On April 27, the European Research Council (ERC) announces the recipients of the Proof of Concept (PoC) Grant scheme: one of them is Michael J. Bojdys, materials chemist and junior research group leader at IRIS Adlershof and the department of chemistry of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. This makes Bojdys one of the first two ERC PoC grantees in Berlin since the grant was established in 2018. This year’s second recipient is from the TU Berlin.
Proof of Concept Grants are exclusively awarded to researchers who already hold an ERC Grant and wish to move the output of their research towards the initial steps of pre-commercialisation.
In the course of his ERC PoC Grant "Ultra-high energy storage Li-anode materials" (LiAnMAT) Michael Bojdys will develop together with VARTA Micro Innovation GmbH and the Adlershof start-up INURU GmbH, Li anode materials for high capacity applications.
First promising results are part of a patent application of HU Berlin and the start-up incubator Humboldt Innovation GmbH: the capacity of the novel anodes exceeds that of commercially available anodes by a factor of 10-40.
Für das Jahr 2020 können Mittel aus dem Familienfonds der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin beantragt werden.
Der Familienfonds wurde mit dem Ziel eingerichtet, bestimmte Maßnahmen zur noch besseren Förderung der Vereinbarkeit von Beruf, Studium und Familie an der HU finanziell zu unterstützen. Grundlage ist das umfassende Familienverständnis der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin entsprechend ihrem Leitbild als familiengerechte Hochschule.
Ab heute können sich alle Mitglieder der HU für die unterschiedlichen Programmlinien bewerben, sofern sie die jeweils genannten Voraussetzungen erfüllen. Anträge können vom 1. April bis zum 15. Mai 2020 gestellt werden (Ausschlussfrist).
Funding for Master's students with strong research skills who plan to pursue a doctorate.
The Humboldt Research Track funding line is designed to support outstanding Master’s students from Humboldt-Universität who plan to pursue a doctorate. Graduates from other universities may also be funded if they pursue a doctorate at Humboldt-Universität. The program offers funding for the transition phase between the end of a Master’s program and the beginning of a doctorate. Requirements for funding are excellent academic results and an original, high-quality proposal of the doctoral project. Applications may already be submitted during the Master’s studies, but funding can only start after graduation. The scholarship helps recipients to focus on the preparation of their doctorate.
How much funding is provided?
Funding of 800 EUR per month is awarded for up to six months. Scholarship holders with children receive an additional 400 EUR a month for the first child, plus 100 EUR for each additional child. In exceptional cases, funding can be extended for up to an additional six months Monatlich 800 EUR Stipendium über sechs Monate, ggf. Familienzuschlag (gemäß Richtlinien der DFG), Verlängerung in Ausnahmefällen um weitere sechs Monate möglich.
What are the application deadlines?
The Humboldt Research Track Scholarships are awarded four times a year. Application periods are 1 April to 15 May for funding starting 1 August 1 June to 15 July for funding starting 1 October 1 September to 15 October for funding starting 1 February 1 December to 15 January for funding starting 1 April.
Our modern society depends on the efficient processing of information, but conventional electronic data processing is reaching its limits. We need new approaches to store and process large amounts of information. Quantum computing is the promising candidate, and quantum supremacy has already been shown in 2019.
If photons are used as qubits, they have to be controlled, slowed and stored, f.e. in a waveguide or a light-cage. Flavie Davidson-Marquis, a PhD-student in the group of Prof. Oliver Benson, who is a member ofIRIS Adlershof, is investigating a novel light-cage type waveguide: She explores the enhanced light-matter interaction resulting from cohabitation of caesium vapour and a guided field.
IRIS Adlershof supports this research with a fellowship, so Flavie can focus on finalizing the project and getting the results ready for publication.
The Ministry of Science and Culture of the State Niedersachsen, has appointed Professor Caterina Cocchi the W3 professorship "Theoretical Solid State Physics" at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg. Ms. Cocchi, who is a member of IRIS Adlershof, will move to her new position in Oldenburg at the beginning of the summer semester 2020. She will keep in touch with Humboldt-Universität as a visiting scientist, as project leader within the CRC 951 “HIOS”, as well as a member of IRIS Adlershof.
