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  • <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.


  • <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>The structure of crystalline silicon electrodes changes into a chessboard-like fracture pattern as a result of loading and unloading. At the HZB it has now been observed that these defects do not become larger during charging and discharging but remain in their pattern.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Hope for better batteries – researchers follow the charging and discharging of silicon electrodes live

    Using silicon as a material for electrodes in lithium-ion batteries promises a significant increase in battery amp-hour capacity.The shortcoming of this material is that it is easily damaged by the stress caused by charging and discharging.Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) have now succeeded for the first time in observing this process directly on crystalline silicon electrodes in detail.Operando experiments using the BESSY II synchrotronprovided new insights into how fractures occur in silicon – and also how the material can nevertheless be utilised advantageously. [...]

  • <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 [...]
  • <p>For the study, the enzyme endothiapepsin (grey) was combined with molecules from the fragment library. The analysis shows that numerous substances are able to dock to the enzyme (blue and orange molecules). Every substance found is a potential starting point for the development of larger molecules.</p>
    Science Highlight
    New substance library to accelerate the search for active compounds
    In order to accelerate the systematic development of drugs, the MX team at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and the Drug Design Group at the University of Marburg have established a new substance library. It consists of 1103 organic molecules that could be used as building blocks for new drugs. The MX team has now validated this library in collaboration with the FragMAX group at MAX IV. The substance library of the HZB is available for research worldwide and also plays a role in the search for substances active against SARS-CoV-2.


  • <p>This is how the experiment went: Two laser pulses hit the thin film of iron-platinum nanoparticles at short intervals: The first laser pulse destroys the spin order, while the second laser pulse excites the now unmagnetised sample. An X-ray pulse then determines how the lattice expands or contracts.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Robust high-performance data storage through magnetic anisotropy
    The latest generation of magnetic hard drives is made of magnetic thin films, which are invar materials. They allow extremely robust and high data storage density by local heating of ultrasmall nano-domains with a laser, so called heat assisted magnetic recording or HAMR. The volume in such invar materials hardly expands despite heating. A technologically relevant material for such HAMR data memories are thin films of iron-platinum nanograins. An international team led by the joint research group of Prof. Dr. Matias Bargheer at HZB and the University of Potsdam has now observed experimentally for the first time how a special spin-lattice interaction in these iron-platinum thin films cancels out the thermal expansion of the crystal lattice. The study has been published in Science Advances.


  • 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". [...]

  • 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>At quantum physics atoms, molecules or photons are used to store information.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Benchmarking for quantum technologies
    Does a device do what it's supposed to? This question is not only asked in everyday life. Researchers working with quantum technologies also want to know what novel instruments can do. A team led by Prof. Jens Eisert, a physicist at the Dahlem Center for Complex Quantum Systems of Freie Universität Berlin and at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, together with researchers from the Sorbonne University in Paris, have published an overview of tools that can currently be used to compare and certify quantum devices. The review article is published in Nature Reviews Physics.


  • <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. [...]

  • <p>Graphic representation of the printing process for the perovskite LED.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Printed perovskite LEDs – an innovative technique towards a new standard process of electronics manufacturing

    A team of researchers from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has succeeded for the first time in producing light-emitting diodes (LEDs) from a hybrid perovskite semiconductor material using inkjet printing.This opens the door to broad application of these materials in manufacturing many different kinds of electronic components.The scientists achieved the breakthrough with the help of a trick: "inoculating" (or seeding) the surface with specific crystals. [...]

  • 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.


  • <p>Illustration of a Cu<sub>x</sub>O<sub>y</sub> structure formed on a AgCu alloy in oxidizing environments described in this work. (c) ACS Applied Materials &amp; Interfaces.</p>
    Science Highlight
    User research at BESSY II: Formation of a 2D meta-stable oxide in reactive environments

    The chemical behaviour of solid material surfaces is an important physical characteristic for applications of catalysis, chemical sensors, fuel cells and electrodes. A research team from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion has now described an important phenomenon that can occur when metal alloys are exposed to reactive environments at the synchrotron source BESSY II.


  • 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.


  • <p>The publication made it onto the cover of the current issue of SCIENCE.</p>
    Science Highlight
    BESSY II: Experiment shows for the first time in detail how electrolytes become metallic
    An international team has developed a sophisticated experimental technique at BESSY II to observe the formation of a metallic conduction band in electrolytes. To accomplish this, the team first prepared cryogenic solutions of liquid ammonia containing different concentrations of alkali metals. The colour of the solutions changes with concentration from blue to golden as the individual atoms of metal in solution transition to a metallic compound. The team then examined these liquid jets using soft X-rays at BESSY II and subsequently has been able to analyse this process in detail from the data they acquired combined with theoretical predictions. The work has been published in Science and appears even on the cover. [...]
  • 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.


  • <p>Perovskite oxides are characterized by the molecular formula ABO<sub>3</sub>, where the elements A (green) and B (blue) are located on specific lattice sites and are surrounded by oxygen (red).</p>
    Science Highlight
    Catalysts: Efficient hydrogen production via structure

    Regeneratively produced hydrogen is considered the ecological raw material of the future. In order to produce it efficiently by electrolysis of water, researchers today also investigate perovskite oxides. The Journal of Physics: Energy invited Dr. Marcel Risch from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) to outline the current state of research. [...]

  • 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>The illustration shows the changes in the structure of FASnI<sub>3</sub>:PEACl films during treatment at different temperatures.</p>
    Science Highlight
    On the road to non-toxic and stable perovskite solar cells
    The promising halide perovskite materials for solar energy conversion show high efficiencies, but this comes at a cost: The best perovskite materials incorporate toxic lead which poses a hazard to the environment. To replace lead by less toxic elements is not easy since lead-free perovskites show lower stability and poor efficiencies. Now, an international collaboration has engineered a new hybrid perovskite material with promising efficiency and stability. [...]
  • <p>Two of the four magnetic interactions form a new three-dimensional network of corner-sharing triangles, known as the hyper-hyperkagome lattice, leading to the quantum spin liquid behavior in PbCuTe<sub>2</sub>O<sub>6</sub>.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Future information technologies: 3D Quantum Spin Liquid revealed
    Quantum Spin Liquids are candidates for potential use in future information technologies. So far, Quantum Spin Liquids have usually only been found in one or two dimensional magnetic systems only. Now an international team led by HZB scientists has investigated crystals of PbCuTe2O6 with neutron experiments at ISIS, NIST and ILL. They found spin liquid behaviour in 3D, due to a so called hyper hyperkagome lattice. The experimental data fit extremely well to theoretical simulations also done at HZB. [...]
  • <p>Inside the 3D-structure of a phytochrome a bilin pigment absorbs the photon and rotates, which triggers a signal.</p>
    Science Highlight
    User research at BESSY II: Insights into the visual perception of plants
    Plants use light not only for photosynthesis. Although the plant cell does not have eyes, it can still perceive light and thus its environment. Phytochromes, certain turquoise proteins, play the central role in this process. How exactly they function is still unclear. Now a team led by plant physiologist Jon Hughes (Justus Liebig University Gießen) has been able to decipher the three-dimensional architecture of various plant phytochrome molecules at BESSY II. Their results demonstrate how light alters the structure of the phytochrome so that the cell transmits a signal to control the development of the plant accordingly. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • <p>The material consists of Nafion with embedded nanoparticles.</p>
    Science Highlight
    User research at BESSY II: How new materials increase the efficiency of direct ethanol fuel cells
    A group from Brazil and an HZB team have investigated a novel composite membrane for ethanol fuel cells. It consists of the polymer Nafion, in which nanoparticles of a titanium compound are embedded by the rarely explored melt extrusion process. At BESSY II they were able to observe in detail, how the nanoparticles in the Nafion matrix are distributed and how they contribute to increase proton conductivity. [...]
  • 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>A bundled soft X-ray beam with a diameter of less than 50 nanometers writes numerous magnetic vortices, which together form the term "MPI-IS".</p>
    Science Highlight
    New interaction between light and matter discovered at BESSY II
    A German-Chinese team led by Gisela Schütz from the MPI for Intelligent Systems has discovered a new interaction between light and matter at BESSY II. They succeeded in creating nanometer-fine magnetic vortices in a magnetic layer. These are so-called skyrmions, and candidates for future information technologies. [...]
  • <p>At the Helmholtz Innovation Lab HySPRINT, Steve Albrecht finds the appropriate techniques to produce the world's most efficient perovskite solar cells.</p>
    Portrait: The athlete in the lab coat
    Steve Albrecht is researching on perovskite solar cells and holds several efficiency world records with his team. Back in his schooldays, he was going to become either a competitive gymnast or a scientist. He chose science, but the same athletic ambition still drives his research forward. [...]
  • <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. [...]

  • <p>The CIGS-Pero tandem cell was realised in a typical lab size of 1 square centimeter.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Tandem solar cell world record: New branch in the NREL chart
    A special branch in the famous NREL-chart for solar cell world records refers to a newly developed tandem solar cell by HZB teams. The world-record cell combines the semiconductors perovskite and CIGS to a monolithic "two-terminal" tandem cell. Due to the thin-film technologies used, such tandem cells survive much longer in space and can even be produced on flexible films. The new tandem cell achieves a certified efficiency of 24.16 percent. [...]
  • 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>In HoAgGe, holmium spins occupy the corners of triangles that are arranged in a Kagome pattern. The alignment of adjacent spins (left, red arrows) must obey the ice rule: Either two spins protrude into a triangle and one protrude out, or vice versa. As a result the individual triangles behave as if they were magnetic monopoles (right).</p>
    Science Highlight
    Neutron research: Magnetic monopoles detected in Kagome spin ice systems
    Magnetic monopoles are actually impossible. At low temperatures, however, certain crystals can contain so-called quasi-particles that behave like magnetic monopoles. Now an international cooperation has proven that such monopoles also occur in a Kagome spin ice system. Decisive factors were, among others, measurements with inelastic neutron scattering at the NEAT instrument of the Berlin neutron source BER II*. The results have been published in the journal Science. [...]
  • <p>In the ground state the magnetic moments are either upward or downward, the spins antiparallel to the external magnetic field (red) are never together (right). By excitation, further spins can align antiparallel and Bethe chains are formed (white spins, left).</p>
    Science Highlight
    Condensed Matter Physics: Long-standing prediction of quantum physics experimentally proven
    90 years ago, the physicist Hans Bethe postulated that unusual patterns, so-called Bethe strings, appear in certain magnetic solids. Now an international team has succeeded in experimentally detecting such Bethe strings for the first time. They used neutron scattering experiments at various neutron facilities including the unique high-field magnet of BER II* at HZB. The experimental data are in excellent agreement with the theoretical prediction of Bethe and prove once again the power of quantum physics. [...]
  • <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.  [...]
  • <p>This picture shows an X-ray image of the electron beam in TRIB-mode where two orbits co-exist: the regular orbit and the second one winding around it closing only after three revolutions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></p>
    Science Highlight
    BESSY II: Ultra-fast switching of helicity of circularly polarized light pulses
    At the BESSY II storage ring, a joint team of accelerator physicists, undulator experts and experimenters has shown how the helicity of circularly polarized synchrotron radiation can be switched faster - up to a million times faster than before. They used an elliptical double-undulator developed at HZB and operated the storage ring in the so-called two-orbit mode. This is a special mode of operation that was only recently developed at BESSY II and provides the basis for fast switching. The ultra-fast change of light helicity is particularly interesting to observe processes in magnetic materials and has long been expected by a large user community. [...]
  • 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. [...]
  • <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>
    Science Highlight
    Coronavirus SARS-CoV2: BESSY II data accelerate drug development
    A coronavirus is keeping the world in suspense. SARS-CoV-2 is highly infectious and can cause severe pneumonia with respiratory distress (COVID-19). Scientists are doing research in order to prevent the viruses from multiplying. A team from the University of Lübeck and from Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) has now found a promising approach. Using the high-intensity X-ray light from the Berlin synchrotron source BESSY II, they have decoded the three-dimensional architecture of the main protease of SARS-CoV-2. This protein is involved in the reproduction of the virus. Analysing its 3D architecture allows the systematic development of drugs which inhibit the reproduction of the virus. [...]
  • 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. [...]

