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Beatriz Roldan Cuenya
Gerard Meijer
Martin Wolf
Karsten Reuter

Science News

Researchers from our Department of Physical Chemistry (Maklar et al.) have investigated how a dynamic transition from insulator to metal affects fundamental interactions such as electron-electron and electron-phonon scattering. The research results have just been published in the Physical Review Letter 128.

CO2 is a critical pollutant of the atmosphere with noticeable climatic consequences. However, routes already exist to convert CO2 into useful chemicals or fuels. The key is catalysis – a process of accelerating desired chemical reactions, involving special materials (catalysts).

A team of researchers from the Department of Interfacial Sciences has discovered how changes in the structure of copper catalyst particles during electrochemical CO2 reduction affect their catalytic performance. This should lead to the development of new catalysts that convert the greenhouse gas CO2 into useful chemicals.

Institute News

Today, Prof. Omar M. Yaghi, University of California, Berkeley (USA) and 2021 Gerhard Ertl Lecture Awardee, gave an outstanding lecture about “Reticular Chemistry and Precision Reactions in Infinite 2D and 3D". The event was transmitted at 4pm (Berlin time) via livestream.

The linguistic and cultural studies of Waruno Mahdi are connected to his eventful life: His decades of linguistic work are currently being honoured in his home country with a two-volume special edition of the "Journal of the Humanities of Indonesia".

In 2021, two directors of  the Fritz Haber Institute are among the 0.1 % most cited scientists worldwide, top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science.

The Max Planck Society and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation recognize the achievements of Prof. Dr. Anastassia Alexandrova from the University of California, Los Angeles.  

Current Information

Especially in a pandemic, scientific expertise is particularly important - as is objective, factual reporting! The FHI therefore supports the call for more objectivity in crisis situations issued by the Alliance of Science Organisations on 6 December. The background to this is the report in the BILD newspaper on 4 December about scientists ("The lockdown makers" / "Trio of experts gives us frustration for the holidays"). In the meantime, the German Press Council has initiated proceedings against the newspaper. On 28 January, a first public discussion between BILD Zeitung and scientists about this issue is planned.

Upcoming Seminars

Data-Enabled Materials Structure-Property-Synthesizability Predictions

TH Department Online Seminar
Jan 20, 2022 10:00 - 11:00 , Room: Meeting ID: 936 6849 9051 | Passcode: 073098

Diffraction methods and residual stress analysis of thin layers

Jan 21, 2022 09:00 - 10:30
IRIS Adlershof, Zum Großen Windkanal 2, 12489 Berlin, Room: Seminarraum 3.176 Haus 3 / 1. Etage

Strong Coupling and Extreme Anisotropy in Infrared Polaritonic Media

PC Department Online Seminar
Jan 24, 2022 11:00


TH Department Seminar
Mar 3, 2022 14:00 - 15:00
Building M, Richard-Willstätter-Haus, Faradayweg 10, 14195 Berlin

We wish you health, happiness and well-being in the New Year. Let us together make 2022 a successful year!
Despite of Corona, we hope to return to "normal operations" soon. For example, a scientific symposium is planned in the summer, we intend to participate at the Berlin Long Night of Sciences and the nationwide Girls’ Day.
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