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Science News

Discovery to lower Co2 Emissions in the Industrial Sector by using Green Synthesis 
Achieving a net zero greenhouse gas balance is a major challenge facing the chemical industry. The goal can be met by reducing the energy demand of chemical processes and the sustainable use of raw materials. Researchers of the Fritz-Haber-Institute have shown that the valuable intermediates propylene and propylene oxide can be formed directly by oxidation of propane in the gas phase over nonspecific interfaces, such as sea sand, without producing significant amounts of CO2.

When machines just get it right: Atomic-scale insights into defect-free growth of graphene
High-level synchrotron experiments confirm the sub-atomic precision of a machine-learning based prediction for the adsorption height of graphene at liquid metal catalysts. With such reliability, the AI-approach constitutes a powerful new tool to study the growth process of this much aspired material even under most extreme conditions.

Imaging coherent lattice vibrations on the nanoscale
Coherent phonons - collective, in-phase vibrational excitations in a crystal lattice – can provide detailed insight into microscopic interactions in solids under nonequilibrium conditions, e.g. after ultrafast photoexcitation. A new approach based on femtosecond laser-excited scanning tunneling microscopy enables now to measure coherent phonon spectroscopy with few nanometer spatial resolution. This allows to better understand the influence of single defects and local lattice distortions on microscopic processes, e.g., in low-dimensional quantum materials and nanostructures.

Institute News

Visit from the next generation of female scientists
On December 01, the Fritz Haber Institute hosted the seminar NATürlich Studium! – Schülerinnen treffen Naturwissenschaftlerinnen in cooperation with the Schülerlabor NatLab of the Freie Universität Berlin. In this seminar series, girls meet female scientists in the fields of biology, chemistry and pharmacy to get an overview of cutting-edge research and to learn about possible career paths. The seminar series is offered each semester and is targeted to girls from 10th grade onwards who are interested in natural sciences and consider studying in the field. Carla Kirschbaum, a PhD student in the Molecular Physics Department, lead the patricipents through the exciting day.

The Future of Physical Chemistry:
For two days, on the 10th and 11th of January 2023, the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society hosted the symposium on “chemical dynamics at extended scales”. The FHI focuses primarily on surface and interface science and the development of new methods to study chemical processes. To identify and discuss the upcoming fields and topics for the next decades, distinguished experts in physical chemistry and chemical physics were invited.

Celebrating great minds and research
In recollection of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Gerhard Ertl, which he received in 2007, the Chemistry community in Berlin celebrates this event with a special prize, the “Gerhard Ertl lecture”. Since 2008 numerous excellent and well-known awardees from all over the world delivered a lecture on their work in Physical Chemistry.

On the 12th of December 2022 Prof. Dr. Alec Wodtke gave his award lecture entitled “Progress toward building the world’s greatest microscope: Making ultrafast atomic scale movies of chemical reactions at surfaces” at the 15th instalment of the Ertl Lecture

Two Bessel Awardees as Guests at the Institute
With Prof. Franklin Goldsmith (Brown University) and Prof. Michail Stamatakis (University College London) the Theory Department is happy to host two Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awardees. Together with the local colleagues, the distinguished experts will conduct research on kinetic modeling of climate-relevant catalytic reactions.

Current Information

Lighthouse Project CatLab on an international stage
The CatLab project now presented itself very successfully at the international conference on "Challenges on Renewable Energy Storage" in Liblice near Prague. In addition to the FHI, the Helmholtz Centre Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion are also involved in the joint catalysis research for better use of green hydrogen.

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Upcoming Seminars

Fully-atomistic Light-driven Dynamics in Plasmonic Cavities and Interfaces

Joint Seminar FHI - IMS
Feb 3, 2023 10:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
Building G, Room: Seminar Room 2.06

(Electro)catalytic model systems

Feb 3, 2023 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
HZB Adlershof BESSY II, Albert-Einstein-Straße 15, 12489 Adlershof, Room: Großer Hörsaal

Acetylene semi-hydrogenation on intermetallic compounds

Feb 10, 2023 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
HZB Adlershof BESSY II, Albert-Einstein-Straße 15, 12489 Adlershof, Room: Großer Hörsaal

Solid-state NMR spectroscopy: Chemical shift and other parameters as structural and reactivity descriptors

Feb 17, 2023 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
HZB Adlershof BESSY II, Albert-Einstein-Straße 15, 12489 Adlershof, Room: Großer Hörsaal

Is science helpful in crisis?
A public discussion event at the Science and Technology Park Berlin Adlershof on 6 October, 4 pm, will take a self-critical look at the contribution of the sciences to the challenges of our time. Among those discussing on the panel with moderator Thomas Prinzler are: Jule Specht, Professor of Personality Psychology, Humboldt University, Roland Sillmann, Managing Director of WISTA Management GmbH and Jutta Allmendinger, President of the Social Science Research Center Berlin.
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