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Dr. Jascha Alexander Lau appointed Research Group Leader at the Fritz-Haber-Institut since January 2024

The Fritz-Haber-Institut of the Max Planck Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Jascha Alexander Lau has joined the Department of Molecular Physics as a research group leader. Dr. Lau, an accomplished chemist, has been recognized with the Otto Hahn Medal and Award for his exceptional contributions to the field of physical chemistry. more

Germany's Journey Towards Open Access of Scientific Publications

An Interview with Prof. Dr. Gerard Meijer more

Radiation damage mechanisms: Study shows water ionization hot-spots form around solvated metal ions

A new international study, has revealed insights into the mechanisms underlying radiation damage at the molecular level. The research, published in Nature Chemistry, reveals how extensive, localized water ionization occurs due to the ultrafast processes triggered by core-level ionization of solvated metal ions. more

Rao Prize for Ju Hyeon Lee

Rao Prize for Ju Hyeon Lee

September 15, 2023

South Korean PhD student Ju Hyeon Lee, whose research focuses on spectroscopy and control of chiral molecules, has been awarded one of the esteemed Rao Prizes at the 2023 International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy. This recognition highlights her significant contributions to the field of molecular spectroscopy, positioning her among the notable scholars in this area of study. more

ERC Starting Grant for Dr. Sandra Eibenberger-Arias

Dr. Sandra Eibenberger-Arias, a distinguished Austrian physicist from Vienna with an exceptional academic record, has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant totalling €1.8 million for a period of five years. This grant recognizes her groundbreaking research in the field of coherent control of chiral molecules, paving the way for innovative advancements in chemistry and physics. more

ERC Starting Grant for Dr. Giacomo Valtolina

Dr. Giacomo Valtolina, a physicist  from the small town of Cornate d'Adda near Milan, has been granted a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant of €1.5 million. Dr. Valtolina's exceptional research project, "LIght for controlling Reactive Interactions in COld molecules - LIRICO," aims to revolutionize our understanding of ultracold chemistry and the behavior of molecules at temperatures close to absolute zero. more

A waterfall of possibility: probing liquid flatjets with photoelectron spectroscopy

Liquid-jet photoelectron spectroscopy allows measurement of the electronic structure of liquids in a vacuum. However, the technique has only been applied to cylindrical liquid jets, whose curvature means measurements must average over the many orientations of surface molecules. more

First Lasing of the FHI FIR FEL

Successful machine upgrade more

Girls´ Day 2023 at FHI

On 27.04. it was once again time for the girls' day. The colleagues at the Fritz Haber Institute had the pleasure to invite 30 interested girls to a day full of experiments, technology and questions and to introduce different professions in a research institution dealing with areas at the interface of chemistry and physics.
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Ångstrom-Depth Resolution with Chemical Specificity at the Liquid-Vapor Interface

Surfactants play an important role in every day life, for instance as major components in soaps. Since they feature hydrophilic and hydrophobic parts in their structure, they accumulate at water interfaces with air and can there influence the rate of evaporation of the solution or the efficiency with which gas molecules are taken up by the solution, a process that is for instance important for the incorporation of carbon dioxide into the oceans. more

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