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CIGS Tandem scheme


Thin-film tandem cells made of perovskite and CIGSe semiconductors

Ultra-thin and extremely efficient solar cell due to new material combination:

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...

Untersuchung Aspirin MBI


Dynamic aspirin – first and direct insight in electrons motions

Molecular vibrations drive electrons over large distances:

Aspirin is not only an important drug but also an interesting physics model system in which molecular vibrations and electrons are coupled in a particular way. For the first time, x-ray experiments in the ultrashort time...

NUBIS Bürokomplex Vogelperspektive. Bild: PROJECT Immobilien


The “NUBIS” office complex in Berlin Adlershof is fully let

Demand for commercial properties remains very high:

After handing over the last 113 m² of rental space, PROJECT Immobilien is able to announce that the “NUBIS” office complex in the Science and Technology Park in Berlin-Adlershof has been fully let. It was only recently that...



DIRIS Digital Video Recorder Boards are now available bundled with selected displays

Exhibition Embedded World 2019: X-SPEX presents Video Recorder Board bundled with Display (5", 7" or 10"):

At the Embedded World Exhibition (Feb 26th to 28th, 2019 in Nuremberg) X‑SPEX, the specialist for industrial video recorders from Berlin/Germany, enhances the product range. A special feature of DIRIS video recorder boards is...

Untersuchung von Bodenproben nach Mikroplastik


BAM researchers detect microplastics in soils quickly and accurately

Investigation of soil samples by NIR probe & decision on microplastics content by multivariate data analysis of NIR spectra:

Microplastics can be found in almost every ecosystem, in water, air and soil. Nevertheless, there is a lack of precise knowledge about the actual quantities and their distribution. The reason for this lies in the similarity...


How Molecules teeter in a laser field

MBI scientists demonstrate the first attosecond transient absorption spectroscopy (ATAS) experiment on a polyatomic molecule:

When molecules interact with the oscillating field of a laser, an instantaneous, time-dependent dipole is induced. This very general effect underlies diverse physical phenomena such as optical tweezers, for which Arthur...



How could artificial photosynthesis contribute to limiting global warming?

Researchers publish calculations to remove CO2 from the atmosphere:

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...

Galliumarsenid. Bild: MBI


5000 times faster than a computer

Interatomic light rectifier generates directed electric currents:

The absorption of light in semiconductor crystals without inversion symmetry can generate electric currents. Researchers at the Max-Born-Institute have now generated directed currents at terahertz (THz) frequencies, much...

Hochleistungs-UV-LED bei 310 nm im AlN-Gehäuse ©FBH/


UVphotonics and Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (FBH) with new UV LEDs at Photonics West 2019

Custom UV LEDs and modules with emission wavelengths realized from 320 nm to as low as 233 nm:

At Photonics West 2019, UVphotonics introduces UV LEDs emitting in the UVB and UVC wavelength regions. Applications of the LEDs include sensing, phototherapy and plant growth lighting. Together with the...

MBI Schaubild Schauss


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...