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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>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. [...].

  • <p>Gerrit G&uuml;nther und Veronka Grzymek help Zhilun Lu with the experiment.Credit: HZB</p>16.02.2017

    NEAT starts user operation

    The newly built time of flight spectrometre NEAT has welcomed its first users: Jie Ma from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and his colleague Zhilun Lu examined magnetic excitations in crystalline samples and enjoyed fast data rate and high flexibility of instrumental configurations. NEAT team is now looking forward to further new studies and user experiments!      [...].

  • <p>The 3000<sup>th</sup> ocular tumour patient was able to benefit from proton treatment on January 27<sup>th</sup>, 2017. Photo credit: HZB.</p>06.02.2017

    3000th ocular tumour patient treated using protons at HZB

    A team at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) has now treated its 3000th ocular tumour patient with an individualised proton radiation protocol. This involves irradiating the tumour with fast hydrogen nuclei (protons) that have been accelerated to precisely set energies. These protons penetrate the healthy tissue and only release their energy in the tumour itself. [...].

  • <p>With the upgrade BESSY VSR, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin will continue in future to offer a highly demanded synchrotron source for energy materials research with international appeal. Photo: &copy;: euroluftbild.de / Robert Grahn</p>01.02.2017

    Green light for upgrading BESSY II into a variable-pulse-length storage ring (BESSY-VSR)

    The General Assembly of the Helmholtz Association unanimously endorses the realisation of a worldwide unique accelerator project at the synchrotron radiation source BESSY II

    The General Assembly of the Helmholtz Association unanimously supports Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin’s proposed concept for upgrading BESSY II into a variable-pulse-length storage ring (BESSY VSR). The body of chairpersons from the 18 Helmholtz Centres unanimously suggests to the senate of the Helmholtz Association the financial subsidising of BESSY VSR to the sum of 11.8 million euros. Converting BESSY II into a variable-pulse-length storage ring is a worldwide unique project in accelerator research, and has attracted great interest and favour in the scientific community. [...].

  • <p>Dr. Pierre Schnizer. Photo: HZB</p>01.02.2017

    New Technical Project Manager for BESSY VSR

    As of 1 January 2017, Dr. Pierre Schnizer is the new Technical Project Manager for BESSY VSR. In close coordination with the Scientific Project Managers Prof. Andreas Jankowiak and Prof. Jens Knobloch, Schnizer is supervising, among other things, the construction, infrastructure and integration of the necessary modules into the storage ring. In short, his responsibility in the project team is to ensure the successful technical construction of BESSY VSR. [...].

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