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Science News

New Understanding of Water Electrolysis
Water electrolysis is a key technology to establish CO2-neutral hydrogen production. One of the key technological hurdles is the design of stable, active and affordable catalysts for the anodic oxygen evolution reaction (OER), which is one bottleneck of the hydrogen production process. Researchers from the Interface Science Department have now provided quantitative near-surface structural insights into oxygen-evolving CoOx(OH)y nanoparticles which are published in Nature Energy today.

Machine learning of ‘Catalysis Tetris’
The way how molecules involved in chemical reactions bind to the surface of a catalyst is key to understand and improve the catalyst’s performance. Researchers from the Fritz Haber Institute and the Danish Aarhus University have now developed a machine learning algorithm that can predict this important property for complex molecules that can bind to the surface in multiple motives.

Surfaces at realistic conditions
Researchers at the NOMAD Laboratory at the Fritz Haber Institute have been engaged in describing how surfaces change in contact with reactive gas phases under different temperature and pressure conditions. For this purpose, they have developed the so-called replica exchange grand canonical method (REGC). The results were published in the journal Physical Review Letters on 17 June.

Institute News

Research talents on their way
Two "Jugend-Forscht" award winners are interns at the Fritz Haber Institute this summer. In July, Robin Winkelhage from Osnabrück (project "Obtaining carbon dioxide-neutral fuels") spent two weeks at the CatLab in Adlershof. Today Alexandra Simion (project "The Marangoni effect using the example of a water-alcohol drop on oil") from Nuremberg has her first day of internship.

MIT Professor as guest at FHI
This summer, Prof. Yang Shao-Horn from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is staying at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society with a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The stay had been delayed due to the worldwide corona pandemic.

Dr. Janis Timoshenko received Farrel Lytle Prize
Dr. Janis Timoshenko, head of the research group "Operando Hard X-Ray Spectroscopy" in the Interface Science department, has just received the Farrel Lytle Prize for Young Scientists of the International X-Ray Absorption Society (IXAS).

New Emmy Noether Group

New Emmy Noether Group

July 18, 2022
Dr Sebastian Maehrlein, head of the "THz Structural Dynamics" research group in the Department of Physical Chemistry at the Fritz Haber Institute, has received a top-class grant: Starting in October, the German Research Foundation (DFG) will provide him with a budget of 1.6 million euros for an independent Emmy Noether junior research group. The research focus is on controlling the angular momentum of atomic lattices for the ultrafast control of material properties.

Current Information

Videoclip about Fritz Haber at Youtube
"The Scientist Who Killed Millions and Saved Billions" is a new Youtube clip about chemist and Nobel laureate Fritz Haber that shows the ambivalent impact of our founding director and namesake.

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Upcoming Seminars

Understanding of Energy Transfer Dynamics in Luminescent Eu(III) Complex Doped Host-Guest Film

PC Department Seminar
Aug 12, 2022 11:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
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Lightwave-Driven Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy for Ultrafast Surface Science on the Atomic Scale

PC Department Seminar
Aug 16, 2022 11:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
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Design of Novel Hybrid and Solid State Battery Materials

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New Concepts in Battery and Solid Electrolyte Design

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Interview about the gas crisis
In addition to the climate crisis, the Ukraine war and the threat of gas shortages provide further arguments to get out of fossil fuels as quickly as possible and, above all, to become independent of Russian gas and oil supplies. In August, an interview with Robert Schlögl, Director at the Fritz Haber Institute, on the current energy situation has been published on the website of the Max Planck Society.
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