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Science News

Looking at Surfaces with Atomic-Scale Light

September 29, 2020

Researchers at the Department of Physical Chemistry demonstrated a novel way to achieve ultrahigh sensitivity of atomic-scale vibrational spectroscopy using tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS). This method will allow investigation of local chemical structures and reactions at the atomic level and give a new insight into atomic-scale light–matter interactions.

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.

Institute News

Google Summer of Code Student finds software solution for FHI

October 02, 2020

FHI Head of IT, Heinz Junkes, supervised a computer science student in an open source coding project, who then found a way to program interactive interfaces between different softwares needed to operate the free-electron laser.

Robert Schlögl new Leopoldina Vice President

September 25, 2020

The Senate of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina elected FHI Director Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl as new Vice President on 24. September. He is now one of the four Vice Presidents of the Academy.

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.

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.

Upcoming Seminars

The Key Role of Lattice Anharmonicity for Heat and Charge Transport in Solids: Fundamental Concepts, Novel Methods, and Relevant Applications

Online Seminar
Oct 28, 2020 10:15
Join the webinar:, Room: Webinar ID: 872 7590 3448 I Passcode: NOMAD

Bright and Dark Excitons in 2D Semiconductors and Heterostructures

PC Department Online Seminar
Nov 9, 2020 11:00

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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