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Experimental Infrastructure at HZB

The HZB offers access to a large variety of beamlines and stations at its photon facility BESSY II. The beamlines and stations can be used in combination with a wide range of dedicated Sample Environment devices. In addition, CoreLabs, user support labs, supplies and technical workshops are available. Please use the search option or have a look at the overview below to find a suitable beamline, station and additional infrastructure for your experiment.



Moreover, the HZB gives you the unique opportunity to bring your own equipment to several of the beamlines. Please refer to this overview in order to find the appropriate "open port" beamline for the intended experiment. Please contact the beamline scientist before handing in the proposal in order to discuss the details.

Please do not hesitate to contact the HZB Beamtime Coordination if you are unsure which is the most appropriate beamline or experimental station for your experiment.


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If you are planning an experiment at our user facility BESSY II we kindly ask you to contact the responsible beamline scientist(s) for more detailed information and the current beamline status.

Energy Materials In-Situ Laboratory Berlin (EMIL)

The Energy Materials In-situ Laboratory Berlin (EMIL) is located at the synchrotron radiation source BESSY II. EMIL combines soft, tender and hard X-ray spectroscopic methods with a variety of synthesizing, preparation and characterization methods and allows both simultaneous in-situ and operando measurements at several different stations. EMIL comprises of SISSY, the HZB research lab for energy materials, CAT a catalysis lab for sustainable energy supply operated by the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and PINK an X-ray emission facility operated by the Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Energiekonversion. EMIL is a joint venture between HZB and the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and the primary aim of this cooperation is research of materials for renewable energy generation

EMIL provides a state-of-the-art research infrastructure for basic research in

  • energy conversion 
  • energy storage
  • energy efficiency

with a strong focus on thin film technology, interfaces, and nanoparticle/hybrid systems.

Characterization includes: in-system, in-situ and, in-operando methods under realistic sample environments.

EMIL is designed such that it has five experimental endstations, among which three beam lines that can simultaneously access soft and hard X-rays in the very wide energy range of 80 eV – 10 keV, and comprises all characterization and deposition facilities in one integrated ultra-high vacuum system.

Fore more detailed information on the Energy Materials In-situ Laboratory Berlin please go to the EMIL  webpage.

HZB CoreLabs

HZB CoreLabs are multi-user platforms available for external academic as well as industrial partners. HZB CoreLabs are complex infrastructures with unique and state-of-the-art equipment. Its main purpose is research and development of innovative energy materials.

For more detailed information on our HZB CoreLabs please go to the CoreLab webpage.

Helmholtz Energy Materials Foundry (HEMF)

The Helmholtz Energy Materials Foundry (HEMF) is a large-scale collaborative research-and-development platform dedicated to the synthesis of new and improved materials for energy conversion and storage applications. HEMF serves the wider scientific community and is operated as an international user facility for both academic and industrial partners. The scientific focus of the foundry is on materials and applications in the field of solar cells, solar fuels, fuel cells, batteries, thermoelectrics and thermochemistry, with catalysis as an overarching theme that is important to all these topics.

Within the framework of HEMF the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin established laboratories for the production of perovskite thin films, catalytically active nanoparticles and thin films for solar fuels. In addition and complementary to these laboratories we also offer facilities for synthesis and nanostructuring of conventionally and novel energy materials.

Our activities are grouped according to the following categories:

  • Materials Synthesis
  • Method Development
  • Device Fabrication and Testing

Our HEMF facilities are available at both HZB sites in Berlin-Wannsee and Berlin-Adlershof.

HZB User Facilities & Supplies

The User Facilites at BESSY II hold pumping stations, leak detection, a limited selection of vacuum components and assemblies as well as technical gases (He, Nitrogen, Hydrogen) and liquid nitrogen incl. tranportation dewars. Storage spaces are available for packaging materials and gases.

A mechanical workshop as well as a chemistry and a biological laboratory are available for users. Prior to using these facilities, you must have completed the appropriate online Safety Training Module in GATE and in case of the user chemistry and biological laboratory you have to register.

Additional facilites are available on request.

If you need more detailed information and access to our HZB User Facilities, please visit the webpage or get in contact with the BESSY II User Support.

Sample Environment

Sample environment plays a crucial role for most beamline based experiments. The main task of the sample environment group is the control of the physical parameters at the sample position like temperature, magnetic or electric field or pressure. In addition they offer in-situ preparation of the sample by for example gas adsorption or chemical reactions as well as complementary in-situ measurements. At BESSY II most sample environment equipment is firmly integrated in the experimental stations. The sample environment group supports the beamline scientists and the users during development and construction of novel sample evironment components. For for an increasing number of beamlines they offer specialized sample environment equipment in combination with direct user service.

For more detailed information on sample environment at BESSY II please go to the webpage.