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Beatriz Roldan Cuenya
Gerard Meijer
Martin Wolf
Karsten Reuter

Science News

Play it safe: A microscopic perspective towards durable solid state batteries

June 02, 2021
The ions in a solid state battery need to travel through multiple material interfaces which comes along with several challenges. A team of the Fritz-Haber-Institute, the TU Munich and the Forschungszentrum Jülich now shows that nano-scale coating at these interfaces may in fact stabilize the battery.

Toward new solar cells with active learning

April 23, 2021
Scientists from the Theory Department of the Fritz-Haber Institute in Berlin and Technical University of Munich use machine learning to discover suitable molecular materials. To deal with the myriad of possibilities for candidate molecules, the machine decides for itself which data it needs.

Lighting it up: fast material manipulation through a laser 

April 21, 2021
Researchers from the Physical Chemistry Department of the Fritz Haber Institute and the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter in Hamburg have found out that ultrafast switches in material properties can be prompted by laser pulses – and why. This knowledge may enable new transistor concepts.

Institute News

Prestigious Röntgen Medal for Beatriz Roldán Cuenya

May 28, 2021
The Director of the Interface Science Department, Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya, has been elected as the 2021 winner of the Röntgen Medal.

MYSTIIC: New X-ray microscope at BESSY II

April 22, 2021
A new X-ray microscope has started operation at the Energy Materials in situ Lab (EMIL) in collaboration with the Inorganic Chemistry Department of the Fritz-Haber-Institut. It is a scanning transmission X-ray microscope designed to examine both sample surfaces and bulk sample. With the soft X-ray light from BESSY II, it is even possible to localise individual elements and chemical compounds.

DFG Priority Program on Machine Learning

April 01, 2021
Prof. Dr. Karsten Reuter, director of the Department of Theory, is co-coordinator of a new priority program funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The program, based at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU) Münster, investigates the use and development of machine learning for molecular applications.

Update: FHI operations during Corona

November 19, 2020
Due to the quick spread of the virus in Germany, the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society has partly re-instated shift work and increased safety measures.

Current Information

Die Physikerin mit der Orlando-Maschine

OCTOBER 24. Prof. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya, Director of the Interface Science Department, was interviewed by German daily DIE WELT. She talks about electrocatalysis, the transition to sustainable energies and what it means to be a woman in science nowadays. (In German)

Upcoming Seminars

Thermodynamic properties by on-the-fly machine-learned interatomic potentials: thermal transport and phase transitions

Online Seminar of the NOMAD Laboratory
Jun 24, 2021 14:15, Room: Meeting ID: 820 2356 9038 I Passcode: NOMAD

Engineering pi-conjugated nanomaterials on surfaces

Joint Seminar
Jun 28, 2021 10:00

Launch of the Catalysis Laboratory CatLab

CatLab is set to revolutionize the world of catalysts. We would like to celebrate the launch of this venture together with you. The ceremonial launch of the Catalysis Center CatLab will take place on June 21 from 11 am - 1 pm. EVENT WILL BE STREAMED LIVE.
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