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Science News

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.

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.

Institute News

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.

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.

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


TH Department Online Seminar
Jun 17, 2021 16:00 - 17:00


Joint Seminar
Jun 28, 2021 10:00

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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