Department of Molecular Physics

The research in the Department of Molecular Physics focuses on the structure and the intra- and inter-molecular dynamics of molecular systems, from diatomic molecules to biological macromolecules, either in isolation or in interaction with their environment. For this, new experimental methods to manipulate and control, to characterise and to spectroscopically investigate these molecular systems are developed and exploited. 

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<span><span><span>New Study Explores Magnesium's Interaction with ATP in Water</span></span></span>

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society presents an in-depth analysis of how ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in aqueous solutions interacts with magnesium ions. Conducted by researchers from the Department of Molecular Physics at the Fritz Haber Institute, in collaboration with the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Southern California, the paper titled "How Does Mg2+(aq) Interact with ATP(aq)more

<span><span><span>A Year Full of Discoveries: Our First Voluntary Social Year in Science, Technology, and Sustainability</span></span></span>

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. more

<span><span><span>Girls' Day 2024 the the Fritz Haber Institute</span></span></span>

The Girls' Day at the Fritz Haber Institute offers a unique opportunity for young participants to discover the diversity of professions in a leading research institution that focuses on the frontier areas of chemistry and physics. more

Correcting Self-Interaction in Solid-State Electronic Structure Theory

Researchers from the NOMAD Laboratory at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, along with colleagues from Fudan University in Shanghai, have developed a method to correct for a well-known error in density-functional theory (DFT). This error often leads to inaccurate predictions about the electronic properties of materials, complicating the development of new materials. more

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