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New dynamic probes for ions interacting with biomolecules

MBI scientists use 2D-IR spectroscopy to characterize the short-ranged phosphate-ion interaction in solution:

Pairs of negatively charged phosphate groups and positive magnesium ions represent a key structural feature of DNA and RNA embedded in water. Vibrations of phosphate groups have now been established as selective probes of...

Gummibaumplantage in Cambodia, Foto: Patrick Hostert


Cambodia's tropical forests give way to rubber tree plantations

Study by geographers of the HU confirms the relationship between destruction of forests and price of rubber:

Since the mid-2000s, the rising global demand for natural rubber has primarily been the result of the growth of the Chinese tyre and automotive industry. In a study published in Nature Plants, Kenneth Grogan and a team of...

Adlershof Journal Januar/Februar 2019


Adlershof Journal January/February 2019

Alive and swinging? A look at how our founders are moving forward:

Discovered: wreckage of a bomber found // Sold: OpTricon becomes Chembio // Developed: breast milk tests and sewing pattern app //

Bauer bloggt. Illustration: D. Mahnkopf


Everyone and their mother can start a blog

How digitisation is making established business models obsolete – and what’s annoying about it. Essay by Simone Janson:

Vaccines based on sugar, quality assurance through surface analysis, manufacturing of lasers, research on more effective solar cells, or optoelectronic components: new ideas have a hard time in Germany. Potential customers,...

Madlen Dietrich, Kommunikationsmanagerin


At the interface of start-ups and established companies

In conversation with Madlen Dietrich, innovation scout for the UVB Business Associations Berlin-Brandenburg:

Madlen Dietrich knows where to look for good ideas and how they channel into economic growth. She has been the innovation scout at the UVB Business Associations Berlin-Brandenburg since 2016. Her focus is on digital...

Matthias Blankenburg auf der „Air Lofts“-Baustelle, Vollack Berlin Adlershof


The builder

Matthias Blankenburg found the wreckage of a bomber in Adlershof:

Suddenly, the excavator came to a halt in the pale gravel and exposed pitch black, dirty sand. The air was filled with a musty scent: ‘It certainly wasn’t a natural smell,’ says Matthias Blankenburg. For two weeks, the...

Khanh Tuong von Kiwi Intelligence im Coworking Space Berlin Adlershof


Jumpstarting businesses at the Adlershof Founder’s Lab

The Adlerhof-based talent hub looks back on a positive year:

The start-up support programme Adlershof Founder’s Lab has been active for a year now. The programme fosters technical and technology-based team start-ups on campus. Time to look back. The head of sales needs company-wide...

Dietmar und Margrit Harting, Vorstand der HARTING Technologiegruppe


Future technologies have no age limit

At the age of 79, Dietmar Harting founded the Perinet GmbH:

Everybody is talking about ‘Industry 4.0’, the digitisation of manufacturing. The founders of the Adlershof-based Perinet GmbH are taking action. They are creating the IT infrastructure necessary for digitally connected,...

Chembio Diagnostic Systems bei der Adlershofer opTricon GmbH


opTricon becomes Chembio

The American diagnostics company is buying the measurement device manufacturer and is planning to build its European HQ in Adlershof:

The opTricon GmbH develops and manufactures measurement devices for quick testing. The company has now been bought by one of its largest customers. The American diagnostics company Chembio Diagnostics Systems is planning to...

Anna Raysyan @ Falling Walls Lab


Real-world ideas

Quick tests for breast milk and sewing pattern software – meet two science talents with ideas geared towards practical application on their way to becoming business owners:

When Anna Raysyan is on stage, she is like fish in water. Convincingly and full of energy, she presents her idea that she hopes will soon help many women: a test for breast milk. The prototype is no larger than a matchbox and...

Gründerteam von dive solutions


Everything flows

The start-up dive solutions uses new algorithms to simulate currents, ensuring clear drainpipes and friction-less gear transmission:

An oily-looking, auburn liquid drips off a turning gear wheel, fills the gaps between the cogs, and then creates fierce splashes. In another video, blue liquid flows into a container. When it reaches the tight outlet, it...

Jugend forscht: Ferdinand Karnath und Jupp-Nepomuk Haasler


“Jugend forscht” – the talented Ferdinand presents his new projects

A young student develops a turning assistant for lorries:

Ferdinand is only 13-years-old and very tall for his age. However, at ‘Jugend forscht’, the renowned German national youth science competition, he is a veteran. In February, he will take part for the third time. Among the...

Lamine Cheloufi TEDxHU


Ideas conference as a door opener

The second TEDxHU event took place in Berlin and fosters knowledge exchange:

The event starts much like a service of worship. On a video screen in the chapel of the economic faculty of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU), Isaac Lidsky, a blind American author and corporate speaker, talks on how to...

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Looking at molecules from two sides with table-top femtosecond soft-X-rays

MBI scientists demonstrate new analytical method for organic molecules in aqueous solution:

X-ray spectroscopy provides direct access into the nature of chemical bonds, from which the outcome of chemical reactions can be understood. For this, intense activities both at x-ray source development and implementation of...

Preisverleihung mit HZB-Team. Copyright: Faculty of electrical engineering University of Ljubljana


Slovenian president awards HZB scientist with "Apple of Inspiration"

The Berlin scientists as the first foreigners receive the prize together with colleagues from the University of Ljubljana:

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...

LiDAR-Pulslaserquelle für den Automobilbereich © FBH/P. Immerz; Inset: FBH/


FBH presents new developments at Photonics West 2019

Customized diode lasers and UV LEDs – from chips to ready-to-use systems:

FBH introduces novel diode lasers and advancements at Photonics West 2019. Applications of the flexible and compact light sources include LiDAR, medicine, and (Raman) spectroscopy. Results and progresses in UV LEDs are...

Photokathode. Copyright: J. Kühn/HZB


Photocathodes with high quantum efficiency for bERLinPro

A team at the HZB has improved the manufacturing process of photocathodes:

Teams from the accelerator physics and the SRF groups at HZB are developing a superconducting linear accelerator featuring energy recovery (Energy Recovery Linac) as part of the bERLinPro project. It accelerates an intense...

HZB trifft Forschungsvereinbarung mit jordanischer Delegation. Copyright: HZB/ K. Fuchs


Delegation from Jordan visited the HZB

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) will intensify its cooperation with Jordanian large-scale research facilities :

This was agreed between the HZB management and representatives of a high-ranking Jordanian research delegation, which visited the HZB at the end of November 2018. On 27 November 2018, H.E. Dr. Khaled Toukan, Chairman of the...


Two new Helmholtz Young Investigator Groups approved at HZB

Competencies in catalysis research are strengthened:

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...

Fokussierung eines XUV-Lichtstrahls


MBI researchers develop gas lens to focus XUV radiation

Atomic jet - the first lens for extreme-ultraviolet light developed :

Scientists from the Max Born Institute (MBI) have developed the first refractive lens that focuses extreme ultraviolet beams. Instead of using a glass lens, which is non-transparent in the extreme-ultraviolet region, the...