in July in Caen, France, Dr. Katherine Ann Mazzio from the HZB Institute of Nanospectroscopy received a prize for her poster. The conference is the world's largest symposium on thermoelectric materials. [...]
  • <p>Weitere Informationen finden Sie hier: https://bvmatwerk.de</p>
    Bundesvereinigung Materialwissenschaft und Werkstofftechnik wählt Susan Schorr zur Generalsekretärin
    Auf der letzten Mitgliederversammlung der Bundesvereinigung Materialwissenschaft und Werkstofftechnik (BVMatWerk) wurde Prof. Dr. Susan Schorr einstimmig zur Generalsekretärin gewählt. Sie tritt das Amt ab 2019 an, die Amtszeit dauert zwei Jahre. [...]
  • <p>Participants from partner institutions at the GRECO kick off in Madrid on 25. June 2018.</p>
    GRECO kick-off in Madrid: advancing photovoltaics through “open science”
    The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) is one of ten international partners in the GRECO pilot project funded under the European Union framework programme Horizon 2020. They intend to jointly test OpenScience approaches for exchanging knowledge and research data in order to accelerate the development of innovative PV products worldwide. GRECO will receive three million euros in funding through 2021. [...]
  • <p>The homepage: <a href="http://grafox.pdi-berlin.de/">http://grafox.pdi-berlin.de/</a></p>
    HZB expert contributes to Leibniz platform GraFOx
    The platform "GraFOx" of the Leibniz Association bundles the activities and competences of Berlin research institutes and universities in the field of oxide research for electronic applications. Now Prof. Dr. Catherine Dubourdieu has been involved as an Associate Partner. The internationally renowned expert heads the Institute "Functional Oxides for Energy-Efficient Information Technology" at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. [...]
  • <p>Nils M&aring;rtensson, University of Uppsala, cooperates closely with HZB.<strong><br /></strong></p>
    Helmholtz International Fellow Award for Nils Mårtensson
    The Helmholtz Association has presented the Swedish physicist Nils Mårtensson with a Helmholtz International Fellow Award.  The synchrotron expert of the University of Uppsala, who heads the nobel comitee for physics, cooperates closely with the HZB-Institute Methods and Instrumentation for Synchrotron Radiation Research. [...]
  • <p>21 students from all over the world will work on their research projects during summer at HZB. </p>
    Summer in the laboratory: 21 summer students start their research project at the HZB
    Young people from all over the world have applied to the Helmholtz Centre to take part in the annual summer programme: eight weeks of research in an HZB team, well supervised, taking their first steps in their own scientific work. Now 21 students from eleven countries have arrived and are looking forward to their research project.  They will present their results on 30 August. [...]
  • <p>Zum <a href="http://www.spektrum.de/aktion/energiewende" class="Extern">Download des Spektrum Kompakt</a></p>
    Kostenloser Download: HZB-Forschung in Spektrum Kompakt
    Noch bis zum 9. Juli steht das Spektrum Kompakt "Energiewende", herausgegeben vom Spektrum-Verlag, zum kostenlosen Download zur Verfügung. Darin enthalten ist eine 13-seitige Sonderveröffentlichung des HZB, aufgeteilt in drei Beiträge. Nach Ablauf des kostenlosen Zugangs wird der Download des Hefts auf den Spektrum-Seiten 4,99 € kosten. [...]
  • <p>Certificate ceremony in Berlin: Family Minister Dr. Franziska Giffey and the managing directors of the non-profit Hertie Foundation and berufundfamilie Service GmbH presented the award. </p>
    Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin receives "audit berufundfamilie" certificate
    On 27 June 2018 in Berlin, the HZB was awarded the "audit berufundfamilie" certificate for its strategically designed family and life-phase conscious personnel policy. The certificate was presented to Anja Seehrich, the person responsible for work-life-balance at HZB, by the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Dr. Franziska Giffey. [...]
  • <p>PhD students Hannes Hempel and Sara Niedenzu have earned awards at the E-MRS 2018.&nbsp;</p>
    E-MRS: Prizes for two PhD students at HZB
    At the spring meeting of the European Materials Research Society from 18-22 June 2018 in Strasbourg, Hannes Hempel received the prize for the best talk and Sara Niedenzu was awarded for her poster. Both are PhD students at the MatSEC graduate school at HZB. The E-MRS spring conference is the largest materials research conference in Europe with 2,500 participants. [...]
  • News
    HZB Newsletter with monthly highlights and info on events
    You can now register to receive the monthly HZB Newsletter automatically by email. It always contains two or three science features from research activities, information on personnel matters, and video and reading tips such as links to profiles and news reports from the HZB newspaper Lichtblick, the Campus Blog, and the Science Blog. [...]
  • <p>Ra&uuml;l Garcia Diez is awarded the poster prize. </p>
    Dr. Raül Garcia Diez received poster award at the international synchrotron conference SRI 2018
    HZB researcher introduces unique operando characterization by soft X-ray spectroscopy [...]
  • <p>Maxi W., 6 years old, is happy about her homemade spectroscope, which she could take home with her.</p>
    Day of the Little Researchers: 150 daycare children experiment at the HZB
    Why is the light white? And the sky blue? Children ask many questions and want to try things out. For this purpose, 150 pre-school children had many opportunities at the "Day of the Little Researchers" in the HZB school lab. They used self-made spectroscopes to examine the colours of light. [...]
  • News
    Helmholtz Association supports ATHENA with 29.99 mio. euro grant
    ATHENA (“Accelerator Technology HElmholtz iNfrAstructure”) is a new research and development platform focusing on accelerator technologies and drawing on the resources of all six Helmholtz accelerator institutions (DESY, Jülich Research Centre, Helmholtz Centre Berlin, Helmholtz Centre Dresden-Rossendorf HZDR, KIT and GSI with the Helmholtz Institute of Jena). The Helmholtz Association has now decided to pay almost 30 million euros towards ATHENA as a strategic development project. [...]
  • <p>Semi transparent PV-elements in the train station in Perpignan, France.</p>
    Alliance Building Integrated Photovoltaics: Björn Rau joins Management Board
    The General Meeting of Alliance for Builiding Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) has unanimously elected physicist and photovoltaic expert Dr. Björn Rau, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, to the BIPV Management Board. [...]
  • News
    HZB experts present cooperation opportunities at Intersolar Europe in Munich
    The international exhibition “Intersolar” brings photovoltaic research and the solar industry together. It is a perfect opportunity for researchers from Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin to present thin-film photovoltaic technologies and projects, including for example perovskite solar cells and tandem solar cells. [...]
  • News
    Record number of visitors to the Long Night of Sciences at HZB in Adlershof
    4,700 visitors came to see the electron accelerator BESSY II and the energy laboratories and experimental stations dedicated to researching solar energy. That makes nearly 20 percent more interested visitors to HZB’s Adlershof campus than last time. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Sir Richard Friend will give a talk at HZB (</p>
    The pioneer of organic semiconductor electronics will be a guest speaker at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
    On 14 June, Prof. Sir Richard Friend will be giving a talk in the auditorium of BESSY II on the physics that made the breakthroughs in organic electronics possible. He will speak about the "Management of the Coulomb interaction in organic LEDs and solar cells". [...]
  • <p>Alle </p>
    Hereinspaziert: Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin öffnet zur Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften BESSY II und Energieforschungslabore
    Solarzellen, die hocheffizient, sehr preiswert und lange haltbar sind. Wasserstoff, der mit Sonnenenergie gewonnen wird und Autos antreibt. Computer, die mit geringstem Energieverbrauch riesige Datenmengen verarbeiten: Die Forscherinnen und Forscher des Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin arbeiten daran, dass diese Zukunftsvisionen Realität werden. Zur Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften öffnen sie ihre Labore in Adlershof, stellen ihre Arbeit vor und laden zum Experimentieren ein. [...]
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    Thorsten Kamps is Professor of Accelerator Physics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    On 24 May 2018, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HUB) and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) jointly appointed Thorsten Kamps to the Professorship of “Accelerator physics – Generation and Characterisation of High Brightness Electron Beams”. Kamps heads a workgroup at the Institute for Accelerator Physics of HZB. He and his team develop a key component for new accelerator facilities, namely high brightness electron sources. [...]
  • News
    Start of a several-year approval process
    HZB submits its letter of intent to have the last fuel elements from the research reactor BER II stored in Ahaus. [...]
  • Nachricht
    Neue HZB-Zeitung „lichtblick“ erschienen
    In den letzten Wochen ist viel passiert am HZB: das Beschleunigerteam hat einen neuen Betriebsmodus erfolgreich getestet, eine Begleitgruppe zum Rückbau des Forschungsreaktors hat ihre Arbeit aufgenommen – und es gibt jetzt eine Energiemanagerin am HZB. Das sind nur einige Themen, über die wir berichten. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Dr. Rutger Schlatmann</p>
    "Tandemtechnologie" - Wie die Produktion von Solarzellen nach Europa zurückkehren könnte
    Der Direktor des PVcomB am HZB im pv-magazine Interview

    "Das Potenzial der Photovoltaik ist nicht mal annähernd ausgereizt", sagt Rutger Schlatmann im Interview. So liege der Wirkungsgrade bei kommerziellen Modulen aktuell bei zirka 20 Prozent. Mit Tandem-Solarmodulen wären bis zu 40 Prozent möglich - und sie ließen sich wahrscheinlich auch wirtschaftlich produzieren. Schlatmann zeigt die Vorteile der Dünnschicht- und der Wafer-Technologie auf und wagt eine Prognose: Welche Technologie wird das Rennen machen? Und unter welchen Bedingungen könnte die Photovoltaik-Produktion nach Deutschland zurückkehren? Lesen Sie mehr im Interview des pv magazine. [...]

  • <p>CIGS-Solarzellen sind auch am HZB ein wichtiges Forschungsgebiet. </p>
    Internationaler Workshop zu CIGS-Dünnschicht-Solarmodulen am 18. Juni 2018 in Stuttgart
    Dünnschicht-Solarmodule mit einem Halbleiter aus Kupfer, Indium, Gallium und Selen (CIGS) machen derzeit große Fortschritte bei der kommerziellen Fertigung. Welche Verbesserungen die Industrie in den letzten Jahren erzielt hat, wo die CIGS-Dünnschichttechnologie heute steht und was künftig noch erreichbar ist, diskutieren internationale Experten am 18. Juni 2018 auf dem neunten Workshop IW-CIGSTech in Stuttgart. Veranstaltet wird der jährlich stattfindende Austausch vom Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) und dem Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB). Der Workshop richtet sich an Fachleute aus Wissenschaft, Technik und Industrie. [...]
  • <p>After two years of postdoctoral research at HZB, Dr. Charles Hages has received an appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Florida. </p>
    Appointment to University of Florida
    Dr. Charles Hages has received an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida. Hages has been a postdoctoral researcher at HZB in the Department of Structure and Dynamics of Energy Materials for two years. At University of Florida, Hages will advance his work in developing energy materials and looks forward to continued collaborations with his HZB colleagues.   [...]
  • <p>The Quantsol will be held from 2. to 9. September 2018 in Hirschegg, Kleinwalsertal, Austria.<strong><br /></strong></p>
    Registration for Summer School Quantsol is now open!
    It is already the eleventh time that the International Summer School on Photovoltaics and New Concepts of Quantum Solar Energy Conversion (Quantsol) will be held from 2. to 9. September 2018 in Hirschegg, Kleinwalsertal, Austria. The school is organized by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and the Technical University of Ilmenau. Applications can be submitted through the school’s homepage until May 18th , 2018. [...]
  • Nachricht
    "Es war voll super!" - Girls Day & Zukunftstag am HZB
    Die Mädchen und Jungen zum Zukunftstag am HZB waren einstimmig begeistert - "Es war voll super!". Genau das Feedback gaben die Schülerinnen und Schüler gestern an die Betreuerinnen und Betreuer weiter. Insgesamt haben über 90 Mädchen und Jungen an den dreizehn verschiedenen Workshops in Adlershof und Wannsee teilgenommen. Neu dabei: Das Team der Augentumortherapie hat sich erstmalig im Rahmen des "Zukunftstag 2018" mit einem ganztägigen Workshop für Mädchen & Jungen beteiligt. [...]
  • <p>More than 50 participants from Israel and Berlin initiated the international research school HI-SCORE with a kick off meeting.</p>
    HI-SCORE international research school: Kick Off Meeting in Berlin
    The international research school on solar energy promotes exchange between Germany and Israel and excellent conditions for PhD students. [...]
  • <p>The review panel of the research field "Matter" visited the HZB on 11th January 2018.<strong><br /></strong></p>
<p>Photo. HZB/J. Bierbaum</p>
    Results of evaluation by international panel of experts: support for HZB’s future, calls for rapid planning of BESSY III
    The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) has received an evaluation of “excellent” in a review of science programmes undertaken at all Helmholtz Research Centres. This provides the foundation for future financing of HZB. [...]
  • <p>Photo: HZB/J.Bierbaum</p>
    A high ranked Chinese delegation led by Mr. Yin, Vice Mayor of Beijing, visited HZB in Adlershof
    On 11 April 2018, the Vice Mayor of Beijing, the Minister Counsellor and the Secretary-General of the Chinese Embassy in Germany paid a visit to Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB). The delegation came to learn more about the research topics, infrastructures and user service at HZB. The plan is to establish Beijing as one of three major national innovation centres with large-scale facilities for the international user community. [...]
  • <p>Foto: HZB/K.Kolatzki</p>
    HZB-Schülerlabor: Jetzt Termine für das 1. Schulhalbjahr 2018/2019 buchen
    Die Schülerlabore des HZB in Wannsee und Adlershof sind sehr beliebt. Bis zu 3000 Schülerinnen und Schüler experimentieren pro Jahr zu Themen wie Magnetismus und Supraleitung, Solarenergieforschung und Licht und Farben in der forschungsnahen Umgebung des HZB. Für das neue Schulhalbjahr (August 2018 - Januar 2019) bietet das Schülerlabor 76 Projekttage für Grund- und Oberschulen an. Die Projekttage sind kostenfrei. Restplätze für Oberschulklassen können noch gebucht werden. [...]
  • News
    New solar solutions for sustainable buildings and cities
    At the Interdisciplinary conference on „INNOVATION IN SOLAR BUILDING SKINS & ENERGY EFFICIENCY TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE CITIES”, 19th to 20th march in Berlin, experts from the building sector, politics, finance and photovoltaics have discussed the implementation of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV). In a very lively and active workshop, drivers and barriers were identified. [...]
  • News
    LEAPS join forces with the European Commission to strengthen Europe’s leading role in science
    “A world where European science is a catalyst for solving global challenges, a key driver for competitiveness and a compelling force for closer integration and peace through scientific collaboration.” This is the vision of LEAPS, League of European Accelerator-based Photon Sources, on which the LEAPS Strategy 2030 is based. Director Jean-David Malo, DG Research and Innovation, received the strategy today at the Bulgarian Presidency Flagship Conference on Research Infrastructures. [...]
  • News
    HZB has once again been recertified as a family-friendly employer
    Since 2011, HZB has held the “Career and Family” certificate of the non-profit Hertie Foundation. Every three years, HZB’s schemes for balancing work and family/life have to be put under review. In March 2018, independent reviewers confirmed that HZB is still a certified family-friendly employer. [...]
  • <p>Dr. Nele Thielemann-K&uuml;hn was awarded the Innomag Dissertation Award 2018.</p>
    HZB scientist got the dissertation prize at the spring conference of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft
    Dr. Nele Thielemann-Kühn was awarded the dissertation prize of the magnetism research group at the spring conference of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (German physical society/DPG) in Berlin. The prize is awarded for outstanding research in the field of magnetism.  [...]
  • News
    Register now: Smart City - Interdisciplinary conference on solar energy and architecture

    Experts from the construction industry, photovoltaic research field, and the financial sector will discuss innovative solutions for solar facades in combination with energy efficiency in buildings and cities in Berlin, March 19th-20th, 2018. Photovoltaics integrated into buildings represent an important component for energy-efficient cities of the future.

    Online registration is open until wednesday 14th March. Students are admitted for a reduced fee. [...]

  • News
    Message to residents: false alarm at the research reactor BER II on 7 March 2018
    We wold like to inform you that a false alarm was triggered at 9:19 p.m. on Wednesday the 7th of March 2018 at the Berliner Experimental Reactor BER II. At the time the alarm went off, BER II was still operating normally and continuously. After clarifying the trigger of the false alarm, a verbal all-clear was given over the campus PA system. [...]
  • <p>Benjamin Rotenberg is a guest researcher at the HZB-Institute for Solar Fuels in 2018. </p>
    Guest researcher at HZB: Bessel Prize Winner Benjamin Rotenberg
    Prof. Benjamin Rotenberg has received a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for 2018 and will be spending time regularly as a guest researcher at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. Rotenberg is a researcher of the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and heads a research group in Sorbonne Université in Paris. He works in an interdisciplinary area spanning physics and chemistry for modelling transport processes in materials, at interfaces, and in electrolytes. [...]
  • <p>Dr. Raul Garcia Diez was awarded for his PhD Thesis with the Dissertationspreis Adlershof 2017.</p>
    Dr. Raul Garcia Diez wins the Dissertationspreis Adlershof 2017
    With his talk on the properties of nanoparticles and how they can be measured more accurately at BESSY II, Dr. Raul Garcia Diez convinced the jury and was awarded the Dissertationspreis Adlershof 2017. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, IGAFA e. V. and the WISTA MANAGEMENT GmbH are the sponsors of this prize endowed with 3000 Euros. Garcia Diez completed his PhD in 2017 at PTB and TU Berlin and is now active as a post-doctoral researcher at HZB. [...]
  • <p>Hier geht es zur<a href="https://www.helmholtz-berlin.de/media/media/aktuell/print//lichtblick/206/hzb_lichtblick-34_februar-2018_web_extern.pdf"> Online-Ausgabe.</a></p>
    Neue HZB-Zeitung lichtblick erschienen
    Perowskit-Solarzellen haben einen rasanten Aufstieg hingelegt – und vermutlich einen noch steileren vor sich. Die Materialien sind so interessant, dass jetzt schon Industriepartner auf den Zug aufspringen, um diese Entwicklung nicht zu verpassen. Lesen Sie in der neuen Ausgabe, was die Solarzellen so besonders macht und warum Oxford PV, ein führender Anbieter auf diesem Gebiet, jetzt mit dem HZB kooperiert (S. 3 und S. 6-7). [...]
  • News
    Joint graduate school for data science sponsors its first projects
    The Helmholtz Association, the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF) and the universities of Berlin are creating a new PhD programme in Berlin for the field of data science. Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin is involved in several of the projects. The first training positions are already advertised.  [...]
  • News
    HZB launches Helmholtz International Research School in collaboration with Israel
    On 1st February 2018, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) has established the Helmholtz International Research School HI-SCORE, which will be oriented towards solar energy research. To accomplish this, HZB is collaborating with the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, the Israeli Institute of Technology (Technion) in Haifa, and three Israeli universities as well as universities in Berlin and Potsdam. [...]
  • News
    Application open for Young Investigator Workshop
    The Virtual Institute (VI) “Dynamic Pathways in Multidimensional Landscapes” explores the governing principles of material functions and is internationally highly visible. Young scientists are invited to participate in the Young Investigators Workshop which takes place from 22 to 27 April 2018 in Grainau. Please apply by 20th February 2018. 
  • <p>Oxford PV &ndash; The Perovskite Company's industrial site in Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany where the company is working rapidly to transfer its advanced perovskite on silicon tandem solar cell technology to an industrial scale process.</p>
    Oxford PV collaborates with HZB to move perovskite solar cells closer to commercialisation
    Perovskite solar technology leader Oxford PV collaborates with leading German research centre to support the accelerated transfer of its technology into silicon cell manufacturing lines. [...]
  • <p>A look into the lab where the components of the electron source were tested.</p>
    Milestone reached: electron source for bERLinPro produces its first beam
    On the HZB Adlershof campus, researchers are building a prototype of an energy-recovery linear accelerator (bERLinPro). Intensive research has been going on for years to develop the worldwide unique key components required for this accelerator. Now, the scientists and engineers have reached a very important milestone: from the interactions between cathode, laser pulse and electric field inside the cavity, the first electrons have been produced and accelerated. [...]
  • Nachricht
    Frohe Weihnachten und alles Gute für 2018!
    Wir wünschen Ihnen ein frohes Fest und ruhige, besinnliche Feiertage. Wir bedanken uns bei allen Kooperations- und Geschäftspartnern für die Zusammenarbeit. Den Leserinnen und Lesern unserer Webseite danken wir für ihre Treue. Wir wünschen Ihnen ein schönes Restjahr und freuen uns auf ein ereignisreiches neues Jahr 2018! [...]
  • News
    Accolade and social commitment at the same time: Prof. Dr. Bernd Rech has become a new member of acatech
    The German “National Academy of Science and Engineering – acatech” has admitted Prof. Dr. Bernd Rech, an expert in renewable energies, into its circle of members. Bernd Rech has headed the Institute of Silicon Photovoltaics at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) since 2006 and has been the acting Scientific Director of HZB since May 2017. For many years, and in many capacities, he has been a champion for knowledge transfer. “This appointment is an accolade for his scientific accomplishment, and at the same time involves an honorary mandate,” acatech writes in its press release. The federal- and state-funded academy advises social and political actors on technological matters. [...]
  • <p>The Innovation Award of Freundeskreis HZB was given to a team of DESY, Hamburg. </p>
    BER II and BESSY II User Meeting at HZB
    More than 600 scientists registered this year for the 9th annual BER II and BESSY II User Meeting from Wednesday to Friday, 13-15 December 2017. The Friends of Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin recognised outstanding work in the field of synchrotron radiation with an Innovation Award, and the best doctoral dissertation with the Ernst-Eckard-Koch prize. [...]
  • News
    15 years of Russian–German cooperation at BESSY II
    At an event at HZB, 70 employees and guests were eagerly awaiting a package from Siberia. It arrived a little late, but thankfully just in time: in the package was a relief by a Russian sculptor, which is now ceremoniously unveiled for the 15th anniversary of the “Russian–German Laboratory”. This was in December 2017. [...]
  • News
    Progress in solar technologies – from research to application
    EU group project presents its results: high efficiencies with less material [...]
  • <p>Professor Catherine Dubourdieu is head of the HZB Institute Functional thin film oxides for energy efficient future IT. </p>
    HZB researcher Catherine Dubourdieu appointed full professor at Freie Universität Berlin
    Catherine Dubourdieu has become a full professor at the Freie Universität Berlin commencing December 2017. The Freie Universität Berlin is one of eleven German elite universities in the German Universities Excellence Initiative. Her position will be that of W3-S, which enables her to continue her research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) in joint role. The physicist is an expert in the field of functional metal oxides that are interesting candidates for future information technologies. [...]
  • <p>The energy yields of CIGS modules under real world conditions can be measured on a outdoor testing platform at PVcomB.</p>
    PVcomB and AVANCIS launch joint MyCIGS research project in order to improve outdoor performance of thin film CIGS solar modules
    The Competence Centre Thin-Film- and Nanotechnology for Photovoltaics Berlin (PVcomB) is contributing its expertise to improving copper-indium-gallium-sulphide (CIGS) thin-film production in the MyCIGS collaborative research project. CIGS-module manufacturer AVANCIS in Munich is coordinating this project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (Oldenburg University) and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) are also partners in the project. [...]
