Robert Schlögl
Beatriz Roldan Cuenya
Gerard Meijer
Martin Wolf
Karsten Reuter

Science News

Using X-rays to identify liquid chiral molecules
Sugars, amino acids, drugs - chiral molecules are everywhere. Researchers in the AQUACHIRAL project at the Fritz-Haber-Institut have used X-rays to study hair-thin liquid jets of these molecules. Using a new method, they can now for the first time distinguish their components in liquid form – and more effectively than ever before.

Controlling mirror images

Controlling mirror images

April 29, 2022
Using a new experimental method, a team led by physicist Sandra Eibenberger-Arias of the Fritz-Haber-Institut has transferred the mirror-image forms of chiral molecules into different rotational states more efficiently than ever before. This opens doors to a deeper understanding and manipulability of this common type of molecule for future applications.

The FAIRmat Concept presented as a "Perspective" in “Nature”
Since 2020, the NOMAD Laboratory at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, together with other universities and research institutes, has been developing an AI-supported research database for the field of materials science and solid-state physics. In a recent "Perspectives" article in the renowned scientific journal "Nature", the scientists involved present the concept of their data infrastructure NOMAD/FAIRmat.

Institute News

Prof Roldán speaks at Parliamentary Breakfast
FHI Director Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya took part in a parliamentary breakfast at the German Parliamentary Society on 13 May, where she presented a National Strategy for the Further Development of Technically Accelerated Light Sources together with representatives of the Helmholtz Association.

Alec Wodtke wins 2022 Gerhard Ertl Lecture Award
The Director at the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences is honored for his contributions to improving our understanding of surface chemistry.

FHI Director Schlögl appointed Humboldt President
FHI Director Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl has been appointed the new President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He will take up his new post on 1 January 2023.

Construction progress on new laboratory building
Extensive construction work has begun on a new laboratory building on the north campus of the Fritz Haber Institute. On the historic site of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Fibre Chemistry, founded in 1920, research will be conducted on nanostructured materials for electrocatalysis and thermal catalysis. The new laboratory will be used by FHI Director Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya and her department of Interface Science.

Current Information

Catlab Conference about Renewable Energy Storage in Czech Republic
The Fritz Haber Institute and the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry are organizing a conference “Challenges on renewable energy storage” at Liblice castle (Czech Republic) from August 29th to September 2nd,  2022.
The conference in the framework of the CatLab project will take place under personal auspices of Mrs. Helena Langšádlová, the Minister of Science, Research and Innovation of the Czech Republic and is listed in the official programme of the Czech presidency to the Council of EU. Preregistrations are now possible.
Spring Reception at the Haber Linde

Spring Reception at the Haber Linde

Many staff members took the opportunity to meet again at the spring reception on 6 May at the Haber lime tree in front of the main entrance. This had not been possible during the Corona period.
“MS Wissenschaft” on tour in Berlin and Brandenburg
The cargo ship "MS Wissenschaft" with a hands-on exhibition on the Science Year 2022 started in Berlin-Mitte at the beginning of May. Next stops include Wannsee from 18 to 23 May and Postdam from 24 to 29 May. The "Nachgefragt" ("Inquired") campaign allows citizens to formulate their questions to science. The initiative is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Upcoming Seminars

Theory Seminar: Prof. Reinhard Maurer

Jun 16, 2022 14:00
Building M, Richard-Willstätter-Haus, Faradayweg 10, 14195 Berlin, Room: Seminar Room

Chemical challenges facing scalable hydrogen production with alkaline membrane electrolyzers

Jun 17, 2022 15:00
Building M, Richard-Willstätter-Haus, Faradayweg 10, 14195 Berlin, Room: Seminar Room

Theory Seminar: Prof. Nongnuch Artrith

Jun 23, 2022 14:00
Building M, Richard-Willstätter-Haus, Faradayweg 10, 14195 Berlin, Room: Seminar Room

Theory Seminar: Prof. Jennifer Rupp

Aug 18, 2022 14:00
Building M, Richard-Willstätter-Haus, Faradayweg 10, 14195 Berlin, Room: Seminar Room

Long Night of Sciences casts its shadows before
The Fritz Haber Institute is also preparing for the Long Night of the Sciences on 2 July. The plans include hands-on projects by the departments and workshops, a chemistry experimental show, a panel discussion about the topic “No energy transition without hydrogen” and two historical guided tours "Fake or Right - Facts about of the Nobel Laureates in Dahlem".
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