  • 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. [...]

  • <p>MXenes are 2D materials forming multi-layered particles (left) from which pseudocapacitors are made. Shining X-ray light on MXenes revealed changes of their chemical structure upon intercalation of urea molecules (right) compared to pristine MXenes (center).</p>
    Science Highlight
    Fast and furious: New class of 2D materials stores electrical energy
    Two dimensional titanium carbides, so-called MXenes, are being discussed as candidates for the rapid storage of electrical energy. Like a battery,MXenes can store large amounts of electrical energy through electrochemical reactions- but unlike batteries,can be charged and discharged in a matter of seconds. In collaboration with Drexel University, a team at HZB showed that the intercalation of urea molecules between the MXene layers can increase the capacity of such "pseudo-capacitors" by more than 50 percent. At BESSY II they have analysed how changes of the MXene surface chemistry after urea intercalation are responsible for this. [...]
  • <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>3D architecture of the cell with different organelles:&nbsp; mitochondria (green), lysosomes (purple), multivesicular bodies (red), endoplasmic reticulum (cream).</p>
    Science Highlight
    X-ray microscopy at BESSY II: Nanoparticles can change cells
    Nanoparticles easily enter into cells. New insights about how they are distributed and what they do there are shown for the first time by high-resolution 3D microscopy images from the lightsources BESSY II and ALBA. For example, certain nanoparticles accumulate preferentially in certain organelles of the cell. This can increase the energy costs in the cell. "The cell looks like it has just run a marathon, apparently, the cell requires energy to absorb such nanoparticles" says lead author James McNally. [...]
  • <p>Bei 25,8 Tesla findet in dem Urankristall ein Phasen&uuml;bergang statt und ein komplexes magnetisches Muster etabliert sich.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Not everything is ferromagnetic in high magnetic fields
    High magnetic fields have a potential to modify the microscopic arrangement of magnetic moments because they overcome interactions existing in zero field. Usually, high fields exceeding a certain critical value force the moments to align in the same direction as the field leading to ferromagnetic arrangement. However, a recent study showed that this is not always the case. The experiments took place at the high-field magnet at HZB's neutron source BER II, which generates a constant magnetic field of up to 26 Tesla. This is about 500,000 times stronger than the Earth's magnetic field. Further experiments with pulsed magnetic fields up to 45 Tesla were performed at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR).  [...]
  • <p>The x-ray tomography shows ruptures (black) in the regions of electrical contacts (white).</p>
    Science Highlight
    Battery research: Using neutrons and X-rays to analyse the ageing of lithium batteries
    An international team has used neutron and X-ray tomography to investigate the dynamic processes that lead to capacity degradation at the electrodes in lithium batteries. Using a new mathematical method, it was possible to virtually unwind electrodes that had been wound into the form of a compact cylinder, and thus actually observe the processes on the surfaces of the electrodes. The study was published in Nature Communications. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • Science Highlight
    Perovskite solar cells: International consensus on ageing measurement protocols
    Experts from 51 research institutions have now agreed on the procedures for measuring the stability of perovskite solar cells and assessing their quality. The consensus statement was published in Nature Energy and is considered a milestone for the further development of this new type of solar cell on its way to industrial application. [...]
  • <p>The tandem solar cell was realized on a typical laboratory scale of one square centimeter. However, scaling up is possible.</p>
    Science Highlight
    World Record: Efficiency of perovskite silicon tandem solar cell jumps to 29.15 per cent
    In the race for ever higher efficiency levels, an HZB development team has once again pulled ahead. The groups of Steve Albrecht and Bernd Stannowski have developed a tandem solar cell made of the semiconductors perovskite and silicon, that converts 29.15 per cent of the incident light into electrical energy. This value has been officially certified by the CalLab of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) and means that surpassing the 30 per cent efficiency mark is now within reach. [...]
  • 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. [...]

  • <p>Mint plants have been analysed after having grown on contaminated soil samples.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Plants absorb lead from perovskite solar cells more than expected
    Lead from metal-organic perovskite compounds can be absorbed particularly easily by plants. The bioavailability is significantly higher than that of lead from inorganic compounds as found in batteries. This is shown in a study by HZB researcher Antonio Abate with partners in China and Italy, published in Nature communications. [...]
  • 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. [...]

  • <p></p> <p>Rhodopsin before (left) and after activation by light (right): The activation causes changes in functional groups inside the molecule (magnifying glass), which affect the entire molecule.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Watching complex molecules at work
    A new method of infrared spectroscopy developed at BESSY II makes single-measurement observation and analysis of very fast as well as irreversible reaction mechanisms in molecules feasible for the first time. Previously, thousands of such reactions have had to be run and measured for this purpose. The research team has now used the new device to investigate how rhodopsin molecules change after activation by light – a process that is the basis of how we see. [...]
  • 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 1,400 tons per year. By switching  to green electricity, HZB acknowledges its responsibility to contribute to climate protection. [...]
  • Science Highlight
    Topological materials for information technology offer lossless transmission of signals
    New experiments with magnetically doped topological insulators at BESSY II have revealed possible ways of lossless signal transmission that involve a surprising self-organisation phenomenon. In the future, it might be possible to develop materials that display this phenomenon at room temperature and can be used as processing units in a quantum computer, for example. The study has been published in the renowned journal Nature. [...]
  • <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>The study is displayed on the cover of the journal Chemmedchem.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Cancer research at BESSY II: Binding Mechanisms of Therapeutic Substances Deciphered
    In tumor cells, the DNA is altered in comparison to normal body cells. How such changes can be prevented or inhibited is an exciting field of research with great relevance for the development of cancer treatments. An interdisciplinary team has now analysed the possible binding mechanisms in certain therapeutic substances from the tetrazole hydrazide group using protein crystallography at BESSY II. [...]
  • <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. [...]

  • News
    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. [...]
  • News
    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>Herzlichen Gl&uuml;ckwunsch: Shayne Fraiss schloss seine Feinwerkmechaniker-Ausbildung als Bester in Berlin ab.</p>
    Der landesbeste Feinwerkmechaniker 2019 kommt aus dem HZB
    Bereits im dritten Jahr in Folge darf sich das HZB über einen außergewöhnlichen Erfolg bei der Feinwerkmechaniker-Ausbildung freuen. Shayne Fraiss beendete seine Ausbildung als Bester seines Jahrgangs in Berlin. Wir haben ihn und seine Ausbilder gefragt, was das Geheimrezept für diesen Erfolg ist. [...]
  • <p>The drawing illustrates the interaction of the organic methylammonium cation (CH<sub>3</sub>NH<sub>3</sub><sup>+</sup>) with the surrounding iodide ions. The shift of the iodide atoms out of the common plane with lead causes the breaking of the inversion symmetry.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Perovskite solar cells: Possible aspects of high efficiency uncovered
    Using crystallographic analyses at the Diamond Light Source (DLS) synchrotron in the United Kingdom, an HZB team has demonstrated that hybrid halide perovskites crystallise without inversion centre. Interactions between the organic molecules and adjacent iodine atoms can lead to the formation of ferroelectric domains, which, indirectly, can result in higher solar-cell efficiencies. The formation of these ferroelectric domains cannot occur in purely inorganic perovskites. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • News
    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 image shows details such as the vacuole of the parasites (colored in blue and green) inside an infected blood cell.</p>
    Science Highlight
    X-ray microscopy at BESSY II reveals how antimalaria-drugs might work
    Malaria is one of the most threatening infectious diseases in the world. An international team has now been able to investigate malaria pathogens in red blood cells in vivo using the BESSY II X-ray microscope and the ALBA and ESRF synchrotron sources. The scientists reveal the mechanisms used by active substances to attack the pathogen. This could contribute to improve treatment strategies and drug design. [...]
  • <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>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>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. [...]
  • News
    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>The illustration demonstrates skyrmions in one of their Eigen modes (clockwise).</p>
    Science Highlight
    Dynamic pattern of Skyrmions observed
    Tiny magnetic vortices known as skyrmions form in certain magnetic materials, such as Cu2OSeO3. These skyrmions can be controlled by low-level electrical currents – which could facilitate more energy-efficient data processing. Now a team has succeeded in developing a new technique at the VEKMAG station of BESSY II for precisely measuring these vortices and observing their three different predicted characteristic oscillation modes (Eigen modes). [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • Interview
    Joint research group for quantum computing and simulation
    Freie Universität Berlin and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) are now strengthening their cooperation in the field of quantum computing with a new research group. Quantum materials exhibit very interesting properties, which researchers want to use to make data processing significantly faster and more efficient than is currently possible. They can study these materials excellently at synchrotron radiation sources such as BESSY II. It has proven especially promising to predict the material properties in quantum simulations before running the experiments. Taking this approach allows such experiments to be conducted more targetedly. [...]
  • <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>Time-resolved 3D neutron tomography shows the rise of deuterated water in the root system of a lupine plant.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Faster than ever - neutron tomography detects water uptake by roots
    A team of researchers from Potsdam, Berlin and Grenoble was able to visualize the transport of water in soil as well as through roots of lupine plants using ultrafast 3D neutron imaging. The high-speed neutron tomography developed at HZB generates a complete 3D image every 1.5 seconds and is thus seven times faster than before. The method facilitates a better understanding of water and nutrient uptake of crop plants. The measurements were performed at the neutron source of the Laue Langevin Institute (ILL) in Grenoble, France. The method can also be applied to investigate transport processes in various porous material systems. [...]
  • <p>Jennifer Schevardo: "Starting from December 2019, HZB will be going through the Diversity Audit of the Stifterverband f&uuml;r die Deutsche Wissenschaft. So, that makes us a true pioneer."</p>
    Daring to Increase Diversity

    From 20 to 21 September 2019, the I,Scientist conference will take place at TU Berlin. The hosts declare, is a response to the public gender imbalance in science. Dr. Jennifer Schevardo is the Head of Strategic Personnel Development at HZB explains why HZB needs more diversity. [...]

  • <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. [...]
  • <p>The aim of Marcel Risch&rsquo;s current project at HZB is to investigate the mechanism by which oxygen forms when water is split catalytically.</p>
    FOCUS TOPIC: From MIT to Wannsee

    For Marcel Risch, it feels like a homecoming: as a student, he had previously run experiments at the Berlin particle accelerator BESSY II. After working for several years at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and then in Göttingen, he is now establishing his own group at HZB – supported by funding from the European Research Council. [...]

  • News
    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). [...]
  • News
    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>Up to three indivudal drops may be placed onto the sample holder.</p>
    Science Highlight
    New sample holder for protein crystallography
    An HZB research team has developed a novel sample holder that considerably facilitates the preparation of protein crystals for structural analysis. A short video by the team shows how proteins in solution can be crystallised directly onto the new sample holders themselves, then analysed using the MX beamlines at BESSY II. A patent has already been granted and a manufacturer found. [...]
  • <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. [...]

  • Nachricht
    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>The Pero-CIGS tandem cell achieves a record efficiency of 23.26 percent.</p>
    Science Highlight
    World record for tandem perovskite-CIGS solar cell
    A team headed by Prof. Steve Albrecht from the HZB will present a new world-record tandem solar cell at EU PVSEC, the world's largest international photovoltaic and solar energy conference and exhibition, in Marseille, France on September 11, 2019. This tandem solar cell combines the semiconducting materials perovskite and CIGS and achieves a certified efficiency of 23.26 per cent. One reason for this success lies in the cell’s intermediate layer of organic molecules: they self-organise to cover even rough semiconductor surfaces. Two patents have been filed for these layers. [...]
  • <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>The operando cell was developed at HZB and allows to analyse processes inside the battery during charging cycles with neutrons.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Nanoparticles in lithium-sulphur batteries detected with neutron experiment
    An HZB team has for the first time precisely analysed how nanoparticles of lithium sulphide and sulphur precipitate onto battery electrodes during the course of the charging cycle. The results can help increase the service life of lithium-sulphur batteries. [...]
  • <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. [...]