  • <p></p> <p>Independently authenticated: T&Uuml;V S&uuml;d has certified HZB&rsquo;s User Service. Seal of Approval: ISO 9001 Certified Quality Management System, Certificate Registration No.: 12 100 54875 TMS (www.tuv-sud.com/ms-cert)</p>
    HZB User Service is a leader for quality management
    User Coordination receives the ISO 9001 certificate from TÜV Süd [...]
  • <p>Thomas Frederking, Wolfgang H&uuml;lsebeck (Leiter der Potsdamer Feuerwehr), Jann Jakobs (Oberb&uuml;rgermeister von Potsdam), Prof. Bernd Rech, Stephan Welzel (v.l.n.r.)</p>
<p>Foto: HZB</p>
    Eine Chance für die Forschung – mitten zwischen Berlin und Potsdam
    Potsdams Oberbürgermeister Jann Jakobs informiert sich am Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin über die Pläne zum Rückbau des Forschungsreaktors BER II. [...]
  • <p>Guest at HZB: the 5th class from primary school "Am Lindenpark" in Nauen.</p>
    Helmholtz Day in the HZB School Lab
    Do you know who Hermann von Helmholtz was? At this question, most of the primary school kids shook their head. Yet, the namesake of the Helmholtz Association was one of the most important natural scientists of the 19th century, and one of the last universal scholars. To keep his memory alive, Helmholtz Day has been held regularly, this sixth time in the Helmholtz Association’s School Lab. HZB invited 5th grade pupils from Nauen (Brandenburg) to Wannsee to conduct their own experiments in the School Lab. [...]
  • <p>ESR spectrometers usually require a lot of space. The ESR-on-a-chip fits a box 10 cm on a side. </p>
    Miniaturised spectrometer wins first prize at international conference
    A Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) team together with experts at Ulm University and the University of Stuttgart have designed an electron spin resonance spectrometer that fits a box 10 cm on a side. The team presented the device to a technology jury at the international IEEE Sensors 2017 conference in Glasgow, Scotland and received the first prize of the best live demonstration award . ESR spectroscopy is extremely useful for research in energy-related materials such as catalysts, solar cells, and battery electrodes [...]
  • <p>Photo (from left to right): Dr. Javier Santisteban, scientific director of LAHN, Thomas Frederking, administrative director of HZB, Karina Pierpauli, CEO of LAHN, and Prof. Dr. Bernd Rech, scientific director of HZB. They came together to sign the agreement in Berlin.photo: Silvia Zerbe</p>
    HZB makes new contacts with Argentinian Neutron Beams Laboratory
    Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) has signed a cooperation agreement with the Argentinian Neutron Beams Laboratory, LAHN (Laboratorio Argentino de Haces de Neutrones). Through this cooperation, HZB will be advising Argentinian researchers on the construction of two neutron instruments. Also planned is an exchange programme for researchers from both countries. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Bernd Rech represented the HZB and its lightsource BESSY II.</p>
    LEAPS – Europe’s light sources join together to coordinate cutting-edge research
    A new strategic group comprising the organisations operating European accelerator-based light sources has been founded in Brussels. The goal of the LEAPS consortium (League of European Accelerator-Based Photon Sources) is to elevate European collaboration on these “super microscopes” to a new level for the purpose of helping solve global challenges through concerted scientific excellence, as well as boost European competitiveness and integration. Representatives from 16 institutions issued a common declaration in the presence of the European Union’s Director General for Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits. [...]
  • Nachricht
    Einladung: Informationsveranstaltung zum Rückbau des Berliner Experimentierreaktors BER II am 21. November
    Ende 2019 schaltet das Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) den Berliner Experimentierreaktor BER II endgültig ab. Über die gesetzlich vorgeschriebene Öffentlichkeitsbeteiligung hinaus möchte das HZB deshalb mit allen interessierten Bürgerinnen und Bürgern in einen Dialog über Stilllegung und Rückbau des BER II treten. Dafür lädt das Forschungszentrum zu einer Informationsveranstaltung ein am Dienstag, den 21. November 2017, von 18 Uhr bis ca. 21 Uhr in der Aula der Johannes-Tews-Grundschule in der Wasgenstraße 50 in 14129 Berlin. [...]
  • <p>With regard to Chinese institutions, the Helmholtz Beijing Office (photo) wants to promote the Helmholtz Association and its outstanding research environment and facilities as an attractive location for the training of young scientists. Photo </p>
    HZB is involved in the Helmholtz exchange programme with China
    The Helmholtz Association and the Office of China Postdoctoral Council, OCPC, are establishing a common exchange programme for Chinese postdocs. The young scientists will be researching at eight Helmholtz centres for two years before returning to China. HZB is also involved in the exchange programme, which runs from 2017 to 2021. [...]
  • News
    Approved! The EU INFINITE-CELL project
    A large EU-sponsored research project on tandem solar cells in which HZB is participating begins in November 2017. The goal is to combine thin-film semiconductors made of silicon and kesterites into especially cost-effective tandem cells having efficiencies of over 20 per cent. Several large research institutions from Europe, Morocco, the Republic of South Africa, and Belarus will be working on the project, as well as two partners from industry. [...]
  • <p>At IUPAC 13th International Conference on Novel Materials and their Synthesis in October, 2017 at Nanjing Tech University, China, Prof. Norbert Koch was awarded for his research.</p>
    “Distinguished Award 2017 for Novel Materials and their Synthesis” for Norbert Koch
    At the IUPAC NMS-XIII conference in Nanjing, Professor Dr. Norbert Koch has been awarded the "Distinguished Award 2017 for Novel Materials and their Synthesis "of IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) and of the Conference Committee. Koch received the award for his research on hybrid electronic materials and their interfaces in electronic and optoelectronic components. He is Professor at the Department of Physics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, member of IRIS Adlershof and head of a joint research group at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. [...]
  • News
    Poster Award for HZB-PhD student at European Conference on Thermoelectrics
    Monika Raja Thulasimani is working on hybrid thermoelectrics at the Graduate School MatSec at HZB. During the European Conference on Thermoelectrics 2017 her poster contribution was selected for an award. The young scientist described a solution based synthesis in order to design more efficient thermoelectric materials. [...]
  • News
    Great Interest in the HySPRINT Industry Day: Joining forces to advance perovskite solar cells
    No fewer than 70 participants attended the first Industry Day of the Helmholtz Innovation Lab HySPRINT devoted to the topic of perovskite solar cells at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) on 13 October 2017. This far exceeded the expectations of the event hosts. The knowledge shared on Industry Day will serve as the basis for deepening the collaboration even further with strategically important companies in the scope of HySPRINT. [...]
<p>Philipp Janusch passed his examination as the best of the year 2017 in the State of Berlin. </p>
    HZB apprentice is the best precision engineer ("Feinwerkmechaniker") in the State of Berlin for 2017
    Philipp Janusch completed an apprenticeship at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin to become a “precision engineer”, and passed his journeyman’s examination as the best of his year in the State of Berlin. What is more, he achieved this despite shortening his three-year apprenticeship by a whole year. In November, Janusch will be participating in the 2017 German Federal Skills Competition for Metalworking on behalf of the State of Berlin. [...]
  • News
    Get in the action for climate protection: HZB team comes in 7th in CITY CYCLING
    In September, 63 employees in the HZB team competed in the Germany-wide CITY CYCLING campaign. Over three weeks, they rode a total of 16,240 kilometres, landing them in seventh place – right behind the Berlin fire brigade and TU Berlin. And the best part is, together, the HZB colleagues saved 2306 kilograms of carbon dioxide. [...]
  • <p>&nbsp;Returnable cups are the best alternatives to the throw-away society. </p>
    Goodbye Paper Cups: Starting Monday, coffee in the Wannsee canteen will only be served in reusable cups
    As many as 150 coffee-to-go cups are used every day in the Wannsee canteen. These cups cannot be reasonably recycled, and instead end up as land fill. Now, the canteen is putting an end to this wastage. As of the 16th of October, coffee to go can only be bought in the new HZB returnable cups (available for 5 euros at the checkout) or served in your own cup, which you bring from home. [...]
  • Nachricht
    Anwohnerinformation: Notfallübung am 14. Oktober am HZB in Berlin-Wannsee
    Am 14. Oktober findet die jährliche Notfallübung am Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin in Wannsee statt. Die Übung dauert von 8.30 bis ca. 12 Uhr. Während dieser Zeit fahren viele Feuerwehrfahrzeuge zum Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. Auch der Einsatz von Theaterrauch ist geplant. Bitte seien Sie unbesorgt, es handelt sich um eine Übung. An der landesweiten Katastrophenschutzübung beteiligten sich auch die Berliner Feuerwehr und mehrere Berliner Behörden. Der Zutritt zum HZB ist während der Übungszeit nicht möglich, auch nicht für HZB-Mitarbeiter. [...]
  • <p>The Campusblog is a place to report on people who work at HZB.</p>
    New: Campusblog at HZB
    An anecdote from the canteen, a curious lab photo, and an exciting encounter – there are many stories which just need to be written up. Now we have the Campus Blog of the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin for this. You will read in the blog, for example, that a HZB staffer cleared paths with a chain saw the whole night long during the Xavier storm, and other interesting stories. [...]
  • News
    The use coordination on a EU trip: promoting European light sources
    Synchrotrons are outstanding tools for studying materials, cells and even cultural assets. Yet, many researchers in Eastern Europe are unaware that they are entitled to use them. The EU project Calipsoplus supports potential users from these countries. [...]
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    Open doors for kids on 3. October: "Mouse-Day" at BESSY II
    Tuesday 3. October 2017 is a special day in Germany. In order to help kids understand the world, a "Day of open Doors" is organised by the educational TV Programme "Sendung mit der Maus". Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin has invited kids from age of four years on with their families to visit the experimental hall of BESSY II.  [...]
  • <p>Gerriet K. Sharma with a special icosaedron loudspeaker at BESSY II. </p>
    Acoustic sculptures BESSY VSR - premiere at Saturday, 30. September 2017
    For four days, the Akademie der Künste on Hanseatenweg will be a creative lab for musical experimentation, staging concerts, artist talks, and workshops. With its 28 debuts and premieres, and more than 100 artists from 27 countries, the 2nd edition of KONTAKTE is the hub for electroacoustic music and sound art in Berlin. [...]
  • <p>Scientists at HZB are exploring the potential of metal organic perovskites for solar cells. Here a tandem solarcell is shown that combines perovskite with silicon.</p>
    Invitation to HySPRINT – Industry Day “New Frontiers in PV Research: Emerging Perovskite Semiconductors”
    On 13 October, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin will be hosting its first Industry Day on the topic of Perovskite Solar Cells. Following a recap of the current state of research and development and the future potential of perovskite solar cells, participants from industry will be able to give a brief presentation to show their company’s interest in the field. Intensive discussions during the Industry Day will be the starting point for future cooperation. [...]
  • News
    The HZB website is being revised: take the Online Survey to tell us what you want
    A modern company’s most important calling card is its website. HZB has an extensive online presence that has grown steadily over the years. There is a lot of exciting content – so much, in fact, that it becomes more and more difficult to surf. To make it user friendly once again, our website needs a relaunch, and will continue to need periodical relaunches in future. This is where you can help! What do you use the HZB website for? What do you like about it, and what don’t you like? [...]
  • News
    Breakthrough at EMIL: First undulator radiation in the CAT experiment
    When the EMIL laboratory (Energy-Materials In-Situ Laboratory Berlin) was ceremoniously inaugurated a year ago in the presence of Federal Minister for Research Johanna Wanka, it was a major milestone for energy materials research at HZB. Ever since, HZB has been building the system that will bring X-ray beams all the way from BESSY II to the EMIL apparatuses. Until the BESSY light is fully available, the scientists have been working with X-rays from a conventional laboratory source. Now, the beamline operators have succeeded in guiding the X-rays from Undulator UE48 in the BESSY II experimental hall to the CAT experiment in the EMIL laboratory. There, it was quantitatively measured using a focus measuring chamber. [...]
  • <p>View over the Lago Maggiore</p>
    Atomiade 2018: Register now for the sporting highlight at Lago Maggiore
    The 16th Atomiade will be held in Varese, Italy, from 8 to 11 June 2018. The hosts request that people register informally now so that they can optimally plan the event. Every three years, employees of European research institutes take part in the Atomiade sporting competition. The event is held in the name of pleasure of sports and the mutual sharing of news and information. [...]
  • <p>The summer students come from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Jordan, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Turkey </p>
    Summer in the lab
    22 students from all over the world are working at HZB for eight weeks [...]
  • <p>Here you can find the <a href="https://www.helmholtz-berlin.de/media/media/aktuell/print//lichtblick/200/hzb_lichtblick-32_juli-2017_extern_web_01.pdf">PDF (German)</a></p>
    New magazine “lichtblick” is out: Select articles can be read in English on the website
    „The photon is our strength“, said Bernd Rech. Since the 1st of May 2017, he has been the acting Scientific Director of HZB. In our new magazine »lichtblick« we spoke with him about his most important duties, the strengths of HZB, and surprises the job held in store. [...]
  • <p>Lab tour of the perovskite synthesis facility at the HZB Institute for Silicon Photovoltaics, on the occasion of the HyPerCells Research Colloquium in May 2017. </p>
    Record- efficiency solar cells realised by the HyPerCells Graduate School
    The University of Potsdam and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin founded the HyPerCells Graduate School just two years ago with focus on metal halide perovskites for solar applications. Now, groups involved in the graduate school have demonstrated perovskite solar cells with record-efficiencies of over 20 percent. This confirms the graduate school is at the forefront of this research in Germany and internationally highly competitive. [...]
  • <p>Kickoff with a meeting on 19 June 2017:  Prof. Borisenko, Dr. Rienks, Prof. B&uuml;chner (all IFW), the leader of the Young Investigator Group Dr. Fedorov; Dr. Varykhalov and apl. Prof. Rader (both HZB) (from left to right). </p>
    Kickoff for Joint Lab with IFW Dresden
    The Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW) and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) have created a Joint Lab for “functional quantum materials” and under its umbrella a Young Investigator Group. [...]
  • <p>Schwebendes Ufo bei der Lange Nacht am HZB. </p>
    1130 Besucher bei der Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften am Standort Wannsee
    Das HZB begrüßte zur „Klügsten Nacht des Jahres“ am 24. Juni 2017 mehr als tausend Gäste, darunter viele Kinder und Jugendliche. Quirliges Treiben auf unserer Wissenschaftsstraße, großer Andrang bei den Mitmach-Experimenten und beim Schülerlabor, interessierte Fragen zum Forschungsreaktor: Die Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften am HZB war bunt und facettenreich – und bot für jeden Geschmack etwas. Hier haben wir die schönsten Momente zusammengestellt. [...]
  • <p>The kids built spectroscopes and studied the colours of light. photo: HZB/S.Zerbe </p>
    100 kindergarten kids do experiments at HZB on the Day of Little Researchers
    Kindergarten children are inquisitive and want to know how everything works – and they ask a great deal of questions. On the Germany-wide "Day of Little Researchers" on 19 June, around 100 kids visited the HZB School Labs in Adlershof and Wannsee and investigated the colours of light. [...]
  • Nachricht
    Die Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften am 24. Juni macht schlau - auch am HZB in Wannsee
    Das Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin lädt am Samstag auf dem Campus Wannsee zur Langen Nacht der Wissenschaft ein. Unsere Highlights für Sie: Führungen durch die Experimentierbereiche um den Forschungsreaktor, durch die Energie-Labore und den Beschleuniger für die Augentumortherapie, eine Wissenschafts-Show und ein vielseitiges Kinderprogramm. [...]
  • News
    EU project CALIPSOplus has started for free access to European light sources
    The EU is providing ten million euros in funding for the project CALIPSOplus, submitted by 19 European light sources. The project consortium, of which Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin is a member, kicked off on May 2017. CALIPSOplus is aimed at promoting the international exchange of scientists and transnational access to the light sources in Europe. Other priorities are to integrate the relatively less active regions of Europe and to initiate research projects with small and mid-sized companies.  [...]
  • <p>This optical zone melting furnace is producing large single crystals. </p>
    New at Campus Wannsee: CoreLab Quantum Materials
    Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin has expanded its series of CoreLabs for energy materials research. In addition to the five established CoreLabs, it has now set up a CoreLab for Quantum Materials. A research team from the HZB Institute for Quantum Phenomena in New Materials is responsible for the CoreLab and its modern equipment. The CoreLab is also open to experimenters from other research institutes.  [...]
  • News
    New lab for electrochemical interfaces at BESSY II
    The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) is establishing a joint lab together with the Max Planck Society (MPS) to study electrochemical phenomenon at solid/liquid interfaces. The Berlin Joint Lab for Electrochemical Interfaces, or BElChem for short, will employ X-rays from BESSY II to analyse materials for renewable energy production. [...]
  • <p>Scientists as well as technicians are invited to join in a productive exchange at FIBiB Workshop from 6 th to 7th November. The image was created by ZEISS Crossbeam 340 KAT.</p>
    Using focussed ion beams in research - HZB workshop on focussed ion-beam engineering and application areas
    Focussed ion beams are highly useful tools for researchers in various disciplines. Samples can be etched in the micro- and nanometre range with them. Modern ion microscopes as well as their complementary methods and techniques are available at the HZB and can be utilised by scientists from universities and institutes from the world over. Now for the first time, the HZB is organising a workshop to introduce these methods and their areas of application. It will take place November 6th and 7th. The deadline for submitting abstracts is June 15. [...]
  • <p>The upgrade will usher in some important innovations. BESSY-VSR will offer short light pulses with durations of two picoseconds as well as longer pulses with durations of 15 picoseconds, while the high level of photon flux remains constant &ndash; even during the shorter pulses.</p>
<p>Foto &copy;: euroluftbild.de / Robert Grahn</p>
    Cutting-edge research in Berlin: BESSY II light source to be equipped with new features and capabilities
    With the transformation of the BESSY II light source into a variable-pulse-length storage ring, Berlin will become even more attractive as a location for science to researchers from the world over [...]
  • <p>Intersolar Europe is the world&rsquo;s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners and takes place annually at the Messe M&uuml;nchen exhibition center in Munich, Germany.</p>
<p>&copy; Solar Promotion GmbH</p>
    Intersolar Europe in Munich: HZB research meets solar industry
    At the major international photovoltaics exhibition from 31 May to 2 June 2017, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) will be exhibiting solar energy research projects and presenting opportunities for industrial cooperation in the field of photovoltaics (PV). [...]
  • <p>SEM-images of 3D graphene with different pore size (a,b,c, scale = 1&mu;m). Optical properties (d,e,f) change with pore size. </p>
    Three-dimensional graphene: experiment at BESSY II shows that optical properties are tuneable
    An international research team has for the first time investigated the optical properties of three-dimensional nanoporous graphene at the IRIS infrared beamline of the BESSY II electron storage ring. The experiments show that the plasmonic excitations (oscillations of the charge density) in this new material can be precisely controlled by the pore size and by introducing atomic impurities. This could facilitate the manufacture of highly sensitive chemical sensors. [...]
  • News
    New Helmholtz Young Investigator Group for electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide at HZB has started
    Dr. Matthew T. Mayer is setting up a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group in the field of energy materials research at HZB. He investigates how carbon dioxide and water can be converted electrochemically into hydrocarbons such as methane and methanol by using renewable energies. Matthew Mayer will receive 300,000 euros per year over a period of five years. [...]
  • News
    HZB and Freie Universität Berlin establish the joint research group “X-Ray Microscopy” for studying complex cellular processes
    In May this year, the joint research group “X-Ray Microscopy” was launched, combining the expertise of teams led by Prof. Dr. Gerd Schneider (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Helge Ewers (Freie Universität Berlin). While Ewers’ group contributes its experience in the field of optical microscopy and biological research, the HZB workgroup is responsible for X-ray microscopy at the synchrotron source BESSY II. The two methods help researchers to gain a detailed insight into the processes taking place inside cells. [...]
  • News
    HZB Distinguished Lecture on 13 June, 2 pm: Prof. Douglas MacFarlane speaks about “Hydrogen and Ammonia as Energy Carriers and for Energy Storage”
    We cordially invite you to the next “HZB Distinguished Lecture”, which will also be a commemorative event for our friend and colleague, Prof. Leone Spiccia, who passed away in December 2016. Leone held a professorship at Monash University in Australia and was connected with us through Humboldt and Helmholtz International Fellowships. To continue our work in his spirit, a close friend and collaborator of Leone, Prof. Douglas R. MacFarlane from Monash University, will deliver the key lecture on “Hydrogen and Ammonia as Energy Carriers and for Energy Storage – Progress and Perspectives”. [...]
  • <p>The YIW2017's dynamic discussions crowd.</p>
    The Young Investigators Workshop 2017 on Dynamic Pathways in Multidimensional Landscapes
    24 scientists from various countries participated in the Young Investigators Workshop 2017 on Dynamic Pathways in Multidimensional Landscapes in Grainau am Eibsee in the Bavarian Alps. This workshop which was organized by Professor Alexander Föhlisch was dedicated to study the research topics of the Helmholtz Virtual Institute 419. It included both experimental and theoretical projects on molecular and chemical dynamics, phase transitions and switching as well as fundamental light-matter interaction. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla dankte den Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern, den Zuwendungsgebern, den Kooperationspartnern und Herrn Frederking f&uuml;r die vertrauensvolle Zusammenarbeit. Foto: HZB/Phil Dera</p>
    Eindrücke von der Verabschiedung von Prof. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla
    Am 2. Mai haben wir Prof. Dr. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla mit einem Festkolloquium feierlich verabschiedet. Über 200 Gäste und Wegbegleiter aus der Wissenschaft und Politik sind gekommen, um ihr für die hervorragende Zusammenarbeit und ihr großes Engagement für das HZB zu danken. Unser Fotograf hat die schönsten Momente eingefangen.   [...]
  • <p>Comparison of the same specimen at the old Beamline (left) and the new HZB-XM-Beamline (right). </p>
    X-Ray microscopy: HZB-TXM is back in operation
    The X-ray microscope (HZB-TXM) is back in operation. The TXM offers significantly  better quality images compared to the former X-ray microscopy station. [...]
  • <p>Bernd Rech becomes provisional Scientific Director of the HZB on May 1, 2017.</p>
    Bernd Rech becomes provisional Scientific Director of the HZB on May 1, 2017.
    Following the succession of long-serving Scientific Director Prof. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla to President of TU Braunschweig, the Supervisory Board of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin has appointed Prof. Bernd Rech as provisional Scientific Director. He assumes this position as of May 1, 2017. Bernd Rech has headed the Institute for Silicon Photovoltaics at the HZB since 2006 and is highly esteemed worldwide as an expert in renewable energies. [...]
