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Science News

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.

The fundamental chemistry behind electrocatalytic water splitting

November 18, 2020
Transitioning to a sustainable energy economy requires electrocatalytic methods to convert electrical energy to chemical energy and feedstocks. A team of researchers from TU Berlin, ETH Zurich, the National Research Council – Institute of Materials of Trieste, and led by the FHI has now uncovered the reaction mechanism of a major bottleneck in these processes, the oxygen evolution reaction. Results are published in Nature.

Climate protection from the test tube

October 30, 2020
It would be a triple win – for the climate, raw material resources, and the chemical industry. With their work, scientists at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin hope to create the basis for extracting useful chemical products such as plastics from the methane that is usually flared off during oil production. They are looking into how to design a catalyst that converts methane into ethene more efficiently than is currently possible. They have now found a ground-breaking clue.

Institute News

Catalysis research platform CatLab starts

December 01, 2020
The Fritz Haber Institute, the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin are building a research platform for catalysis named CatLab to achieve leaps of innovation in hydrogen research. The project is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with more than 50 million Euros.

FHI heads 2020 Humboldt Ranking and gains new fellows

November 30, 2020
The Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society is once again the most popular research institution for Humboldt Fellowships and Awards in Germany. In the last ten years, the FHI has also nearly doubled the share of female scientists from the Humboldt Foundation. The Interface Science Department welcomes two more fellows this winter.

Josef Holzwarth, the fastest scientist

November 12, 2020
The well-known fast reaction kinetics researcher has sadly passed away at the age of 78. A few memories from inside and outside the Fritz Haber Institute.

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

Tracking Singlet Fission in Momentum Space

PC Online Talk
Dec 10, 2020 11:00

FHI Library Online Workshop: Databases

Online Workshop
Dec 11, 2020 14:00

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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