  • Nachricht
    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>The nano-antennae werde produced in an electron microscope by direct electron-beam writing.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Save time using maths: analytical tool designs corkscrew-shaped nano-antennae
    For the first time, an HZB team has derived analytically how corkscrew-shaped nano-antennas interact with light. The mathematical tool can be used to calculate the geometry that a nano-antenna must have for specific applications in sensor technology or information technology. [...]
  • <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 rotary sample table turns around its axis at several hundred revolutions per second with extreme precision.</p>
    Science Highlight
    World record in tomography: Watching how metal foam forms
    An international research team at the Swiss Light Source (SLS) has set a new tomography world record using a rotary sample table developed at the HZB. With 208 three-dimensional tomographic X-ray images per second, they were able to document the dynamic processes involved in the foaming of liquid aluminium. The method is presented in the journal Nature Communications. [...]
  • <p>Olga Minakova invites you to a quizz in her post.</p>
    The HZB Summer Students blog about their first research experience
    Every summer, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin invites young people from all over the world to work on a research project. For many, the summer student program is the first contact with research. How have they settled in? What do they do research on and what problems do they have to deal with locally? Our summer students write about their personal experiences in the HZB Science Blog. [...]
  • <p>A team of researchers examined an ancient papyrus with a supposed empty spot. With the help of several methods, they discovered which signs once stood in this place and which ink was used.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Archaeology at BESSY II: “Invisible ink” on antique Nile papyrus revealed
    Researchers from the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, Berlin universities and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin studied a small piece of papyrus that was excavated on the island of Elephantine on the River Nile a little over 100 years ago. The team used serval methods including non-destructive techniques at BESSY II. The researchers’ work, reported in the Journal of Cultural Heritage, blazes a trail for further analyses of the papyrus collection in Berlin. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • News
    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>Prof. Dr. Christiane Becker in the clean room at HZB campus side Berlin-Adlershof.</p>
    FOCUS TOPIC: Catching more light in solar cells
    Christiane Becker uses microscopic structures to increase the amount of light captured in solar cells and is currently scaling up the technology for industrial application. “On top of everything else, there’s this spirit at HZB that we are working on the renewable energies of the future, and that is incredibly inspiring,” she relates in portrait. [...]
  • <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 class="MsoCommentText">The photomontage shows a sample of solid, pure niobium before coating (left), and coated with a thin layer of Nb<sub>3</sub>Sn (right).</p>
    Science Highlight
    Accelerator physics: alternative material investigated for superconducting radio-frequency cavity resonators
    In modern synchrotron sources and free-electron lasers, superconducting radio-frequency cavity resonators are able to supply electron bunches with extremely high energy. These resonators are currently constructed of pure niobium. Now an international collaboration has investigated the potential advantages a niobium-tin coating might offer in comparison to pure niobium. [...]
  • Science Highlight
    Oldest completely preserved lily discovered
    Already 115 million years ago, tropical flowering plants were apparently very diverse and showed all typical characteristics. This is the conclusion of an international team of researchers led by Clément Coiffard, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. The team reported in the renowned journal Nature Plants on the oldest completely preserved lily, Cratolirion bognerianum, which was discovered at a site in present-day Brazil. With the help of 3D computer tomography at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, details on the back of the fossilised plant could also be analysed. The results raise new questions about the role of the tropics in the development of past and present ecosystems. [...]
  • <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>An X-ray pulse probes the delocalization of iron 3d electrons onto adjacent ligands.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Charge transfer within transition-metal dyes analysed
    Transition-metal complexes in dye-based solar cells are responsible for converting light into electrical energy. A model of spatial charge separation within the molecule has been used to describe this conversion. However, an analysis at BESSY II shows that this description of the process is too simple. For the first time, a team there has investigated the fundamental photochemical processes around the metal atom and its ligands. The study has now been published in “Angewandte Chemie, international Edition” and is displayed on the cover. [...]
  • <p>When illuminated by the synchrotron light, nickel emits x-rays itself due to the decay of valence electrons. The number of emitted photons reduces when increasing the temperature from room temperature (left) to 900&deg;C (right).</p>
    Science Highlight
    Utrafast magnetism: electron-phonon interactions examined at BESSY II
    How fast can a magnet switch its orientation and what are the microscopic mechanisms at play ? These questions are of first importance for the development of data storage and computer chips. Now, an HZB team at BESSY II has for the first time been able to experimentally assess the principal microscopic process of ultra-fast magnetism. The methodology developed for this purpose can also be used to investigate interactions between spins and lattice oscillations in graphene, superconductors or other (quantum) materials. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • News
    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. [...]
  • News
    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. [...]

  • News
    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)". [...]

  • News
    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. [...]

  • News
    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>The illustration is alluding to the laser experiment in the background and shows the structure of TGCN.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Organic electronics: a new semiconductor in the carbon-nitride family
    Teams from Humboldt-Universität and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin have explored a new material in the carbon-nitride family. Triazine-based graphitic carbon nitride (TGCN) is a semiconductor that should be highly suitable for applications in optoelectronics. Its structure is two-dimensional and reminiscent of graphene. Unlike graphene, however, the conductivity in the direction perpendicular to its 2D planes is 65 times higher than along the planes themselves. [...]
  • <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. [...]

  • News
    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. [...]
  • News
    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. [...]

  • News
    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. [...]
  • News
    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. [...]
  • News
    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. [...]

  • News
    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>Experiments at the femtoslicing facility of BESSY II revealed the ultrafast angular momentum flow from Gd and Fe spins to the lattice via orbital moment during demagnetization of GdFe alloy.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Laser-driven Spin Dynamics in Ferrimagnets: How does the Angular Momentum flow?
    When exposed to intense laser pulses, the magnetization of a material can be manipulated very fast. Fundamentally, magnetization is connected to the angular momentum of the electrons in the material. A team of researchers led by scientists from the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI) has now been able to follow the flow of angular momentum during ultrafast optical demagnetization in a ferrimagnetic iron-gadolinium alloy at the femtoslicing facility of BESSY II. Their results are helpful to understand the fundamental processes and their speed limits. The study is published in Physical Review Letters. [...]
  • <p>A green laser pulse initially excites the electrons in the Cu<sub>2</sub>O; just fractions of a second later, a second laser pulse (UV light) probes the energy of the excited electron.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Copper oxide photocathodes: laser experiment reveals location of efficiency loss
    Solar cells and photocathodes made of copper oxide might in theory attain high efficiencies for solar energy conversion. In practice, however, large losses occur. Now a team at the HZB has been able to use a sophisticated femtosecond laser experiment to determine where these losses take place: not so much at the interfaces, but instead far more in the interior of the crystalline material. These results provide indications on how to improve copper oxide and other metal oxides for applications as energy materials. [...]
  • <p>Tomography of a lithium electrode in its initial condition.</p>
    Science Highlight
    3D tomographic imagery reveals how lithium batteries age
    Lithium batteries lose amp-hour capacity over time. Microstructures can form on the electrodes with each new charge cycle, which further reduces battery capacity. Now an HZB team together with battery researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich, the University of Munster, and partners in China have documented the degradation process of lithium electrodes in detail for the first time. They achieved this with the aid of a 3D tomography process using synchrotron radiation at BESSY II (HZB) as well at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG). Their results have been published open access in the scientific journal "Materials Today". [...]
  • <p></p> <p>By co-evaporation of cesium iodide and lead iodide thin layers of CsPbI<sub>3</sub> can be produced even at moderate temperatures. An excess of cesium leads to stable perovskite phases.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Inorganic perovskite absorbers for use in thin-film solar cells
    A team at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin has succeeded in producing inorganic perovskite thin films at moderate temperatures using co-evaporation – making post-tempering at high temperatures unnecessary. The process makes it much easier to produce thin-film solar cells from this material. In comparison to metal-organic hybrid perovskites, inorganic perovskites are more thermally stable. The work has been published in Advanced Energy Materials. [...]
  • <p>SnSe is a highly layered orthorhombic structure. SnSe undergoes a phase transition of second order at 500&deg;C with an increase of the crystal symmetry from space group Pnma (left) to Cmcm (right).</p>
    Science Highlight
    High-efficiency thermoelectric materials: new insights into tin selenide
    Tin selenide might considerably exceed the efficiency of current record holding thermoelectric materials made of bismuth telluride. However, it was thought its efficiency became enormous only at temperatures above 500 degrees Celsius. Now measurements at the BESSY II and PETRA III synchrotron sources show that tin selenide can also be utilised as a thermoelectric material at room temperature – so long as high pressure is applied. [...]
  • <p>The enzyme MHETase is a huge and complex molecule. MHET-molecules from PET plastic dock at the active site inside the MHETase and are broken down into their basic building blocks.</p>
    Science Highlight
    "Molecular scissors" for plastic waste
    A research team from the University of Greifswald and Helmholtz-Zentrum-Berlin (HZB) has solved the molecular structure of the important enzyme MHETase at BESSY II. MHETase was discovered in bacteria and together with a second enzyme - PETase - is able to break down the widely used plastic PET into its basic building blocks. This 3D structure already allowed the researchers to produce a MHETase variant with optimized activity in order to use it, together with PETase, for a sustainable recycling of PET. The results have been published in the research journal Nature Communications. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • News
    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. [...]
  • <p>The SEM shows Molybdenum sulfide deposited at room temperature.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Catalyst research for solar fuels: Amorphous molybdenum sulphide works best
    Efficient and inexpensive catalysts will be required for production of hydrogen from sunlight. Molybdenum sulphides are considered good candidates. A team at HZB has now explained what processes take place in molybdenum sulphides during catalysis and why amorphous molybdenum sulphide works best. The results have been published in the journal ACS Catalysis. [...]
  • <p>At the end of his contribution, Phillippe Wernet makes a great arch from the past (Opticae Thesaurus, 1572) of research with light to the future.</p>
    Science Highlight
    HZB contributions to special edition on Ultrafast Dynamics with X-ray Methods
    In the new special issue of the "Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London", internationally renowned experts report on new developments in X-ray sources and ultrafast time-resolved experiments. HZB physicists have also been invited to contribute. [...]
  • Nachricht
    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. [...]
  • News
    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. [...]
  • Nachricht
    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>Schematic view of carbon structures with pores.</p>
    Science Highlight
    X-ray analysis of carbon nanostructures helps material design
    Nanostructures made of carbon are extremely versatile: they can absorb ions in batteries and supercapacitors, store gases, and desalinate water. How well they cope with the task at hand depends largely on the structural features of the nanopores. A new study from the HZB has now shown that structural changes that occur due to morphology transition with increasing temperature of the synthesis can also be measured directly – using small-angle X-ray scattering. The results have now been published in the journal Carbon. [...]
  • <p>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 in pictures - two new movies at the end of the anniversary year
    "You need the courage to develop something you don't know exactly how the end result looks like. That's research and development, otherwise it would just be building." A key sentence Prof. Jens Knobloch says in the new HZB movie. [...]
  • <p>Working in the newly equipped HySPRINT lab for perovskite solar cells: Cooperation opportunities - also in other laboratories and topics - will be presented at the Industry Day.</p>
    Industry day with focus on optoelectronics and photovoltaics at HZB in Adlershof

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

  • <p>Water molecules are excited with X-ray light (blue). From the emitted light (purple) information on H-bonds can be obtained.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Water is more homogeneous than expected
    In order to explain the known anomalies in water, some researchers assume that water consists of a mixture of two phases even under ambient conditions. However, new X-ray spectroscopic analyses at BESSY II, ESRF and Swiss Light Source show that this is not the case. At room temperature and normal pressure, the water molecules form a fluctuating network with an average of 1.74 ± 2.1% donor and acceptor hydrogen bridge bonds per molecule each, allowing tetrahedral coordination between close neighbours. [...]
  • <p>More than 250 invited guests celebrated the tenth anniversary of HZB on 18 February at the TIPI at the Chancellery.</p>
    10 Years of Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin: A strong partner in the scientific landscape

    Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) is celebrating its tenth anniversary on 18 February 2019 with around 250 invited guests from science, politics and industry. The Centre is one of the world's top institutions and makes a decisive contribution to Berlin as a location for cutting-edge research. This was emphasized by Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin, in reference to the anniversary. [...]

