Microsystems / Materials



Labs, radio and co. to get young people excited about science

How research institutions reach STEM talent:

Doing it yourself. Being amazed. Seeking knowledge. This is the triad aimed at sparking enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, among Berlin’s youth. To do so, Adlershof’s research…


Data library for material researchers

The FAIRmat consortium is creating a platform for FAIR research data in materials science:

Terabytes of data: The aim of the FAIRmat consortium is not only to preserve the results and publications of materials research, but also the measurement data generated on the way there. In addition to avoiding…


“A wonderful landscape for apprentices”

ANH Berlin is taking care of the highly sought-after new generation of non-academic staff:

The skilled labour shortage is currently a huge issue in Germany. The microelectronics sector develops and produces semiconductor chips for a wide range of applications – from computers to airbag sensors – and is…


Humboldt Fellow Alexander Gray comes to HZB

The American physicist will team up with HZB physicist Florian Kronast to research novel 2D quantum materials at BESSY II:

Alexander Gray from Temple University in Philadelphia, USA, is working with HZB physicist Florian Kronast to investigate novel 2D quantum materials at BESSY II. With the fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt…


A very special molecule

MBI researchers investigate the peculiar properties of water:

Researchers at the Max Born Institute are investigating the peculiar properties of water: They are researching fundamental physical and biophysical processes on ultrafast time scales. There is no life without water.…


New OECD test guideline for determining the particle size of nanomaterials

Work by BAM, BAuA and UBA provides decisive milestone for standardised testing of nanomaterials:

The OECD has published a new test guideline for the measurement of spherical and fibrous nanomaterials. It is an important building block for the implementation of legal requirements for chemicals, such as the REACH…


Detecting fluorescence signals from nanoscale thin films

New measurement technique from INNOVENT e.V. and Ferdinand-Braun-Institut opens up a variety of possibilities in product labeling:

Researchers from INNOVENT e.V. and Ferdinand-Braun-Institut gGmbH have developed a measurement technique that allows to detect nanoscale fluorescent thin films for the first time without using expensive laboratory…


Atomic displacements in High-Entropy Alloys examined

High-entropy alloys of 3d metals have intriguing properties that are interesting for applications in the energy sector:

An international team at BESSY II has now investigated the local order on an atomic scale in a so-called high-entropy Cantor alloy of chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt and nickel. The results from combined…


Calculating the "fingerprints" of molecules with artificial intelligence

HZB team uses self-learning graphical neural networks to correctly interpret experimentally obtained measurement data:

With conventional methods, it is extremely time-consuming to calculate the spectral fingerprint of larger molecules. But this is a prerequisite for correctly interpreting experimentally obtained data. Now, a team at…


Prof. Oussama Moutanabbir honoured with the IKZ International Fellowship Award 2022

The scientist receives the award for his pioneering contributions to the field of SiGe-based Quantum Materials:

The future is Quantum. Quantum technologies are unfolding and the associated research and developments on high‑quality quantum materials are driving this revolution. The Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchung (IKZ) is…


Reliable semiconductors for space, satellites and quantum technologies

The Ferdinand-Braun-Institut will showcase its developments at the ILA from 22 to 24 June 2022 in Berlin:

From June 22 to 24, 2022, the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH) will present reliable semiconductors for applications in the fields of space, satellites and quantum technology…


HZB and Sasol cooperate for sustainable aviation fuels

International consortium to advance decarbonisation of the aviation sector:

The company Sasol and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) will lead a consortium to develop and optimise next-generation catalysts that will play a key role in decarbonising the aviation sector through sustainable aviation…


Shutdown at BESSY II

New supply technology ensures long-term operation of the electron storage ring in Adlershof:

The X-ray source BESSY II is in a three-month period of shutdown. During this period, the low voltage main distribution panel in the supply building outside the electron storage ring is being renovated. This will…


Opening of the AdMaLab at IRIS Adlershof

The incubator programme for materials science start-ups encourages interdisciplinary cooperation:

On 12 May 2022, representatives of INAM e.V. and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin welcomed numerous guests from business, politics, research and teaching to the opening event of the incubator programme “AdMaLab – The…


How electron spin coupling affects catalytic oxygen activation

New THz EPR spectroscopy method allows insights into previously inaccessible spin-spin interactions and the function of novel catalytic and magnetic materials:

A team at the EPR4Energy joint lab of HZB and MPI CEC has developed a new THz EPR spectroscopy method to study the catalytic activation of molecular oxygen by copper complexes. The method allows insights into…


Jan Lüning heads HZB Institute for Electronic Structure Dynamics

New institut develops techniques and infrastructures to investigate the dynamics of elementary microscopic processes in novel material systems:

The HZB Institute for Electronic Structure Dynamics, newly founded on 1 May, develops experimental techniques and infrastructures to investigate the dynamics of elementary microscopic processes in novel material…


Team at BESSY II disproves hypotheses about perovskite solar cells

The findings enable better approaches for the targeted optimisation of this class of materials:

In order to explain the particularly favourable properties of perovskite semiconductors for solar cells, various hypotheses are circulating. Polarons or a giant Rashba effect, for example, are thought to play a major…


BAM uses face recognition algorithms to improve environmental balance of electric batteries

Based on the distribution of lithium isotopes, the ageing of lithium-ion batteries can be determined and evaluated:

The Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) has developed an innovative method that uses algorithms from face recognition to determine the ageing of lithium-ion batteries. The method is intended to help…


Accelerating write/erase cycles in all-optical magnetization switching

Scientists from MBI and FU Berlin successfully reduced the required time between switching events of magnetic bits to a record value of seven picoseconds:

Magnetic bits for data storage can be written with ultrafast laser pulses, in contrast to the well-established path of using magnetic fields administered via a write head. Researchers at Max Born Institute and Freie…


Persistent swinging of electrons between atomic sites in crystals

Researchers at MBI have elucidated in space and time concerted electron and nuclear motions in crystalline solids:

Phonons are quantum excitations which correspond to vibrations of the regular atomic array of a crystal. This crystal lattice consists of a large number of unit cells with an identical atomic arrangement. In the…


FBH at Laser World of Photonics – from chips to prototypes

FBH presents its progress, exhibits live demonstrators and showcases new and further developments of its diode lasers and UV LEDs:

The Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH) will present its full range of capabilities at Laser World of Photonics in Munich from April 26-29, 2022 – from design and chips to…


Insights into photoacid electronic structure

Using ultrafast X-ray spectroscopy, the electronic charge distributions of photoacids could be studied at BESSY II:

Photoacids are molecules that release a proton upon electronic excitation, thus enhancing the acidity of a liquid. Pioneering work by Theodor Förster has shown the direct relationship between the wavelength position…


New magnetic splitting effect detected at BESSY II

Research group observes the formation of Fermi arcs due to magnetic splitting in an antiferromagnet:

An international cooperation has analysed samples of NdBi crystals which display interesting magnetic properties. In their experiments including measurements at BESSY II they could find evidence for so called Fermi…


Unravelling tautomeric mixtures

Resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) at BESSY II provides detailed information on properties and biological function:

A team at HZB has developed a method of experimentally unravelling tautomeric mixtures. Based on resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) at BESSY II, not only proportions of the tautomers can be deduced, but the…


From Lab to Fab: World Record Solar Cell Goes from Lab to Industry

Q CELLS and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin achieve record efficiency of 28.7% for 2-terminal perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell:

Q CELLS and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin achieve a new world record efficiency for a 2-terminal tandem solar cell combining a mass-production ready silicon bottom cell based on Q.ANTUM technology and a top-cell based on…

Events / Dates

Thu 20 Oct
16.00 - 18.00
Johann-Hittorf-Straße 8, 12489 Berlin
Centrefor Photovoltaics and Renewable Energies (ZPV)
Sun 18 Jun - Sat 24 Jun
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