  • <p>Foto: HZB/S. Kodalle</p>
    Ansturm auf die 70 Plätze beim Girl’s Day im HZB
    Wie sieht die Arbeit von Wissenschaftlerinnen, Ingenieurinnen oder Programmiererinnen aus? Beim Girls‘ Day können Mädchen MINT-Berufe (Mathematik, Informatik, Naturwissenschaften und Technik) kennenlernen, die noch immer nicht besonders beliebt bei den Berufsanfängerinnen sind. Die 70 Plätze für den Girl’s Day an den beiden HZB-Standorten waren schnell vergeben.  [...]
  • Nachricht
    Michael Müller besucht das HZB
    HZB ist "wichtiger Impulsgeber für die Zukunft der Brain City Berlin" [...]
  • <p>Learning about solar fuels and photovoltaics goes green. The summerschool takes place from 3. to 10. september 2017 in the idyllic Kleinwalsertal, Austria. </p>
    Registration open for Quantsol Summer School
    Newcomers and young scientists in solar energy research can register now for the 10. International Summer School on Photovoltaics and New Concepts of Quantum Solar Energy Conversion (Quantsol). The school is organized by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and the Technical University of Ilmenau and will be held from 3. to 10. September 2017 in Hirschegg, Kleinwalsertal, Austria. Applications can be submitted through the school’s homepage until May 21st, 2017. [...]
  • <p>A magnetic field pulse switches the initial vortex state to &ldquo;onion state&rdquo; with two walls. In the subsequent magnetic snapshots the domain wall motion is shown. After 58 ns both walls meet and annihilate, thus completing the switching process into the opposite sense of rotation. </p>
    Green IT: New switching process in non-volatile spintronics devices
    Physicists achieved a robust and reliable magnetization switching process by domain wall displacement without any applied fields. The effect is observed in tiny asymmetric permalloy rings and may pave the way to extremely efficient new memory devices. The results have been published in Physical Review Applied, highlighted as an Editors' Suggestion.
  • Nachricht
    Neue HZB-Zeitung „lichtblick“ erschienen
    In ihrem letzten Interview als Geschäftsführerin des HZB erläutert Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, warum sie gerade jetzt geht, obwohl sie eigentlich noch gern geblieben wäre. Nils Martensson lernen wir als Pendler zwischen Nobel-Komitee und HZB kennen. Und Marcus Bär erzählt, warum es sich in jedem Fall lohnt, bei den Kopernikus-Projekten der Bundesregierung dabei zu sein und warum die Forscherinnen und Forscher aus verschiedenen Disziplinen dabei erst einmal Vokabeln lernen müssen. (Online-Ausgabe) Auf der Mittelseite der lichtblick stellen wir das Projekt näher vor, an dem sich das HZB beteiligt.
  • <p>Prof. Dr. Yan Lu receives a professorship at the University of Potsdam</p>
    Yan Lu receives a professorship at the University of Potsdam
    Dr. Yan Lu is a group leader at the Institute for “Soft Matter and Functional Materials”. At HZB, she is researching functional hybrid materials that consist of colloid particles.  As of 1 April 2017, Yan Lu has been appointed as W2 Professor for Polymer-based Hybrid Materials at the University of Potsdam. [...]
  • News
    CIGS Thin-film Solar Modules: HZB invites for workshop
    Global demand for photovoltaic systems is rising sharply. CIGS thin-film modules have become a hot topic for the solar industry. International experts will convene in Stuttgart on May 30, 2017, at the annual IW-CIGSTech workshop to discuss past and potential future technical and industrial advances in this solar technology. The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) are hosting the eighth installment of this workshop, which caters to scientists, engineers and industry specialists. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Dr. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Prof. Dr. Roel van de Krol, Dirk Mielke, Dr. Catherine Dubourdieu andMonica Wurfbaum (from left to right). Photo: HZB/J. Bierbaum</p>
    Foundation stone laying ceremony for an energy research laboratory on Wannsee campus
    A milestone has been reached in the expansion of energy materials research at the Lise-Meitner Campus: on 23 March 2017, the celebration was held for laying the foundation stone of a laboratory building that will offer a multitude of methods for synthesising and characterising energy materials. [...]
  • News
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde was a guest of HZB
    From 15 to 16 March, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde, DGM (German association of materials science), held its closed board meeting and Advisory Council meeting at HZB. The experts took the occasion to visit the synchrotron source BESSY II and the neutron source BER II, gaining an insight into important future projects of HZB. [...]
  • News
    Christiane Becker receives a professorship at HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences
    Prof. Dr. Christiane Becker has accepted the call to a W2 professorship for the field of “Experimental physics focusing on material sciences and photonics” at HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences. Since October 2012, she has headed a Young Investigator Group funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF. [...]
  • <p>Dr. Eva Unger leads the Young Investigator Group Hy-Per-FORME. </p>
    Young investigator group at HZB: Scaling perovskite cells
    The new Young Investigator Group Hy-Per-FORME led by Dr. Eva Unger is working on scaling all processing steps to enable manufacturing of perovskite solar cells on larger areas, thus brigding he gap between lab and industry. [...]
  • <p>Dr. Antonio Abate</p>
    Dr. Antonio Abate sets up a new Helmholtz Young Investigator Group to improve life span of perovskite solar cells
    Dr. Antonio Abate sets up a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and moved to Berlin a few days ago. His aim: He wants to improve Perovskite solar cells which are one of the most promising material classes to be discovered in the last few years. The scientist will study the materials and interfaces of perovskite solar cells in order to improve their long-term stability. [...]
  • News
    20 participants join the first Photon School at HZB
    From 14 to 24 March, the first Photon School takes place at HZB. 20 students from 8 countries get an unique opportunity for a first-hand training covering a wide range of experimental and theoretical methods for probing the molecular structure, function, and dynamics of complex material systems. Leading experts from all fields of spectroscopy give lectures, share their latest results, and present future research strategies. [...]
  • <p>Uschi Steigenberger was awarded the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) medal. <strong> </strong></p>
    Uschi Steigenberger receives prestigious British medal for her service to the sciences
    World-reknowned physicist Dr. Uschi Steigenberger has been honoured with one of the highest decorations in Great Britain for her services to the sciences. She was awarded the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) medal by the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Mr. Jo Johnson. Uschi Steigenberger has also chaired the Scientific Advisory Council of the HZB for many years. [...]
  • News
    NextGen@Helmholtz Conference 2017 for PhD students from Helmholtz
    The Conference will take place from 5 th to 7th July - please register until April 30th
  • <p>Agreement signed: HZB and NCBJ agreed to transfer and rebuild three of HZB&rsquo;s neutron scattering instrumentsin 2019.</p>
    Agreement signed: Three neutron instruments will be transferred to the Polish research reactor MARIA in 2019
    In February 2017 Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and the National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ) in Poland agreed to transfer and rebuild three of HZB’s neutron scattering instruments at the Polish research reactor MARIA in 2019. With support from the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the facility near Warsaw is currently being upgraded with latest generation technology, offering attractive research opportunities for neutron scientists from Germany and Europe. [...]
  • <p>The teams of Freie Universit&auml;t Berlin and Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin are engaged in the of training young scientists. The participants produce samples and examine at the MX beamlines of BESSY II.</p>
    HZB and Freie Universität Berlin are establishing the joint research group “Macromolecular Crystallography”
    For eight years, HZB’s “Macromolecular Crystallography” workgroup has been successfully cooperating with the “Structural Biochemistry” research group headed by Prof. Markus Wahl at the Freie Universität Berlin. They are about to intensify this cooperation. The two institutes are establishing a joint research group dedicated to studying the biochemistry of genetic information processing. This research group benefits in particular from access to the three MX beamlines, where it can study protein crystals using the synchrotron light from BESSY II. [...]
  • Nachricht
    Jetzt anmelden für den Girls’ Day am HZB
    Am 27. April 2017 ist wieder Girls' Day! An diesem Tag schnuppern Schülerinnen der Klassen 5 bis 10 deutschlandweit in die Welt der Technik, Ingenieur- und Naturwissenschaften. Auch am Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin finden zum Girls‘ Day wieder spannende Workshops statt. Jetzt startet die Anmeldung dafür auf der zentralen GirlS’Day-Webseite. Es stehen an beiden Standorten insgesamt 70 Plätze zur Verfügung. [...]
  • News
    School labs of the HZB and Helmholtz Association are more popular with every year
    The aim of the Helmholtz school labs is to make science fun for children and adolescents. Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin has run a school lab on the Wannsee campus since 2004 and on the Adlershof campus since 2010. During this time, more than 20,000 visitors have participated in the age-appropriate project days at HZB – and the numbers continue to rise. [...]
  • <p>The SPATZ team of ANSTO was glad about the arrival of the former HZB neutron instrument BioRef. It will be set up until 2018 in Australia. photo: ANSTO.</p>
    Neutron instrument BioRef arrived safely in Down Under
    As reported, the neutron instrument BioRef will be set up at the “Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering” of ANSTO. Approximately 257 components were safely packed in 43 wooden crates weighing just under 30 tonnes for the sea voyage from Hamburg to Port Botany, Australia. On 14 February the colleagues from ANSTO told us: the three shipping containers arrived safely after a two-month journey from Germany. [...]
  • <p>Gerrit G&uuml;nther und Veronka Grzymek help Zhilun Lu with the experiment.</p>
    NEAT starts user operation
    The newly built time of flight spectrometre NEAT has welcomed its first users: Jie Ma from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and his colleague Zhilun Lu examined magnetic excitations in crystalline samples and enjoyed fast data rate and high flexibility of instrumental configurations. NEAT team is now looking forward to further new studies and user experiments!      [...]
  • <p>Alex Redinger receives two million euros in funding from the Luxembourg National Research Fund for expanding his research into solar cells materials at the university Luxembourg.</p>
    Dr. Alex Redinger receives assistant professorship at the University of Luxembourg
    Alex Redinger will be receiving two million euros in funding from the Luxembourg National Research Fund for expanding his research into solar cells materials. This is combined with an assistant professorship at the University of Luxembourg with the possibility of tenure. Redinger works as a postdoc in the “Structure and Dynamics of Energy Materials” department. [...]
  • <p>The 3000<sup>th</sup> ocular tumour patient was able to benefit from proton treatment on January 27<sup>th</sup>, 2017. Photo</p>
    3000th ocular tumour patient treated using protons at HZB
    A team at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) has now treated its 3000th ocular tumour patient with an individualised proton radiation protocol. This involves irradiating the tumour with fast hydrogen nuclei (protons) that have been accelerated to precisely set energies. These protons penetrate the healthy tissue and only release their energy in the tumour itself. [...]
  • <p>Dr. Pierre Schnizer. Photo: HZB</p>
    New Technical Project Manager for BESSY VSR
    As of 1 January 2017, Dr. Pierre Schnizer is the new Technical Project Manager for BESSY VSR. In close coordination with the Scientific Project Managers Prof. Andreas Jankowiak and Prof. Jens Knobloch, Schnizer is supervising, among other things, the construction, infrastructure and integration of the necessary modules into the storage ring. In short, his responsibility in the project team is to ensure the successful technical construction of BESSY VSR. [...]
  • <p>With the upgrade BESSY VSR, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin will continue in future to offer a highly demanded synchrotron source for energy materials research with international appeal. Photo: &copy;: euroluftbild.de / Robert Grahn</p>
    Green light for upgrading BESSY II into a variable-pulse-length storage ring (BESSY-VSR)
    The General Assembly of the Helmholtz Association has unanimously endorsed the realisation of a unique accelerator project at the BESSY II synchrotron radiation source [...]
  • <p>Scientists from all participating organisations together with the project officers from FCH2 JU met in January 2017 to start off the project.</p>
    Solar based hydrogen generation: EU-project PECSYS aiming for technological breakthrough
    Development of demonstrators measuring up to ten square meters in area planned [...]
  • News
    Young Investigators Workshop of the Helmholtz Virtual Institute "Dynamic Pathways in Multidimensional Landscapes"
    The Virtual Institute explores the governing principles of material’s function in an internationally highly visible centre of excellence. From now on, young scientists (PhD students, master students, and young postdocs) are invited to participate in the Young Investigators Workshop that will take place from 23rd to 28th April 2017 at the Eibsee-Hotel in the Bavarian Alps. It focuses on the research topics of the Helmholtz Virtual Institute 419 and includes both experimental and theoretical projects on molecular and chemical dynamics, phase transitions and switching as well as fundamental light-matter interaction. [...]
  • News
    PVcomB will help mass-produce the raw photovoltaic materials used in Wysips® technology
    Sunpartner Technologies and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin sign license agreement [...]
  • <p>The application laboratory &ldquo;SupraLab@HZB&rdquo; is funded by the EFRE Fonds.</p>
    7.4 million euros from the EFRE fund: HZB is setting up a new application laboratory for developing superconducting accelerator components
    Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin is receiving 7.4 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund (EFRE). The money is being used to set up the application laboratory “SupraLab@HZB” for the advancement of high-current superconducting cavities. These components will be needed for operating the next generation of novel, high-performance light sources. The laboratory will also provide complex superconducting component test beds for use by companies and research institutes in the region. [...]
  • <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p>
    Graduate school MatSEC: New PhD students can apply now
    The first students of the graduate school MatSEC (Materials for Solar Energy Conversion) have defended successfully their PhD thesis. The graduate school, which is organised jointly by Dahlem Research School of Freie Universität Berlin, is now open for new PhD-students. The research portfolio, which was focused on kesterites, does now include wide bandgap semiconductors and thermoelectrica as well. [...]
  • <p>BioRef was transported from HZB on December 19, 2016 and shipped to Australia. The trip will take about two months. </p>
    The BioRef neutron instrument to be set up again at ANSTO in Australia
    The BioRef neutron instrument commenced its roughly two-month journey from HZB to Australia on December 19, 2016. It will be set up again at the OPAL neutron source there, part of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) in Sydney. It is expected to be available to the international scientific community beginning in 2018 under the name "Spatz". [...]
  • News
    Prof. Dr. Martina Schmid assumes the professorship of experimental physics at the University of Duisburg-Essen
    On 1 January 2017, Martina Schmid assumed the W2 professorship of “experimental physics” in the Physics department of the University of Duisburg Essen. From 2012 to the end of 2016, Martina Schmid headed the Helmholtz Young Investigator Group “Nano-Optical Concepts for Photovoltaics” at HZB. [...]
  • Nachricht
    Frohe Weihnachten und alles Gute für 2017!
    Wir wünschen Ihnen ein frohes Fest und bedanken uns bei allen Kooperations- und Geschäftspartnern für die Zusammenarbeit. Den Leserinnen und Lesern unserer Webseite danken wir für ihre Treue. Wir wünschen Ihnen ein schönes Restjahr und freuen uns auf ein ereignisreiches neues Jahr 2017! [...]
  • <p>Dr. Matthew Mayer</p>
    Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin is establishing a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group for electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide
    Dr. Matthew T. Mayer from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, will be putting together a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group in the field of energy materials research at HZB. He will be researching into how carbon dioxide and water can be converted electrochemically into hydrocarbons such as methane and methanol using renewable energies. Matthew Mayer will receive 300,000 euros per year over a period of five years for establishing and running his Young Investigator Group. [...]
  • <p><a href="https://youtu.be/LsShwGenrYo" class="Extern">Video Gerriet K. Shama im HZB</a>. </p>
    Video über akustische Skulpturen zu BESSY VSR erschienen
    Der Klangkünstler Gerriet K. Sharma arbeitet an einem Projekt, zu dem ihn das Ausbauvorhaben BESSY VSR am HZB inspiriert hat. Dabei erschafft er in seinen Kompositionen  akustische Skulpturen, die mit einem Ikosaederlautsprecher hörbar werden. Die Technik stellt die Firma Sonible zur Verfügung. Nun hat Sonible ein Video über dieses Projekt produziert, das ab sofort im Netz zu sehen (und zu hören!) ist. [...]
  • <p>Dr. Antonio Abate from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, is putting together a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin.</p>
    Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin has gained a new Helmholtz Young Investigator Group to boost its energy materials research.
    The new group is working to prolong the life span of perovskite solar cells to 25 years and longer. [...]
  • <p>Dr. Joachim Robert Gr&auml;fe (rechts) zusammen mit Prof. Mathias Richter vom Freundeskreis Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin w&auml;hrend der Verleihung des Ernst-Eckhard-Koch-Preis am 8. Dezember 2016 in Berlin-Adlershof.</p>
    Ernst-Eckhard-Koch-Preis und Innovationspreis Synchrotronstrahlung
    Am 8. Dezember 2016 vergab der Freundeskreis Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin zum 26. mal den Ernst-Eckhard-Koch-Preis für eine herausragende Promotionsarbeit auf dem Gebiet der Forschung mit Synchrotronstrahlung sowie den Innovationspreis Synchrotronstrahlung. Die Preisverleihung fand während des 8. BER II und BESSY II Nutzertreffens statt. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla. Photo: TU Braunschweig</p>
    Prof. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla recommended for President of Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig
    The Academic Senate of the Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig has recommended Prof. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla to the Ministry of Science and Culture for the State of Lower Saxony, Germany, as TU Braunschweig’s choice for its next President. The election took place December 14, 2016 in a joint session with the University Advisory Council. The Ministry will now take the recommendation under consideration. Ms. Kaysser-Pyzalla has been Scientific Director of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin since October 2008. During this time, she has placed the HZB in an excellent position within the German and international research landscape and noticeably elevated the visibility of its research capabilities. [...]
  • <p>PhD student Christine B&uuml;low, HZB Institute Methods and Instrumentation for Synchrotron Radiation Research, was awarded with the poster prize of the HZB usermeeting.</p>
    Eighth Joint BER II and BESSY II User Meeting at HZB
    More than 500 scientist have gathered at the eighth Joint BER II and BESSY II User Meeting at HZB on December 7th to 9th, 2016. The Verein Freundeskreis Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin e.V. did bestow the Innovation Award and the Ernst-Eckard-Koch Prize. A Poster prize was awarded to the best poster out of 200. [...]
  • Nachricht
    Wege zur CO2-freien Energieversorgung
    Sieben Helmholtz-Zentren arbeiten an Systemlösungen für die künftige Energieversorgung   [...]
  • <p>Moderator Ulli Zelle und HZB-Mitarbeiter John Schneider in der Reaktorwerkstatt. Foto: G&uuml;nther Trept</p>
    rbb Heimatjournal zu Gast am HZB
    Ein Blick übern Gartenzaun, ein Besuch in der Reaktorwerkstatt. Das HZB ist fester Bestandteil der Region Wannsee und bekam Besuch vom rbb Heimatjournal. Die Vorabendsendung des rbb besucht regelmäßig interessante Orte in Berlin und Brandenburg. Am 10. Dezember 2016 wurde die Sendung mit dem Titel "Ulli Zelle erkundet das alte Dorf Wannsee" im rbb ausgestrahlt. Wer sie verpasst hat, kann sie hier anschauen. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Dr. Michael Steiner</p>
    Nobel Prize in Physics: Scientific work from Berlin contributes to the evidence of theoretical predictions
    Pioneering new areas of physics through measurement of quantum effects [...]
  • Nachricht
    Personalia: Berufungen
    Das HZB hat kürzlich gemeinsam mit Universitäten und Hochschulen aus Berlin, Potsdam und Bielefeld mehrere Berufungsverfahren erfolgreich abgeschlossen. Mehr erfahren Sie in diesem Überblick: [...]
  • <p>Spin, an intrinsic property of electrons, is related to the dynamics of electrons excited as a result of singlet fission &ndash; a process which could be used to extract energy in future solar cell technologies. </p>
    More energy from the sun - Researchers road-test powerful method for studying singlet fission
    Singlet fission could have a central role in the future development of solar cells. [...]
  • <p>Martina Schmid was awarded for her brillant presentation at PVSEC-26 in Singapore.</p>
    Talk given by Martina Schmid at PVSEC-26 lauded
    PVSEC-26, one of the  largest international conferences in the field of photovoltaics, took place in Singapore at the end of October. Prof. Martina Schmid received a “Best Oral Presentation Award” for her talk in the field of New Materials and Concepts. [...]
  • <p>The new Energy Materials In-Situ Laboratory (EMIL) offers direct access to hard and soft synchrotron x-ray radiation to investigate the chemical and electronic properties of catalysts and other energy materials. <br /></p>
    Research for Germany’s energy transition: EMIL@BESSY II approved for the Kopernikus “Power-to-X” project
    The storage of excess solar and wind power is one of the greatest challenges in Germany’s energy transition. To address this, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) has created the “Power-to-X” (P2X) project under its Kopernikus programme. P2X will advance research into converting electrical energy from the sun and wind into basic chemical compounds, gaseous energy media, and fuels. A total of 17 research institutions, 26 industrial enterprises, as well as three non-governmental organisations are involved, and the BMBF is funding the first development phase of the project at a level of 30 million Euros. The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin will participate in the planned research, using the advanced synthesis capabilities and the BESSY II synchrotron-based X-ray characterization tools at the recently inaugurated EMIL@BESSY II laboratory complex. [...]
  • <p>Die Sch&uuml;lerinnen und Sch&uuml;ler kamen aus Reinickendorf zum Helmholtz-Tag nach Wannsee und brachten gute Laune mit. Foto: HZB/S. Kodalle&nbsp;</p>
    Helmholtz-Tag im HZB-Schülerlabor
    Am 15. November 2016 lud das Schülerlabor zum Helmholtz-Tag nach Wannsee ein. Die Fünftklässler der Peter-Witte-Grundschule aus Reinickendorf erhielten einen Einblick in die Arbeit von Hermann von Helmholtz und experimentierten zum Thema Magnetismus. Der Helmholtz-Tag fand zum fünften Mal in den Schülerlaboren in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft statt. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Dr. Stuart Parkin, Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Alexander von Humboldt Professor, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg; Photo </p>
    HZB Distinguished Lecture on 21 November: Prof. Stuart Parkin speaks about spin and ion currents for future computing technologies
    We cordially invite you to the "HZB Distinguished Lectures". Prof. Stuart Parkin from the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Alexander von Humboldt Professor, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg will present on 21 November 2016 his thoughts on "Beyond charge currents: spin and ion currents for future computing technologies". [...]
  • News
    Birgit Schröder-Smeibidl is the new Administrative Director of the German Institute of Human Nutrition, DIfE
    On 1 November, HZB’s longstanding head of "Facility Management" and security chief, Dr. Birgit Schröder-Smeibidl, moved to the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam. The HZB management congratulates Ms. Schröder-Smeibidl on her new post. [...]
  • <p>The funding will go towards optimising a co-evaporation process at PVcomB used for producing CIGS layers for thin-film solar cells. Photo: HZB</p>
    Speeding up CIGS solar cell manufacture
    Speeding up CIGS solar cell manufacture [...]
  • <p><span class="Beschriftung1"><span>ANSTO: Adi Paterson and Simone Richter, HZB: Prof Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla and Thomas Frederking. </span></span></p>
    HZB and ANSTO have extended their Memorandum of Understanding
    Advancing energy materials research together [...]
  • News
    Kathrin Aziz-Lange is a professor at the University of Bielefeld
    As of 1 November 2016, Kathrin Aziz-Lange is a junior professor at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Bielefeld. The physicist has been head of a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin since January 2016. She and her team are investigating defects in material systems for generating solar fuels, using the diverse in-operando characterisation methods offered by the synchrotron source BESSY II. [...]
