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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 class="msocomoff" align="left"><!-- [if !supportAnnotations]--><!--[endif]--></p> <p>Scanning electron micrographs show a 10-micron planar deposition. The constituting silver crystals are about 100 nanometres in size. Credit: HZB/ ACS Applied Materials &amp;Interfaces (2017)</p> <p></p>24.07.2017

    Writing with the electron beam: now in silver

    For the first time an international team realized direct writing of  silver nanostructures using an electron beam applied to a substrate. Silver nanostructures have the potential to concentrate visible light at the nanoscale. Potential applications include sensor design to detect extremely small traces of specific molecules, as well as devices for optical information processing. [...].

  • <p>Here you can find the <a href="/media/media/aktuell/print//lichtblick/200/hzb_lichtblick-32_juli-2017_extern_web_01.pdf">PDF (German)</a></p>25.07.2017

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

    „The photon is our strength", said Bernd Rech. Since the 1st of May 2017, he has been the acting Scientific Director of HZB. In our new magazine "lichtblick" we spoke with him about his most important duties, the strengths of HZB, and surprises the job held in store. [...].

  • <p>Zeitaufgel&ouml;ste Tomographie einer Lupinenwurzel (gelbgr&uuml;n), nachdem deuteriertes Wasser (D<sub>2</sub>O) von unten zugegeben wurde. Der Zeitverlauf zeigt die aufsteigende Wasserfront (H<sub>2</sub>O, dunkelblau), die durch das D<sub>2</sub>O von unten verdr&auml;ngt wird. Die komplette Abfolge ergibt ein Video. Urheber: Christian T&ouml;tzke &copy; Universit&auml;t Potsdam</p>25.07.2017

    Nutzerforschung am BER II: Lupinenwurzeln beim Trinken zugeschaut

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    Lupinen bilden nicht nur bunte Blüten aus, sondern auch nahrhafte, eiweißreiche Bohnen. Wie diese Pflanzen mit ihren Wurzeln im Boden Wasser ziehen, hat nun ein Team der Universität Potsdam an der Berliner Neutronenquelle BER II erstmals in 3D beobachtet. Dafür verbesserten sie zusammen mit der HZB-Bildgebungsgruppe die Zeitauflösung der Neutronentomographie gleich um mehr als das Hundertfache: Alle zehn Sekunden erstellten sie eine detaillierte 3D-Aufnahme. Diese ultraschnelle Neutronentomographie ist auch für die Analyse dynamischer Prozesse in porösen Materialien generell geeignet. [...].

  • <p>Lab tour of the perovskite synthesis facility at the HZB Institute for Silicon Photovoltaics, on the occasion of the HyPerCells Research Colloquium in May 2017. Credit: HZB</p>24.07.2017

    Record- efficiency solar cells realised by the HyPerCells Graduate School

    The University of Potsdam and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin founded the HyPerCells Graduate School just two years ago with focus on metal halide perovskites for solar applications. Now, groups involved in the graduate school have demonstrated perovskite solar cells with record-efficiencies of over 20 percent. This confirms the graduate school is at the forefront of this research in Germany and internationally highly competitive. [...].

  • 19.07.2017

    Modern, concise and informative: HZB presents itself

    A modern information brochure, illustrated throughout with a fusion of photos and sketches, serves as the new business card of HZB. In concise and understandable language, it describes the centre’s most important research focuses, introduces the large-scale facilities and laboratories, and shows why HZB is an internationally attractive place to work. [...].

  • 17.07.2017

    Nitrogen tank for the accelerator project bERLinPro was installed in Adlershof

  • 03.07.2017

    Kickoff for Joint Lab with IFW Dresden

  • 19.06.2017

    New at Campus Wannsee: CoreLab Quantum Materials


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