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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. more

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. more

Discovery to lower Co2 Emissions in the Industrial Sector by using Green Synthesis<br /> 

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: <br />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.

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.

European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a Starting Grant of 1.75 million Euros to Dr. Sebastian Öner

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a Starting Grant of 1.75 million Euros to Dr. Sebastian Öner, group leader at the Interface Science Department of the Fritz Haber Institute. Dr. Öner’s research aims at sensing and controlling ions at liquid-solid and vapor-solid interfaces that are broadly relevant across many scientific domains, including electro-, thermal- and biochemistry. With the ERC grant ORION, Dr. Öner’s group will develop a new electrochemical scanning probe microscopy that enables spatial control over the free energy of interfacial ions, such as protons (H+) and hydroxide ions (OH-) during interfacial water dissociation (H2O-> H+ + OH-).

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