  • <p>The cones represents the magnetization of the nanoparticles. In the absence of electric field (strain-free state) the size and separation between particles leads to a random orientation of their magnetization, known as superparamagnetism</p>
    Science Highlight
    Spintronics by “straintronics”: Superferromagnetism with electric-field induced strain
    Data storage in today’s magnetic media is very energy consuming. Combination of novel materials and the coupling between their properties could reduce the energy needed to control magnetic memories thus contributing to a smaller carbon footprint of the IT sector. Now an international team led by HZB has observed at the HZB lightsource BESSY II a new phenomenon in iron nanograins: whereas normally the magnetic moments of the iron grains are disordered with respect each other at room temperature, this can be changed by applying an electric field: This field induces locally a strain on the system leading to the formation of a so-called superferromagnetic ordered state. [...]
  • 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.

  • <p>An extremely thin layer between CIGSe and Perovskite improves the efficiency of the tandemcell.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Ultra-thin and extremely efficient: Thin-film tandem cells made of perovskite and CIGSe semiconductors
    An HZB team has fabricated and characterised a thin-film tandem solar cell made of perovskite and CIGSe. They relied on a simple, robust fabrication process that is also suitable for scaling up to large surface areas. The tandem solar cell is a fully thin film device with an impressive efficiency of 21.6 %. With further improvements it might reach efficiencies above 30 %. [...]
  • <p>Summer students 2018</p>
    Application open: HZB International Summer Student Programme from 8 July to 30 August 2019
    Eight weeks of research: Take your chance to work on your own research project in close contact with our scientists and get deep insights into the work at the HZB laboratories. Apply now until the 15th of February for the international summer student programme at HZB. [...]
  • <p>Neutrons (red arrows) detect the presence of Lithium ions which have migrated into the silicon anode.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Batteries with silicon anodes: Neutron experiments show how formation of surface structures reduces amp-hour capacity
    In theory, silicon anodes could store ten times more lithium ions than graphite anodes, which have been used in commercial lithium batteries for many years. However, the amp-hour capacity of silicon anodes so far has been declining sharply with each additional charge-discharge cycle. Now an HZB team at BER II of the HZB in Berlin and the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble has utilised neutron experiments to establish what happens at the surface of the silicon anode during charging and what processes reduce this capacity. [...]
  • News
    Postdoc Career Office founded at HZB
    The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin is setting up a "Postdoc Career Office" to support postdoctoral researchers in actively planning their future careers. Since 15 January 2019, Dr. Christoph Scherfer has been the contact person for postdocs at the HZB. The Helmholtz Association supports the development of the postdoctoral office at the HZB over a period of five years.    [...]
  • <p>The model refers to a cubic crystal structure (pyrochlore lattice). Not only were magnetic interactions between the nearest neighbours included, but also with the next nearest neighbours (see drawing).</p>
    Science Highlight
    New insights into magnetic quantum effects in solids
    Using a new computational method, an international collaboration has succeeded for the first time in systematically investigating magnetic quantum effects in the well-known 3D pyrochlore Heisenberg model. The surprising finding: physical quantum phases are formed only for small spin values. [...]
  • <p class="MsoPlainText">The atmosphere can be compared to a bathtub that can only be filled to its rim if global warming is to be limited to a certain level. We could create another small outward flow with negative emissions. However, there is no way around turning off the tap.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Climate change: How could artificial photosynthesis contribute to limiting global warming?

    If CO2 emissions do not fall fast enough, then CO2 will have to be removed from the atmosphere in the future to limit global warming. Not only could planting new forests and biomass contribute to this, but new technologies for artificial photosynthesis as well. An HZB physicist and a researcher at the University of Heidelberg have estimated how much surface area such solutions would require. Although artificial photosynthesis could bind CO2 more efficiently than the natural model, there are still no large modules that are stable over the long term. The team published their calculations in "Earth System Dynamics".


  • 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>(a) Neutronen-Eigenspannungsmessung an einer Schwei&szlig;probe aus handels&uuml;blichen Stahl, (b) Magnetfeldmessung, (c) Schwei&szlig;nahtquerschliff.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Neutronenforschung hilft bei der Entwicklung von zerstörungsfreien Prüfverfahren
    Materialermüdung zeigt sich häufig zuerst daran, dass im Innern des Materials Bereiche mit stark unterschiedlichen Eigenspannungen aneinandergrenzen. An der Neutronenquelle BER II am HZB hat ein Team der Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung (BAM) die Eigenspannungen von Schweißnähten aus ferromagnetischem Stahl analysiert. Die Ergebnisse helfen zerstörungsfreie elektromagnetische Prüfverfahren zu verbessern. [...]
  • <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>Photocathode in superconducting photoinjector system.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Milestone for bERLinPro: photocathodes with high quantum efficiency
    A team at the HZB has improved the manufacturing process of photocathodes and can now provide photocathodes with high quantum efficiency for bERLinPro. [...]
  • <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>Lively discussions in the evening events - a tradition at the usermeetings.</p>
    BER II und BESSY II: 10. User meeting at HZB
    More than 400 scientists have registered this year for the 10th BER II and BESSY II User Meeting at the HZB. Manufacturers of precision instruments present their products at 52 stands. The conference will run from Wednesday, December 5 to Friday, December 7, 2018. On Thursday, the HZB Circle of Friends will reward outstanding scientists in the field of synchrotron radiation with the Innovation Award and bestow the Ernst Eckard Koch Prize for the best doctoral thesis. [...]
  • <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>With a complex combination of semiconductors and catalysts, light can be used to produce the solar fuel hydrogen.</p>
    Public Lecture: “From Sunlight to Chemical Fuels: Towards a Clean Energy Future".
    On 11 December 2018, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Berlin, together with the Technical University of Delft, invites you to the "Karel Luyben Lecture". Professor Dr. Roel van de Krol will give an insight into storing solar energy in solar fuels. Registration for the event is open until 4.12. [...]
  • Nachricht
    Video: Was machen eigentlich Metallographen?

    „Am Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin kommen wir an die richtig krassen Elektronenmikroskope ran“, sagt Toni. Er ist gelernter Metallograph und erklärt im Video des LETTE Vereins Berlin, was man in dem Beruf alles können muss und welche Werkzeuge dafür nötig sind. [...]

