Our research at a glance

The solutions we need are in our own hands

At the Competence Centre Thin-Film- and Nanotechnology for Photovoltaics Berlin (PVcomB) we provide top-level development and technology transfer for solar cells of the next generation. Photo: Monique Wüstenhagen

A secure and sustainable supply of energy is one of the greatest challenges for society. The mission of the HZB is to understand, improve, and develop new energy materials. We are able to bring the most modern infrastructure and instruments to bear on this research, in particular with the BESSY II electron storage ring, which is a particle accelerator that delivers synchrotron radiation in the soft X-ray and VUV regions.

We work together with specialists in energy materials research and accelerator development from the world over. About 2,000 scientists annually from research institutions throughout the world come as guest researchers to conduct their experiments at the BESSY II electron storage ring, with many of them making return visits. Our CoreLabs as well as instrument time on the BER II neutron source can also be booked by external scientists.

Brief introduction to our research