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Managing Directors

Scientific Managing Directors

Prof. Dr. Jan Lüning

Since June 2019, Jan Lüning has been responsible for "Matter" as scientific manager of HZB. Before moving to HZB, Jan Lüning was a professor at the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris and a scientific advisor at the synchrotron SOLEIL. Before that, he worked in the USA at the synchrotron in Stanford and for the IBM Almaden Research Center. The solid state physicist is an internationally recognized expert in research with synchrotron radiation, and has been instrumental in promoting the development of new methods.

Prof. Dr. Bernd Rech

Bernd Rech has been scientific manager of HZB since June 2019 and is responsible for the division "Energy and Information". Since 2006, Rech had headed the Institute for Silicon Photovoltaics before taking over the provisional management in 2017. He is the spokesperson for “Renewable Energies” since 2008, and coordinates the contributions in energy research of the Helmholtz centres. Prior to this, he worked at Forschungszentrum Jülich and was a guest professor at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. Rech is highly respected internationally as an expert in renewable energies and technology transfer.

Director Finance and Administration

Thomas Frederking

Thomas Frederking ist the director for Finance and Administration of HZB since 2012. Among other positions was head of project controlling at the “Berliner Elektronenspeicherring Gesellschaft für Synchrotronstrahlung – BESSY” for the construction of the synchrotron radiation source BESSY II in Berlin-Adlershof from 1993 – 1998, following which he became the administrative director of BESSY GmbH until 2008.