  • <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>The molecule organises itself on the electrode surface until a dense, uniform monolayer is formed.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Molecules that self-assemble into monolayers for efficient perovskite solar cells
    A team at the HZB has discovered a new method for producing efficient contact layers in perovskite solar cells. It is based on molecules that organise themselves into a monolayer. The study was published in Advanced Energy Materials and appeared on the front cover of the journal. [...]
  • <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.  [...]
  • News
    User operation restarted at BESSY II
    On 20 November 2018, user operation of BESSY II restarted after a longer shutdown and maintenance period. The electron storage ring was shut down on July 30, 2018 to install or replace important components. [...]
  • <p>Prof. Efim Gluskin headed the accelerator physics department at Advanced Photon Source from 2004 to 2010 and continues to be active in undulator development.</p>
    D-Lecture on 30th November 2018: Undulators for existing and future light sources
    Prof. Efim Gluskin from the Argonne National Laboratory will present on 30th November 2018 his thoughts on Undulators for existing and future light sources. After the presentation we will have time for informal discussion with "mulled wine and gingerbread" in the BESSY foyer. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • <p>The illustration shows a molecule with an iron atom at its centre, bound to 4 CN groups and a bipyridine molecule. The highest occupied iron orbital is shown as a green-red cloud. As soon as a cyan group is present, the outer iron orbitals are observed to delocalize so that electrons are also densely present around the nitrogen atoms.</p> <p></p>
    Science Highlight
    Transition metal complexes: mixed works better
    A team at BESSY II has investigated how various iron-complex compounds process energy from incident light. They were able to show why certain compounds have the potential to convert light into electrical energy. The results are important for the development of organic solar cells. The study has now been published in the journal PCCP, and its illustration selected for the cover. [...]
  • <p>The SEM image shows the cross-section of a silicon perovskite tandem solar cell.</p>
    Science Highlight
    New records in perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells through improved light management
    Using microstructured layers, an HZB team has been able to increase the efficiency of perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells, achieving 25.5 %, which is the highest published value to date. At the same time, computational simulations were utilized to investigate light conversion in various device designs with different nanostructured surfaces. This enabled optimization of light management and detailed energy yield analyses. The study has now been published in Energy & Environmental Science. [...]
  • 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>The data show that In the case of the two-layer graphene, a flat part of bandstructure only 200 milli-electron volts below the Fermi energy.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Graphene on the way to superconductivity
    Scientists at HZB have found evidence that double layers of graphene have a property that may let them conduct current completely without resistance. They probed the bandstructure at BESSY II with extremely high resolution ARPES and could identify a flat area at a surprising location. [...]
  • <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>Doped Diamond Foam. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Nanodiamonds as photocatalysts
    Diamond nanomaterials are considered hot candidates for low-cost photocatalysts. They can be activated by light and can then accelerate certain reactions between water and CO2 and produce carbon-neutral "solar fuels". The EU project DIACAT has now doped such diamond materials with boron and shown at BESSY II how this could significantly improve the photocatalytic properties. [...]
  • <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>The STM image shows blue phosphorus on a gold substrate. The calculated atomic positions of the slightly elevated P atoms are shown in blue, the lower lying ones in white. Groups of six elevated P atoms appear as triangles. </p>
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    Science Highlight
    Blue phosphorus - mapped and measured for the first time
    Until recently, the existence of "blue" phosphorus was pure theory: Now an HZB team was able to examine samples of blue phosphorus at BESSY II for the first time and confirm via mapping of their electronic band structure that this is actually this exotic phosphorus modification. Blue phosphorus is an interesting candidate for new optoelectronic devices. The results have been published in Nano Letters. [...]
  • <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>Shown are the magnetic fluxlines inside a superconducting sample of lead in two different directions. The scale bar is 5 mm. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Neutrons scan magnetic fields inside samples
    With a newly developed neutron tomography technique, an HZB team has been able to map for the first time magnetic field lines inside materials at the BER II research reactor. Tensorial neutron tomography promises new insights into superconductors, battery electrodes, and other energy-related materials. [...]
  • <p>Principle of a silicon singlet fission solar cell with incorporated organic crystalls<br /></p>
    Science Highlight
    HZB researchers boost the efficiency of silicon solar cells
    The efficiency of a solar cell is one of its most important parameters. It indicates what percentage of the solar energy radiated into the cell is converted into electrical energy. The theoretical limit for silicon solar cells is 29.3 percent due to physical material properties. In the journal Materials Horizons, researchers from Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and international colleagues describe how this limit can be abolished. The trick: they incorporate layers of organic molecules into the solar cell. These layers utilise a quantum mechanical process known as singlet exciton fission to split certain energetic light (green and blue photons) in such a way that the electrical current of the solar cell can double in that energy range. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • <p>The computer simulation shows how the electromagnetic field is distributed in the silicon layer with hole pattern after excitation with a laser. Here, stripes with local field maxima are formed, so that quantum dots shine particularly strongly. Picture. C. Barth/HZB</p>
    Science Highlight
    Machine learning helps improving photonic applications
    Photonic nanostructures can be used for many applications, not just in solar cells, but also in optical sensors for cancer markers or other biomolecules, for example. A team at HZB using computer simulations and machine learning has now shown how the design of such nanostructures can be selectively optimised. The results are published in Communications Physics. [...]
  • 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>Monthly news from HZB - via email newsletter.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Newsletter and Highlightreport
    Exactly twenty years ago, BESSY II went into operation. In the current September newsletter, which we are sending out this week, we present the anniversary website, report on the new highlight report 2017 and on successes in technology transfer. Have you already registered for the newsletter? Here is the registration link. [...]
  • <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>The nanostructure for capturing light is imprinted on silicon oxide (blue) and then "levelled" with titanium oxide (green). The result is an optically rough but smooth layer on which crystalline silicon can be grown.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Patented nanostructure for solar cells: Rough optics, smooth surface
    Thin-film solar cells made of crystalline silicon are inexpensive and achieve efficiencies of a good 14 percent. However, they could do even better if their shiny surfaces reflected less light. A team led by Prof. Christiane Becker from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) has now patented a sophisticated new solution to this problem. [...]
  • <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”. [...]
  • <p>The laser pulse (red) generates heat in the thin-film system. The physical mechanisms by which the heat is distributed can be analysed by temporally resolved X-ray diffraction experiments. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Future information technologies: nanoscale heat transport under the microscope
    A team of researchers from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and the University of Potsdam has investigated heat transport in a model system comprising nanometre-thin metallic and magnetic layers. Similar systems are candidates for future high-efficiency data storage devices that can be locally heated and rewritten by laser pulses (Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording). Measurements taken with extremely short X-ray pulses have now shown that the heat is distributed a hundred times slower than expected in the model system. The results are published in Nature Communications. [...]
  • 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. [...]
  • <p>Granules of aluminium (grey) become a metallic foam when heated.The tompgraphies document the evolution of pores with time. </p>
    Science Highlight
    World record: Fastest 3D tomographic images at BESSY II
    An HZB team has developed an ingenious precision rotary table at the EDDI beamline at BESSY II and combined it with particularly fast optics. This enabled them to document the formation of pores in grains of metal during foaming processes at 25 tomographic images per second - a world record. [...]
  • <p>The analysed perovskite cell has a surface of 1 cm<sup>2</sup>. Credit. Uni Potsdam</p>
    Science Highlight
    Insight into loss processes in perovskite solar cells enables efficiency improvements
    In perovskite solar cells, charge carriers are mainly lost through recombination occurring at interface defect sites. In contrast, recombination at defect sites within the perovskite layer does not limit the performance of the solar cells at present. Teams from the University of Potsdam and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) were able to reach this interesting conclusion through extremely accurate quantitative measurements on 1 cm2 perovskite cells using photoluminescence. Their results contribute to improving  perovskite solar cells and have now been published in Nature Energy. [...]
  • <p>Manganese compounds also play a role as catalysts in photosynthesis. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Insight into catalysis through novel study of X-ray absorption spectroscopy
    An international team has made a breakthrough at BESSY II. For the first time, they succeeded in investigating electronic states of a transition metal in detail and drawing reliable conclusions on their catalytic effect from the data. These results are helpful for the development of future applications of catalytic transition-metal systems. The work has now been published in Chemical Science, the Open Access journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry. [...]
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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. [...]
  • <div class="ce__subline ce__subline--black font--h7">&Uuml;bergabe der Technologieberichte an den parlamentarischen Staatssekret&auml;r Thomas Barei&szlig; (BMWi) durch Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Fischedick und Dr. Peter Viebahn, (Wuppertal Institut) sowie Prof. Dr. Martin Wietschel (Fraunhofer ISI) und Juri Horst (IZES gGmbH). Quelle: Susanne Eriksson/BMWi</div>
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    Science Highlight
    Wissenstransfer: Neues Standardwerk zu Energietechnologien in Deutschland
    Vertreter des Wuppertal Instituts haben dem Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) einen mehrbändigen Bericht zu Energietechnologien übergeben. Dabei haben Experten aus dem HZB-Institut PVcomB am Themenfeld Photovoltaik mitgewirkt. Im Herbst verabschiedet die Bundesregierung das neue 7. Energieforschungsprogramm (EFP). Der Bericht liefert eine wissenschaftliche Basis für die Entwicklung des Programms. [...]
  • <p>With this experiment, the team could observe how magnetic order is changed by sudden heat.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Future information technology: Microscopic insight into processes when magnets suddenly heat up
    Magnetic solids can demagnetize upon heating. Despite decades of research, it has so far been unclear how this process works in detail. Now, for the first time, an international group has observed in a step-by-step manner how sudden heating affects the magnetic order of a ferrimagnetic insulator. The result: The magnetic order changes on two time scales. The first process is surprisingly fast and takes only one picosecond, while the second process takes 100,000 times longer. This insight could help to increase the switching speed in magnetic storage media by at least a factor of 1000.  The work is published in Science Advances. [...]
  • <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>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>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>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>The transparent anti-corrosion layer contains Rhodium nanoparticles as a catalyst. Credit ACS Energy Letters.</p>
    Science Highlight
    New world record for direct solar water-splitting efficiency
    Hydrogen will play a central role as a storage medium in sustainable energy systems. An international team of researchers has now succeeded in raising the efficiency of producing hydrogen from direct solar water-splitting to a record 19 per cent. They did so by combining a tandem solar cell of III-V semiconductors with a catalyst of rhodium nanoparticles and a crystalline titanium dioxide coating. Teams from the California Institute of Technology, the University of Cambridge, Technische Universität Ilmenau, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE participated in the development work. One part of the experiments took place at the Institute for Solar Fuels in the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • <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 [...]
  • 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. [...]
  • Science Highlight
    Silicon heterojunction solar cell with a certified 23.1 % energy conversion efficiency
    After further optimization of the baseline process for industrial silicon heterojunction (SHJ) solar cells, the accredited metrology lab ISFH CalTeC now certified an efficiency of 23.1 % for a 4 cm² solar cell. This performance is among the best in the world and demonstrates the leading role of HZB in this technology in Germany and Europe. [...]
  • <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>Perovskite-based tandem solar cells can achieve now efficiencies better than 25%.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Perovskite-silicon solar cell research collaboration hits 25.2% efficiency
    A 1 cm2 perovskite silicon tandem solar cell achieves an independently certified efficiency of 25.2 %. This was presented this week at an international conference in Hawaii, USA. The cell was developed jointly by HZB, Oxford University and Oxford PV - The Perovskite CompanyTM. [...]
  • <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>Fossils like this 250 million year old skull of a lystrosaurus can be examined very carefully by neutron tomography. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Neutron tomography: Insights into the interior of teeth, root balls, batteries, and fuel cells
    A team of researchers at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and European Spallation Source (ESS) has now published a comprehensive overview of neutron-based imaging processes in the renowned journal Materials Today (impact factor 21.6). The authors report on the latest developments in neutron tomography, illustrating the possible applications using examples of this non-destructive method. Neutron tomography has facilitated breakthroughs in so diverse areas such as art history, battery research, dentistry, energy materials, industrial research, magnetism, palaeobiology and plant physiology. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • <p></p>
    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>First author is the mathematician Sibylle Bergmann, whose PhD work is funded by MiCo. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Helmholtz Virtual Institute MiCo: Article selected as journal highlight for 2017
    The Helmholtz Virtual Institute MiCo offers a platform through which the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin conducts joint research with universities and other partners on the topic of microstructures for thin-film solar cells. The journal Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering recently selected an article produced through MiCo as the highlight of those published by the journal during 2017. [...]
  • <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>Laser light for writing and erasing information &ndash; a strong laser pulse disrupts the arrangement of atoms in an alloy and creates magnetic structures (left). A second, weaker, laser pulse allows the atoms to return to their original lattice sites (right). </p>
    Science Highlight
    Writing and deleting magnets with lasers
    Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) together with colleagues from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, USA have found a way to write and delete magnets in an alloy using a laser beam – a surprising effect. The reversibility of the process opens up new possibilities in the fields of material processing, optical technology, and data storage. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • <p class="Default">The picture shows the typical arrangement of cations in a kesterite type structure. In the background the crystal structure is shown, a unit cell is highlighted. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Kesterite solar cells: germanium promises better opto-electronic properties than tin
    Specific changes in the composition of kesterite-type semiconductors make it possible to improve their suitability as absorber layers in solar cells. As a team at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin showed, this is particularly true for kesterites in which tin was replaced by germanium. The scientists examined the samples using neutron diffraction at BER II and other methods. The work was selected for the cover of the journal CrystEngComm. [...]
  • 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.  [...]
  • <p>A synchrotron source point image of a bending magnet of the Twin Orbit modus. The second orbit closes after three revolution and is winding around the standard orbit at the center.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Twin Orbit operation successfully tested at BESSY II
    The first “Twin Orbit User Test week” at BESSY II in February 2018 was a big success and can be considered as an important step towards real user operation. Physicists at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin have been able to store two separate electron beams in one storage ring. The twin orbit operation mode can serve users with different needs of the time structure of the photon pulses simultaneously and offers elegant options regarding the future project BESSY VSR. [...]
  • 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>PCN nanolayers under sunlight can split water. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Solar–to-hydrogen conversion: nanostructuring increases efficiency of metal-free photocatalysts by factor eleven
    Polymeric carbon nitrides exhibit a catalytic effect in sunlight that can be used for the production of hydrogen from solar energy. However, the efficiency of these metal-free catalysts is extremely low. A team at the Tianjin University in China, in collaboration with a group at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, has increased the catalytic efficiency of these polymeric carbon nitrides by a factor eleven through a simple process resulting in a larger surface area. The paper was published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science. [...]
  • <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>The GaAs nanocrystal has been deposited on top of a silicon germanium needle, as shown by this SEM-image. The rhombic facets have been colored artificially. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Luminescent nano-architectures of gallium arsenide
    A team at the HZB has succeeded in growing nanocrystals of gallium arsenide on tiny columns of silicon and germanium. This enables extremely efficient optoelectronic components for important frequency ranges to be realised on silicon chips. [...]
  • <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). [...]
  • <p>Pencil, paper and co-polymer varnish are sufficient for a thermoelectrical device. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Hidden talents: Converting heat into electricity with pencil and paper
    Thermoelectric materials can use thermal differences to generate electricity. Now there is an inexpensive and environmentally friendly way of producing them with the simplest of components: a normal pencil, photocopy paper, and conductive paint are sufficient to convert a temperature difference into electricity via the thermoelectric effect. This has now been demonstrated by a team at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. [...]