We warmly congratulate Ms. Cocchi and wish her every success and all the best for her new position. We look forward to our further fruitful cooperation.
An essential prerequisite for quantum communication and technology is the transmission of quantum information over long distances, but far-reaching and stable networks can only be realized with quantum amplifiers. Dr. Tim Schröder conducts research on such amplifiers with the ERC project QUERP “Quantum Repeater Architectures Based on Quantum Memories and Photonic Encoding” and also attempts to combine complementary technologies from quantum communication: In a hybrid quantum repeater module, two different concepts, such as quantum memory in tin defect centers in diamond, and photonic cluster states are to be brought together.
Dr. Olaf Hohm leads the ERC Consolidation Group “Symmetries and Cosmology”. He‘s developing a computational approach based on string theory, arguably the most promising candidate for a complete theory of quantum gravity. This approach might answer questions relating to the very early history of the Universe, and even test string theory on measurements of background radiation.
IRIS Adlershof welcomes its new members warmly and looks forward to a long and fruitful cooperation.
The Innovative Training Network iSwitch is awarded the "Étoiles de l'Europe" prize of the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation for its outstanding and European-oriented research. With this, the project, in which IRIS Adlershof members Prof. Norbert Koch and Prof. Stefan Hecht were participating as Principle Investigators, now literally belongs to the shining "stars of Europe".
The award is given each year to twelve research and innovation projects initiated in France to reward and strengthen international cooperation in the field of science and technology at a European level. iSwitch was coordinated by Paolo Samorì, Professor at the University of Strasbourg, and since 2015 has brought together leading international research groups at the interface between chemistry, physics and engineering with the aim of educating and promoting the next generation of researchers in the emerging fields of materials science and nanoscience. The network consisted of 14 interdisciplinary academic and industrial partners from seven European countries (France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Great Britain and Switzerland).
In December 2018, the project funded by the EU under Horizon2020 ended successfully: The iSwitch training program qualified its young scientists for employment with leading global companies such as Johnson & Johnson, universities of excellence or prestigious research institutions. In addition, the knowledge gained and technologies developed in the project have provided significant impetus in the research field of optoelectronic devices, for example for the manufacture of artificial retinae and smart textiles such as special clothing, which can measure temperature changes and then adapt shape and color.
IRIS Adlershof congratulates the iSwitch team for this great success!
The Research Training Group (RTG) "Rethinking Quantum Field Theory" is based in the Physics Department and the IRIS Adlershof of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin(HU). From April 2020, it will be funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for four and a half years with about 4 Mio Euro. The RTG will address urgent theoretical questions and significant innovations in quantum field theory (QFT) that go beyond established methods.
Quantum field theory (QFT), the unification of quantum mechanics and special relativity, represents a major intellectual achievement of the past century. These innovations culminated in the formulation of the Standard Model (SM). With the discovery of the Higgs boson, the SM is an empirical validated and mathematically consistent theory valid up to highest energies. However, a number of terrestrial experiments exhibit significant tensions with the SM, while astrophysical observations require the existence of dark matter and energy showing that the SM is not the ultimate theory of particle physics. In addition, pressing theoretical issues as the quest for a quantum theory of gravity, the hierarchy problem and the discovery of dualities between different QFTs raise questions about the foundations of the SM and QFT in general. In recent years important innovations in QFT occurred leading the community to a serious rethinking of its core concepts. These include the methodology of perturbation theory, dualities and hidden symmetries, the prominent role of effective field theory in fundamental physics, modern on-shell methods for scattering amplitudes and the gradient flow methodology in lattice field theory. The further development of these methods and concepts of modern QFT leading to a deep rethinking of it provides the common basis of this proposed research training group (RTG). We designed a timely qualification program for the new generation of quantum field theorists. The RTG is headed by 12 principal investigators including senior and junior research group leaders, encompassing all groups working in theoretical high energy physics Humboldt University. Partners of the RTG are the Max-Planck-Insitute for Gravitational Physics and the Helmholtz Center DESY. IRIS Adlershof is involved with several members in the newly established RTG. These are RTG-spokesman Prof. Jan Plefka, Dr. Valentina Forini, Prof. Dirk Kreimer and Prof. Matthias Staudacher.
