Prof Roldán speaks at Parliamentary Breakfast

May 25, 2022

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.

Prof. Roldán presented new results from her catalysis research, in which she uses synchrotron radiation to analyse catalysts that produce hydrogen with sunlight and can thus pave the way for a climate-neutral economy.

The focus was on the various possibilities and opportunities of free-electron lasers (FEL) with coherent radiation, the synchrotron accelerator BESSY in Adlershof with its focus on soft X-rays and the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY) with its focus on the hard X-ray spectrum.

This strategy will make it possible to continue developing new medicines quickly in the future or to pave the way for a climate-neutral economy, to test new materials and to advance digitisation. With the construction of BESSY III, HZB is planning a new soft X-ray source for energy and materials research, which is scheduled to go into operation in the middle of the next decade.


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