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Science News

How can Surface Morphology Change Selectivity in Electrocatalysis?
The Theory Department of the Fritz Haber Institute calls attention to catalyst morphology as a key factor in determining what product is being formed during an electrocatalytic reaction. The analysis, published in Nature Catalysis, explores how the ‘roughness’ of a catalyst surface changes the selectivity for a number of technologically important reactions, including the electrochemical conversion of CO2 into fuels and H2O formation in fuel-cells. The results offer a new perspective on how catalyst design could optimize electrochemical processes, while challenging the traditional picture that focuses entirely on the nature of the active site at the atomic level.
New Study Explores Magnesium's Interaction with ATP in Water
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society presents an in-depth analysis of how ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in aqueous solutions interacts with magnesium ions. Conducted by researchers from the Department of Molecular Physics at the Fritz Haber Institute, in collaboration with the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Southern California, the paper titled "How Does Mg2+(aq) Interact with ATP(aq)? Biomolecular Structure through the Lens of Liquid-Jet Photoemission Spectroscopy" introduces Liquid-Jet Photoemission Spectroscopy (LJ-PES) as a method for probing the electronic structure of this biomolecule in a complex aqueous-solution environment.
Fast Learning Collaboration with BasCat leads to Discovery of a New Catalytic Promoter on Par with Decades of Study
Addressing climate change demands rethinking of established chemical processes on a timescale of years rather than decades as in traditional R&D cycles. In collaboration with BasCat (UniCat BASF JointLab), a team of researchers from the Theory Department at the Fritz Haber Institute developed an accelerated discovery approach to identify a promising catalytic promoter formulation for the conversion of propane into the base chemical propylene. Discovered in a few weeks and with fewer than 100 experiments conducted, the novel promoted catalyst rivals those discovered through decades of research. The findings, published in ACS Catalysis, not only highlight the partnership's success but also open avenues for a more efficient and informed development of multi-promoter formulations.

Institute News

Prof. Dr. Sebastian F. Mährlein: With THz Laser Pulses to the Professorship
Prof. Dr. Sebastian F. Mährlein, formerly a research group leader at the Fritz Haber Institute, has been appointed professor of High-Field THz Physics at the Technical University of Dresden and simultaneously takes over the leadership of the "High-Field THz-Driven Phenomena" department at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR). A conversation about his journey, his research, and his visions.
Gerhard Ertl Lecture Award 2024 goes to Graham Hutchings
An honor for his achievements in the field of chemistry
Dr. Hanna Türk is awarded the prestigious Otto Hahn Medal
The Fritz Haber Institute is pleased to announce that Dr. Hanna Türk has been awarded the Otto Hahn Medal for her ground-breaking work elucidating the atomic-scale degradation mechanism of working interfaces in solid oxide electrolyzers.
A Year Full of Discoveries: Our First Voluntary Social Year in Science, Technology, and Sustainability
Last year, the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society offered for the first time a Voluntary Social Year in Science, Technology, and Sustainability (FJN). In cooperation with the International Youth Community Service (ijgd), we provided young adults with the opportunity to gain practical experience in the natural sciences while also orienting themselves professionally.

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Across Molecular Timescales: Path Reweighting, Markov State Models and Machine Learning

TH Department Seminar
Jul 18, 2024 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany), Room: Meeting ID: 950 0393 3280 | Passcode: 100587

Big data, small data, complex data, more data, metadata − Tackling current and future challenges of scientific IT

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Jul 19, 2024 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
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Dynamics of CO2 activation by transition metal ions - The importance of intersystem crossing

MP Department Seminar
Jul 26, 2024 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
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