Robert Schlögl
Beatriz Roldan Cuenya
Gerard Meijer
Martin Wolf
Karsten Reuter

Science News

Controlling mirror images

Controlling mirror images

April 29, 2022
Using a new experimental method, a team led by physicist Sandra Eibenberger-Arias of the Fritz-Haber-Institut has transferred the mirror-image forms of chiral molecules into different rotational states more efficiently than ever before. This opens doors to a deeper understanding and manipulability of this common type of molecule for future applications.

The FAIRmat Concept presented as a "Perspective" in “Nature”
Since 2020, the NOMAD Laboratory at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, together with other universities and research institutes, has been developing an AI-supported research database for the field of materials science and solid-state physics. In a recent "Perspectives" article in the renowned scientific journal "Nature", the scientists involved present the concept of their data infrastructure NOMAD/FAIRmat.

Selectivity of Catalysts

Selectivity of Catalysts

April 21, 2022
In order to successfully shape the energy transition and achieve CO2 neutrality in society, it is important to develop technologies through which the greenhouse gas CO2 can be efficiently converted into chemical raw materials and fuels. The electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction can fulfil this task by using electricity from renewable sources.

Institute News

FHI Director Schlögl appointed Humboldt President
FHI Director Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl has been appointed the new President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He will take up his new post on 1 January 2023.

Construction progress on new laboratory building
Extensive construction work has begun on a new laboratory building on the north campus of the Fritz Haber Institute. On the historic site of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Fibre Chemistry, founded in 1920, research will be conducted on nanostructured materials for electrocatalysis and thermal catalysis. The new laboratory will be used by FHI Director Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya and her department of Interface Science.

Institute-wide Poster Session
In the last week of April, the whole Fritz-Haber-Institut came together for the first live poster session since the start of the pandemic to discuss the research undertaken during the last few years. We spoke to five researchers about their posters.

In Memoriam Jürgen Kühn
The first head of a central computing group at the Fritz-Haber-Institut and former member of the Joint Network Center passed away at the age of 78 in Wannsee. We remember a highly motivated and friendly man who lived for computers and immensely enriched the Institute.

Current Information

Catlab Conference about Renewable Energy Storage in Czech Republic
The Fritz Haber Institute and the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry are organizing a conference “Challenges on renewable energy storage” at Liblice castle (Czech Republic) from August 29th to September 2nd,  2022.
The conference in the framework of the CatLab project will take place under personal auspices of Mrs. Helena Langšádlová, the Minister of Science, Research and Innovation of the Czech Republic and is listed in the official programme of the Czech presidency to the Council of EU. Preregistrations are now possible.
Spring Reception at the Haber Linde

Spring Reception at the Haber Linde

Many staff members took the opportunity to meet again at the spring reception on 6 May at the Haber lime tree in front of the main entrance. This had not been possible during the Corona period.
“MS Wissenschaft” on tour in Berlin and Brandenburg
The cargo ship "MS Wissenschaft" with a hands-on exhibition on the Science Year 2022 started in Berlin-Mitte at the beginning of May. Next stops include Wannsee from 18 to 23 May and Postdam from 24 to 29 May. The "Nachgefragt" ("Inquired") campaign allows citizens to formulate their questions to science. The initiative is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Upcoming Seminars

Theory Seminar: Prof. Reinhard Maurer

Jun 16, 2022 14:00
Building M, Richard-Willstätter-Haus, Faradayweg 10, 14195 Berlin, Room: Seminar Room

Chemical challenges facing scalable hydrogen production with alkaline membrane electrolyzers

Jun 17, 2022 15:00
Building M, Richard-Willstätter-Haus, Faradayweg 10, 14195 Berlin, Room: Seminar Room

Theory Seminar: Prof. Nongnuch Artrith

Jun 23, 2022 14:00
Building M, Richard-Willstätter-Haus, Faradayweg 10, 14195 Berlin, Room: Seminar Room

Theory Seminar: Prof. Jennifer Rupp

Aug 18, 2022 14:00
Building M, Richard-Willstätter-Haus, Faradayweg 10, 14195 Berlin, Room: Seminar Room

FHI director in press conference about “Green Hydrogen”
A press conference with Federal Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger and the Director at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society Prof. Dr Robert Schlögl about “future energy green hydrogen” will take place at Monday, 16 May 2022, and will be transmitted live from 9.00 am.
Long Night of Sciences casts its shadows before
The Fritz Haber Institute is also preparing for the Long Night of the Sciences on 2 July. The plans include hands-on projects by the departments and workshops, a chemistry experimental show, a panel discussion about the topic “No energy transition without hydrogen” and two historical guided tours "Fake or Right - Facts about of the Nobel Laureates in Dahlem".
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