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Science News

Zinc oxide: key component for the methanol synthesis reaction over copper catalysts

March 04, 2021
A team of researchers led by scientists from the Interface Science Department of the Fritz-Haber-Institute have found out that the important industrial process of methanol production can be positively influenced if the copper catalyst used in the reaction comes into contact with zinc oxide.

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.

Institute News

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.

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.

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

Theoretical Perspectives on Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer

TH Department Online Seminar
Apr 22, 2021 16:00 - 17:00, Room: Meeting ID: 860 1890 7475 | Passcode: 604772

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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