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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, thermoelectrics, and materials for new, energy-efficient information technologies (spintronics) or electrochemical energy storage. 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>Guest at HZB: the 5th class from primary school "Am Lindenpark" in Nauen.</p>22.11.2017

    Helmholtz Day in the HZB School Lab

    Do you know who Hermann von Helmholtz was? At this question, most of the primary school kids shook their head. Yet, the namesake of the Helmholtz Association was one of the most important natural scientists of the 19th century, and one of the last universal scholars. To keep his memory alive, Helmholtz Day has been held regularly, this sixth time in the Helmholtz Association’s School Lab. HZB invited 5th grade pupils from Nauen (Brandenburg) to Wannsee to conduct their own experiments in the School Lab. [...].

  • <p>Photo (from left to right): Dr. Javier Santisteban, scientific director of LAHN, Thomas Frederking, administrative director of HZB, Karina Pierpauli, CEO of LAHN, and Prof. Dr. Bernd Rech, scientific director of HZB. They came together to sign the agreement in Berlin.photo: Silvia Zerbe</p>17.11.2017

    HZB makes new contacts with Argentina

    Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) has signed a cooperation agreement with the Argentinian Neutron Beams Laboratory, LAHN (Laboratorio Argentino de Haces de Neutrones). Through this cooperation, HZB will be advising Argentinian researchers on the construction of two neutron instruments. Also planned is an exchange programme for researchers from both countries. [...].

  • <p>Prof. Bernd Rech represented the HZB and its lightsource BESSY II.</p>15.11.2017

    LEAPS – Europe’s light sources join together to coordinate cutting-edge research

    A new strategic group comprising the organisations operating European accelerator-based light sources has been founded in Brussels. The goal of the LEAPS consortium (League of European Accelerator-Based Photon Sources) is to elevate European collaboration on these “super microscopes” to a new level for the purpose of helping solve global challenges through concerted scientific excellence, as well as boost European competitiveness and integration. Representatives from 16 institutions issued a common declaration in the presence of the European Union’s Director General for Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits. [...].

  • <p>With regard to Chinese institutions, the Helmholtz Beijing Office (photo) wants to promote the Helmholtz Association and its outstanding research environment and facilities as an attractive location for the training of young scientists. Photo credit: Helmholtz Association</p>13.11.2017

    HZB is involved in the Helmholtz exchange programme with China

    Die Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft und das Büro des chinesischen Postdoc-Beirates (Office of China Postdoctoral Council - OCPC) etablieren ein gemeinsames Austauschprogramm für chinesische Postdoktoranden. Die jungen Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler werden an acht Helmholtz-Zentren für zwei Jahre forschen und anschließend nach China zurückkehren. Auch das HZB beteiligt sich am Austauschprogramm, das von 2017 bis 2021 läuft. [...].

  • <p>A short laser pulse pertubates magnetic order in dysprosium. This happens much faster if the sample had a antiferromagnetic order (left) compared to ferromagnetic order (right). Credit: HZB</p>06.11.2017

    Future IT: Antiferromagnetic dysprosium reveals magnetic switching with less energy

    HZB scientists have identified a mechanism with which it may be possible to develop a form of magnetic storage that is faster and more energy-efficient. They compared how different forms of magnetic ordering in the rare-earth metal named dysprosium react to a short laser pulse. They discovered that the magnetic orientation can be altered much faster and with considerably less energy if the magnetic moments of the individual atoms do not all point in the same direction (ferromagnetism), but instead point are rotated against each other (anti-ferromagnetism). The study was published in Physical Review letters on 6. November 2017 and on the cover of the print edition. [...].

  • 02.11.2017

    New magazine “lichtblick” is out: Select articles can be read in English on the website

  • 01.11.2017

    Approved! The EU INFINITE-CELL project

  • 01.11.2017

    “Distinguished Award 2017 for Novel Materials and their Synthesis” for Norbert Koch


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