  • 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.  [...]
  • <p>Sketch of the stripe order: The charge stripes, which are superconducting, are shown in blue. Reprinted with modifications from Physical Review Letters.</p>
    Science Highlight
    User research at BER II: New insights into high-temperature superconductors
    After 30 years of research, there are still many unsolved puzzles about high-temperature superconductors - among them is the magnetic “stripe order” found in some cuprate superconductors. A Danish research team has taken a closer look at these stripes, using high-resolution neutron scattering at the spectrometers FLEXX (HZB) and ThALES (ILL, Grenoble). Their results, now published in Physical Review Letters, challenge the common understanding of stripe order, and may contribute to unveil the true nature  of high-temperature superconductivity. [...]
  • <p>Electrons with differing energies are emitted along various crystal axes in the interior of the sample as well as from the surface. These can be measured with the angular-resolved photoemission station (ARPES) at BESSY II. Left image shows the sample temperature at 25 K, right at only 1 K. The energy distribution of the conducting and valence band electrons can be derived from these data. The surface remains conductive at very low temperature (1 K). </p>
    Science Highlight
    40-year controversy in solid-state physics resolved
    An international team at BESSY II headed by Prof. Oliver Rader has shown that the puzzling properties of samarium hexaboride do not stem from the material being a topological insulator, as it had been proposed to be. Theoretical and initial experimental work had previously indicated that this material, which becomes a Kondo insulator at very low temperatures, also possessed the properties of a topological insulator. The team has now published a compelling alternative explanation in Nature Communications, however. [...]
  • 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. [...]
  • <p>The new building block (left, red outline) comprises two modified starting molecules connected to each other by a silver atom (blue). This leads to complex, semiregular tessellations (right, microscope image). </p>
    Science Highlight
    User experiment at BESSY II: Complex tessellations, extraordinary materials
    Simple organic molecules form complex materials through self-organization [...]
  • 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 class="MsoNoSpacing">SEM-images of the different perovskite solar cell architectures, left with planar interface, right with mesoporous interface. Images are coloured: metal oxide (light blue), interface (red), perovskite (brown), hole conducting layer (dark blue), topped with contact (gold).  Scale bar is 200 nm. </p>
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    Science Highlight
    Perovskite solar cells: mesoporous interface mitigates the impact of defects
    The nominal cell operating life of perovskite solar cells is strongly influenced by their inner architecture.This was shown by two scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and the Technical University of Munich. They combined experiments with numerical simulations in order to explain this observation. [...]
  • <p>Simplified cross-section of a perovskite solar cell: the perovskite layer does not cover the entire surface, but instead exhibits holes. The scientists could show that a protective layer is being built up which prevents short circuits.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Perovskite solar cells: perfection not required!
    Experiments at BESSY II reveal why even inhomogeneous perovskite films are highly functional  [...]
  • <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
    Progress in solar technologies – from research to application
    EU group project presents its results: high efficiencies with less material [...]
  • 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. [...]
  • <p>Backscattered electron micrograph of kesterite powder. Grey grains are attributed to CZTSe. Black background is the epoxy matrix. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Solar energy: Defects in Kesterite semiconductors studied using neutrons
    A research team at the HZB has precisely characterised for the first time the various types of defects in kesterite semiconductors. They achieved this with the help of neutron scattering at the BER II research reactor and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the USA. The findings point to a means of guided optimisation for kesterite solar cells. [...]
  • <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 MultiFLEXX detector. <em><br /></em></p>
    Science Highlight
    Neutron spectroscopy: new detector module MultiFLEXX increases count rate tenfold
    The triple axis spectrometer FLEXX at BER II provides a new detector module for user service. It measures many angles and multiple energy transfers simultaneously and thus increases the amount of data measured per hour by about a factor of ten. This enables neutron users to make optimal use of their beam time. [...]
  • <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>
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    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>The illustration shows how photons break the dimers into the individual organometallic molecules again, which then effectively n-dope the organic semiconductor. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Light facilitates “impossible“ n-doping of organic semiconductors
    Applications as light-emitting diodes and solar cells [...]
  • <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>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>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. [...]
  • <p>A short laser pulse pertubates magnetic order in dysprosium. This happens much faster if the sample had a antiferromagnetic order (left) compared to ferromagnetic order (right). </p>
    Science Highlight
    Future IT: Antiferromagnetic dysprosium reveals magnetic switching with less energy
    HZB scientists have identified a mechanism with which it may be possible to develop a form of magnetic storage that is faster and more energy-efficient. They compared how different forms of magnetic ordering in the rare-earth metal named dysprosium react to a short laser pulse. They discovered that the magnetic orientation can be altered much faster and with considerably less energy if the magnetic moments of the individual atoms do not all point in the same direction (ferromagnetism), but instead point are rotated against each other (anti-ferromagnetism). The study was published in Physical Review letters on 6. November 2017 and on the cover of the print edition. [...]
  • Science Highlight
    New magazine “lichtblick” is out: Select articles can be read in English on the website
    Some artikels from our magazine lichtblick are available in English: You can find these articles here: http://hz-b.de/lichtblick-en [...]
  • <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
    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. [...]
  • 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. [...]
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<p>Additional spots appear on the neutron detector starting at a magnetic field strength of 23 Tesla that reveal the new magnetic order in the crystal. </p>
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    Science Highlight
    High Field Magnet at BER II: Insight into a hidden order
    A specific uranium compound has puzzled researchers for thirty years. Although the crystal structure is simple, no one understands exactly what is happening once it is cooled below a certain temperature. Apparently, a “hidden order” emerges,  whose nature is completely unknown.Now physicists have characterised this hidden order state more precisely and studied it on a microscopic scale. To accomplish this, they utilised the High-Field Magnet at the HZB that permits neutron experiments to be conducted under conditions of extremely high magnetic fields. [...]
  • 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>The Bismut doping is enhanced from 0% (left) to 2.2% (right). Measurements at BESSY II show that this leads to increased bandgaps. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Missing link between new topological phases of matter discovered
    HZB-Physicists at BESSY II have investigated a class of materials that exhibit characteristics of topological insulators. During these studies they discovered a transition between two different topological phases, one of which is ferroelectric, meaning a phase in the material that exhibits spontaneous electric polarisation and can be reversed by an external electric field. This could also lead to new applications such as switching between differing conductivities. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • <p>Sketch of the Photosystem II. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Novel soft X-ray spectrometer enables individual steps of photosynthetic water oxidation to be observed
    HZB scientists have developed a novel spectrometer at BESSY II that enables researchers to obtain detailed insights about catalytic processes in metalloenzymes. Their international collaboration was successful in delineating individual steps in the catalytic oxidation of water to dioxygen in photosystem II. They published their study in the journal Structural Dynamics. Photosystem II is a part of the of photosynthetic electron transport chain, a process that is responsible for the conversion of solar energy to chemical energy in plants, algae and cyanobacteria. [...]
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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>Scanning Tunneling Microscopy shows the regular corrugation pattern of graphene over clusters of gold.</p>
    Science Highlight
    The miracle material graphene: convex as a chesterfield
    Graphene possesses extreme properties and can be utilised in many ways. Even the spins of graphene can be controlled through use of a trick. This had already been demonstrated by a HZB team some time ago: the physicists applied a layer of graphene onto a nickel substrate and introduced atoms of gold in between (intercalation). The scientists now show why this has such a dramatic influence on the spins in a paper published in 2D Materials. As a result, graphene can also be considered as a material for future information technologies that are based on processing spins as units of information. [...]
  • <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. [...]
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    Science Highlight
    Solar hydrogen production by artificial leafs:
    Scientists analysed how a special treatment improves cheap metal oxide photoelectrodes [...]
  • <p>Schematic of experimental setup for PEEM, the laser optics integrated sample holder and the sample.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Optical control of magnetic memory – new insights into fundamental mechanisms
    A research team at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) has shown for the first time how laser modulation of magnetic properties in materials is influenced by thermal effects and how the process occurs under moderate experimental parameters. At the same time, the scientists discovered a previously unknown dependence on the thickness of the magnetic layer. This is an important clue for our theoretical understanding of optically controlled magnetic data storage media. The findings are published today in the journal Scientific Reports. [...]
  • <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>Sketch of an yolk-shell-type nanoreactor: reactands A and B diffuse through the shell and react to C at the catalytically active nanoparticle (yellow). </p>
    Science Highlight
    New model for bimolecular reactions in nanoreactors
    Theoretical physicists have devised a mathematical model of two different molecules reacting within so called nanoreactors that act as catalysts. They gained surprising new insights as to what factors promote reactions and how to control and select them. The model is relevant for a wide range of research fields, from biophysics to energy materials. [...]
  • <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>Sequential tomography of a lupin root (yellowish green) after deuterated water (D<sub>2</sub>O) was introduced from below. The rising water front (H<sub>2</sub>O, dark blue) is displaced by the D<sub>2</sub>O from below over the course of time. The complete sequence can be viewed as a video. Created by Christian T&ouml;tzke &copy; University of Potsdam</p>
    Science Highlight
    User research at BER II: Lupin roots observed in the act of catching water from soil – so far too quick for 3D views
    Lupins not only produce colourful blossoms but also nutritious beans rich in proteins. Just how these plants draw water approaching their roots in soil has now for the first time been observed in three dimensions by a University of Potsdam team at the HZB-BER II neutron source in Berlin. To accomplish this, they worked with the HZB imaging group to improve the temporal resolution of neutron tomography more than onehundred-fold so that a detailed 3D image was generated every ten seconds. This ultrafast neutron tomography is generally suitable as well for analyses of dynamic processes in porous materials. [...]
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<p>Scanning electron micrographs show a 10-micron planar deposition. The constituting silver crystals are about 100 nanometres in size. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Writing with the electron beam: now in silver
    For the first time an international team realized direct writing of silver nanostructures using an electron beam applied to a substrate. Silver nanostructures have the potential to concentrate visible light at the nanoscale. Potential applications include sensor design to detect extremely small traces of specific molecules, as well as devices for optical information processing. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • Science Highlight
    Modern, concise and informative: HZB presents itself
    A information brochure, illustrated throughout with a fusion of photos and sketches, serves as the new business card of HZB. In concise and understandable language, it describes the centre’s most important research focuses, introduces the large-scale facilities and laboratories, and shows why HZB is an internationally attractive place to work. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • 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>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. [...]
  • <p>Klaus Habicht analyses materials also with the help of neutron resonance spin-echo spectroscopy, a method, he helped to develop further.  </p>
    Science Highlight
    HZB researcher receives university-level teaching credential (Habilitation)
    Dr. Klaus Habicht has successfully completed the university-level teaching accreditation process in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Potsdam and received his official university-level teaching qualification for the physics of condensed matter. Habicht has conducted numerous lectures and seminars at the University of Potsdam since 2011, in particular in solid-state physics and methods in neutron research. He heads the Department of Methods for Characterisation of Transport Phenomenon in Energy Materials at the HZB. [...]
  • <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.  [...]
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    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>One example from the paper: <em>operando</em> radiography (A)- (C) shows how sulphur compounds (black features) are deposited on the carbon cathode (gray) of a lithium-sulphur cell during charging and discharging.</p>
    Science Highlight
    HZB paper appears in special anniversary edition of the Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics
    A paper on X-ray tomography of various types of batteries has been published as a highlight in the exclusive special edition of the Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. Two groups at the HZB along with a team from Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, contributed to the article. [...]
  • <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>The data show band gaps and efficiency levels of various perovskite materials. The efficiency levels for high band gaps fall due to undesired halide segregation effects. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Trends and pathways to high-efficiency perovskite solar cells
    Perovskite  solar cells have been the big surprise over the last while: inside of only a few years, their efficiency level has been increased from just under 10 % to fully 22 %. There has never been such rapid progress in a new material for solar cells. Scientists around the world are therefore working on this new class of materials. Eva Unger and Steve Albrecht from Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) have evaluated trends in the advancement of perovskite materials in an invited review article in Journal of Materials Chemistry A. They point out what opportunities exist for advancing this class of materials, combining them with other semiconductors, and where limitations lie.  [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • <p>The porous structure of the nanoparticles is visible under the electron microscope. <strong><a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adfm.201701176/abstract;jsessionid=F0393DC7BB4AAE76B24CFD675C8CC430.f03t04   " class="Extern">adfm.201701176</a></strong></p>
    Science Highlight
    Better cathode materials for Lithium-Sulphur-Batteries
    A team at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) has for the first time fabricated a nanomaterial made from nanoparticles of a titanium oxide compound (Ti4O7) that is characterised by an extremely large surface area, and tested it as a cathode material in lithium-sulphur batteries. The highly porous nanomaterial possesses high storage capacity that remains nearly constant over many charging cycles. [...]
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    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. [...]
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    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. [...]
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    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.  [...]
  • <p>Nanodiamonds have been modified by attaching different molecules. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Nanodiamonds as energy materials: tuning the functionalities
    An international team has shed light onto interactions between nanodiamonds and water molecules. Experiments at synchrotron sources showed how hydrogenated groups on nanodiamond surfaces change the network of hydrogen bonds in the aqueous environment and may potentially influence the catalytic properties of nanodiamonds, for instance for the production of solar fuels from CO2 and light. [...]
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    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.
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    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. [...]
  • <p>The experimental data show, how a light pulse dissociates a hydrogen nucleus from the nitrogen atom without destroying important bonds within the molecule. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Proton transfer: Researcher find mecanism to protect biomolecules against light induced damage
    A team at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) together with researchers in Sweden and the USA has analysed a mecanism which protects biomolecules such as the DNA against damage by light. They observed how the energy of incoming photons can be absorbed by the molecule without destroying important bonds. The experiments took place at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) free-electron laser in California as well as the BESSY II synchrotron source at the HZB in Berlin, where with resonant inelastic X-ray-diffraction a very sensitive method is available. [...]
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    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. [...]
  • <p>Chromium enhances the current density which is directly related to catalytic activity. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Finding and understanding low cost catalysts: it all comes down to the iron
    A team has investigated more than one hundred iron-nickel catalysts containing various admixtures of chromium. At BESSY II, they also analysed the configurations of the electrons in the individual elements. The team showed that an increasing proportion of chromium primarily influences the energy levels of the iron electrons, which are important for the catalytic effect. The results of this high-throughput study will assist the knowledge-based search for better specific catalysts. [...]
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    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. [...]
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    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. 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. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • 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. [...]
  • <p>Nanostructures trap the light, shows this illustration on the cover in  Advanced Optical Materials. </p>
    Science Highlight
    How to increase efficiencies of ultrathin CIGSe solar cells
    Nanoparticles at the back help harvesting the light. [...]
  • 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>Robert Seidel leads the Young Investigator Group Operando Interfacial Photochemistry. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Highly sensitive method for detecting ion pairs in aqueous solution developed