  • <p>from left: Prof. Robert Schl&ouml;gl, Prof. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Prof. Johanna Wanka, Prof. Otmar Wiestler, Dr. Jutta Koch-Unterseher, Thomas Frederking; Photo: HZB/D. Ausserhofer</p>
    EMIL, a 2000-square-metre laboratory complex, has opened for research into new energy materials
    After three years of construction, the Energy Materials In-Situ Laboratory (EMIL) is now open. The new laboratory complex for researching energy materials, annexed to BESSY II in Berlin-Adlershof, was ceremonially inaugurated with the involvement of the Federal Minister of Research, Johanna Wanka, on 31 October 2016. At the new laboratory, which offers direct access to the brilliant light of the electron storage ring BESSY II, researchers are looking to synthesise and analyse materials for future renewable energy generation. Around 20 million euros were invested in the construction of the laboratory. [...]
  • <p>Participants of the Autumn School 2016.</p>
    Young researchers from eleven countries attended the Autumn School of the Helmholtz virtual institute “Microstructure Control for Thin-Film Solar Cells”
    From the 9th to the 14th of October 2016, the “Autumn School on Microstructural Characterisation and Modelling of Thin-Film Solar Cells” brought together lecturers and participants from eleven different countries. In the Akademie Berlin-Schmöckwitz, 30 postgrads and postdocs discussed characterisation and simulation methods for the development of efficient thin-film solar cells. [...]
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    Twitter Storify: All about the Foresight Workshop on Energy Materials Research at BESSY II
    The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie focuses on developing advanced materials for solar energy conversion and storage and wants to extend a discussion platform for future projects and research activities. Therefore HZB invites current and future users from universities, research institutes and industry to the BESSY II Foresight Workshop which takes place from October 10 – 11, 2016. These discussions help HZB identifying prospective scientific fields and – very importantly - the expectations, needs and requirements from the user communities for cutting edge science with synchrotron radiation. Here is the workshop programme. [...]
  • News
    Diana Quintero Castro gets a professorship at the University of Stavanger, Norway
    Diana Quintero Castro has been appointed as associate professor in the faculty of science and technology at the University of Stavanger. At HZB she is responsible for the cold triple axis neutron spectrometer FLEXX at the neutron source BER II and focuses on magnetism. She will continue her research focuses on magnetic materials by using neutron scattering at different neutron sources. She has accepted her appointment and will leave HZB at the end of December, 2016. [...]
  • <p>Sch&uuml;lerUni: Zwei Mal im Jahren geh&ouml;ren die H&ouml;rs&auml;ale der Freien Universit&auml;t Berlin den Sch&uuml;lerinnen und Sch&uuml;lern der 5. und 6. Klasse. Foto: FU Berlin</p>
    HZB-Schülerlabor zu Gast bei der SchülerUni der Freien Universität Berlin
    Vom 26. bis 30. September 2016 öffnet die Freie Universität Berlin ihren Campus für Berliner Schulen. Unter dem Motto „Lernen für eine zukunftsfähige Welt“ bietet sie 80 verschiedene Workshops an und verwandelt Hörsäle und Seminarräume in Mitmachlabore und Kreativwerkstätten. Das HZB-Schülerlabor unterstützt die SchülerUni mit zwei Workshops zum Thema „Nachhaltigkeit und Klimaschutz“. [...]
  • <p>Lesen Sie <a href="https://www.helmholtz-berlin.de/media/media/aktuell/print//lichtblick/155/hzb_lichtblick-29_september-2016_extern_web.pdf">hier </a>die Online-Ausgabe.</p>
    Neue HZB-Zeitung "lichtblick" erschienen
    In der neuen Ausgabe erwarten Sie viele interessante Themen. Unter anderem erzählt Simone Raoux, warum sich viele Forscherinnen und Forscher auf die Eröffnungen des Energy Materials In-situ Laboratory (EMIL)-Labors am 31. Oktober 2016 freuen. Mit dem Anschluss an das Synchrotronlicht von BESSY II können die Forschenden eine unglaubliche Vielfalt an Energie-Materialien charakterisieren. Hier geht es zur Online-Ausgabe. [...]
  • <p>More than 100 experts did gather at the international conference "Dynamic Pathways in Multidimensional Landscapes", which was held in September in Berlin.</p>
    VI-Conference "Dynamic Pathways in Multidimensional Landscapes 2016"
    Near the museum island, in the heart of Berlin, the International Conference "Dynamic Pathways in Multidimensional Landscapes 2016" has taken place last week. More than 100 international experts met at the Magnus-Haus of the German Physical Society from 12 -16 September 2016. [...]
  • Nachricht
    Aktion STADTRADELN: HZB-Team derzeit auf dem vierten Platz in Berlin
    3100 Kilometer haben die Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter des HZB-Team in nur einer Woche mit dem Rad zurückgelegt. Damit landet das HZB im berlinweiten Ranking der Aktion STADTRADELN derzeit auf Platz 4. Die Aktion zeigt: Radfahren für den Klimaschutz - das geht. Denn in nur einer Woche hat das HZB-Team insgesamt mehr als 440 Kilogramm Kohlenstoffdioxid eingespart. Der Aktionszeitraum läuft vom 9. bis 29. September 2016. [...]
  • <p>Participants of QENS 2016 and WINS 2016</p>
    International conference QENS 2016 and Workshop WINS 2016 in Potsdam
    From 5th to 9th of September HZB has hosted two international scientific events dedicated to the study of the dynamics at nanoscale, QENS and WINS 2016. While Quasielastic Neutron scattering conference (QENS 2016) was dedicated to the scientific applications, international Workshop on Inelastic spectrometers WINS 2016 allowed to touch on the instrumental aspects. 108 scientists from all over the world participated in these events organized in the heart of the Potsdam. [...]
  • <p>A new generation of sensors: The scales of the petrified cone move upward against gravity, and on drying back to their starting positions. </p>
    User research at BESSY II: How water moves glass
    In the realm of plants, capillary forces are a widely observed impetus for actuation. They are the physical basis for the expansion of porous materials during uptake of fluid. Such materials include the cones of conifers with their readily observable movement during drying or wetting. Scientists at the Chair of Biogenic Polymers of the Technical University Munich, located at the Science Center Straubing, have succeeded in retaining this plant-derived movement when the respective plant has been replaced by an artificial petrification process. Elaborate analyses at the synchrotron source BESSY II in Berlin showed that the internal structure of the pine cone was retained. Thereby, they laid the foundations for a new generation of sensoric materials. [...]
  • <p>Die Wissenschaftsetage im Bildungsforum pr&auml;sentiert zwei spannende Veranstaltungen zum Thema Nachhaltigkeit in Forschung und Kunst unter Mitwirkung von zwei HZB-Mitarbeitern. Foto: cK. Fritze</p>
    Veranstaltungshinweis: Vortrag Potsdamer Köpfe mit Daniel Abou-Ras und Vernissage der Ausstellung „Das Bild entsteht im Kopf“ von Kerstin Berthold
    Am 8. September lädt die Wissenschaftsetage im Bildungsforum Potsdam zu zwei interessanten Veranstaltungen ein. Den Auftakt macht Daniel Abous-Ras um 18 Uhr mit seinem Vortrag: „Das lässt tief blicken – Solarzellen unter dem Mikroskop“. Der Physiker zeigt dabei, wie die Entwicklung neuer Solarzellen durch verschiedene Methoden der Mikroskopie unterstützt werden kann. Diese Bilder inspirierten die Künstlerin Kerstin Berthold unter anderem zu ihren Collagen, die im Anschluss an den Vortrag in der Ausstellung „Das Bild entsteht im Kopf“ zu sehen sind. Die Vernissage findet um 19:30 Uhr statt. [...]
  • <p>12 neue Mitarbeitende:&nbsp;Sieben Auszubildende und f&uuml;nf Teilnehmer dualer Studieng&auml;nge starten dieses Jahr am&nbsp;HZB in das Berufsleben.</p>
    Start in das Berufsleben
    Sieben Auszubildende und fünf Teilnehmer dualer Studiengänge beginnen dieses Jahr ihre Ausbildung am HZB. Am 1. September wurden sie von Thomas Frederking, dem kaufmännischen Geschäftsführer des HZB, und den Ausbildenden herzlich begrüßt. [...]
  • <p>Robert Seidel's results are important for the design of experiments and for the correct interpretation of data. </p>
    Honoured with poster prize and introductory talk
    Mean free path of electron scattering in liquid water considerably shorter than supposed [...]
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    European project for thin film Kesterite Solar cells has reached its goals
    Eleven partners from different countries have joined forces in the EU-research project KESTCELLS from September 2012 until 31. August 2016. The mission was to train a new generation of experts and to increase the efficiencies of Kesterite solar cells. Now, at the end of the project, these goals have been perfectly reached. [...]
  • <p>Lithium ions migrate through the electrolyte (yellow) into the layer of crystalline silicon (c-Si). During the charging cycle, a 20-nm layer (red) develops on the silicon electrode adsorbing extreme quantities of lithium atoms. </p>
    Silicon thin fims in Lithium-Ion-Batteries: Charging observed with neutron measurements
    The capacity of lithium-ion batteries might be increased theoretically by six times by using anodes made of silicon instead of graphite. A team from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) Institute of Soft Matter and Functional Materials has observed for the first time in detail how lithium ions migrate into thin films of silicon. It was shown that extremely thin layers of silicon would be sufficient to maximise the load of lithium. The results are published in the journal ACSnano. [...]
  • <p>18 students from nine countries are hosted at HZB for the next two months. </p>
    Started: International Summer Student Programme
    Coming from all over the world, 18 students have joined HZB as guests for this summer. From August 1 until September 23 they take part in the international summer student programme, HZB is organising since over 25 years. During the following weeks, the students can work in close cooperation with HZB teams on a project in energy materials research.  [...]
  • <p>Fabian Weber (right) is investigating the dynamics of electron processes within graphene-oxide quantum dots as a member of the team headed by Dr. Annika Bande (left). Quantum dots like these as catalysts could help make solar water splitting more efficient. Using Weber&rsquo;s theoretical model, a much greater amount of information can be obtained from the empirical data gathered by the group headed by Dr. Tristan Petit. </p>
    Two Freigeist Fellows interweave their research at HZB
    Two Freigeist Fellows are conducting research at the HZB Institute for Methods of Material Development through support received from the Volkswagen Foundation. Theoretical chemist Dr. Annika Bande is modelling fast electron processes, while Dr. Tristan Petit is investigating carbon nanoparticles. Annika Bande has now been awarded an ancillary grant of an additional 150,000 Euros from the Volkswagen Foundation to fund another doctoral student position for three years. The doctoral research will connect the two Freigeist research projects with one another. [...]
  • News
    Topping-out ceremony for new accelerator hall at HZB
    The shell for the bERLinPro building – the test facility for an energy-recovery linear accelerator at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin – is now complete. The extremely complex structure was erected at the Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Campus of HZB in Berlin-Adlershof in just ten months. The topping-out ceremony took place on July 27, 2016 at 13:00 in the presence of construction firms, guest VIPs, and HZB staff. [...]
  • <p>Design &amp; Rendering: DGI Bauwerk</p>
    Invitation - Topping-out ceremony for new accelerator hall at HZB
    The shell for the bERLinPro building – the test facility for an energy-recovery linear accelerator at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin – is now complete. The extremely complex structure was erected at the Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Campus of HZB in Berlin-Adlershof in just ten months. The topping-out ceremony will take place on July 27, 2016 at 13:00 in the presence of construction firms, guest VIPs, and HZB staff. [...]
  • Nachricht
    Klangkunst im Speicherring, Ausstellung im Rohbau: Der Juli steht ganz im Zeichen der Kunst am HZB
    Malerei, Installation, Foto, Video, Performance: Studierende und bereits etablierte Kunstschaffende stellen in der unterirdischen Teilchenbeschleunigerhalle bERLinPro aus. Das Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) als Bauherr, DGI Bauwerk als Architekten und der Kurator Enno Wallis laden unter dem Titel SPEED zu einer außergewöhnlichen Kunstausstellung ein. Sie wird am Freitag, den 29. Juli um 19 Uhr eröffnet und wird dann für zwei Tage bis zum 31. Juli zu sehen sein. Am Sonntag wird um 15:00 Uhr der TIBES ART AWARD II verliehen - ein Kunstpreis, der an drei Aussteller geht. Der erste Preis wird von DGI Bauwerk gestiftet. Der Eintritt ist frei.
  • <p><strong>Blick in die unterirdische Beschleunigerhalle:</strong> Sie verwandelt sich f&uuml;r drei Tage in einen Ausstellungsort f&uuml;r Kunst. Foto: HZB/S.Zerbe</p>
    Kunstausstellung im Beschleuniger-Rohbau des HZB vom 29. bis 31. Juli
    Malerei, Installation, Foto, Video, Performance: Studierende und bereits etablierte Kunstschaffende stellen in der unterirdischen Teilchenbeschleunigerhalle bERLinPro aus. Das Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) als Bauherr, DGI Bauwerk als Architekten und der Kurator Enno Wallis laden unter dem Titel SPEED zu einer außergewöhnlichen Kunstausstellung ein. Sie wird am Freitag, den 29. Juli um 19 Uhr eröffnet und bis zum 31. Juli zu sehen sein. Der Eintritt ist frei.
  • News
    HZB experts at the Parliamentary Evening of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft
    Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, as a major German research institute for energy research, took part in the Parliamentary Evening of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG). Prof. Dr. Bernd Rech of the HZB Institute for Silicon Photovoltaics was the scientific director for the event. The patron of the evening dedicated to “The Energy of Tomorrow and Beyond” was Edelgard Bulmahn, Vice-President of the German Bundestag. [...]
  • <p>&nbsp;Gerriet K. Sharma is setting up the icosahedral loudspeaker, photo: Kristijan Smok (izlog)</p>
    Sound artist Gerriet K. Sharma designs sound sculptures of BESSY VSR
    From 13 to 19 July 2016, the artist will be recording sounds on location [...]
  • <p>The X-ray diffraction devices at HZB in the X-ray CoreLab are available to all scientists. </p>
    X-ray CoreLab now in operation and available
    All regular HZB scientists as well as visiting scientists can now use the diverse X-ray diffractometry equipment at the X-ray CoreLab, effective immediately. Each instrument is up-to-date with the latest versions of hardware & software and specialised for certain investigations. Instrument time will be allocated via the Online Calendar. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Klaus Lips, Prof. Emad Aziz and Dr. Alexander Schnegg (f.l.t.r) have been awarded with adjunct professorships by Monash-University.</p>
    Monash University awards three HZB-scientist with adjunct professorships
    Cooperation between Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, is thriving. Now, Monash University has awarded three HZB-scientists with adjunct professorships: Prof. Klaus Lips, Dr. Alexander Schnegg and Prof. Emad Aziz have been working several years already with Prof. Leone Spiccia, an internationally renowned chemist at Monash University, on energy materials science. [...]
  • <p>Research in a context of art: visitors at the opening of the exhibition.</p>
    event note: Thomas Struth presents a photography of BESSY II at Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin
    Thomas Struth is internationally considered one of the most important artists of his generation. For the first time, his work will be displayed at the Berliner Martin-Gropius-Bau. The exhibition will feature approximately 37 large-format photographs from the years 2005 through 2016. Right at the entrance, the large-scale work "Measuring, Helmholtz-Zentrum, Berlin 2012" is placed. The exhibition can be visited until 18 September. [...]
  • <p>Opening Ceremony of the CIGSTech Workshop</p>
<p>Photo: Zentrum f&uuml;r Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-W&uuml;rttemberg (ZSW)</p>
    Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin at European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference
    On 23rd June, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and the ZSW jointly organised the IW-CIGSTech 7 as a side event of the EU-PVSEC Conference in Munich. About 150 international attendees, mainly from Europe, Asia and North America came together to get an extensive overview of the latest CIGS scientific and technological developments in CIGS thin-film solar cells and their industrial applications worldwide. [...]
  • <p>Here you find the <a href="https://www.helmholtz-berlin.de/mediathek/bildarchiv/pincollection.jspx?collectionName={95770378-0dfd-42a0-9b7d-63d5e42d3048}#1467098954837_0"> Picture Gallery</a>; </p>
    Picture Gallery: Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften at HZB
    It was an exciting evening: 4000 visitors came to HZB during the „Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften”. Our photographer Phil Dera caught the best moments of this evening with his camera. Please take a look:  Here you find our Picture Gallery. [...]
  • News
    Data policy finalized for research data at HZB
    Researchers retain exclusive access to their data for five years [...]
  • <p>Dr. Catherine Dubourdieu is an internationally recognised expert in the field of functional oxides.</p>
    Talk of Dr. Catherine Dubourdieu on June 23rd 2016
    The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) is boosting its energy materials research and setting up the newly established institute “Functional Oxides for Energy-Efficient Information Technology”, under the leadership of Dr. Catherine Dubourdieu. On this occasion we like to draw your attention to the talk of Dr. Catherine Dubourdieu about „Functional oxides for energy efficient information technology: from material to device“ on June 23rd at 1 pm in the lecture hall at Lise Meitner Campus Wannsee. [...]
  • Nachricht
    Forschungsmagazin Sichtbar erschienen
    Eine neue Ausgabe des HZB-Forschungsmagazins Sichtbar ist erschienen. Das Magazin richtet sich an eine breite Öffentlichkeit und stellt Menschen am HZB und ihre Forschung an Energie-Materialien vor. [...]
  • <p><strong>Besucheranstrum am Elektronenspeicherring BESSY II: </strong>2900 kamen zum Schauen, Staunen und Fragen stellen. Foto: HZB/P.Dera</p>
    4000 Besucher bei der Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften am HZB
    Am 11. Juni 2016 strömten fast 4000 Menschen zur Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften an das Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin am Standort Adlershof. Mitgebracht haben die Besucher viele Fragen, Neugier und Spaß am Experimentieren. Ein Besuchermagnet war der Elektronenspeicherring BESSY II, den 2900 Menschen besichtigten. Das Institut für Silizium-Photovoltaik lockte mit Laborführungen, Vorträgen und Experimente zum Thema Energie 1100 Besucher an. In einem Storify haben wir die schönsten Momente eingefangen. Außerdem gibt es eine Bildergalerie. [...]
  • <p><strong>Blick in die Experimentierhalle am Beschleuniger BESSY II:</strong> Nur zur Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften ist der Beschleunigerring f&uuml;r alle offen. Foto: HZB/M.Setzpfandt</p>
    Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften am 11. Juni von 17 bis 24 Uhr am HZB – Vorbeikommen und Staunen
    Wissenschaft hochaktuell – das gibt es an vielen Instituten und Universitäten wieder am 11. Juni zur Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften. Doch einen Teilchenbeschleuniger von innen bestaunen – das können die Besucher nur am HZB. Wir laden Sie herzlich ein, sich auf einen Rundgang durch BESSY II in Adlershof zu begeben. Warum braucht man solche aufwendigen Anlagen? Und wofür ist das Licht gut, das im Beschleuniger entsteht? Kommen Sie am 11. Juni vorbei – und finden Sie es selbst heraus. [...]
  • <p>Hier geht es zur <a href="https://www.helmholtz-berlin.de/media/media/aktuell/print//lichtblick/150/lichtblick_juni-2016_extern_web.pdf" class="Extern">Online-Ausgabe</a>.</p>
    Neuer „lichtblick“ erschienen
    Ein Forscher mit Vision: Das ist der Franzose Tristan Petit. Er will synthetische Nanodiamanten entwickeln, die mit Sonnenlicht und Kohlendioxid solare Brennstoffe wie Methan produzieren. In der Titelgeschichte erzählt der Freigeist-Stipendiat aus dem Team von Emad Aziz, was er alles vorhat. [...]
  • News
    Call for Applications: 20 doctoral fellowships offered by Graduate School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof
    SALSA, the Graduate School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, is announcing 20 doctoral fellowships. The program offers a structured, three-year period of multidisciplinary research combined with an integrated curriculum in Analytical Sciences. The HZB supports SALSA by supervising some PhD students. Deadline for application is June 13th, 2016. [...]
  • News
    Helmholtz Innovation Labs: HySPRINT at HZB
    HZB will be setting up the new Helmholtz HySPRINT Innovation Lab for jointly developing new combinations of materials and processes in energy applications with commercial partners. Silicon and metal-organic perovskite crystals will be the centre point of the Lab’s work. The Helmholtz Association is supporting the project for the next five years with 1.9 million Euros from its Initiative and Networking Fund, with additional contributions from HZB itself as well as from industry. [...]
  • <p>Akademie Schm&ouml;ckwitz, Berlin</p>
    Autumn School on Microstructural Characterization and Modelling of Thin-Film Solar Cells
    After the successful first edition of this school in 2014, we invite you cordially to join this Autumn School to be held at Akademie Schmöckwitz, Berlin, Germany, October 9-14, 2016. Application submission will be possible until June 30, 2016. [...]
  • <p>EU PVSEC 2015</p>
    Intersolar Europe / EU PVSEC / 7th IW-CIGSTech Workshop 2016 – Munich, 20-24 June 2016
    We cordially invite you to visit the HZB booth during Intersolar Europe - The world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners from 22 to 24 June 2016 in Munich, Germany. Also the online registration is open for the EU-PVSEC and we invite you to join the 7th IW-CIGSTech Workshop and Dinner on 23 June 2016, a joint meeting from HZB and ZSW organised as a parallel event of the EU-PVSEC. [...]
  • News
    Helmholtz Virtual Institute International Conference "Dynamic Pathways in Multidimensional Landscapes" 2016
    We invite you to join the International Conference "Dynamic Pathways in Multidimensional Landscapes" which will take place in the heart of Berlin at the Magnus-Haus of the German Physical Society from September, 12th -16th, 2016. Now, the Online registration is open. [...]
  • <p>Eine Zitrone als Batterie. Wir zeigen wie das geht!</p>
<p>Foto: S. Kodalle</p>
    70 Mädchen beim Girls‘ Day am HZB
    Raus aus der Schule, rein ins Labor: Dem Aufruf folgten deutschlandweit rund 100.000 Mädchen zum bundesweiten Aktionstag „Girls‘ Day“ und wählten aus insgesamt 9.500 verschiedenen Angeboten. [...]
  • <p>Hier geht es zur Online-Ausgabe der lichtblick.</p>
    Neuer lichtblick: HZB-Strategie für die Zukunft, Soziale Netzwerke, Helmholtz-Laborplattform
    Das HZB schärft sein Profil. In unserer aktuellen Ausgabe stellen wir Ihnen die Strategie und Vision des HZB sowie wichtige Ziele und Handlungsfelder vor.  [...]
  • <p>Learning about solar fuels and photovoltaics goes green:  Last year&rsquo;s Quantsol students come from all over the world to meet solar energy experts in Kleinwalsertal, in the Austrian Alps. The location offers space for 56 students.</p>
    Registration open: Quantsol Summer School on solar energy conversion
    Registration for Quantsol is now open! It is already the ninth time that the International Summer School on Photovoltaics and New Concepts of Quantum Solar Energy Conversion (Quantsol) will be held in September 2016 in Hirschegg, Kleinwalsertal, Austria. The school is organized by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and the Technical University of Ilmenau. Applications can be submitted through the school’s homepage until May 31st, 2016. [...]
