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At the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB), we conduct research on complex systems of materials that contributes to dealing with challenges such as the energy transition. The HZB research portfolio includes solar cells, solar fuels, thermoelectric, and the materials with which you can construct new, energy-efficient information technologies such as spintronics. Research on these energy materials is closely connected with the operation and advanced development of the BESSY II photon source. And our research approach always concentrates on thin-film technologies. Find out more at this About us.

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  • <p>Schwebendes Ufo bei der Lange Nacht am HZB. Photo: P. Dera</p>26.06.2017

    1130 Besucher bei der Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften am Standort Wannsee


    Das HZB begrüßte zur „Klügsten Nacht des Jahres“ am 24. Juni 2017 mehr als tausend Gäste, darunter viele Kinder und Jugendliche. Quirliges Treiben auf unserer Wissenschaftsstraße, großer Andrang bei den Mitmach-Experimenten und beim Schülerlabor, interessierte Fragen zum Forschungsreaktor: Die Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften am HZB war bunt und facettenreich – und bot für jeden Geschmack etwas. Hier haben wir die schönsten Momente zusammengestellt. [...].

  • <p>The kids built spectroscopes and studied the colours of light. photo: HZB/S.Zerbe </p>20.06.2017

    100 kindergarten kids do experiments at HZB on the Day of Little Researchers

    Kindergarten children are inquisitive and want to know how everything works – and they ask a great deal of questions. On the Germany-wide "Day of Little Researchers" on 19 June, around 100 kids visited the HZB School Labs in Adlershof and Wannsee and investigated the colours of light. [...].

  • 20.06.2017

    EU project CALIPSOplus has started for free access to European light sources

    The EU is providing ten million euros in funding for the project CALIPSOplus, submitted by 19 European light sources. The project consortium, of which Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin is a member, kicked off on May 2017. CALIPSOplus is aimed at promoting the international exchange of scientists and transnational access to the light sources in Europe. Other priorities are to integrate the relatively less active regions of Europe and to initiate research projects with small and mid-sized companies.  [...].

  • <p>Klaus Habicht analyses materials also with the help of neutron resonance spin-echo spectroscopy, a method, he helped to develop further.&nbsp; Credit: HZB</p>19.06.2017

    HZB researcher receives university-level teaching credential (Habilitation)

    Dr. Klaus Habicht has successfully completed the university-level teaching accreditation process in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Potsdam and received his official university-level teaching qualification for the physics of condensed matter. Habicht has conducted numerous lectures and seminars at the University of Potsdam since 2011, in particular in solid-state physics and methods in neutron research. He heads the Department of Methods for Characterisation of Transport Phenomenon in Energy Materials at the HZB.


  • <p>This optical zone melting furnace is producing large single crystals. Credit: M. Setzpfandt/HZB</p>19.06.2017

    New at Campus Wannsee: CoreLab Quantum Materials

    Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin has expanded its series of CoreLabs for energy materials research. In addition to the five established CoreLabs, it has now set up a CoreLab for Quantum Materials. A research team from the HZB Institute for Quantum Phenomena in New Materials is responsible for the CoreLab and its modern equipment. The CoreLab is also open to experimenters from other research institutes.  [...].

  • 02.06.2017

    Cutting-edge research in Berlin: BESSY II light source to be equipped with new features and capabilities

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