    Scientists of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Universität Heidelberg, and the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague have empirically detected a very specialised type of electron transfer in an aqueous salt solution, one which had only been predicted theoretically up to now. Based on these results, they now expect to have an extremely sensitive method for detecting ion pairs in solutions.


  • <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>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>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>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. [...]
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    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". [...]
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    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. [...]
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    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>PFIA-molecules self-orient with their hydrophobic backbones outside (black lines) and their hydrophilic side-chains inside, in order to form nanometer sized water channels. Each side-chain possesses two docking points (red and yellow circles) for hydrogen ions (H+).  These are acidic groups, shown in the magnifying glass. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Fuel cells with PFIA-membranes:
  • <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>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>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>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. [...]
  • Nachricht
    Wege zur CO2-freien Energieversorgung
    Sieben Helmholtz-Zentren arbeiten an Systemlösungen für die künftige Energieversorgung   [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • <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>Diatomic nickel ions (gray) are captured at cryogenic temperatures in an RF ion trap; cold helium gas (blue) serves to dissipate the heat. The magnetic field orients the ions. </p>
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    Science Highlight
    A new record at BESSY II: ten million ions in an ion trap cooled for the first time to 7.4 K
    Magnetic ground states spectroscopically ascertained
  • <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>The x-ray reflectitivityof the Mo/Si multilayer mirror is changed via a time delayed laserpulse. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Methods at BESSY II: Versatile cross-correlator for ultrafast X-ray experiments
    Particularly in the soft X-ray range experimentalists are lacking a broadband method to correlate ultrashort X-ray and laser pulses in space and time. Only recently, a team from Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and the University of Potsdam was able to achieve this by utilizing a standard molybdenum-silicon (Mo/Si) multilayer mirror at the FemtoSpeX facility at BESSY II. They use femtosecond laser pulses to modulate the multilayer period under the Bragg condition on a sub-picosecond up to nanosecond timescale which in turn strongly affects the mirror’s X-ray reflectivity. The presented Mo/Si cross-correlator works for the soft up to the hard X-ray regime as well as for a broad range of laser pump wavelengths (mid-IR to UV) and renders this technique as an easy to implement and versatile timing tool for various synchrotron- and lab-based pump-probe experiments. The results are published in the journal of "Structural Dynamics". [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • <p>A pump pulse promotes the molecule's electrons to an excited state and with probe pulses the binding energy of the excited electrons can be measured. However, pump-probe laser experiments are only feasible under ultra-high vacuum.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Methodology advance at HZB: ionic liquids simplify laser experiments on liquid samples
    An HZB team has developed a new approach to conduct photoemission spectroscopy of molecules in solution. This has been difficult up to now because the sample needed to be situated in vacuum – but liquids evaporate. The work has now demonstrated it is feasible to replace the solvent with an ionic liquid of low vapor pressure, which does not perturb the sample characteristics.  This allows the molecules to be excited with a laser pulse and to record the behaviour of the excited energy states. It provides insight into the physical and chemical processes of novel liquid energy materials that might be employed in organic solar cells or catalysts, for instance. [...]
  • <p>X-PEEM images show the orientation of magnetic domains in the permalloy film overlaid on the superconducting dot (dashed square) before (left image) and after the write process (right image). In this sample the domains (arrows, right image) are reorientied in a monopole pattern. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Future Information Technologies: New combinations of materials for producing magnetic monopoles
    An international collaboration at BESSY II has discovered a new method to inscribe exotic magnetic patterns such as magnetic monopoles into thin ferromagnetic films. Such unconventional orientation of magnetic domains might open a new path for the design of energy efficient data storage. The new materials system consists of regular arrays of superconducting YBaCuO-dots covered with an extremely thin permalloy film. A shortly applied external magnetic field leads to the creation of supercurrents within the superconducting dots. These currents produce a complex magnetic field pattern, which is inscribed into the permalloy film above. The results are published in Advanced Science. [...]
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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>SEM &ndash; model of a metallic nano-network with periodic arrangement ( left) and visual representation of a fractal pattern (right). </p>
    Science Highlight
    Nanotechnology for energy materials: Electrodes like leaf veins
    Nano-sized metallic wires are attracting increasing attention as conductive elements for manufacturing transparent electrodes, which are employed in solar cells and touch screen panels. In addition to high electric conductivity, excellent optical transmittance is one of the important parameters for an electrode in photovoltaic applications. An international team headed by HZB scientist Prof. Michael Giersig has recently demonstrated for these applications that networks of metallic mesh possessing fractal-like nano-features surpass other metallic networks in utility. These findings have now been published in the most recent edition of the renowned journal Nature Communications. [...]
  • <p>The newly developed expert system was used to analyse 364 data sets of a specidfic protein crystal, soaked in different fragments.  </p>
    Science Highlight
    Advancing methodology at BESSY II: Automated evaluation speeds up the search for new active substance
    The macromolecular crystallography (MX) beamlines at the BESSY II X-ray source are specially designed to highly automated structural analyses of protein crystals. With up to now more than 2000 solved structures of protein molecules, these beamlines are by far the most productive ones in Germany and are in vigorous demand by groups from either an academic and industrial research area. Now teams from HZB and Philipps-Universität Marburg in Germany have automated the evaluation of data records as well. The newly developed expert system identifies small molecule fragments bound to proteins in the raw X-ray diffraction data. These fragments represent suitable starting points for the development of an active substance. Using a series of 364 samples, the collaborating partners demonstrated that the expert system works reliably and can speed up the search for a suitable active agents. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • <p>Cover: WILEY-VCH&nbsp;</p>
    Science Highlight
    Manual of characterisation techniques for thin-film solar cells published with the involvement of HZB researchers
    In August 2016, the second, enlarged edition of the reference book "Advanced Characterization Techniques for Thin-Film Solar Cells" appeared from renowned publisher WILEY-VCH. Co-editor is HZB researcher Dr. Daniel Abou-Ras. A total of eleven authors from HZB wrote chapters for this reference. It provides a comprehensive overview of many characterisation and modelling techniques that can be employed for solar cell materials and components. [...]
  • 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>A section from the crystal lattice of Calcium-chromium oxide showing how the spins are subject to conflicting demands. In this ball-and-stick model, the green and red sticks connecting the atoms (grey and black balls) represent ferromagnetic interactions while the blue sticks represent anti-ferromagnetic interactions. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Novel state of matter: Observation of a quantum spin liquid
    A novel and rare state of matter known as a quantum spin liquid has been empirically demonstrated in a monocrystal of the compound calcium-chromium oxide by team at HZB. What is remarkable about this discovery is that according to conventional understanding, a quantum spin liquid should not be possible in this material. A theoretical explanation for these observations has now also been developed. This work deepens our knowledge of condensed matter and might also be important for future developments in quantum information. The results have just been published in Nature Physics. [...]
  • <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>BFO has a perovskite crystal structure.</p>
    Science Highlight
    New effect on laser induced switching for higher data densities
    An international collaboration has now demonstrated a completely new approach to increase data density in storage media. They used ultra-short laser pulses to trigger a phase transition in the ferromagnetic material BaFeO3 (BFO). Experiments at the Femtospex facility at BESSY II of Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin showed that by inducing this phase transition, magnetic domains can be easily manipulated. These magnetic domains are otherwise very stable and therefore suited for long-time data storage. The results have been published in Phys. Rev. Letters now. [...]
  • <p>The illustration shows how iodine (purple) is embedded between the organic layer and the metal, thus reducing adhesion. </p>
    Science Highlight
    User Community Science: Soft decoupling of organic molecules on metal
    An international team has discovered an elegant way to decouple organic nanosheets grown on metal surfaces. After iodine intercalation, measurements at the synchrotron source BESSY II of Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) showed that a network of organic molecules behaved almost as it was free-standing. The strong influence of the metal on the network was reduced. This opens up new ways to transfer organic nanostructures from metal surfaces onto more suitable substrates for molecular electronics.  The results have been published in “Angewandte Chemie”. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • <p>The model illustrates how the gold atoms sit under the graphene. <br /><br /></p>
    Science Highlight
    Progress in the application of spin effects in graphene: from the metal to the semiconductor world
    Graphene on silicon carbide could be an interesting candidate for future spintronik components. Squeezing gold atoms between the semiconducting substrate and graphene does enhance spin-orbit interaction at hot spots and shows ways to controll the spins. First results at BESSY II are now published in Applied Physics Letters. [...]
  • <p>The nanostructured membrane has a honeycomb pattern with nanoholes of 68 nm in diameter. The nanoholes pin down the magnetic domains.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Spintronics: Resetting the future of Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording
    A HZB team has examined thin films of Dysprosium-Cobalt sputtered onto a nanostructured membrane at BESSY II. They showed that new patterns of magnetization could be written in a quick and easy manner after warming the sample to only 80 °Celsius, which is a much lower temperature as compared to conventional Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording systems. This paves the way to fast and energy efficient ultrahigh density data storage. The results are published now in the new journal Physical Review Applied. [...]
  • 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><span>Dentin's biological structure: tubules and mineral nanoparticles embedded in a network of collagen fibers. Image</span>: Jean-Baptiste Forien, &copy; <span>Charit&eacute;</span> &ndash; Universit&auml;tsmedizin Berlin</p>
    Science Highlight
    User research at BESSY II: nanostructures in human teeth

