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Science News

Phase transitions uphold catalytic activity

September 18, 2020

An international team of scientists around members of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry has now succeeded in microscopically observing continuous chemical processes on the surface of a working catalyst in real time with the help of state-of-the-art imaging methods. They found that continuous phase transitions are responsible for the functioning of catalysts.

Dynamics as a new grip on the Sabatier Principle

September 08, 2020

Scientists from the University of Innsbruck and the Theory Department of the Fritz-Haber-Institute find highly dynamic structural changes at the surface of working Copper electrocatalysts. These changes turn out to be key to the high performance and could be a design target for future improved catalysts.

Watching catalysts at work

July 13, 2020

A research team from the Departments of Interface Science and Inorganic Chemistry was able to observe a copper catalyst during the reaction that converts the greenhouse gas CO2 into a chemical energy source. The information gained through their technique will further advance technologically important reactions for green energy production.

Institute News

Stefan Truppe receives ERC Starting Grant to study cold molecules

September 03, 2020

The European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant has been awarded to the Group Leader of the “Cold and ultracold molecules” research group at the Department for Molecular Physics. The Grant provides an endowment of €1.9 million over a period of five years.

Beatriz Roldán Cuenya elected to the Academia Europaea

August 31, 2020

For her contributions and dedication to the advancement of scientific research in Europe the Director of the Department of Interface Science was awarded with a membership to the Academy.

FHI welcomes new Humboldt Fellows

July 29, 2020

This summer, four new scientists will be joining the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society with a Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers by the Humboldt Foundation.

Update: FHI operations during Corona

June 12, 2020

Due to the slowed spread of the virus in Germany, the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society has partly re-instated its office hours, while continuing appropriate safety measures.

Events & Social Media

Find the Gap

September 18, 2020

Former FHI PhD student Kristin Werner explains what it is like to do basic research. In her doctoral thesis, she explored if the material cerium oxide can store hydrogen. It can! Because cerium oxide is kind of like Emmental cheese: it has gaps, and you just need to find the right one.

Epics Collaboration Fall Meeting 2020

19. - 23. Oktober. The fall EPICS meeting provides a chance for developers and managers from the various different sites to come together and discuss their work in progress and make plans for the future. Participants will have the chance to see what is being done at other laboratories, and to review the specifications for new tools or enhancements to existing ones in order to maximize their usefulness to the whole community and avoid duplication of effort.

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