News and press releases

  • 20.10.2017

    Great Interest in the HySPRINT Industry Day: Joining forces to advance perovskite solar cells

    No fewer than 70 participants attended the first Industry Day of the Helmholtz Innovation Lab HySPRINT devoted to the topic of perovskite solar cells at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) on 13 October 2017. This far exceeded the expectations of the event hosts. The knowledge shared on Industry Day will serve as the basis for deepening the collaboration even further with strategically important companies in the scope of HySPRINT. [...].

  • <p><strong>Stolze Leistung: </strong>Philipp Janusch hat seine Ausbildung zum "Feinwerkmechaniker" als Bester in Berlin abgeschlossen.</p>20.10.2017

    HZB-Azubi ist bester Feinwerkmechaniker des Landes Berlin 2017


    Philipp Janusch absolvierte am Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin eine Ausbildung zum „Feinwerkmechaniker“ und hat seine Gesellenprüfung als Jahrgangsbester des Landes Berlin abgeschlossen. Dabei hat er sogar die dreieinhalbjährige Ausbildung um ein ganzes Jahr verkürzt. Janusch tritt im November beim Bundesleistungswettbewerb des Metallhandwerks 2017 für das Land Berlin an. [...].

  • <p></p> <p>Additional spots appear on the neutron detector starting at a magnetic field strength of 23 Tesla that reveal the new magnetic order in the crystal. Image: HZB</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>19.10.2017

    High Field Magnet at BER II: Insight into a hidden order

    A specific uranium compound has puzzled researchers for thirty years. Although the crystal structure is simple, no one understands exactly what is happening once it is cooled below a certain temperature. Apparently, a “hidden order” emerges,  whose nature is completely unknown.Now physicists have characterised this hidden order state more precisely and studied it on a microscopic scale. To accomplish this, they utilised the High-Field Magnet at the HZB that permits neutron experiments to be conducted under conditions of extremely high magnetic fields. [...].

  • 18.10.2017

    Get in the action for climate protection: HZB team comes in 7th in CITY CYCLING

    In September, 63 employees in the HZB team competed in the Germany-wide CITY CYCLING campaign. Over three weeks, they rode a total of 16,240 kilometres, landing them in seventh place – right behind the Berlin fire brigade and TU Berlin. And the best part is, together, the HZB colleagues saved 2306 kilograms of carbon dioxide. [...].

  • <p>The Bismut doping is enhanced from 0% (left) to 2.2% (right). Measurements at BESSY II show that this leads to increased bandgaps. Credit: HZB</p>17.10.2017

    Missing link between new topological phases of matter discovered

    HZB-Physicists at BESSY II have investigated a class of materials that exhibit characteristics of topological insulators. During these studies they discovered a transition between two different topological phases, one of which is ferroelectric, meaning a phase in the material that exhibits spontaneous electric polarisation and can be reversed by an external electric field. This could lead to new applications such as switching between differing conductivities. [...].

  • <p>&nbsp;Returnable cups are the best alternatives to the throw-away society. </p> <p></p>13.10.2017

    Goodbye Paper Cups: Starting Monday, coffee in the Wannsee canteen will only be served in reusable cups

    As many as 150 coffee-to-go cups are used every day in the Wannsee canteen. These cups cannot be reasonably recycled, and instead end up as land fill. Now, the canteen is putting an end to this wastage. As of the 16th of October, coffee to go can only be bought in the new HZB returnable cups (available for 5 euros at the checkout) or served in your own cup, which you bring from home.


  • <p>The Campusblog is a place to report on people who work at HZB.</p>09.10.2017

    New: Campusblog at HZB

    An anecdote from the canteen, a curious lab photo, and an exciting encounter – there are many stories which just need to be written up . Now we have the Campus Blog of the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin for this. You will read in the blog, for example, that a HZB staffer cleared paths with a chain saw the whole night long during the Xavier storm, and other interesting stories. [...].

  • <p>Scientists at HZB are exploring the potential of metal organic perovskites for solar cells. Here a tandem solarcell is shown that combines perovskite with silicon. Credit: HZB</p>15.09.2017

    Invitation to HySPRINT – Industry Day “New Frontiers in PV Research: Emerging Perovskite Semiconductors”

    On 13 October, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin will be hosting its first Industry Day on the topic of Perovskite Solar Cells. Following a recap of the current state of research and development and the future potential of perovskite solar cells, participants from industry will be able to give a brief presentation to show their company’s interest in the field. Intensive discussions during the Industry Day will be the starting point for future cooperation. [...].