IRIS Adlershof congratulates the successful applicants and wishes a lot of success.
The IRIS Symposium has firmly established itself as an annual highlight in the scientific life of IRIS Adlershof, and it has a growing interest far beyond the Adlershof location, as the annually increasing number of participants impressively demonstrates. This year, ideas for the further development of IRIS in the areas of 2D Based Heterostructures, Energy Conversion, Data Science, and Emerging Fields were in the focus of interest. These topics were introduced to an extremely open-minded audience of internationally renowned researchers.
The junior researchers had the opportunity to present their own research results during a poster competition to the invited speakers and the other participants of the symposium. The jury, consisting of the junior researchers Dr. Zsuzsanna Heiner and Dr. Felix Hermerschmidt, as well as the IRIS member Prof. Nicola Pinna, was visibly struggling to make the choice for the best poster.
Finally, Dr. Benedikt Haas was able to prevail with a total of 33 competitors with his poster. Benedikt, PostDoc in the group „Structure Research and Electron Microscopy“, which is led by IRIS member Prof. Christoph T. Koch, received the Best Poster Award and a voucher for a travel allowance up to a maximum of 500 EUR for active participation in a scientific conference. Doctoral students Martin Rothe (AG Nanooptik) and Niklas Mutz (AG Hybride Bauelemente) were awarded second and third prize as well as book vouchers for their poster contributions. The event ended with grilled and drinks.
IRIS Adlershof congratulates the winners and thanks everyone who has contributed actively to the success of the symposium.
"Getting to the bottom of the materials of the future" - in a newly published article, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin addresses the research of the CRC 951 - Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Systems for Opto-Electronics (HIOS), in which members of IRIS Adlershof are also involved.
The importance of the CRC’s theoretical und application-oriented research on materials is discussed, especially with regard to the indispensable use of optoelectronics in modern everyday life and the ever-increasing demand for sustainable and environmentally friendly materials.
Claudia Draxl’s SOLgroup and Emil List-Kratochvil’s Hybrid Devices Group are covered in detail. Both are members of IRIS Adlershof and professors at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the HU, as is the spokesperson of HIOS, Norbert Koch.
The article can be found in the press portal of the HU. Here you can find the website of the CRC, which entered its third funding period in July this year. More information about the working group of Claudia Draxl can be found here, the working group of Emil List-Kratochvil here.
The Institute of Physics (IOP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and IRIS Adlershof want to intensify their scientific collaboration. After the first joint workshop at IRIS Adlershofon June 25./26. the second workshop took place at the IOP (SLAB) in Dongguan, Guangdong, followed up by visits of the IOP in Beijing and at the University of CAS (UCAS, North Campus). The focus of interest were priority subjects at both institutes, including 2D- and nano-materials, soft matter, hybrid electronic devices, photoemission, synchrotron research, and quantum information.
During their visit to Beijing, members of the Berlin delegation headed by IRIS Director Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe also met Academician Prof. Hongjun Gao, who will visit Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on October 21, with an official delegation of IOP/CAS.
Starting in November, Carlos-Andres Palma, Professor at the IOP, will regularly carry out research at IRIS Adlershof within the framework of a research fellowship granted by the Alexander von Humboldt. Furthermore, the participating institutes plan to regularly exchange students and scientists, establish a joint postdoctoral program, and implement joint scientific events.
The mathematicial physicist Nichol Furey (University of Cambridge) has been awarded a Freigeist Fellowship by the Volkswagen Foundation.
These Fellowships are aimed at unusual and courageous lateral thinkers from all disciplines in the first four years following their doctorate. In order to become a Freigeist Fellow, the young researchers must not only possess outstanding specialist expertise, but also look beyond their own discipline and combine critical analytical skills with new perspectives and approaches.