  • <p>Dr. Catherine Dubourdieu is an internationally recognised expert in the field of functional oxides.</p>
    Energy Materials: Dr. Catherine Dubourdieu sets up the institute “Functional Oxides for Energy-Efficient Information Technology” at the HZB
    The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) is boosting its energy materials research and setting up a new institute. Through the Helmholtz Recruitment Initiative, the HZB has gained renowned researcher Catherine Dubourdieu as Institute Director. In the newly established institute “Functional Oxides for Energy-Efficient Information Technology”, she is researching into thin films of metal oxides that make especially promising candidates for information technologies of the future. Dubourdieu formerly worked at the institute “Nanotechnologies de Lyon” of the CNRS and has been at the HZB since 11 April 2016. [...]
  • <p>Foto: Wista Management GmbH</p>
    Veranstaltungstipp: „Battle den Horst“ – Science Slam mit HZB-Physiker am 14. April im Technologiepark Adlershof
    Der Science Slam „Battle den Horst“ geht in die nächste Runde – dieses Mal mit Beteiligung eines HZB-Kandidaten. Beim Adlershofer Science Slam am 14. April erklären Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler, wie effizient Solarzellen sind und wie Nanospaghetti Krebs besiegen. Sie rappen über Supraleiter und geben erste Hilfe-Tipps, um unangenehme Schweißströme zu stoppen. In nur zehn Minuten bringen die Slammer ihre Forschungsthemen auf verständliche Weise auf den Punkt. [...]
  • News
    Priority programme for topological insulators begins second funding period
    Applicants for support funds to conduct research on topological insulators met at HZB Adlershof on February 15th and 16th. This meeting dealt with the second period of funding for the SPP 1666 Priority programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG) that runs from mid-2016 to 2019. Researchers from across Germany contribute their specific expertise and work together in these Priority programmes (SPPs).
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    Young scientist award for Oliver Supplie
    The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kristallzüchtung und Kristallwachstum (DGKK) presented Oliver Supplie with the DGKK Young Scientist Award on 16 March 2016. Supplie works at the TU Ilmenau and at the HZB, and accepted the prize worth 2,500 euros during the “1st German Czechoslovak Conference on Crystal Growth”. The DGKK awarded the prize in recognition of Oliver Supplie’s outstanding work in improving our understanding of interfaces between III-V semiconductors and silicon. This is of great importance for producing high efficiency components, for example. [...]
  • <p>Aafke Bronneberg in her lab at HZB Institute for Solar Fuels. </p>
    Marie Curie Fellowship for Aafke Bronneberg
    Aafke Bronneberg has been working as a postdoc at the HZB Institute for Solar Fuels since summer 2013. The physicist has now received one of the sought-after European Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions Research Fellowships. The fellowship supports outstanding scientists in their post-doctoral phase. It provides for and anticipates a change in research institution and country. Aafke Bronneberg will therefore join the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER) in Eindhoven, Netherlands beginning February 2017. [...]
  • <p>The work of Galina Gurieva, Franziska Huschmann and Alex Redinger is introduced <a href="https://www.helmholtz-berlin.de/angebote/jobskarriere/postdocs/postdoc-of-the-month_en.html" class="Extern">here. </a></p>
    Hint: HZB Postdoc Association introduces a Postdoc of the Month on their webpage
    What have Galina Gurieva, Franziska Huschmann, Alex Redinger in common? They are postdocs working at HZB. For connecting each other and providing an channel for networking the HZB Postdoc Association introduces each month the work of one of the researchers at HZB-website. The young scientists write briefly about their work, their favorite paper and name the instruments and beamlines they are working with. Moreover, to get a good impression of their work they show some pictures about their laboratories, instruments and beamlines. Here you can find the interesting page of the Postdoc Association. [...]
  • <p>Preistr&auml;ger des Helmholtz-Doktorandenpreises 2015 mit Otmar D. Wiestler (Mitte), Pr&auml;sident der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft, und Stephanie Dittmer (rechts), Bereichsleiterin Strategie/ Impuls- und Vernetzungsfonds der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft, auf dem Neujahrsempfang 2016. Foto: Simone M. Neumann/helmholtz</p>
    Matthias May mit dem Doktorandenpreis der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft ausgezeichnet
    Dr. Matthias May erforschte in seiner Promotion am Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), wie man mit Sonnenlicht noch effizienter Wasser spalten und in Form von Wasserstoff speichern kann. Für seine Arbeit erhielt er am 27. Januar 2016 den mit 5.000 Euro dotierten Doktorandenpreis der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft. May forscht seit Januar 2016 als Postdoktorand an der Universität Cambridge. [...]
  • News
    MacQueen is researching into optical energy converters for generating fuels: Funding through the Helmholtz Postdoc Programme
    Dr. Rowan W. MacQueen will come in spring 2016 to the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and will receive funding for his research project through the Helmholtz Postdoc Programme. He will be studying the optoelectronic properties at the boundaries of thin organic layers to oxides. These are relevant in developing optical energy converters for generating fuels. The “Helmholtz Postdoc Programme” will fund the Australian researcher with 100,000 Euro annually for a period of up to three years.  [...]
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    Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin expands its solar fuel research: Kathrin Aziz-Lange starts with her new Helmholtz Young Investigator Group
    Dr. Kathrin Maria Aziz-Lange has won approval to set up a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group (YIG) addressing the topic of solar fuels at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB). She will receive 250,000 Euros in annual support for a period of five years, with half from the Initiative and Networking Fund of the Helmholtz Association and half financed by HZB. The YIG will investigate materials that enable water splitting using sunlight and thereby store solar energy chemically in form of hydrogen. [...]
  • <p>Dr. Robert Streubel (rechts) zusammen mit Prof. Mathias Richter vom Freundeskreis Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin w&auml;hrend der Verleihung des Ernst-Eckhard-Koch-Preis am 10. Dezember 2015 in Berlin-Adlershof.</p>
    Ernst-Eckhard-Koch-Preis und Innovationspreis Synchrotronstrahlung
    Am 10. Dezember 2015 vergab der Freundeskreis Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin zum 25. mal den Ernst-Eckhard-Koch-Preis für eine herausragende Promotionsarbeit auf dem Gebiet der Forschung mit Synchrotronstrahlung. Die Preisverleihung fand während des 7. BER II und BESSY II Nutzertreffens statt. [...]
  • <p>Das Berliner Buffet nach der Postersession am Donnerstagabend dauerte noch bis sp&auml;t in die Nacht. </p>
    Posterpreise beim Usermeeting
    Vom 9. bis 11. Dezember haben sich über 320 Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aus der Nutzerschaft und dem HZB getroffen, um sich über die Forschung und Instrumentierung an BESSY II und BER II auszutauschen. Dabei wurden auch Posterpreise vergeben.
  • <p>Hier geht's zur <a href="https://www.helmholtz-berlin.de/media/media/aktuell/print//lichtblick/141/hzb_lichtblick_dezember-2015_extern_web.pdf" class="Extern">Ausgabe Dezember 2015</a></p>
    Neuer Lichtblick erschienen
    Eine drei Viertel Million hat Annika Bande eingeworben und ist damit an das HZB gekommen. Bei ihrer Forschung zeigt sie sich experimentierfreudig und probiert als Grenzgängerin zwischen Physik und Chemie ganz neue Ideen aus. In der Titelgeschichte erzählt die 36-jährige Mutter von zwei Kindern, warum das Festklammern an Standardabläufen nicht ihr Ding ist. [...]
  • <p>2. Platz Publikumspreis<br />Foto<br />Titel: "The elephant"</p> <p></p>
    Ausstellung bei BESSY II: Die besten Bilder vom HZB Science Photo Walk
    Die 20 besten Bilder vom HZB Science Photo Walk sind ab sofort bis Ende März 2016 in einer Ausstellung bei BESSY II für die Öffentlichkeit zu besichtigen. Am 15. Dezember 2015 wurden die Preise bei der Vernissage an die Fotografen im Namen der Jury übergeben.  [...]
  • <p>Participants of the European Workshop on Nanophotonics for Solar Energy. </p>
    European Workshop on Nanophotonics for Solar Energy
    On 25 and 26 November 2015, about 40 researchers from seven European countries visited Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin to attend the “European Workshop on Nanophotonics for Solar Energy”. [...]
  • News
    Invitation to the HZB Science Slam: TODAY at 18.30 o’clock in Adlershof
    We invite you to the HZB Science Slam that takes place today at 18.30 o’clock at the Melli Beese Kabinett (Adlershof Forum). Three scientists present their topics in an understandable, entertaining and concise way and, moreover, in only 10 minutes. The audience is the judge and jury, voting using numbered cards. This participation provokes discussion as they begin to talk about science and the presentation. The Science Slam is part of the HZB User Meeting.
  • <p>MXcuBE Meeting from 1st - 2nd of December 2015 at Alba, Barcelona. The meetings make sure that the devenlopment of MXcuBE3 closly fits to the needs of the users.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Photo: <span>Jordi Juanhuix/ALBA</span></p>
    Common platform for macromolecular crystallography at European synchrotrons
    Researchers use high-intensity X-ray light from synchrotron radiation sources to decipher the structures of biological molecules and thus the blueprints of life. A cooperation agreement has been effective since 2012 to establish common software standards at several European sources. Its aim: The eight synchrotrons involved want to create user-friendly, standardised conditions at the 30 experimental stations for macromolecular crystallography, which will greatly facilitate the work of research groups. In the new project “MXCuBE3”, the existing software platform is being adapted to include the latest developments in technology. [...]
  • <p>Usermeetings offer a platform for exchange and communication. </p>
    Three days for exchange between Users of BESSY II and BER II and HZB-scientists
    The Seventh Joint BER II and BESSY II User Meeting will take place at WISTA, Berlin-Adlershof on December 9th and 10th, the neutrons session are at Berlin-Wannsee on December 11th. The Verein Freundeskreis Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin e.V. will bestow the Innovation Award and the Ernst-Eckart-Koch Prize. Public highlights are a science slam on Wednesday, 18:30 and the public lecture by David Cahen on the power of science to bridge ideological differences (“Science: Bridge over troubled water“, Thursday 17:00). The public lecture and the science slam are open for everybody. [...]
  • <p>Gewinnerbild und 3. Platz Publikumspreis<br />Titel: "Weltraum"<br />Foto: Holger Fehsenfeld</p>
    HZB Science-Photowalk - Holger Fehsenfeld gewinnt mit "Weltraum" Foto
    Zum zweiten Mal lud das Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin am 6. November 2015 Hobbyfotografen zu einem Fotospaziergang durch die Labore und den Elektronenspeicherring ein. 47 Fotografen haben fast 200 Wettbewerbsbilder eingereicht.  Aus diesen hat eine Jury Top 20 Fotos ausgewählt. Das Siegerbild mit dem Titel „Weltraum" hat Holger Fehsenfeld aufgenommen. [...]
  • <p>On stage for the PVSEC-25 Paper Awards. Jan-Peter B&auml;cker (1. on left side) and Marc Daniel Heinemann (5. on left side).</p>
    PVcomB-25 paper awards for two HZB-Contributions
    At the 25th International Photovoltaic Science & Engineering Conference (PVSEC) two papers from the HZB-Institute PVcomB have been awarded: Jan-Peter Bäcker and Marc Daniel Heinemann received the PVSEC-25 Paper Award for their research on chalcogenide solar cells (CIGS). The PVSEC was held from 15. to 20. November in Busan, Korea. [...]
  • <p>Sketch of the new set-up at EDDI. The high-speed camera (blue box) is on top of the sample holder. </p>
    Filming microscopic and macroscopic changes within materials
    The EDDI beamline at BESSY II is now offering even more options. It has recently become possible to also obtain high-resolution three-dimensional images of microscopic structure with it, up to four such tomographies per second are possible. X-ray diffraction (energy-dispersive diffraction) can simultaneously be carried out to draw conclusions about the crystal structure of the material just as before. [...]
  • News
    Distinguished Lectures at HZB: Prof. T. Krauss will talk about Photovoltaics and Photonic nanostructures
    Solar power has the highest potential among all renewable energy sources, it is clean and practically inexhaustible. Despite the already very high performance of silicon solar cells with 25% efficiency and low costs, a lot of research is yet required in order to realise the vision of a solar-powered society. Can we reduce module cost by integrating solar cells into buildings? Can we improve efficiency without increasing cost, by adding low-cost materials such as perovskites? What role can photonic nanostructures play to help control the flow of light? [...]
  • <p>Photo: HZB/M. Setzpfandt</p>
    ZEISS and the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin establish partnership
    Nanotechnology in support of leading research on renewable energy [...]
  • <p>Kunst und Wissenschaft - ein inspirierendes Duo. Physiker Paul Goslawski (HZB) tr&auml;gt bei der Ausstellung der K&uuml;nstlerin Alicja Kwade vor.</p>
    HEUTE: Kunst und Wissenschaft - Dr. Paul Goslawski trägt am 17. November 2015 im Haus am Waldsee vor
    Kunst und Wissenschaft gehören auf dem ersten Blick nicht unbedingt zusammen, dennoch verbindet beide Welten viel. Dr. Paul Goslwaski, Beschleunigerforscher am HZB, trägt im Rahmen der Ausstellung "Alicja Kwade – Monolog aus dem 11ten Stock" im Haus am Waldsee vor. Dabei arbeitet er Berührungspunkte zwischen Kunst und seiner Forschung heraus: Er spricht über Beschleuniger, Kommunikation und Physik – und über das Beste, was die Physik zu bieten hat. Das Haus am Waldsee zählt zu den führenden Austellern für internationale zeitgenössische Kunst in Deutschland. [...]
  • <p>Anziehend oder absto&szlig;end? Viel Spa&szlig; hatten die Sch&uuml;lerinnen und Sch&uuml;ler mit der mit Magneten best&uuml;ckten Duplo-Eisenbahn. Foto: HZB/S.Zerbe</p>
    Helmholtz-Tag im HZB-Schülerlabor
    Die Schülerlabore der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft veranstalten am 17. November zum vierten Mal den Helmholtz-Tag. Mit dabei ist auch das Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. Schülerinnen und Schüler erhalten einen Einblick in die Forschungsarbeit von Hermann von Helmholtz und können in den Laboren selbst experimentieren. Der Namenspatron der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft gehörte zu den bedeutendsten Naturwissenschaftlern des 19. Jahrhunderts. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Andreas Jankowiak beim Spatenstich f&uuml;r bERLinPro</p>
    rbb-Inforadio: Andreas Jankowiak im Gespräch über bERLinPro
    Die Baustelle für bERLinPro fällt auf. Sie ist auch dem Wissenschaftsredakteur des rbb-Inforadio, Thomas Prinzler, nicht entgangen. Und so kam es zu einem kurzweiligen Gespräch, in dem Andreas Jankowiak die Herausforderungen des Projekts erläutert. Hohe Ströme, hohe Emitanzen - viel Physik. Aber auch die Anforderungen an die Gebäudeplanung kamen zur Sprache. Und die Synergie zu BESSY-VSR. Nachzuhören im Inforadio-Gespräch vom 8. November. [...]
  • <p>Charge carriers in polymeric carbon nitrides always take paths perpendicular to the sheets, as Merschjann&rsquo;s group has now shown. Light creates an electron-hole pair. The opposite happens when an electron and hole meet under certain conditions (forming a singlet exciton) and emit light (fluorescence). A graphene lattice is shown in the background.</p>
    New class of materials for organic electronics:
    Joint project details charge transport in polymeric carbon nitride for first time

    Polymeric carbon nitride is an organic material with interesting optoelectronic properties. As an inexpensive photocatalyst, it can be used to facilitate water splitting using sunlight. Joint research by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, the University of Rostock, Freie Universität Berlin as well as other partners has now investigated for the first time how light creates charge carriers in this class of materials and established details about charge mobility and lifetimes. They discovered surprising characteristics in their investigations that provide prospects for new applications, in conjunction with graphene for example. [...]

  • <p>The picture illustrates a hypothetical highway with the second path winding around the first one. Experimenters at the beamlines could then either use the dense sequence of light pulses from the primary electron path or select individual light pulses from the secondary orbital track.  </p>
    BESSY II electron highway gets second lane
    The particle accelerator team at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) has demonstrated that BESSY II, the 3rd generation synchrotron radiation source in Berlin, can be operated with not just one, but two simultaneous electron paths. By precisely tuning the magnetic components, physicists can create an additional orbital path. Packets of electrons can travel along it and emit intense light pulses at the experiment stations. This could provide the user community with the option to select light pulses from either path as needed in their experiments. The newly developed orbital mode has already been stably implemented and initial tests at the experiment stations (beamlines) show promising results. HZB is the first to enter this new territory and at the same time has reached another milestone in its pioneering BESSY-VSR project. [...]
  • News
    Uppsala Berlin Joint Laboratory “Our willingness to cooperate is our strength”
    Great political interest for the new Uppsala Berlin Joint Laboratory (UBjL): On the 4th of November, Sweden’s ambassador in Germany, Dr. Lars Danielsson, came personally to the HZB where the UBjL is established for the inauguration of the joint project. [...]
  • News
    50 amateur photographers participate in the Science Photowalk at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
    BESSY II is an amazing location for scientists from all over the world. But today, it will be amazing for more than 50 amateur photographers, too. The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) invites them to participate on 6. November 2015 in a Science-Photowalk at BESSY II. They will get unique opportunities during a guided tour through the storage ring and you could capture your very personal perspective on science, big instruments and small details. [...]
  • <p>Waiting for remaoval: the old cavities. (HZB, W. Anders)</p>
    Shutdown at BESSY II: An extremely productive break
    From the end of October to the middle of January, no electrons will circulate in the synchrotron ring BESSY II. “We shut down BESSY II at the beginning of the last October week, as planned,” says Dr. Christian Jung, head of the main department Scientific-Technical Infrastructure II. “We plan to carry out extensive maintenance and setup work, so we will be working on BESSY II day and night for close to three months. In mid-January 2016, the radiation source will be available once again to users – more powerful than ever.” [...]
  • Nachricht
    Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin auf der Jahrestagung des Forschungsverbunds Erneuerbare Energie (FVEE)
    Vom 3. Bis 4. November 2015 findet die Jahrestagung des Forschungsverbunds Erneuerbare Energie (FVEE) im Umweltforum Berlin in Berlin statt. Schwerpunktthema ist in diesem Jahr die Wärmewende. Das Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin ist mit einem Infostand und Vorträgen präsent. [...]
  • News
    Science Photowalk at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
    Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) invites you to participate on 6. November 2015 in a Science-Photowalk at BESSY II. If you love to take photographies of unconventional objects, you will get unique opportunities during a guided tour through the storage ring and you could capture your very personal perspective on science, big instruments and small details. There is a limited number of places, participation is for free, the best pictures will be awarded. Please apply until 2. November 2015. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Liane Benning im  <a href="http://www.helmholtz.de/erde_und_umwelt/ein-workaholic-mit-gespuer-fuer-schnee-4886/" class="Extern"> Portrait</a>, photo </p>
    Liane Benning (GFZ) talks about „The Birth and Life Cycle of a Nanoparticle: or how to make crystals from ions”
    20 years Helmholtz Association – a series of lectures shows the variety of the research field [...]
  • <p>Methan hydrate is found under extreme conditions in the deep sea and becomes "burning ice" in contact with air. &copy; Science Party SO174/GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum f&uuml;r Ozeanforschung Kiel.</p>
    D-Lecture with Metin Tolan: “Burning Ice” - synchrotron radiation reveals how molecules are captured in hydrates
    Most of the carbon on earth is stored as methane-hydrate in deep sea areas (so-called "burning ice”). Prof. Metin Tolan, Technische Universität Dortmund, will show new data from synchrotron experiments, which unveil the process of hydrate formation for the first time, thus addressing a burning topic of energy and climate research. [...]
  • <p>Markus Kubin in front of his poster. </p>
    Poster award to Markus Kubin
    At the International Conference on X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure Markus Kubin has been selected to receive one out of five poster awards. More than 300 posters have been presented at the poster session. [...]
  • <p>Simone Raoux is a professor at the Department of Physics at HU Berlin and is happy to show students the workings of BESSY II.</p>
    Simone Raoux becomes a Professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    Prof. Dr. Simone Raoux has accepted the call to the W3-S professorship “Nanospectroscopy for Design and Optimisation of Energy-Related Materials” in the Department of Physics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The professorship is associated with heading the institute of the same name at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie. Prof. Raoux accepted the call in September 2015. [...]
  • <p><strong>Happy Birthday, School Lab!</strong> Ulrike Witte and Gabriele Lampert (both HZB staff) cut the birthday cake for the guests and employees.</p>
    Five years of the School Lab in Adlershof
    To get school students interested in science, to show them the points of contact between research and everyday life – this is the mission of the HZB School Lab. Today, it celebrates its fifth anniversary at Adlershof. Since its founding in October 2010, more than 5,500 school students have come to perform experiments at the premises on Magnusstraße in Adlershof. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Martha Lux-Steiner has been awarded by the European Association for Renewable Energy (EUROSOLAR) for her work and involvement in research and education with the German Solar Prize. </p>
    German Solar Prize for scientist for Martha Lux-Steiner
    Renowned physicist Prof. Martha Lux-Steiner, a scientist at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin, has received the German Solar Prize for 2015. The European Association for Renewable Energy (EUROSOLAR) recognised her lifetime of work and involvement in research and education with the award. [...]
  • <p>Typische Unterhaltung &uuml;ber BESSY II im Puppentrick</p>
    Science-Video Wettbewerb: Der vom HZB eingereichte Beitrag aus dem Happy Undulator ist einer der Finalisten.
    Jetzt gilt‘s: bitte teilen, kommentieren und voten. Der von Wissenschaft im Dialog durchgeführte Video-Wettbewerb „Fast Forward Science 2015“ geht in die heiße Phase. 109 Videos sind bis zum Stichtag 31. Juli eingereicht worden, von denen eine Jury nun 17 Beiträge fürs Online-Voting ausgewählt hat, darunter der vom HZB eingereichte Beitrag „Bessy II: What can I do for you?“. Gefragt waren in dem Wettbewerb Wissenschaftsvideos, die zugleich unterhalten, wissenschaftlich fundiert und verständlich sind. [...]
  • <p><strong>Lernen mit Blick auf die Alpen:</strong> 53 Teilnehmende aus aller Welt lernten bei der Quantsol-Sommerschule Grundlagen der Photovoltaik und solaren Brennstofferzeugung. Foto: HZB</p>
    Quantsol Sommerschule 2015 – erfolgreich im 8. Jahr
    Die International Summer School on Photovoltaics and New Concepts of Quantum Solar Energy Conversion (Quantsol) fand vom 6. bis 13. September 2015 zum achten Mal in Folge im österreichischen Hirschegg/Kleinwalsertal statt. Über 50 angehende Solarforscherinnen und -forschern aus 19 Ländern besuchten die Veranstaltung. [...]
