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Roentgen Medal for Roldán

Roentgen Medal for Roldán

September 15, 2022

FHI Director Prof. Dr Beatriz Roldán Cuenya received the Röntgen Medal 2022 in recognition of her research on catalysis, especially electrocatalysis, and the associated possibilities for the use of new sustainable energy sources of the future. The prize was awarded on 10 September by Remscheid's Lord Mayor Burkhard Mast-Weisz in the Klosterkirche in Remscheid-Lennep.

International conference in Prague started today

The international conference "Challenges on renewable energy storage" at Liblice Castle near Prague started today with strong FHI participation. The conference from 29 to 31 August is being held jointly with the Czech J. Heyrovský Institute for Physical Chemistry and with the support of the CatLab project. more

New Understanding of Water Electrolysis

Water electrolysis is a key technology to establish CO2-neutral hydrogen production. One of the key technological hurdles is the design of stable, active and affordable catalysts for the anodic oxygen evolution reaction (OER), which is one bottleneck of the hydrogen production process. Researchers from the Interface Science Department have now provided quantitative near-surface structural insights into oxygen-evolving CoOx(OH)y nanoparticles which are published in Nature Energy today. more

Dr. Janis Timoshenko received Farrel Lytle Prize

Dr. Janis Timoshenko, head of the research group "Operando Hard X-Ray Spectroscopy" in the Interface Science department, has just received the Farrel Lytle Prize for Young Scientists of the International X-Ray Absorption Society (IXAS). more

Foundation Stone for the new Research Building

Today the foundation stone was laid for a new catalysis laboratory building of the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin-Dahlem. The event was opened by the Secretary General of the Max Planck Society, Dr Simone Schwanitz, who travelled from Munich especially for the occasion. more

Long Night of Science at 2nd July 2022

The Fritz Haber Institute is preparing for the Long Night of the Sciences on 2 July. Planned are participatory projects by the departments and workshops, a chemistry experiment show, a panel discussion on the topic of "No energy transition without hydrogen" and two historical district tours under the motto "Wrong or right: facts about the Dahlem Nobel Prize winners". more

Prof Roldán speaks at Parliamentary Breakfast

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.

Construction progress on new laboratory building

Extensive construction work has begun on a new laboratory building on the north campus of the Fritz Haber Institute. On the historic site of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Fibre Chemistry, founded in 1920, research will be conducted on nanostructured materials for electrocatalysis and thermal catalysis. The new laboratory will be used by FHI Director Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya and her department of Interface Science. more

Institute-wide Poster Session

In the last week of April, the whole Fritz-Haber-Institut came together for the first live poster session since the start of the pandemic to discuss the research undertaken during the last few years. We spoke to five researchers about their posters. more

Faraday Medal for FHI Director

FHI Director Beatriz Roldán Cuenya will be awarded the prestigious Faraday Medal from the Royal Society of chemistry of UK for 2022. She will receive the medal at “Electrochem2022” in Edinburgh this September. In 1987, there was another prior winner from FHI, former director and world-wide electrochemistry leader, Prof. Heinz Gerischer. 

Selectivity of Catalysts

Selectivity of Catalysts

April 21, 2022

In order to successfully shape the energy transition and achieve CO2 neutrality in society, it is important to develop technologies through which the greenhouse gas CO2 can be efficiently converted into chemical raw materials and fuels. The electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction can fulfil this task by using electricity from renewable sources. more

At the Lindau Nobel Laureate Conference

Five FHI researchers have recieved an invitation to the renowned Lindau Nobel Prize Conference. Dr. Hélène Seiler (Physical Chemistry), Dr. Fabian Scholten (Interface Science) and Christian Kunkel (Theory) will participate in the 71st Lindau Conference from 26 June to 1 July. Furthermore, Kim Greis (Molecular Physics), currently on reseach stay in Yale (USA) and Yair Litman, now at the University of Cambridge (UK), will take part.

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