At the IRIS Adlershof of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Ms. Furey will study a special number system, the octaves, and would like to prove that the behavior of elementary particles can be predicted using this system. Her project "In-depth Study into the Algebraic Structure of Elementary Particle Physics" explores the question of whether there is a mathematical logic behind the inner processes of elementary particle physics.
Anyone interested in learning more about this exciting topic can experience Ms. Furey as invited speaker at the symposium IRIS 2019.
IRIS Adlershof congratulates the successful young scientist and looks forward to a fruitful cooperation.
Professor Carlos-Andres Palma has been awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. The fellowship provides funding for international experts to make extended research visits to Germany. At IRIS Adlershof and at the physics department of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Prof. Palma will contribute with expertise in ultrahigh-vacuum variable temperature, low-temperature atomic force microscopy (AFM) and complementary surface analytics. Together with Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe’s group and co-hosted by Prof. Norbert Koch’s group, he will explore nanographane materials and their phonon properties in the project entitled ‘Low-dimensional carbon sp3 materials at well-defined interfaces’, in collaboration with Prof. Klaus Müllen (MPI Mainz) and Prof. Thomas Frauenheim (University of. Bremen). The first publication from his fellowship "Edge Phonon Excitations in a Chiral Self-Assembled Supramolecular Nanoribbon" has been recently published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.
Carlos-Andres Palma (36) is associate professor of physics at the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)–a leading research institute in condensed matter physics, contributing extensively to copper-and iron-based high-temperature superconductors, Weyl semimetals, the quantum anomalous Hall effect, topological insulators and related physics. Prior to joining the Institute of Physics, he worked at the TU Munich, the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, ETH Zurich, University College London and the University of Strasbourg, where he completed his MSc and PhD in 2010.
His group is funded by the Thousand Youth Talent Plan, the CAS Instrument Development, the CAS Frontier Research Grant and Sino-German NSFC-DFG Grants. His research interests lie in the physics of precision molecular architectures at interfaces.
Anyone interested in learning more about Prof. Palma's exciting research can experience him as an invited speaker at the symposium IRIS 2019.
Aron Vanselow has been awarded the second prize of the Quantum Futur Award 2019 by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for his master thesis on “Mid-infrared frequency-domain optical coherence tomography with undetected photons”. Mr. Vanselow did his work in the group “Nonlinear Quantum Optics”, led by Dr. Sven Ramelow, who is a member of IRIS Adlershof. Some results of this work were recently published in the journal Optics Letters and have already led to a patent.
IRIS Adlershof warmly congratulates the young award winner.
Valentin Reiter-Scherer, doctoral student in the group of Jürgen P. Rabe, director of IRIS Adlershof was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Poster Prize at the Polydays 2019 of the Berlin-Brandenburg Association of Polymer Research (BVP) for his poster "Dynamic interactions of influenza A virus proteins hemagglutinin and neuraminidase with sialic acid revealed by Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy". Well deserved, Valentin!
Dr. Tim Schröder, junior research group leader at the Department of Physics of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut fuer Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH), was awarded an ERC Starting Grant and will receive EUR 1.5 million for five years.
With his project QUERP "Quantum Repeater Architectures Based on Quantum Memories and Photonic Encoding", Mr. Schröder is researching the next generation of faster, safer and future-compatible communication at the interface of integrated quantum optics, communication and new material systems.
He can also use resources from IRIS Adlershof when working on this topic. We congratulate and look forward to the continuation of our good cooperation.
The Berlin University Alliance has won funding as a group in the Universities of Excellence funding line of the German federal and state governments’ Excellence Strategy. The German Council of Science and Humanities announced the decision on July 19, 2019, in Bonn. The four Berlin partners – Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin – submitted a joint proposal entitled Crossing Boundaries toward an Integrated Research Environment and in a highly competitive process were able to convince the reviewers of its feasibility.
The IRIS junior research group leader Michael J. Bojdys and his international team have achieved a great success: Their article “Real-time optical and electronic sensing with a β-amino enone linked, triazine-containing 2D covalent organic framework” has been selected to be published in the renowned journal Nature Communications. Bojdys article deals with aromatic two-dimensional covalent organic frameworks (2D COFs), which are a class of porous polymers that allow the precise incorporation of organic units into periodic structures.COFs can be chemically designed to incorporate particular surface functional groups which can be exploited to tune the optical and electronic properties. However, low stability towards chemical triggers has hampered their practical implementations.