  • <p>Staunende Gesichter im Kontrollraum des BESSY II. Foto: A. Kubatzki</p>
    Tage der Forschung in Adlershof
    Am 24. und 25. September fanden in Adlershof die diesjährigen Tage der Forschung statt. Schülerinnen und Schüler der gymnasialen Oberstufe aus Berlin und Brandenburg bekamen die Möglichkeit, Forschungseinrichtungen am Wissenschaftsstandort Adlershof zu besichtigen. Das HZB bot vier Schülergruppen einen spannenden Einblick in die Welt der Forschung. [...]
  • <p>2.500 experts on photovoltaics from all over the world met at the 31th EU PVSEC in Hamburg. </p>
    Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin successfully at international Photovoltaic Conference in Hamburg
    From 14. to 18. September more than 2.500 experts on photovoltaics from all over the world met at the 31th EU PVSEC in Hamburg to discuss the latest developments and innovations. HZB was present at the conference with oral and poster presentations and in addition with an booth at the exibition. A joint publication by the Competence Centre for Photovoltaics (PVcomB) and Institute for Silicon Photovoltaics was chosen from 1,300 contributions under the best TOP 20 of the conference. [...]
  • <p>HZB scientists develop new methods to investigate the electronic structure of catalytic molecules. </p>
    Catalysis research strengthened: Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin participates in newly approved Einstein Center for Catalysis
    The Einstein Foundation will fund the new Einstein Center for Catalysis (EC2) beginning in 2016 in which Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin) and selected non-university institutions in Berlin will be participating. Prof. Emad Aziz, head of the HZB Institute for Methods of Materials Research at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin will be taking part in setting up the institution. His team will be contributing particular expertise in analytics of ultrafast processes in catalytic reactions. [...]
  • <p>Good atmosphere after the final presentation. </p>
    Summer students: Final presentation at a conference
    On Thursday, 24. September 2015, the summerstudents have presented their projects in Wannsee in a science conference format: Three topics have been selected for oral presentation, the other projects were presented in a poster session, thus all students could demonstrate first results.  [...]
  • <p>Liquid flatjet system, showing the two nozzles from which two impinging single jets form a  liquid water sheet with a thickness of 1 - 2 &mu;m. </p>
    How to Flow Ultrathin Water Layers - A Liquid Flatjet for X-Ray Spectroscopy
    A collaboration between scientists from the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI), the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS) have now demonstrated the successful implementation of a liquid flatjet with a thickness in the μm range, allowing for XAS transmission measurements in the soft-x-ray regime. This paves the way for novel steady-state and time-resolved experiments. [...]
  • <p>Die HZB-Energieforschung konnten Sch&uuml;lerinnen und Sch&uuml;ler heute an der Sch&uuml;leruni der Freien Universit&auml;t kennenlernen. Das HZB Sch&uuml;lerlabor Wannsee hat dort zwei Workshops zu Energiethemen angeboten. Foto: HZB</p>
    Das HZB-Schülerlabor an der Schüleruni der Freien Universität Berlin
    Unter dem Motto „Lernen für eine zukunftsfähige Welt“ öffnet die Freie Universität Berlin ihren grünen Campus für eine Schüleruniversität. Eine Woche lang erforschen Schülerinnen und Schüler der 5. Und 6. Klassen, was sich hinter dem Begriff der nachhaltigen Entwicklung verbirgt. Das Schülerlabor des HZB bietet zum Thema „Nachhaltigkeit und Klimaschutz“ zwei Workshops an. [...]
  • <p>Proteinkristalle an BESSY II studieren: Dank eines einmaligen Projektes k&ouml;nnen Studierende der FU Berlin regelm&auml;&szlig;ig am Snychrotron experimentieren. Das ist nur einer der sichtbaren Erfolge der Kooperation in der Berliner Strukturbiologie. Foto: Silvia Zerbe/HZB</p>
    Gemeinsames Treffen der Strukturbiologen in Berlin: der 6. Joint-MX-Day am 23. September 2015 am HZB
    Die Hauptstadt hat sich in den letzten Jahren zu einem Hotspot der Strukturbiologie in Deutschland entwickelt. Entscheidend dazu beigetragen hat das hohe Maß an Kooperation zwischen außeruniversitären Forschungseinrichtungen und Universitäten. Aber auch Wissenschaft und Industrie arbeiten in der Strukturbiologie sehr eng zusammen. Am 23. September 2015 findet der 6. Joint-MX-Day statt, bei dem sich Forscher über neue Methoden, Ansätze und Erkenntnisse in der Strukturbiologie austauschen werden. [...]
  • News
    The 6th International Conference on Small-Angle Scattering SAS in the Social Media
    Scientific networking at its best. 400 scientists from around the world met in Berlin from 13th to 18th September 2015. The SAS 2015 Conference is a triennial forum for the discussion of the most recent advances in the field of small angle scattering and assembles scientists from all around the world. We published a SAS2015-storify with the best impressions of the conference posted by the scientists. [...]
  • <p>Die Online-Ausgabe der lichtblick finden Sie <a href="https://www.helmholtz-berlin.de/media/media/aktuell/print//lichtblick/139/hzb_lichtblick_september-2015_extern_web.pdf" class="Extern">hier</a>.</p>
    Neuer lichtblick: Neues Exzellenzlabor mit ZEISS, Tipps für das sichere Surfen im Netz, ein Comic über BESSY II ...
    Hätten Sie den Low Alpha Mode lieber mit – oder ohne Photonenpicker? Wollen Sie die Polarisation vertikal oder elliptisch? Und den Kaffee stark oder entkoffeiniert? Kein Problem! Im Café Happy Undulator ist man guten Service und anspruchsvolle Wünsche gewohnt. Mehr dazu gibt es im BESSYII-Comic in der neuen lichtblick. Natürlich darf darin auch nicht fehlen, dass die Küche schon an einem neuen Rezept für den Speicherring arbeitet. Und wer es lieber sachlich will, findet alle Informationen rund um das Zukunftsprojekt BESSY VSR im Interview mit Andreas Jankowiak. [...]
  • <p>Interessante Ergebnisse, gut pr&auml;sentiert: Jannik M&ouml;ser hat f&uuml;r sein Poster einen Preis erhalten. Foto: HZB</p>
    Posterpreis für HZB-Nachwuchsforscher Jannik Möser aus dem Institut für Nanospektroskopie
    Für sein Poster über den experimentellen Nachweis von Defekten in Dünnschicht-Silizium-Materialien für die Photovoltaik hat Jannik Möser einen Preis erhalten. Er erhielt diese Auszeichnung auf der Tagung der Fachgruppe magnetische Resonanz der Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCH), die Anfang September in Darmstadt stattfand. [...]
  • <p>price ceremony at the ECM29</p>
    poster prize for Laura Elisa Valle Rios student at the European Crystallographic Meeting (ECM29)
    The poster contribution of Laura Elisa Valle Rios (HZB-Department Crystallography) was awarded the CrystEngComm poster price of the Royal Society of Chemistry at the 29th European Crystallographic Meeting (ECM29) in Rovinj (Croatia). Laura Elisa, a PhD student in the Marie-Curie Initial Training network KESTCELLS and the HZB Graduate School "Materials for Solar Energy Conversion" (MatSEC). [...]
  • <p>Group picture in a beautiful landscape. </p>
    ISUenergy 2015 – the 7th successful year!
    Local energy education & training for a global learning community – The International Summer University for Renewable Energy, the ISUenergy 2015, took place already for the seventh time from August to the beginning of September in Falera, Graubünden, with students from all around the world. [...]
  • <p>Spatenstich f&uuml;r die neue Beschleunigerhalle von bERLinPro. Zu sehen sind v.l.n.r: Jens Knobloch, Thomas Frederking, Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Andreas Jankowiak, Constanze Tibes (</p>
    Rohbauarbeiten für Beschleunigerhalle am HZB beginnen: Spatenstich für eine Testanlage eines Linearbeschleuniger mit Energierückgewinnung (ERL)
    Unmittelbar vor dem Beginn der Rohbauarbeiten wurde am 10. September 2015 der Spatenstich für die neue Beschleunigerhalle von bERLinPro gefeiert, in der eine kompakte Testanlage für einen Linearbeschleuniger mit Energierückgewinnung aufgebaut wird. Zirka 200 geladene Gäste verfolgten diesen Meilenschritt auf dem Weg zur Realisierung eines technologisch einzigartigen Projekts. [...]
  • <p></p>
    Milch, Wirkstoff-Taxis und andere kolloide Materialsysteme analysieren: SAS 2015 tagt in Berlin
    Vom 13. - 18. September treffen sich über 400 Expertinnen und Experten zur 16. Internationalen Konferenz zur Kleinwinkelstreuung (16. International Conference on Small Angle Scattering, SAS 2015) in Berlin. Mit Kleinwinkelstreuung lassen sich biologische und anorganische Materialsysteme auf Nanometerskala untersuchen und dynamische Prozesse beobachten. [...]
  • <p>A week long training gave the participants of the summer school a good overview about EPR methods. </p>
    Berlin Joint EPR lab organises the 7th Summer School of the European Federation of EPR Groups with 120 participants from 26 countries
    100 students and 20 lecturers from all around the world came to Berlin for a week at the end of August to take part in the biggest and most traditional educational event in the field of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). The Summer School was organised, with the support of the HZB, by the groups of the Berlin Joint EPR labs (BeJEL) of HZB and Freie Universität Berlin. [...]
  • <p>11 Azubis und vier Studierende haben sich f&uuml;r einen Start ins Berufsleben am HZB entschieden. Heute ging es offiziell los. Foto: Jennifer Bierbaum</p>
    Herzlich Willkommen: Ausbildungsstart am 1. September am HZB
    11 Auszubildende und 4 Studierende starten heute ins Berufsleben. Am offiziellen Ausbildungsbeginn begrüßte der kaufmännische Geschäftsführer des HZB, Thomas Frederking, die Neuankömmlinge auf dem Campus Wannsee im Rahmen einer kleinen Kennlernveranstaltung. [...]
  • <p>The front of the new bERLinPro building designed by the architecture office DGI Bauwerk</p>
    Ground-breaking ceremony for the bERLinPro building on 10th September 2015 at 12:30
    We cordially invite you to the bERLinPro (Berlin Energy Recovery Linac) groundbreaking ceremony on 10th September 2015 at 12:30. The HZB develops in Berlin-Adlershof a test facility for an Energy Recovery Linac. [...]
  • News
    HZB Scientist Frank Siewert wins Giovanni Sostero Award
    Congratulations to Frank Siewert, who just won the 2015 International Giovanni Sostero Award [...]
  • <p>The magnetic structure of LiFePO<sub>4</sub></p>
    Anomalous magnetic structure and spin dynamics in magnetoelectric LiFePO4
    A team at HZB has recently unraveled intricate details of the magnetic structure and dynamics of the magnetoelectric compound LiFePO4.Such materials currently find use in sensors but there are promising perspectives for magnetoelectrics to be applied in data storage and spintronic devices as well. [...]
  • News
    Helmholtz to invest 46 million EUR in new shared laboratory infrastructure

    Six Helmholtz Centres are founding a shared infrastructure for developing novel energy materials that will also be available to external users. [...]

  • <p>The new filling pattern consists of a Hybrid (or Camshaft) bunch at 4 mA (Chopper) in the center of the 200 ns wide ion clearing gap followed by the so-called PPRE-bunch of variable transverse excitation at 3 mA and 84 ns later. Together with the usual multibunch filling and the 3 slicing bunches on top of the multibunch train, now 302 out of 400 possible buckets in the storage ring are filled and topped up. </p>
    BESSY II launches New Filling Pattern in User Mode
    Since July 2015 BESSY II has been providing a new bunch filling pattern in Top-Up mode. It will open new opportunities especially for research teams dealing with time-resolved x-ray experiments. It is of significant importance for us and the community anticipating BESSY VSR. [...]
  • <p>Dr. Tristan Petit will broaden his research on nanocarbon materials with the Freigeist Fellowship. </p>
    Freigeist Fellowship for Tristan Petit
    For his project on nanodiamond materials and nanocarbon, Dr. Tristan Petit has been awarded a Freigeist Fellowship from the VolkswagenStiftung. The grant covers a five-year period and will enable him to establish his own research team. The VolkswagenStiftung is funding with these prestigious fellowships outstanding postdocs planning original research that transcends the bounds of their own field.
  • <p>Prof. Peter-Andr&eacute; Alt (right), President of Freie Universit&auml;t Berlin, conferring the appointment on Prof. Emad Aziz. </p>
    Emad Aziz promoted to full professor
    Prof. Emad Aziz has been promoted to full Professor (German W3) at the Freie Universität Berlin effective July 1, 2015. He held previously a junior professorship in the Department of Physics. Aziz heads the HZB Institute for Methods of Material Development and the JULiq Joint Lab operated concomitantly by the HZB and Freie Universität Berlin. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Dr. Gerd Schneider becomes a full professur for x-ray microscopy at the Humboldt University Berlin and is the head of the HZB group "Microscopy". </p>
    Gerd Schneider receives a professorship for "X-ray microscopy" at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    On 29 April 2015, Gerd Schneider (HZB) accepted the call to a W2-S “X-ray microscopy” professorship at the Department of Physics of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The professorship is associated with heading the workgroup “X-ray microscopy” at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie. With his group, the internationally recognised expert is developing new methods and applications for X-ray microscopy, which delivers crucial information for many scientific disciplines – from material and energy research to the life sciences.  [...]
  • <p>Mapping of the captured magnetisation domains (right, red-blue patterns) in a sample 20 nanometres thick that had been wound in two layers into a tube. The tube has a diameter of 5 microns and a height of 50 microns. </p>
    New technique enables magnetic patterns to be mapped in 3D
    An international collaboration has succeeded in using synchrotron light to detect and record the complex 3D magnetisation in wound magnetic layers. This technique could be important in the development of devices that are highly sensitive to magnetic fields, such as in medical diagnostics for example. Their results are published now in Nature Communications. [...]
  • <p>HZB Group at the ICT/ECT2015. From left to right: Dr. Klaus Habicht (Head of the Department for Methods for Characterization of Transport Phenomena in Energy Materials), Dr. Tommy Hofmann, Dr. Katharina Fritsch, Dr. Britta Willenberg, Dr. Katrin Meier-Kirchner</p>
    HZB presents research on thermoelectrics
    The annual "International Conference on Thermoelectrics (ICT)” and the "European Conference on Thermoelectrics (ECT)” took place together from 29 June to 02 July 2015 in Dresden, Germany. For the first time, HZB participated in this international multidisciplinary meeting. The HZB Department "Methods for Characterization of Transport Phenomena in Energy Materials" headed by Dr. Klaus Habicht presented their research in two talks and one poster. [...]
  • <p>These samples with precise proportions of nickel and copper were produced via an improved preparation procedure. Photo: M. Tovar/HZB</p>
    Crystal structure and magnetism – new insight into the fundamentals of solid state physics
    HZB team decodes relationship between magnetic interactions and the distortions in crystal structure within a geometrically “frustrated” spinel system [...]
  • <p>The HZB has officially been a family-friendly employer since 2011. It created many structures that contribute towards better long-term reconciliation of career and family.</p>
    HZB has its career and family certificate renewed: New agreed targets for the next three years
    On 29 June 2015, Iris Gleicke, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, awarded the HZB the “berufundfamilie” certificate (career and family). So certified, the research centre has officially been a family-friendly employer since 2011. The certificate is highly respected among chambers of commerce, associations and in politics, since it attests to the fact that the certified company has truly organised its working conditions to be more family friendly.  In the first three years, the HZB created many structures that contribute towards better long-term reconciliation of career and family. [...]
  • <p>Alexander F&ouml;hlisch is head of the HZB Institute Methods and Instrumentation for Synchrotron Radiation Research and holds a professorship at University Potsdam. </p>
    From Excited Atoms to Functionality – ERC Advanced Grant Awarded to Alexander Föhlisch
    Under the EU Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation, Alexander Föhlisch has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant. The physicists is holding a joint appointment at the Institute for Physics and Astronomy of the University of Potsdam and at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie. He is to receive a total of 2.5 million Euros over a five-year period to support his work on highly selective methods of detection using synchrotron light and X-ray lasers. [...]
  • <p>Sunlight activates the catalytic behavior of diamond materials, thus helping to convert carbon dioxide into fine chemicals and fuels. </p>
    Green solutions with diamond materials:
    Horizon 2020 invests 3.9 million Euro in research project to convert CO2 into fuels using sunlight and diamond materials [...]
  • <p>Promovierende der Graduiertenschule MatSEC</p>
    Forschungskolloquium der Graduiertenschule MatSEC
    Am 24. Juni trafen sich die Mitglieder der Graduiertenschule MatSEC zum halbjährlichen Forschungskolloquium auf dem Lise-Meitner-Campus. MatSEC wurde im Frühjahr 2013 unter dem Dach der Dahlem Research School der Freien Universität Berlin gegründet. Die Graduiertenschule bietet ein strukturiertes dreijähriges Promotionsprogramm und beschäftigt sich mit Kesterit-Verbindungshalbleiter. [...]
  • <p><strong>Watching the sky:</strong> The kindergarten Kids built spectroscopes and used them to study the different kinds of light.</p>
    40 kindergarten kids jointed the School Lab on Little Scientists’ Day
    Young guests visiting the School Lab of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin is nothing unusual. But on the 23rd of June 2015, even the tiniest were allowed to get into the role of researcher and conduct their own experiments. The School Lab took part in the Germany-wide campaign “Tag der Kleinen Forscher” (Little Scientists’ Day), and invited 40 children of ages five to seven to the Adlershof campus. Here, they built spectroscopes and used them to study the different kinds of light. After a good hour of intensive experimenting, each child proudly held his or her “researcher’s diploma” in hand. [...]
  • News
    50 PhD students from the HZB attended the PhD Retreat in Liebenwalde
    From the 3rd to the 5th of June, 2015, this year’s PhD Retreat took place in Liebenwalde, with more than fifty PhD students from the HZB taking part. Among other topics, the programme included seminars on scientific writing, time management and learning intercultural competence. The practical workshop received great interest. The participants also found many opportunities in the venue’s idyllic setting to network with those from other departments and locations. [...]
  • <p>From the 5th to the 8th of June, 1,200 sports enthusiasts from 36 European research centres came to Mol, Belgium, for the Atomiade. The HZB team&rsquo;s trip was an outstanding success.</p>
    37 medals for HZB athletes at the Atomiade
    3rd place overall in the Games [...]
  • <p>Exciting tricks with liquid nitrogen; Photo: Ingo Kniest</p>
    1,300 visitors at the Long Night of Sciences in Wannsee
    Despite muggy-warm temperatures and storms on Saturday, thousands of eager people once again rolled in to catch up on the science in the region. 1,300 visitors to the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin took part in guided tours through laboratories and the colourful hands-on programme. We have captured the best moments with Storify. [...]
  • News
    BESSY II - What can I do for you?
    To this very special question the current movie published by HZB gives an answer. We didn't produce a classic image film and show the xth series of images from a storage ring, but chose a different approach. The result is a funny puppet animation, in which our message is very clear but subtle: The Berlin Electron Storage Ring for Synchrotron Radiation [...]
  • <p><strong>Frostige Wissenschaften:</strong> Experimente mit fl&uuml;ssigem Stickstoff</p>
    Eine lange Nacht geballtes Wissen tanken
    Führungen an der Neutronenquelle, Experimente zur Energie für Groß und Klein, Licht-Show und vieles mehr [...]
  • <p>Die Berliner Bildhauerin Anna Franziska Schwarzbach hat das erste Denkmal in Deutschland f&uuml;r eine Wissenschaftlerin errichtet.</p>
    Öffentliche Einweihung des Lise-Meitner-Denkmal am 13. Juni zur Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften
    Seit ein paar Tagen verfügt der Innenhof des Hörsaalgebäudes am Campus Wannsee über eine wahre Attraktion - das neu errichtete Lise-Meitner-Denkmal. Es wird bei der Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften am 13. Juni 2015 um 17.30 Uhr feierlich eröffnet. Die Bildhauerin Anna Franziska Schwarzbach, die das Denkmal realisiert hat, steht für Gespräche zur Verfügung. [...]
  • Nachricht
    HZB-Zeitung "lichtblick" Juni 2015 erschienen
    Drei Monate liegen hinter uns, in denen viel passiert ist. Von uns lange erwartet wurde die Inbetriebnahme des Hochfeldmagneten für die Neutronenforschung im Mai 2015. Aber auch bei den anderen HZB-Zukunftsprojekten ging es rasant voran: die Bauarbeiten für eine neue Beschleunigerhalle für bERLinPro wurden begonnen, am Analyselabor EMIL werden die Messtationen gerade installiert und das Team der Proteinkristallographie eröffnet demnächst einen hochautomatisierten Messplatz für unsere Gastforscher. Das sind nur einige Themen, über die wir in der neu erschienenen Zeitung berichten. [...]
  • <p>At the MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco, Kai Neldner was awarded for his poster contribution.</p>
    Poster award for MatSEC PhD student at the MRS Spring Meeting
    The poster contribution of Kai Neldner (HZB-Department Crystallography) was awarded a poster price of the Symposium "Thin-Film Compound Semiconductors" at the MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco. Kai Neldner, a PhD student in the HZB Graduate School "Materials for Solar Energy Conversion" (MatSEC) has presented results on structural properties of Kesterites (Cu2ZnSnS4 - CZTS) in relation to its stoichiometry deviations. [...]
  • News
    Joint Lab BeJEL receives 1.4 million EUR grant
    The Berlin Joint EPR Laboratory (BeJEL) operated by HZB and Freie Universität Berlin has pulled in six of 27 subprojects within a DFG priority program to address“New Frontiers in Sensitivity for EPR Spectroscopy – from Biological Cells to Nano Materials”. [...]
  • <p>Ah Reum Jeong has completed her PhD in physics at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. She now works as a postdoc in the Hybrid Material Systems &amp; Nano-Analytics team of Dr. Marin Rusu.</p>
    Poster Award for HZB-Postdoc at EMRS Spring Meeting
    During the spring meeting 2015 of the European Materials Research Society the Poster contribution of  Dr. Ah Reum Jeong (HZB-Institute for Heterogeneous Material Systems) was selected for an award.  The young scientist has presented results on electronic and structural properties in relation to chemical composition of molybdenum oxide layers, which are widely applied in photovoltaic as well as optoelectronic devices. [...]
  • <p>ANSTO is delivering scientific services and products to government, industry, academia and other research organisations.&nbsp;</p>
    HZB and ANSTO signed MoU
    In May HZB and the  Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) have signed a high-level scientific cooperation agreement. The objective is to establish a framework and terms of cooperation in the field of neutron scattering science, and define the mechanisms for collaboration on the basis of mutual benefit, equality and reciprocity. [...]
  • <p>At the HZB Institute for Solar Fuels, also nanostructures in metal oxides are explored as efficient catalyst materials for artificial photosynthesis. </p>
    Success rate 100 percent: HZB teams get third party funding for Solar Fuel projects
    Converting solar energy and storing it in form of solar fuels, is one of the great scientific and technological challenges today to enable the transition into a more sustainable future powered by renewable energies. Scientists at the HZB institute for Solar Fuels are exploring new semiconductor materials in order to develop compact, robust and economic solutions for “artificial photosynthesis”. They have submitted four research projects in collaboration with partners from universities for funding by the German Research Association (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG) in the Priority Programme „Fuels Produced Regeneratively Through Light-Driven Water Splitting” (SPP 1613). All four projects have now been approved for funding. [...]