    Dentin is one of the most durable biological materials in the human body. Researchers from Charité–Universitätsmedizin Berlin were able to show that the reason for this can be traced to its nanostructures and specifically to the interactions between the organic and inorganic components. Measurements performed at BESSYII, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin's synchrotron radiation source, showed that it is the mechanical coupling between the collagen protein fibers and mineral nanoparticles which renders dentin capable of withstanding extreme forces. Results from this research have been recently published in the journal Chemistry of Materials. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • <p>Combining the results from radiative and non-radiative relaxation processes enabled a complete picture of the filled and unfilled energy levels to be obtained. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Ferrous chemistry in aqueous solution unravelled
    An HZB team has combined two different analytical methods at the BESSY II synchrotron source in order to extract more information about the chemistry of transition-metal compounds in solution. These kinds of compounds can act as catalysts to promote desirable reactions in energy materials, but their behaviour has not been completely understood thus far.  The team demonstrated how a detailed picture of the electronic states can be ascertained by systematically comparing all of the interactive electronic processes in a simple system of aqueous iron(II).  The results have now been published in Scientific Reports, the open access journal from Nature Group publishing. [...]
  • 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>The illustration depicts the characteristic spin orientation (arrows) of electrons in a topological insulator (below). Using an initial circular polarised laser pulse, the spins are excited and point up or down. This can be proven by a second linearly polarised laser pulse (above).</p>
    Science Highlight
    Spintronics for future information technologies: spin currents in topological insulators controlled
    An international team headed by HZB researcher Jaime Sánchez-Barriga has shown how spin-polarised currents can be initiated in a controlled manner within samples of topological insulator material. In addition, they were able to manipulate the orientation of the spins of these currents. They thereby demonstrated that this class of materials is suitable for data processing based on spin. The work has been published in the renowned periodical Physical Review B and was selected as “Editor’s Suggestion” article. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • 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>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>The data (photon energies over time) show defects (lower signal) which disappear after 120 minutes. This happens at the transition from the copper-poor phase to the copper-rich one.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Thin-film solar cells: how defects appear and disappear in CIGSe-cells
    Concentration of copper plays a crucial role

    An international collaboration of German, Israeli, and British teams has investigated the deposition of thin chalcopyrite layers. They were able to observe specific defects as these formed during deposition and under what conditions they self-healed using the BESSY II X-ray source at the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin. The results of their research provide clues to optimising fabrication processes and have now been published in Energy & Environmental Science. [...]

  • <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>Illustration of the initial charge transfer step in a dye sensitized solar cell. A photon from the sun is absorbed and excites the dye molecule. Subsequently, an electron can is injected into the ZnO-Layer where it can be trapped by so called interface-states. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Riddle of missing efficiency in zinc oxide-based dye-sensitised solar cells solved.
    To convert solar energy into electricity or solar fuels, you need specialised systems of materials such as those consisting of organic and inorganic thin films. Processes at the junction of these films play a decisive role in converting the solar energy. Now a team at HZB headed by Prof. Emad Aziz has used ultra-short laser pulses and observed for the first time directly how boundary states form between the organic dye molecules and a zinc-oxide semiconductor layer, temporarily trapping the charge carriers. This explains why zinc-oxide (ZnO) dye-sensitised solar cells have not yet met expectations. The results evolved from collaboration between Monash University (Australia) and Joint Lab partners Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and the Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin). They have now been published online by Nature in the open access magazine Scientific Reports. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • <p>The three-dimensional structural network of the ultra-porous and flexible material called DUT-49 can store large amounts of methane. &copy; TU Dresden, Prof. AC1</p>
    Science Highlight
    Energy storage materials under pressure
    Surprising discovery at BESSY II: the adsorption capacity of MOFs does not rise automatically with increasing pressure [...]
  • 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).
  • News
    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>The illustration shows the structure of the sample: n-doped silicon layer (black), a thin silicon oxide layer (gray), an intermediate layer (yellow) and finally the protective layer (brown) to which the catalysing particles are applied. The acidic water is shown in green. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Solar fuels:a refined protective layer for the “artificial leaf”
    A team at the HZB Institute for Solar Fuels has developed a process for providing sensitive semiconductors for solar water splitting (“artificial leaves”) with an organic, transparent protective layer. The extremely thin protective layer made of carbon chains is stable, conductive, and covered with catalysing nanoparticles of metal oxides. These accelerate the splitting of water when irradiated by light. The team was able to produce a hybrid silicon-based photoanode structure that evolves oxygen at current densities above 15 mA/cm2. The results have now been published in Advanced Energy Materials.


  • <p>The team could observe for the first time with RIXS how the formation of hydrogen bonds does change C=O bonds in aceton molecules. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Measuring chemistry: local fingerprint of hydrogen bonding captured in experiments
    A team from Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin has been able for the first time to measure how new bonds influence molecules: they have reconstructed the “energy landscape” of acetone molecules using measurement data from the Swiss Light Source (SLS) of the Paul Scherrer Institut, and thereby empirically established the formation of hydrogen bonds between acetone and chloroform molecules. The results have been published in Nature Scientific Reports and assist in understanding fundamental phenomena of chemistry. [...]
  • <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>In pure bismuth-selenide (left) no bandgap is found. With the addition of magnetic manganese (4%; 8%), a band gap (dashed line) arises, and electrical conductivity disappears. This effect shows even at room temperature and contrary to expectation, has nothing to do with the magnetism of the manganese,  which shows up only below 10 K (minus 263 Celsius). </p>
    Science Highlight
    Topological insulators: Magnetism is not causing loss of conductivity
    If topological insulators are doped with impurities that possess magnetic properties, they lose their conductivity. Yet contrary to what has been assumed thus far, it is not the magnetism that leads to this. This has been shown by recent experiments with BESSY II at HZB. The results are now published in Nature Communications. Understanding these effects is crucial for applications of topological insulators in information technology. [...]
  • <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>Sketch of the structure of both metal oxide layers. Interesting new properties can arise at the interface. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Metal Oxide Sandwiches: New option to manipulate properties of interfaces
    A Franco-German cooperation has investigated a sandwich system of transition metal oxides at BESSY II. The scientists discovered a new option to control properties of the interface between the two layers, for instance the amount of charge transferred from one layer to the other or the emergence of ferromagnetism.  Their insights might help to create new properties at the interface, not present in the primary materials, maybe even novel forms of High Tc superconductivity. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • <p>Nano-island of graphene in which iron-nitrogen complexes are embedded. The FeN<sub>4</sub> complexes (shown in orange) are catalytically active. </p>
    Science Highlight
    An alternative to platinum: iron-nitrogen compounds as catalysts in graphene
    Teams at HZB and TU Darmstadt have produced a cost-effective catalyst material for fuel cells using a new preparation process which they analysed in detail. It consists of iron-nitrogen complexes embedded in tiny islands of graphene only a few nanometres in diameter. It is only the FeN4 centres that provide the excellent catalytic efficiency – approaching that of platinum. The results are interesting for solar fuels research as well and have been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. [...]
  • <p>Flexible CIGS module. Photo </p>
    Science Highlight
    The solar technologies race: thin-film photovoltaics are catching up
    ZSW and HZB present current data – with new    opportunities for Europe’s solar industry [...]
  • <p>Vertical cut through a quadrupole magnet: Black: Field distribution at a fixed vertical distance to the midplane. Magenta: Electron trajectories for various initial coordinates. </p>
    Science Highlight
    A Fast Way of Electron Orbit Simulation in Complex Magnetic Fields
    The design  of  advanced synchrotron radiation sources requires precise  algorithms  for the  simulation of electron trajectories in  complex magnetic fields. However, multi-parameter studies can  be very time consuming. Now, a team of the HZB has developed a new algorithm which significantly reduces the computation time.  This approach is now published in the renowned journal “Physical Review Special Topics Accelerator & Beams”. [...]
  • <p>Sketch of the tandem cell. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Optimum band gap for hybrid silicon/perovskite tandem solar cell
    Tandem solar cells based on silicon and perovskites have raised high hopes for future high efficiency solar modules.  A team led by perovskite solar cell pioneer Henry Snaith at the University of Oxford has now shown, with contributions by Bernd Rech and Lars Korte of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, that an ultimate efficiency of 30% should be attainable with such tandem cells. They discovered a structurally stable perovskite composition with its band gap tuned to an optimum value of 1.75 eV. The results have been published in "Science". [...]
  • 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>Composite Raman intensity-distribution map on a polycrystalline CuInSe<sub>2</sub> thin film.</p>
    Science Highlight
    Alternative method for the representation of microstructures in polycrystalline materials
    Also Raman microspectroscopy in an optical microscope provides the means to determine local crystal orientations of polycrystalline materials over large sample areas. This method can be used alternatively to electron backscatter diffraction in a scanning electron microscope. It was shown by a team from Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) that both characterization techniques result in similar orientation distribution maps on areas of several hundreds of square micrometers. [...]
  • <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>x-ray diffraction on pure 4T, colored for chrismas reasons. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Doped organic semiconductors explored
    Organic semiconductor materials are already being employed today in solar cells and organic LEDs (OLEDs) amongst others. Until now, however, little was known about how the doping molecules are integrated into the chemical structure of organic semiconductors. The Molecular Systems Joint Research Team of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin at BESSY II have now analysed this with surprising results. The molecules are not necessarily uniformly dispersed in the host lattice, as it is usual with inorganic semiconductors, but instead form what are known as co-crystallites. The doped organic semiconductor consists of a matrix of undoped crystallites in which such “mixed crystallites” are embedded. It is this very species that takes over the role as the actually doping molecule. The results were published in Nature Communications.
  • <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>Nanostructures of silicon shown in scanning electron microscope image. The diameter of the nanocolumns is 570 nm. By comparison, the nanocones taper from their upper diameter of 940 nm down to 360 nm at their base. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Whispering gallery modes in Silicon nanocones intensify luminescence
    Silicon, a semiconducting material, reveals new talents when reduced to nanoscopic dimensions. A joint team at the HZB Institute of Nanoarchitectures for Energy Conversion and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) has demonstrated this. Silicon nanocones generate 200 times as much infrared luminescence as comparably sized nanocolumns when excited by visible light. Modelling and experimental results show that due to their geometry, cones are able to sustain what is referred to as whispering gallery modes at infrared wavelengths which can intensify the silicon luminescence. New applications are conceivable, including silicon-based nanolasers. [...]
  • <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. [...]
  • <p>A cross section through the tandem cell is shown by this SEM-image. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Monolithic perovskite/silicon tandem solar cell achieves record efficiency
    Teams from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, have been the first to successfully combine a silicon heterojunction solar cell with a perovskite solar cell monolithically into a tandem device. The hybrid tandem cell showed an efficiency of 18 per cent. That is the highest currently reported value for this type of device architecture. There are even prospects for the efficiency to reach as much as 30 per cent. [...]
  • 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>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>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>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>The SiO<sub>2</sub> nanoparticles (black) have been imprinted directly on the Molybdenum substrate (purple) which corresponds to the back contact of the solar cell. On top of this structured substrate the ultrathin CIGSe layer (red) was grown at HZB, and subsequently all the other layers and contacts needed for the solar cell. Since all layers are extremely thin, even the top layer is showing deformations according to the pattern of the nanoparticles.  </p>
    Science Highlight
    Scientists demonstrate how to improve ultrathin CIGSe solar cells by nanoparticles
    CIGSe solar cells  are made of a thin chalcopyrite layer consisting of Copper, Indium, Gallium and Selenium and can reach high efficiencies. Since Indium is becoming scarce and expensive, it is interesting to reduce the active CIGSe layer, which however decreases the efficiency quite strongly.  Now, scientists at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin have produced high quality ultrathin CIGSe layers and increased their efficiency by an array of tiny nanoparticles between the back contact and the active layer. [...]
  • <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>The perovskite film (black, 200-300 nm) is covered by Spiro.OMeTAD, Graphene with gold contact at one edge, a glass substrate and an amorphous/crystalline silicon solar cell. </p>
    Science Highlight
    Graphene as a front contact for silicon-perovskite tandem solar cells
    HZB team develops elegant process for coating fragile perovskite layers with graphene for the first time. Subsequent measurements show that the graphene layer is an ideal front contact in several respects. [...]