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The Fritz Haber Institute, the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin are building a research platform for catalysis named CatLab to achieve leaps of innovation in hydrogen research. The project is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with more than 50 million Euros. more

The Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society is once again the most popular research institution for Humboldt Fellowships and Awards in Germany. In the last ten years, the FHI has also nearly doubled the share of female scientists from the Humboldt Foundation. The Interface Science Department welcomes two more fellows this winter. more

Transitioning to a sustainable energy economy requires electrocatalytic methods to convert electrical energy to chemical energy and feedstocks. A team of researchers from TU Berlin, ETH Zurich, the National Research Council – Institute of Materials of Trieste, and led by the FHI has now uncovered the reaction mechanism of a major bottleneck in these processes, the oxygen evolution reaction. Results are published in Nature. more

The Director of the Interface Science Department has been announced as the 2022 winner of the Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis by the North American Catalysis Society. more

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. more

This summer, four new scientists will be joining the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society with a Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers by the Humboldt Foundation. more

A research team from the Departments of Interface Science and Inorganic Chemistry was able to observe a copper catalyst during the reaction that converts the greenhouse gas CO2 into a chemical energy source. The information gained through their technique will further advance technologically important reactions for green energy production. more

A team of scientists in the Department of Interface Science was able to exploit the dynamic structural and chemical nature of Cu surfaces under pulsed electrocatalytic reaction conditions to convert the greenhouse gas CO2 into a fuel such as ethanol. more

FHI Directors Prof. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya and Prof. Robert Schlögl were interviewed by German daily newspaper DIE WELT about hydrogen production. In the interview published on March 7th 2020 they talk about progressive fundamental research and the industry’s need to catch up with scientific developments. more

In February 2020, the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society welcomed four new research fellows who have been awarded a Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers by the Humboldt Foundation. According to the latest rankings, the FHI hosts more Postdoctoral Humboldt Fellows than any other research institution outside of higher education. more

FHI Director Prof. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya was featured by the journal ACS Energy Letters and interviewed about her career and the pathways that lead her to become an expert in the fields of surface science and electrocatalysis for applications in energy research. more

Highly-selective Cu-based catalysts for CO2 electroreduction were synthesized using electrolyte-induced nanostructuring of a Cu foil. In addition to enhanced surface roughness, the effect is associated with the formation and stability of Cu+ species as revealed by operando spectroscopy. more

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