  • <p>&bdquo;Neuro-anatomy 01&ldquo; von artwork by Aceofhearts1968<strong> <br /></strong></p>
    Dienstag 14:00, Vortrag bei BESSY II: Gliazellen - Der Kitt denkt mit
    Dienstag, 14:00 im Hörsaal BESSY II:  Hirnforschung, vom Experten verständlich erklärt [...]
  • <p>Ready for use: after 8 years of developement and construction the High Field Magnet at HZB attracts the first users.</p>
    Commissioning party of the High Field Magnet at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
    After about eight years of building and development, we are finally there: At the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, the world’s strongest magnet for neutron experiments is now available to scientists from across the world. The High Field Magnet will be officially put into the service of science at a commissioning party on 7 May 2015. Many research and political representatives and many cooperation and development partners are expected to attend the celebratory commissioning in Berlin-Wannsee. [...]
  • <p>Sketch of  the &ldquo;MHz-pulse selector&rdquo; which moves frictionless in a vacuum at triple sound velocity perpendicular to the beam. </p>
    Wheel with triple sound velocity for pulse selection at BESSY II
    In order to pick out only one pulse per turn out of the 400 possible x-ray flashes at BESSY II, a joint team of physicists and engineers from Forschungszentrum Jülich, MPI of Microstructure Physics and HZB have developed an extremely fast rotating “MHz-pulse selector”, which is now at the core of the Uppsala Berlin joint Lab to extract the hybrid bunch within the 200 nanosecond ion clearing gap of BESSY II. The device consists of a wheel made of a special Aluminum alloy which has tiny slits of 70 micrometer width at its outer rim. They move frictionless in a vacuum at triple sound velocity perpendicular to the beam. Users can now decide to operate their experiment in a single bunch mode even during normal multibunch operation of BESSY II. [...]
  • <p>PVcomB conducts research and technological improvement on CIGS solar cells, in close cooperation with industrial partners. </p>
    New opportunities for CIGS solar cells
    Dynamic CIGS solar cell technology workshop gives rise to optimism: experts predict higher efficiencies and lean production technologies [...]
  • <p>Ultra-high vacuum system in the Energy Materials In-Situ Lab (EMIL) that will combine industry-relevant deposition tools with a suite of complementary advanced characterization methods. </p>
    EU funding strengthens solar cell research at HZB
    Marcus Bär and his team are participating in two international projects being funded under the EU Horizon 2020 research programme. Both research projects are concerned with development and optimisation of high-efficiency thin-film solar cells based on chalcopyrites (“Sharc 25") and kesterites (“SWInG”). These two projects will together bring in about 900,000 EUR of additional research funding for solar cell research. [...]
  • <p><strong>Exchange, good supervision and fair working conditions</strong>: The HZB has long had PhD guidelines in place to offer PhD students excellent opportunities for development.</p>
    New Guidelines for the completion of PhD projects within the Helmholtz Association
    The Helmholtz Centres and the President have agreed on common PhD guidelines. These guidelines define minimum standards for the creation of optimal conditions for PhD students to operate in and contribute towards a common understanding of quality. The Helmholtz Association hereby acknowledges the indispensability of young researchers for the research efforts of the Association. [...]
  • <p>Die M&auml;dchen untersuchen die selber gez&uuml;chteten Kristalle am Mikroskop.</p>
    Raus aus der Schule, rein ins Labor: 90 Schülerinnen beim Girls'Day am Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
    90 Mädchen kamen dieses Jahr zum Girls’ Day in das HZB nach Wannsee und Adlershof. In Laboren und Werkstätten erlebten die Teilnehmerinnen, wie spannend die Arbeit in einem Forschungszentrum ist, und lernten Frauen kennen, die in naturwissenschaftlichen-technischen Berufen arbeiten. Angeboten wurden 16 verschiedene Workshops, von denen die Mädchen zwei auswählten. Sie konnten unter anderem Kristalle züchten, Strom aus Zitronen erzeugen oder ein Schmuckstück vergolden. [...]
  • <p>A view of what had been the practically empty segment at EMIL in the experimental hall; the beam tubes for EMIL are already being marked out on the brand-new flooring. Photo: Ingo M&uuml;ller/HZB<strong><br /></strong></p>
    BESSY II is ready for user service
    BESSY II was shut down as scheduled from February 9th until the end of March for refurbishment and modernization. The accelerator is operational once again, and has been running since the beginning of April, beginning with beam scrubbing to increase the lifetime of the electrons in the storage ring and to improve operation. At the same time teams have been working on the calibration and commissioning of their instruments. BESSY II will be ready for user service once again on April 21 2015.
  • <p>One of the new solid state transmitters: the power supplies are located in the left rack (black), the RF section is located behind the grey doors in the middle and in the right rack the control units can be seen.</p>
    BESSY II changes over to solid state RF amplifiers
    BESSY II storage ring has four cavity resonators that are excited with high-power oscillating electromagnetic fields to compensate for the energy lost by the electron beam. Four Klystrons, as they are called (large high-power linear RF vacuum tubes), have provided extremely pure 500-MHz RF power for exciting these cavity resonators up to now. But there are no replacement klystrons available on the market. Wolfgang Anders and his team at the HZB’s Institute SRF – Science and Technology have therefore used the shutdown to replace two of the klystrons with modern solid-state RF amplifiers. The other klystrons are to be replaced until the end of the year. [...]
  • <p>Symmetrien; Bildrecht: K.Berthold</p>
    Eröffnung der Ausstellung "Das Bild entsteht im Kopf" am 20. April um 17 Uhr bei BESSY
    Ab dem 20. April 2015 zeigt K. Berthold ihre Arbeiten im BESSY II-Gebäude. Sie ist Meisterschülerin der Universität der Künste Berlin und seit über 20 Jahren als Bildhauerin und Bildgestalterin tätig. In der Ausstellung zeigt die Künstlern über 40 Bilder, die als Collagen aus Zeichnungen, Fotografien und Makroaufnahmen entstanden sind. [...]
  • <p>Logo der Teilausstellung "Research &amp; Technology"</p>
    HZB auf der Hannover Messe
    Die Hannover Messe, die weltweit größte Industriemesse, wurde heute eröffnet. Das HZB ist als Aussteller auf dem Themenstand »Energy Research« in der Halle 2 Stand A.32 vertreten. Das HZB präsentiert Themen aus dem Bereich der Energieforschung mit den drei Schwerpunkten: Solare Brennstoffe, die Erforschung von neuen Energiematerialien mithilfe von Großgeräten und das PVcomB. [...]
  • <p>An ultrashort laser pulse activates iron pentacarbonyl as a catalyst. Scientists could observe the subsequent ultrafast processes experimentally by mapping the outer orbitals with an x-ray free electron laser and interpret the obtained energy maps using quantum chemical calculations.<br />Illustration: SciStyle Thomas Splettst&ouml;&szlig;er</p>
    Femto-snapshots of reaction kinetics
    Bonding behaviour of iron pentacarbonyl experimentally decoded. Application as a catalyst for storing solar energy. [...]
  • News
    Antique Osiris figurines from the Egyptian Museum of Florence examined with neutrons
    An research team from the “Nello Carrara” Institute of Applied Physics, Italy, examined three antique bronze figurines non-invasively with neutrons at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie. The statuettes from the Egyptian Museum of Florence 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.
  • News
    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>Leading scientists presented the research programme for the two new graduate schools, HZB is organising together with HUB and UP.</p> <p></p>
    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>Solar Solutions, hand made by the students. And they all work. </p>
    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>Learning in green surroundings: In 2014 the summer students came from all over the world to meet solar energy experts.</p>
    Registration now open! Summer School Quantsol
    The International Summer School Quantsol will inform on basics in photovoltaics and solar energy conversion [...]
  • <p>Susan Schorr is Head of the Department of Crystallography.</p>
    Susan Schorr named DGK Chair
    Prof. Dr. Susan Schorr was elected Chair at the German Crystallographic Society’s (DGK) recent annual conference. The conference took place from March 16-19, 2015, in Göttingen, Germany. Prior to her current appointment, Susan Schorr was head of the DGK’s National Committee. [...]
  • Nachricht
    TV-Tipp: Das HZB-Schülerlabor beim Jugendmagazin Yolo - Samstag, 21.3. um 9.15 Uhr auf RTL
    Wer an diesem Samstag schon früh auf den Beinen ist, dem sei das Jugendmagazin Yolo empfohlen. Der TV-Sender RTL strahlt von 9.15 bis 9.45 eine Serie aus, in der es um starke Kräfte und um Superhelden geht. Gedreht wurde unter anderem im HZB-Schülerlabor. Dort weiß man einiges zu den Superkräften von Magnenten zu sagen. Die Folge kann später auch in der Mediathek des Senders angeschaut werden. [...]
  • <p>Auf frischer Tat ertappt: Stefanie Kodalle und Jennifer Bierbaum knacken die 26 Tesla beim Hochfeldmagneten und fahren den Sieg beim Selfie-Wettbewerb ein.</p>
    Sieger beim ScienceSelfie Wettbwerb: Die HZB-Panzerknacker Stefanie Kodalle und Jennifer Bierbaum knacken die 26 Tesla
    Mit finsterer Miene machen sich die HZB-Kolleginnen Jennifer Bierbaum und Stefanie Kodalle ans Werk: Die beiden Panzenknackerinnen wollen die 26 Tesla beim Hochfeldmagneten des HZB knacken. Glücklicherweise schießen sie im richtigen Augenblick ein Selfie mit dem Smartphone von dem wohl größten Moment in ihrer Verbrecherlaufbahn. [...]
  • <p>3D-Modelle der Beschleunigerhalle f&uuml;r bERLinPro</p>
    Baubeginn für Beschleunigerhalle bERLinPro am Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
    Am HZB- Standort Adlershof entsteht ein neuer Linearbeschleuniger mit Energierückgewinnung [...]
  • <p>Experimentieren mit Spa&szlig;: Die Sch&uuml;lerlabor-AG trifft sich immer donnerstags in Wannsee. Foto: HZB</p>
    Eine neue Schülerlabor-AG am Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin experimentiert zu Energiefragen im Alltag
    Wie viel Strom verbraucht ein Smartphone? Wo kommt unser Strom her? Und ist er eigentlich teuer? Das Schülerlabor des Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin bietet am Standort Wannsee für Kinder der 5. bis 7. Klassen eine neue Arbeitsgruppe an. Immer donnerstags treffen sich zehn Mädchen und Jungen, um zu experimentieren und diesen Fragen auf den Grund zu gehen.   [...]
  • <p></p>
    Workshop on “Microstructure Characterization and Modeling for Solar Cells”
    The winter workshop was held in a beautiful location at Spitzingsee (Bayern) from 22. to 26. february 2015 and organised by Helmholtz Virtual Institute "Microstructure Control for Thin-Film Solar Cells". The next winter workshop will be planned for 2017. [...]
  • <p>Kesterite f&uuml;r Solarzellen und solare Brennstoffe: Die Graduiertenschule <a href="https://www.helmholtz-berlin.de/angebote/jobskarriere/promotion/index_de.html">MatSEC </a>vereint f&auml;cher&uuml;bergreifende Experitise. Foto: HZB/Kodalle</p>
    Graduiertenschule MatSEC diskutiert über Kesterite für Solarzellen
    Am 2. Februar 2015 trafen sich die Mitglieder der Graduiertenschule MatSEC auf dem Lise-Meitner-Campus des HZB zum wissenschaftlichen Austausch. In der Graduiertenschule MatSEC forschen die Promovierenden an neuartigen Materialsystemen für die solare Energieumwandlung, den Kesteriten. Das Forschungskolloquium findet halbjährlich statt und ist fester Bestandteil des Curriculums der Graduiertenschule. [...]
  • <p>Instagram ist ideal, um tolle Bilder aus der Forschung zu kommunizieren, hier zum Beispiel einen Lichtofen f&uuml;r die Kristallzucht. Foto: N. Islam/HZB</p>
    Das HZB auf Instagram
    Immer mehr Menschen nutzen ihr Smartphone, um zum Beispiel in einer Pause ein paar Bilder mit kurzen Infos anzusehen. Nun können sie beim Stöbern in dem beliebten Bildernetzwerk Instagram auch auf Themen aus dem HZB stoßen. Seit Neuestem postet dort die Kommunikationsabteilung besonders schöne, spektakuläre Bilder, die knapp erläutert und mit Links zu mehr Informationen versehen sind. [...]
  • <p>Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Thomas Frederking, Gerhard Sagerer und Stephan Becker (v. l.) unterzeichnen den Kooperationsvertrag.Foto: Universit&auml;t Bielefeld</p>
    Universität Bielefeld und HZB kooperieren zu Nanoschichten und komplexen Materialien
    Im Februar 2015 haben Uni-Rektor Professor Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer, Uni-Kanzler Dr. Stephan Becker und die Geschäftsführer des HZB, Professorin Dr.-Ing. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla und Thomas Frederking eine Vereinbarung über die Zusammenarbeit unterschrieben. Darin heißt es: „Die Kooperation soll zur Steigerung der wissenschaftlichen Exzellenz der Partner und zur Entwicklung regionaler Kompetenznetzwerke in Forschung, Lehre und Ausbildung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses beitragen.“ [...]
  • Nachricht
    HZB-Zeitung „lichtblick“ erschienen
    Berlin ist für junge ausländische Forscherinnen und Forscher attraktiv. Doch es ist am Anfang nicht leicht, sich in Deutschland und am Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin zu orientieren. Eine Postdoc-Initiative hilft nun, dass junge Wissenschaftler nach der Promotion besser am Zentrum Fuß fassen können. Wir stellen die Menschen hinter dieser Initiative und ihr Anliegen in der aktuellen Ausgabe vor. Hier geht es zur Online-Ausgabe der Zeitung. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Dr. Joachim Dzubiella</p>
    Joachim Dzubiella receives ERC Consolidator Grant
    Over the next five years, additional research funding in the amount of 2 million Euros will be available to HZB’s Prof. Dr. Joachim Dzubiella. The theoretical physicist, who teaches at Berlin’s Humboldt University and who also heads an HZB research group, is the latest recipient of a European Research Council Consolidator Grant. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Dr. J&uuml;rgen Janek, Universit&auml;t Gie&szlig;en</p>
    Distinguished Lectures at HZB: Prof. Jürgen Janek will give talk about the Materials Research for "Next Generation" Batteries
    The search for new and the development of improved electrochemical energy storage systems stimulates world-wide research efforts in both academia and industry. While impressive improvements and cost reductions are still to be expected for lithium ionbatteries (LIB) and are part of enormous industrial efforts, more fundamental research aims for the creation and understanding of completely new cell types. [...]
  • <p><br />The High-Field Magnet (HFM) has attained 26 tesla in an initial test and thereby exceeded expectations. The HFM team is pleased about the well-deserved success.<br /><br /></p>
    The BER II neutron source is back in operation and available for experiments following the interruption in availability
    Maintenance work has been successfully concluded – the High-Field Magnet has successfully attained 26 tesla in initial testing. New scientific experiments have become possible. [...]
  • <p>Sch&uuml;lerinnen und Sch&uuml;ler f&uuml;r Naturwissenschaften begeistern: Das HZB-Sch&uuml;lerlabor bot einen Workshop zu Magnetismus und Supraleitung an. Foto: G. Lampert</p>
    HZB-Schülerlabor beteiligt sich am MINT400-Hauptstadtforum
    Das Schülerlabor hat am Standort Wannsee im Rahmen des MINT400-Hauptstadtforums einen Workshop zum Thema  „Magnetismus und Supraleitung“  angeboten. 16 Schülerinnen und Schüler aus ganz Deutschland haben teilgenommen. Am Projekttag wurden Experimente mit Supermagneten zu Induktion, Wirbelstrom und Diamagnetismus durchgeführt. Im weiteren Verlauf wurde der Meißner-Ochsenfeld-Effekt mit YBCO-Supraleitern erkundet, die dazu mit flüssigem Stickstoff unterhalb ihrer Übergangstemperatur Tc abgekühlt wurden. Anschließend stand eine Führung durch die Augentumortherapie auf dem Programm. Der Tag endete mit weiteren Tiefkühlexperimenten und einem Laptop-Quiz zu den Themen des Tages. [...]
  • <p>Schon auf der Er&ouml;ffnungsveranstaltung war das HZB gut vertreten. Viele Arbeitsgruppen freuen sich nun auf die enge Zusammenarbeit im neuen Joint Lab mit den Kolleginnen und Kollegen aus der Theorie und der Simulation. Foto: Andreas Kubatzki/HZB</p>
    BerOSE - Joint Lab für Modellierung von Nanooptischen Strukturen
    HZB gründet mit FU Berlin und Zuse Institut Berlin das „Berlin Joint Lab for Optical Simulations for Energy Research (BerOSE)“ [...]
  • <p>180 scientists listened to the lectures. <span>The aim of the dialogue is to identify future scientific fields as well as expectations, needs and requirements</span> for BESSY II.</p>
    BESSY II – From Pico to Femto – time resolved studies at BESSY II
    180 scientists attended the workshop on time resolved studies
  • News
    An new look at technicians and researchers: Exhibition at BESSY building
    For one whole year, Kevin Fuchs took photographs at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. His pictures are on display in the BESSY building until 13/04/2015 [...]
  • <p>Prof. Bernd Rech (Foto: HZB) im <a href="http://www.weltderphysik.de/mediathek/podcast/" class="Extern">Interview</a> bei Welt der Physik</p>
    Heute schon geforscht? Bernd Rech im Podcast von Welt der Physik
    Im wöchentlichen Podcast der Internetplattform "Welt der Physik" spricht Bernd Rech, Leiter des HZB-Instituts für Silizium-Photovoltaik und Sprecher des Helmholtz-Forschungsprogramms Erneuerbare Energien, in der Folge 177 über aktuelle Trends zum Thema Solarzellen. Er beschreibt die Vor- und Nachteile von anorganischen und organischen Solarmaterialien. Und er stellt eine der neuesten Entwicklungen aus seinem Institut vor, eine Kombination aus zwei Siliziumschichten und einem organischen Material. [...]
  • <p>Ausstellung der Bilder von Kevin Fuchs ab 29. Januar im BESSY-II-Geb&auml;ude, hier eine Aufnahme von der Ausstellung im SEZ Berlin.</p>
    My Beamline - Eröffnung einer Fotoausstellung im BESSY-Hauptgebäude
    Kevin Fuchs hat im Rahmen seines Fotografiestudiums den Synchrotronring BESSY II und den Forschungsreaktor BER II besucht. Für seine Abschlussarbeit hat er Anlagen und Menschen mit künstlerischem Blick in Szene gesetzt. Ab 29. Januar werden die Bilder nun im BESSY II-Gebäude (3. Etage) für zirka zwei Monate zu sehen sein. Zur Ausstellungseröffnung am 29. Januar, 14:00 Uhr, laden wir alle HZB-Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter sowie Gäste herzlich ein. Wir bitten um Anmeldung per mail an jennifer.bierbaum@helmholtz-berlin.de. [...]
  • News
    Dancing BESSY-VSR
    Paul Goslawski from Godehard Wüstefeld's team was the initiator of this project: Why not demonstrate in vivid form, what the future project BESSY-VSR is all about? With novel cavities to be introduced in synchrotron storage ring BESSY II, the new BESSY-VSR is supposed to compress some of the stored electron buckets. So it is possible to produce brilliant light pulses with variable length: short and long pulses in one ring. The user is able to choose what kind of pulse he needs for his experiment. But the team still has to solve some tricky problems. [...]
  • Nachricht
    HZB baut Forschung an elektrochemischen Energiespeichern aus

    Arbeitsgruppen am HZB untersuchen neuartige Batteriesysteme und elektrochemische Energiespeicher im Helmholtz-Forschungsprogramm „Speicher und vernetzte Infrastrukturen“ [...]

  • <p>A general view of the VEKMAG end-station. The vector magnet chamber (grey) is supported by a hexapod frame. Below the magnet  one can distinguish the detector chamber (green) and  in the forward direction the deposition chamber (dark grey) is displayed. The beam quality is monitored by a diagnostic chamber (yellow) positioned in front of the magnet chamber. </p>
    “VEKMAG” at BESSY II creates 3D magnetic fields in samples
    Together with HZB, teams from the Universität Regensburg, from the Freie Universität Berlin and from  the  Ruhr Universität Bochum have jointly set up a unique measurement station at BESSY II: a vector electromagnet consisting of three mutually perpendicular Helmholtz coils which enables  setting the local magnetic field at the sample position  to any orientation desired. The first measurements of magnetic materials, spin systems, and nanostructured magnetic samples are scheduled for early 2015. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Dr. Oguz Okay lehrt Physikalische Chemie an der Istanbul Technical University und gilt als einer der besten Polymerforscher der T&uuml;rkei. Nun kommt er als Gast ans HZB.</p>
    Georg-Forster-Forschungspreis an Oguz Okay
    Die Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung hat gestern acht mit jeweils 60.000 Euro dotierten Georg Forster-Forschungspreise vergeben. Unter den Preisträgern ist  Prof. Dr. Oguz Okay (59), Istanbul Technical University, der nun für einen Gastaufenthalt an das HZB-Institut für Weiche Materie und Funktionale Materialien nach Berlin kommt. [...]
  • <p>Aus dem Technikum</p>
    Hochfeldmagnet sucht Neutronenleiter
    Am Freitag, den 12. Dezember 2014 fand der Umzug des Hochfeldmagneten an seinen endgültigen Aufstellungsort in der Neutronenleiterhalle statt. Eine Spezialfirma für Maschinentransporte bugsierte den über 25 Tonnen schweren Stahlkoloss aus dem HFM-Technikum heraus und setzte ihn in Bewegung. [...]
  • <p>The Advanced Photon Source facility illuminated by lightning. (</p>
    D-Lecture: A Light and a Beam
    Dr. Alexander Zholents from Argonne National Laboratory will present on 18th December 2014 his thoughts on "A Light and a Beam: a Theme with Variations". The presentation will be given at the lecture hall of the Wilhem-Conrad-Röntgen-Campus of HZB at 2 pm. After the presentation, we invite you to “Glühwein” and informal discussion. [...]
  • <p>Markus Ries (left) and Alex Manuel Frano Pereira (right) were awarded by Prof. Mathias Richter of "HZB Circle of Friends" the Ernst-Eckhard Koch-Prize for their outstanding PhD-projects. </p>
    Lively exchange at User Meeting
    From December 3 to 5, more than 500 users of HZB's BER II and BESSY II large-scale equipment met up to discuss the current state of technology and exchange their views on pressing scientific issues. [...]
