News and press releases

  • <p>Prof. Dr. Christiane Becker lehrt an der Hochschule f&uuml;r Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin und forscht am HZB.</p>22.03.2017

    Christiane Becker erhält Professur an der Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin


    Prof. Dr. Christiane Becker hat einen Ruf auf eine W2-Professur für das Fachgebiet „Experimentalphysik mit den Schwerpunkten Materialwissenschaften und Photonik“ an der Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) erhalten. Sie leitet seit Oktober 2012 eine vom Bundesforschungsministerium geförderte Nachwuchsgruppe am HZB. [...].

  • 22.03.2017

    Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde zu Gast am HZB


    Vom 15. bis 16. März fand die Vorstandsklausur und Beiratssitzung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Materialkunde (DGM) am HZB statt. Die Expertinnen und Experten besuchten dabei auch die Synchrotronstrahlungsquelle BESSY II und die Neutronenquelle BER II und erhielten einen Einblick in wichtige Zukunftsprojekte des HZB. [...].

  • <p>Dr. Antonio Abate</p>17.03.2017

    Dr. Antonio Abate sets up a new Helmholtz Young Investigator Group to improve life span of perovskite solar cells

    Dr. Antonio Abate sets up a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin from now on. His aim: He wants to improve Perovskite solar cells which are one of the most promising material classes to be discovered in the last few years. The scientist will study the materials and interfaces of perovskite solar cells in order to improve their long-term stability.


  • <p>Dr. Eva Unger leads the Young Investigator Group Hy-Per-FORME. Credit: E. Unger</p>17.03.2017

    Young investigator group at HZB: Scaling perovskite cells

    The new Young Investigator Group Hy-Per-FORME led by Dr. Eva Unger is working on scaling all processing steps to enable manufacturing of perovskite solar cells on larger areas, thus brigding he gap between lab and industry. [...].

  • 16.03.2017

    20 participants join the first Photon School at HZB

    From 14 to 24 March, the first Photon School takes place at HZB. 20 students from 8 countries get an unique opportunity for a first-hand training covering a wide range of experimental and theoretical methods for probing the molecular structure, function, and dynamics of complex material systems. Leading experts from all fields of spectroscopy give lectures, share their latest results, and present future research strategies. [...].

  • <p>Uschi Steigenberger was awarded the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) medal. Credit: ISIS<strong> </strong></p>15.03.2017

    Uschi Steigenberger receives prestigious British medal for her service to the sciences

    World-reknowned physicist Dr. Uschi Steigenberger has been honoured with one of the highest decorations in Great Britain for her services to the sciences. She was awarded the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) medal by the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Mr. Jo Johnson. Uschi Steigenberger has also chaired the Scientific Advisory Council of the HZB for many years. [...].

  • <p>Nanostructures trap the light, shows this illustration on the cover in&nbsp; Advanced Optical Materials. Credit: Adv. Opt. Mat. 5/2017&nbsp;</p>14.03.2017

    How to increase efficiencies of ultrathin CIGSe solar cells

    Nanoparticles at the back help harvesting the light.

    Ultrathin CIGSe solar cells need much less rare earth elements and energy for production. Unfortunately, they are much less efficient too. Now a team at HZB together with a group in the Netherlands has shown how to prevent the absorption loss of ultrathin CIGSe cells. They designed  nanostructured  back contacts for light trapping and could achieve a new record value of the the short circuit current density, reaching nearly the best values for thicker CIGSe-cells.  [...].

  • 13.03.2017

    NextGen@Helmholtz Conference 2017:

    PhD-students can now register for the second German-wide conference of Helmholtz doctoral researchers!

    Do you know your peers from other Helmholtz Centers? Have you ever wondered what working beyond your doctoral research could look like? Do you have trouble explaining your grandma what your research is about? Are you wondering what all those questions have in common with each other? The second NextGen@Helmholtz Conference 2017 – organized by Docs for Docs – is where you´ll find the answers. It will take place at GEOMAR in Kiel from July 5 to 7, 2017. [...].

  • <p>The teams of Freie Universit&auml;t Berlin and Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin are engaged in the of training young scientists. The participants produce samples and examine at the MX beamlines of BESSY II.</p>03.03.2017

    HZB and Freie Universität Berlin are establishing the joint research group “Macromolecular Crystallography”

    For eight years, HZB’s “Macromolecular Crystallography” workgroup has been successfully cooperating with the “Structural Biochemistry” research group headed by Prof. Markus Wahl at the Freie Universität Berlin. They are about to intensify this cooperation. The two institutes are establishing a joint research group dedicated to studying the biochemistry of genetic information processing. This research group benefits in particular from access to the three MX beamlines, where it can study protein crystals using the synchrotron light from BESSY II. [...].

  • 02.03.2017

    Jetzt anmelden für den Girls’ Day am HZB


    Am 27. April 2017 ist wieder Girls' Day! An diesem Tag schnuppern Schülerinnen der Klassen 5 bis 10 deutschlandweit in die Welt der Technik, Ingenieur- und Naturwissenschaften. Auch am Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin finden zum Girls‘ Day wieder spannende Workshops statt. Jetzt startet die Anmeldung dafür auf der zentralen GirlS’Day-Webseite. Es stehen an beiden Standorten insgesamt 70 Plätze zur Verfügung. [...].

  • <p>The SPATZ team of ANSTO was glad about the arrival of the former HZB neutron instrument BioRef. It will be set up until 2018 in Australia. photo: ANSTO.</p>20.02.2017

    Neutron instrument BioRef arrived safely in Down Under

    As reported, the neutron instrument BioRef will be set up at the “Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering” of ANSTO. Approximately 257 components were safely packed in 43 wooden crates weighing just under 30 tonnes for the sea voyage from Hamburg to Port Botany, Australia. On 14 February the colleagues from ANSTO told us: the three shipping containers arrived safely after a two-month journey from Germany. [...].