Beatriz Roldan Cuenya
Beatriz Roldan Cuenya
Gerard Meijer
Martin Wolf
Karsten Reuter

Science News

Fast Learning Collaboration with BasCat leads to Discovery of a New Catalytic Promoter on Par with Decades of Study
Addressing climate change demands rethinking of established chemical processes on a timescale of years rather than decades as in traditional R&D cycles. In collaboration with BasCat (UniCat BASF JointLab), a team of researchers from the Theory Department at the Fritz Haber Institute developed an accelerated discovery approach to identify a promising catalytic promoter formulation for the conversion of propane into the base chemical propylene. Discovered in a few weeks and with fewer than 100 experiments conducted, the novel promoted catalyst rivals those discovered through decades of research. The findings, published in ACS Catalysis, not only highlight the partnership's success but also open avenues for a more efficient and informed development of multi-promoter formulations.
New Research Shows Improved Alcohol Production from CO2 Using Renewable Green Energy
A recent study, published in Nature Communications, marks a significant leap towards an eco-friendly energy solution by showcasing advances in the production of green fuels. This research, conducted by the Department of Interface Science at the Fritz Haber Institute, reveals how new modes of operation in electrocatalysis can serve to boost the production of alcohol fuels using carbon dioxide (CO2) and electricity from renewable sources.
Invisible Circular Light Waves Accurately Measured with Quartz Crystals
The THz Structural Dynamics group of the Department of Physical Chemistry at the Fritz Haber Institute has made a significant advancement in light research, as detailed in their recent publication in the journal Optica, titled „Quartz as an Accurate High-Field Low-Cost THz Helicity Detector.” Their work introduces a fast, cost-efficient, and precise technique for analyzing complex waveforms of Terahertz (THz) light, a part of the far-infrared spectrum that is invisible to the naked eye and most detectors. Strong THz laser pulses are further crucial for exploring and manipulating fundamental properties of materials at ultrafast speeds.

Institute News

A Year Full of Discoveries: Our First Voluntary Social Year in Science, Technology, and Sustainability
Last year, the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society offered for the first time a Voluntary Social Year in Science, Technology, and Sustainability (FJN). In cooperation with the International Youth Community Service (ijgd), we provided young adults with the opportunity to gain practical experience in the natural sciences while also orienting themselves professionally.
Constitution Day: A Celebration of Research Freedom and Democratic Participation
The Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society also celebrates today the birthday of our Basic Law, a document that has enshrined the freedom of art, science, research, and teaching as fundamental pillars of our society since May 23, 1949.
Spring Reception 2024: A Day Full of Inspiration and Community
On May 8, 2024, the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society hosted its Spring Reception. Under the patronage of the Managing Director, Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya, everyone gathered at the Haber Linde for an event that became an inspiring celebration of community.
Uniting Science and Society
In a world increasingly shaped by scientific and technological advances, Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya, Director of the Interface Science Department and currently the managing director at the Fritz Haber Institute, is at the forefront of international efforts to connect scientific research with the broader public and policy makers . Her recent public lectures have highlighted the essential role of science in addressing global challenges and the importance of making scientific knowledge accessible to all.

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Upcoming Seminars

Tabletop transient NEXAFS spectroscopy with a laser-produced plasma source

MP Department Seminar
Jun 14, 2024 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
Haber Villa, Room: Seminar Room

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften

Jun 22, 2024 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany) - Jun 23, 2024 12:00 AM
Richard Willstätter House

Brain States and the Mystery of Cognition: Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to map the brain

Special MP Department Seminar
Jun 24, 2024 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
Haber Villa, Room: Seminar Room

Elucidation and Control of Advanced Photofunctions based on Excited States in Molecular Materials

PC Department Seminar
Jul 1, 2024 11:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
Building G, Room: 2.06
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