  • News
    Sixth Joint BER II and BESSY II User Meeting
    The annual Joint HZB User Meetings will provide an overview of the many exciting and inspiring research results obtained at our facilities in the past year. The Sixth Joint BER II and BESSY II User Meeting will take place at Berlin-Adlershof from December 3rd to December 5th, 2014. The neutrons session will take place at Berlin-Wannsee on Wednesday, 3rd December, followed by Dinner at Café Jahn. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Dr. Andreas Marx is this year&rsquo;s recipient of the Karl Heinz Beckurts Award.</p>
    Artificial evolution for medical application
    2014 Karl Heinz Beckurts Award goes to Prof. Dr. Andreas Marx [...]
  • <p>Patient im Behandlungsstuhl</p> <p></p>
    2500 Augentumor-Patienten von der Charité mit Protonen am Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin bestrahlt
    Am Freitag, dem 21. November 2014, wurde um 16:10 Uhr die Bestrahlungsserie der 2500.  Protonentherapiepatientin, am Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin erfolgreich abgeschlossen. Seit 1998 behandelt die Augenklinik der Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Benjamin Franklin, in Kooperation mit der dortigen Klinik für Radioonkologie und Strahlentherapie Augentumore, insbesondere Aderhautmelanome, mit dem Protonenstrahl des Helmholtz-Zentrums Berlin für Materialien und Energie am Campus Lise-Meitner in Berlin Wannsee. [...]
  • <p>Sch&uuml;lerlabore im HZB gibt es u.a.zu den Themen "Licht und Farbe" und "Solarenergie". Beim Helmholtz-Tag am 18. November erfahren die Sch&uuml;lerinnen und Sch&uuml;ler etwas &uuml;ber Magnetismus. (Foto: kmh)</p> <p></p>
    Helmholtz-Tag im Schülerlabor
    Die Schülerlabore der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft veranstalten am 18. November zum dritten Mal den Helmholtz-Tag. Mit dabei ist auch das Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. Schülerinnen und Schüler von der Grund- bis zur Berufsschule erhalten einen Einblick in die Forschungsarbeit von Hermann von Helmholtz und können zudem in den Laboren selbst experimentieren. Der Namenspatron der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft gehörte zu den bedeutendsten Naturwissenschaftlern des 19. Jahrhunderts und war einer der letzten Universalgelehrten. [...]
  • <p>Logo der Jahrestagung FVEE 2014</p>
    Jahrestagung des ForschungsVerbund Erneuerbare Energien
    Unter dem Motto „Forschung für die Energiewende – Phasenübergänge aktiv gestalten“ fand am 7. und 8. November die Jahrestagung des ForschungsVerbund Erneuerbare Energien (FVEE) im Umweltforum Berlin statt. Vertreter aus Wissenschaft und Politik referierten über den proaktiven Umgang mit den technologischen, ökonomischen sowie politisch-gesellschaftlichen Herausforderungen der Energiewende. [...]
  • <p>Exploded view drawing of the electrochemical flow cell for soft x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy. The membrane (yellow) is coated with a metal, serving as working electrode (WE) and that also serves as a support for the solid sample. Counter (CE) and reference electrode (RE) are placed in the liquid chamber. Tubes are attached to allow fast and easy liquid exchange and to prevent radiation damage. <br /><br /></p>
    New in situ cell for investigating solid- and liquid-state samples and their interfaces under electrical voltage
    A team headed by Dr. Kathrin Aziz-Lange has developed a new in-situ cell for X-ray spectroscopy of fluid samples and their interfaces to solid bodies. What is special is the cell contains electrodes that can expose the sample to voltage during or between measurements. The resulting changes triggered in the electrical structure of the sample can be observed with the help of X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy in real time. [...]
  • <p>Optical image of a filled root.<br /></p>
    Root canal treatment procedures investigated at BESSY II
    Two scientists have examined several dozen dental roots at BESSY II, both before and after treatment and found that the mechanical procedures during treatment are rather not contributing to micro fractures. [...]
  • <p>Das HZB beteiligt sich am Aufbau zweier Studieng&auml;nge an derT&uuml;rkisch-Deutschen Universit&auml;t in Istanbul. <a href="http://www.tau.edu.tr" class="Extern">www.tau.edu.tr</a></p>
    Deutsch-Türkische Universität am HZB zu Gast
    Vizerektor und Dekan der Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät besuchte mehrere Institute des HZB [...]
  • <p>Fotostrecke von Kevin Fuchs "MY BEAMLINE"</p>
    Impressionen der Fotoausstellung #achtens
    Die Abschlussklasse 2014 der OSTKREUZSCHULE hat die Fotoausstellung im SEZ am 17.10.2014 erfolgreich eröffnet, rund 4.500 Besucher kamen zur Vernissage. [...]
  • <p>In january 2014, the HFM was just delivered to HZB.  </p>
    26 tesla! High field magnet exceeds everyone’s expectations
    It’s done! The high field magnet is consistently producing magnetic fields of approx. 26 tesla and staying at this value over extended periods of time. And all this in spite of the fact that 26 tesla exceeds the original 25-tesla goal; in other words, the magnet turns out to be even stronger than anyone had hoped for. On Thursday afternoon, October 16, 2014, Dr. Peter Smeibidl who heads the HFM’s team of eight was able to report on their success and thank everyone involved with setting up the complex high field magnet with its own cooling systems and 4-megawatt power supply. [...]
  • <p>HZB Freigeist Fellow: Dr. Annika Bande<br />Foto: Mirko Krenzel for VolkswagenStiftung</p>
    HZB Freigeist Fellow Dr. Annika Bande
    As of early October, the HZB is home to one of the Volkswagen Foundation's Freigeist Fellows: Dr. Annika Bande recently joined Prof. Dr. Emad Aziz' institute "Methods for Material Development". There she will build up her own junior research group with initially three PhD students. [...]
  • <p>The Adlershof Science Forum is encouraging exchange among scientists in Adlershof.</p>
    SAVE THE DATE: Adlershofer Science Forum on 11.11.2014 with Poster Session
    Please save the date to participate on 11. November 2014 at  „Adlershof Science Forum“ (AFF) of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and IGAFA. The event is meant to encourage exchange and communication between scientists working at Adlershof. [...]
  • <p>Kevin Fuchs took pictures of "futuristic experiments."</p>
    A Photographer`s Views of Research Facilities
    For his final exam, photography student Kevin Fuchs has taken pictures of the reseach facilities BESSY II and BER II and the scientists working there. Swiss born Fuchs now invides for a preview of his pictures and of the photographs of his fellow students on Oct.17 at 7 p.m. at SEZ Berlin, Landsberger Allee 77. The exhibition will be open from Oct. 18 to Oct. 26. [...]
  • <p>WDR-Moderator Andr&eacute; Gatzke erkl&auml;rt mit Schaumk&uuml;ssen, was ein Vakuum ist.&nbsp;</p>
    "Sendung mit der Maus" berichtet vom BESSY-"Türöffner"-Tag
    Die "Sendung mit der Maus" hat am 3. Oktober eine Reportage vom BESSY-"Türöffner"-Tag gesendet.  Reporter André Gatzke erklärte dabei, was ein Vakuum ist. [...]
  • <p>At first, the various parts are carefully unloaded so that they can be lifted quickly into the building through the roof of the NEAT building's newest addition.</p>
    NEAT: The chamber from Spain - HZB future log's latest addition
    Since the HZB future log (#HZBzlog) went live in March of this year, there have been a total of 15 episodes on building and developing our future projects. The focus has been on three projects in particular: high field magnet (for a total of seven episodes), EMIL (five episodes), and BESSY-VSR (three episodes). Next, the NEAT project team is taking the #HZBzlog stage. [...]
  • <p>Bernd Rech will focus on renewable energy issues<strong>.<br /></strong></p>
    Bernd Rech boardmember of the "work group of energy"
    Prof. Bernd Rech will speak on recent findings in thin film silicon photovoltaik research at the autumn meeting of the energy work group of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft. Rech had been elected into the board of the work group earlier this year. [...]
  • <p>Im ehemaligen Plenarsaal der Bundesregierung in Bonn finden die Vort&auml;ge statt.</p>
    Deutsche Tagung für Forschung mit Synchrotronstrahlung, Neutronen und Ionenstrahlen an Großgeräten in Bonn
    Das HZB ist mit eigenem Stand, Vortrag und Postern präsent auf der Deutschen Tagung für Forschung mit Synchrotronstrahlung, Neutronen und Ionenstrahlen an Großgeräten (SNI). Die dreitägige Veranstaltung findet vom 21. bis 23.09. im ehemaligen Plenarsaal der Bundesregierung im heutigen World Conference Centers in Bonn statt. [...]
  • <p>Summerstudents after their visit of BESSY II. </p>
    Final spurt of Summer students blog
    A new blog features the experiences of HZB’s summer students in 2014. In total 24 students have come from Japan, Denmark, India, Spain, Greece, Russia or other countries. For 8 weeks, during August and September, they are working on a project in a science team at the HZB. They are young and motivated, willing to sacrifice their summer holidays and to spend them in a lab instead! [...]
  • <p>Outstanding researchers took part in the &ldquo;New Trends in Topological Insulators 2014&rdquo; - workshop.</p>
    Leading scientists on topological insulators met in Berlin
    From July 7-10, 150 researchers met in Berlin to discuss recent findings in the field of topological insulators. [...]
  • <p><span>Im Kontrollraum von BESSY II lie&szlig; sich der DFG-Pr&auml;sident Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider erl&auml;utern, wie die Synchrotronquelle betrieben wird. Foto: HZB</span></p>
    DFG-Präsident besucht BESSY II
    Am 18. Juli besuchte Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider den Berliner Elektronenspeicherrng BESSY II am HZB und informierte sich über die Bedeutung der Synchrotronstrahlung für die Material- und Energieforschung. Außerdem konnte er das PVcomB besichtigen. [...]
  • <p>Sebastian Seiffert forscht am HZB-Institut "Weiche Materie und funktionale Materialien" und leitet auch an der Freien Universit&auml;t Berlin eine Arbeitsgruppe.</p>
    GDCh zeichnet Sebastian Seiffert aus
    Prof. Dr. Sebastian Seiffert erhält eine weitere Auszeichnung für seine Forschungsarbeit. Die Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) hat mitgeteilt, dass Seiffert den Preis für Nachwuchswissenschaftler auf dem Gebiet der Makromolekularen Chemie erhalten wird. Der Preis wird ihm im Rahmen der Konferenz "Polymers and Energy" überreicht, die vom 14. bis 16. September in Jena stattfindet. [...]
  • <p>Der parlamentarische Staatssekret&auml;r des BMBF Stefan M&uuml;ller im Kontrollraum von BESSY II. Foto: HZB</p>
    BMBF-Staatsekretär Stefan Müller bei BESSY II zu Gast
    Seit Dezember 2013 ist Stefan Müller Parlamentarischer Staatssekretär bei der Bundesministerin für Bildung und Forschung Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka. Nun informierte sich Stefan Müller über die Forschung am BESSY II. Der Besuch fand am Mittwoch, den 16. Juli 2014 statt. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Dr. Leone Spiccia will spent research time at HZB next spring.</p>
    Australian top-chemist gains Helmholtz International Fellowship to visit HZB and HZDR
    Prof. Dr. Leone Spiccia from the Monash University Melbourne was awarded the Helmholtz International Fellowship. In addition to the prize money of €20,000 each, he is invited to conduct research at HZB in Berlin and HZDR in Dresden. At HZB he is expected in spring 2015 in the group of Prof. Dr. Emad Aziz. The award honours excellent research and supports establishing new cooperation structures with international research institutions. [...]
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    Invitation: Reception Final Assembly of HFM
    Six years full of hard work with planning and constructing the High-Field Magnet for Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin we are proud to inform you that the final assembly is now complete. [...]
  • <p>The graduate students Jens V&ouml;ker and Christoph Kunert received a IPAC grant and presented their work on a student poster sesson.</p>
    1200 accelerator physicists from around the world meet in Dresden
    The world’s largest particle accelerator conference is being held in Germany for the first time, with around 1200 scientists expected to visit the Saxon capital Dresden from 15 to 20 June. The 5th international conference IPAC is the place for experts to share the advancements they have made in developing particle accelerators and their components. [...]
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    Matthias May receives the Poster Prize at the Wilhelm und Else-Heraeus Seminar
    Matthias May, PhD student at the HZB Institute for Solar Fuels, was awarded a Poster Prize at the 562nd WE Heraeus Seminar “From Sunlight to Fuels” for his scientific work. From 11 to 16 May 2014, the participants of the WE Heraeus seminar concentrated intensively on the topic of “converting sunlight to hydrogen” and discussed new materials and processes for photovoltaic and (photo)catalytic applications.
    Matthias May impressively demonstrated on his poster how water acts on differently prepared surfaces of III-V compound semiconductors and what interactions occur. It is highly important to study this effect in detail because the initial reaction with water is critical in the development of suitable materials and processes for solar fuels. May prepared two different surfaces of gallium and indium phosphide and then analyzed and compared the influence of water using photoelectron spectroscopy and in-situ reflection anisotropy spectroscopy. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Dr. Emad Aziz is a professor at Freie Universit&auml;t Berlin and head of a research group at HZB. At the Bunsen-Tagung Dr. Peter Goelitz, Chief Editor of "Angewandte Chemie" congratulates him. Photo: E. Wille</p>
    Emad Aziz receives Nernst-Haber-Bodenstein-Award
    On 29. May 2014, the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry has honored Prof. Dr. Emad Flear Aziz with the Nernst-Haber-Bodenstein-Award. Aziz is leading research teams at HZB and „Freie Universität Berlin“,  where he has built up the Joint Ultrafast Dynamics Lab in Solutions and at Interfaces. [...]
  • <p>Some contemporary Synchroton Radiation methods need pulsed x-rays with a specific time structure. HZB-users at BESSY II can use them now on demand. </p>
    X-ray pulses on demand from Electron Storage Rings
    HZB physicists recently devised a new method to pick single x-ray pulses out of the pulse trains usually emitted from synchrotron radiation facilities. The technique is very useful to support studies of electronic properties of quantum materials and superconductors and paves the way for future synchrotron facilities with variable pulse lengths. [...]
  • <p>Im Mittelpunkt der Ausstellung steht die Gipsfigur der Lise Meitner, die Grundlage f&uuml;r die Bronze-Skulptur des Denkmals ist. Die Skulptur wird auf einem &uuml;bergro&szlig;en, symboltr&auml;chtigen Sockel im Ehrenhof der Humboldt-Universit&auml;t zu Berlin stehen.</p>
    Modelle und mehr. Eine Ausstellung mit Werken von Anna Franziska Schwarzbach, Preisträgerin des Kunstwettbewerbes zum Lise-Meitner-Denkmal
    Vom 19.05.2014 bis 20.06.2014, im Lichthof der Humboldt-Universität Unter den Linden 6, Eintritt frei [...]
  • <p>In den Pausen tauschten sich die Teilnehmer angeregt &uuml;ber die Vortr&auml;ge und ihre eigenen Forschungsarbeiten aus. Foto: FAU&nbsp;</p>
    Das ganze Spektrum der Elektrokatalyse an einem Tag
    Am 4. April 2014 lud das Helmholtz-Institut Erlangen-Nürnberg (HI ERN) zu seiner ersten wissenschaftlichen Veranstaltung ein. Beim internationalen Symposium „Recent Achievements and Future Trends in Electrocatalysis“ präsentierten zehn führende Wissenschaftler auf dem Gebiet der “Elektrokatalyse” von hochrangigen nationalen und internationalen Forschungsstätten den rund 90 Teilnehmern ihre Forschungsarbeiten. [...]
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    Prof. Dr. Silke Christiansen receives a distinguished visiting professorship at South Korean Chonbuk National University
    The president of Chonbuk National University, Suh Geo-Suk, has appointed Prof. Dr. Silke Christiansen “Distinguished visiting Professor” for three years in recognition of her extraordinary services in the field of renewable energies. Christiansen received the certificate of appointment at a ceremony in May together with two other outstanding foreign scientists. As a “Distinguished visiting Professor” at the Faculty of Semiconductor Physics and Chemistry, Silke Christiansen will be promoting the scientific contact between Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), Freie Universität Berlin (FU) and the Korean university. [...]
  • <p>Der Hochfeldmagnet am Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. Mit 25 Tesla liefert er weltweit das st&auml;rkste Magnetfeld im Zusammenhang mit Neutronenstreuexperimenten.<br />Foto: HZB</p>
    Internationale Gutachter loben Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
    Strategie des HZB für BER II und BESSY II und Planungen für die Restlaufzeit des Forschungsreaktors positiv bewertet  -  Betrieb ruht wegen aktueller Wartungsarbeiten [...]
  • <p><strong>Was passiert mit Schokok&uuml;ssen im Vakuum?</strong> Die beiden Jungen haben es zur Langen Nacht ausprobiert und einiges &uuml;ber das "Nichts" gelernt.</p>
    3.800 Menschen besuchten das HZB zur Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften
    „Schau rein, schlau raus“ – das Motto der diesjährigen Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften dürfte sich für die Besucher am Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin mehr als erfüllt haben. 2.200 Mal öffneten sich am Samstag, dem 10. Mai die Türen des Elektronenspeicherrings BESSY II, der in Adlershof zur Entdeckungsreise einlud. Am benachbarten Institut für Silizium-Photovoltaik des Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin informierten sich etwa 1.600 Menschen über die Energie der Zukunft, hörten Vorträge und besichtigten die Labore der Forscherinnen und Forscher. [...]
  • <p><sub>2</sub> (orange) on top of MoS<sub>2</sub> (blue). The SPEEM-microscopy reveals coupling between both layers and charge transfer. </p>
    Energy efficient LEDs and lasers with Chalcogenide monolayers
    As reported by nanotechweb.org, monolayers of certain chalcogenides might be used to make energy-efficient nano-optoelectronics devices, such as LEDs, lasers, solar cells, and high-electron-mobility transistors. Scientists of the University of California at Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie in Berlin investigated the electronic and optoelectronic properties of a so called heterojunction of WSe2/MoS2. [...]
  • <p>The optical properties of a material depend also on its nanostructure. </p>
    Tailored disorder for optical applications
    HZB’s Silke Christiansen coordinates new DFG priority program  [...]
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    Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften - 10. Mai, 17 bis 0 Uhr: Besichtigen Sie den Elektronenspeicherring BESSY II und die Labore der Solarenergie
    Der Countdown läuft. Nur noch wenige Tage sind es, bis wir die Türen für Sie zur Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften öffnen. Hinter den Kulissen ist schon viel los, bis es am Samstag, dem 10. Mai ab 17 Uhr richtig ernst wird: unsere Forscherinnen und Forscher sind gerade dabei, spannende Mitmach-Experimente und informative Stationen vorzubereiten. Wir freuen uns, wenn Sie zur „klügsten Nacht des Jahres“ vorbeikommen und nicht nur neues Wissen, sondern auch einige „Aha-Erlebnisse“ mitnehmen. [...]
  • <p>Intensity distribution of XUV light in the slit plane. </p>
    New tool for Joint Lab to investigate the chemistry of nature
    The Aziz’ team at the Joint Laboratory between Freie Universität Berlin and HZB has built a laser-based tabletop setup which generates ultrashort XUV light pulses and achieves their monochromatization by implementing special reflection zone plates, developed and produced by the team of Alexei Erko. [...]
  • <p><span>Das HZB pr&auml;sentiert auf der Hannover Messe Themen aus dem Bereich Energieforschung auf dem Gemeinschaftsstand "</span><span><span>Energy Research".</span></span></p>
    Das HZB auf der Hannover Messe
    Die Hannover Messe, die weltweit größte Industriemesse, wurde heute eröffnet. Das HZB ist als Aussteller auf dem Themenstand »Energy Research« in der Halle 2 Stand C.62  vertreten. Die Themenschwerpunkte in der Halle "Research & Technology" sind u.a. Energieeffizienz, Erneuerbare Energien, Energiespeicherung, Energieverteilung/Smart Grids, Ressourcenmanagement und  Elektromobilität. [...]
  • <p>The topography of the sample surface can be seen here (white lines around the nano-particles) as well as the local optical excitations. The image displays several &ldquo;hot spots&rdquo; (yellow) that arise through interactions of the nanoparticles with the light and also with one another.<br /></p>
    Even thinner solar cells through use of nanoparticles
    Nanostructures could enable more light to be directed into the active layer of solar cells, increasing their efficiency. Prof. Martina Schmid (HZB und Freie Univ. Berlin) has now measured how irregularly distributed silver particles influence the absorption of light. She demonstrated that nanoparticles interact with one another via their electromagnetic near-fields, so that local “hot spots” arise where light is concentrated especially strongly. [...]
  • <p>Advanced analytics for both thin film technologies with silicon as well as CIGS: Beside highly developed deposition tools, a comprehensive infrastructure was set up at PVcomB. Here, a glass substrate is loaded into a multi-chamber deposition tool where it will be deposited with only a few micrometers of silicon layers forming finally the active part a solar cell.</p>
<p>Foto: Berlin Partner f&uuml;r Wirtschaft und Technologie / Monique W&uuml;stenhagen</p>
    New Thin Film Photovoltaic World Record announced on Conference in Berlin
    The 5th International Workshop on CIGS Solar Cell Technology organized bei Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) started with a bang. Katsumi Kushiya by the Japanese company Solar Frontier presented the approximately 100 participants a new world record conversion efficiency for thin-film-photovoltaic technologies. Their new thin-film CIGS cells can convert 20.9 percent of the incident sunlight into electrical energy beating the previous Solar Frontier- record of 19.7 percent conversion efficiency. The previous best value for all thin-film photovoltaic technologies was 20.8 percent. [...]
  • <p>Roel van de Krol, head of the HZB Institute for Solar Fuels, coordinates the global research project PECDEMO.Photo: P.Dera/HZB</p>
    PECDEMO: sunlight to hydrogen
    Within just three years, research partners of the EU project PECDEMO are planning on developing a practical system capable of converting over eight percent of solar energy into hydrogen. This could prove a real breakthrough in terms of practical applicability. Roel van de Krol, head of the HZB Institute for Solar Fuels, coordinates this global research project. [...]
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    Nearly 100 girls visited HZB for Girls' Day
    Nearly 100 girls visited HZB for Girls' Day. Dr. Michael Tovar and Dr. Ulrike Witte, both from the school lab of HZB had organised 16 workshops for the girls, where they could meet female scientists, engineers and technicians and do hands-on science experiments. [...]
  • <p>12 Kinder und Jugendliche besichtigen die Betriebsfeuerwehr des Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin / </p>
    Ausgerückt: Jugendfeuerwehr Berlin-Zehlendorf besucht Wache 4508
    Übungen gehören zum Pflichtprogramm der Jugendfeuerwehr Berlin-Zehlendorf. Doch am 17. März erwartete die Jugendlichen zunächst eine etwas längere Fahrt im Einsatzfahrzeug: Sie besuchten die Werksfeuerwehr am Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin - oder wie es bei der Berliner Feuerwehr kurz heißt: die Wache 4508. Gegen 18.30 Uhr trafen 10 Jungen und 2 Mädchen an der Pforte ein, um die Besonderheiten der Betriebsfeuerwehr kennenzulernen. [...]
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    The International Summer School Quantsol will inform on basics in photovoltaics and solar energy conversion
    Registration now open! For the seventh 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 7th to 14th, 2014 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 June 1st, 2014. [...]
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    Autumn School on Microstructural Characterization and Modelling of Thin Film Solar Cells
    From November 2 ‐ 7, 2014, an Autumn school is organised as part of the Helmholtz Virtual Institute  Microstructure Control for Thin‐Film Solar Cells [...]