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Science News

The light side of the Force: Creating a metal with laser light

February 12, 2021
A group of researchers from the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin have found out that semiconductors can be converted to metals and back more easily and more quickly than previously thought. This discovery may increase the processing speed and simplify the design of many common technological devices.

Hydrated Electrons at Electrochemical Interface

November 19, 2020
A research team from the Department of Physical Chemistry was able to observe for the first time the ultrafast hydration dynamics of electrons under real electrochemical conditions using a newly developed optoelectronic sampling scheme. The information gained from their study is essential for understanding the charge transfer at the metal/solution interface, which is at the heart of most electrochemical reactions.

The fundamental chemistry behind electrocatalytic water splitting

November 18, 2020
Transitioning to a sustainable energy economy requires electrocatalytic methods to convert electrical energy to chemical energy and feedstocks. A team of researchers from TU Berlin, ETH Zurich, the National Research Council – Institute of Materials of Trieste, and led by the FHI has now uncovered the reaction mechanism of a major bottleneck in these processes, the oxygen evolution reaction. Results are published in Nature.

Institute News

FHI researcher wins Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship

February 26, 2021
Ane Etxebarria from the Interface Science Department of the Fritz Haber Institute was awarded a prestigious MSCA Individual Fellowship. Her work will help design better catalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) to make future hydrogen production more efficient.

Obituary for Elmar Zeitler

February 17, 2021
The former director of the Fritz Haber Institute, Prof. Dr Elmar Zeitler, enabled many advances in electron microscopy. In December 2020, he sadly passed away. Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl remembers him as an uncompromising yet modest scientist, and looks back on his scientific achievements.

New “Horizon 2020” project started

December 18, 2020
Researchers from the Physical Chemistry Department at the Fritz Haber Institute have together with other European research institutions and companies formed the research consortium OPTOlogic. It aims to develop optical topological computing as a means to reduce energy consumption of electronic circuits. The EU funds the project with almost 4 Million Euros.

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


PC Online Talk
Mar 18, 2021 11:00


TH Department Online Seminar
Mar 18, 2021 17:00 - 18:00

Theoretical Perspectives on Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer

TH Department Online Seminar
Apr 22, 2021 16:00 - 17:00

Gerhard Ertl Lecture 2020

10. December, 4 pm. This year's winner of the Gerhard Ertl Award, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Diebold (TU Wien), will give the lecture "Oxide Surface Science. Chemistry at the Atomic Scale". EVENT WILL BE STREAMED LIVE.
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