Together with a team from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Prague, Czech Republic), IRIS junior research group leader Michael J. Bojdys and his team from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin have explored a new design principle for COFs that makes use of strong, overall conjugation and incorporation of donor-acceptor domains. In this study a new, a highly stable chemoresistant β-amino enone linked, triazine-containing COF was used as a real-time, reversible optical and electronic sensor for volatile acids and bases. The team was further able to conclude that the sensing capabilities of the COF was achieved by preferential protonation of the electron accepotor – a triazine ring in the structure – , resulting in an optical response visible to the naked eye and an increase of bulk electrical conductivity by two orders of magnitude. These findings demonstrate a powerful approach to design more practical sensors and switches, and take genuine advantage of the chemoresistant make-up, porous structure, and overall conjugation of fully-aromatic systems. IRIS Adlershof would like to congratulate Michael J. Bojdys and his team on this successful study and its publication in Nature Communications!
Due to his great enthusiasm for the concept of IRIS Adlershof and the research carried out here, ERC-grant holder Bojdys joined the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and IRIS Adlershof in 2018 as leader of the junior research group “Functional Materials”. The group’s research aims at the development of metal-free, electronic components for transistors and sensors on the basis of functional materials made up of light, covalently-bonded atoms. At the heart of the project lies the challenge to transfer the control mechanisms and modularity known from molecular, organic chemistry to macroscopic structures.
Real-time optical and and electronic sensing with a β-amino enone linked, triazine-containing 2D covalent organic framework
R. Kulkarni, Y. Noda, D.K Barange, Y.S. Kochergin, P. Lyu, B. Balcarov, P. Nachtigall, and M.J. Bojdys Nat. Commun 10 (2019) 3228
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The European Research Council (ERC) brings pioneering science to the Annual Meeting of the New Champions (AMNC), also known as "Summer Davos", organised by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Dalian, China, from 1 to 3 July. The 2019 edition will address the topic of "Leadership 4.0: Succeeding in a new era of globalization".
For the eighth year running, the ERC will take part with a delegation, composed of ERC President Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon and ten ERC grantees, all leaders in their respective fields. Among these these ten ERC grantees is Dr. Michael J. Bojdys, junior research group leader at IRIS Adlershof and at the Chemistry Department of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Dr. Bojdys is pleased about the invitation to Dalian and summarizes his impressions: "The WEFfocused this year in particular on "Leadership 4.0" to deliver on sustainable development goals. The technology for sustainable electronics, smart energy storage, food security and healthier living is out there, sponsored by tax-payer's money via the ERC, for example, who are supporting my research. But most scientists lack the business literacy to bring their projects to the market. WEF and ERC identify the need for (1) better business training of scientists - that means: can you deliver an "elevator pitch" on the impact of your research on society? Can you make the same pitch to funders? (2) Better funding instruments to develop prototype devices - here, the ERC is leading with the ERC "Proof of Concept" grant scheme that pays not only for prototype development but also for a market study, and (3) how can we help scientists find the right type of funders for their pre-IPO [initital public offering] projects - an exciting new initiative by the ERC is the "Virtual Ventures Fair" that aims to bring scientists that succesfully resolved their "Proof of Concept" grants together with investors. I am particularly looking forward to work together with the new leadership of the ERC on the "Virtual Ventures Fair" project - if there's anything we know as scientists, then it is to contribute expert opinions via peer-review."
Research teams from the Humboldt-Universität and the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB) have investigated a new material from the family of carbon nitrides. Triazine-based graphitic carbon nitride (TGCN) is a semiconductor that is useful in optoelectronic applications. Its structure is two-dimensional and layered, and it resembles that of graphene. Unlike graphene, its conductivity between the layers is 65-times higher than in-plane.
Some organic materials can be used in optoelectronics just like silicon-based semiconductors. Whether in solar cells, light-emitting diodes, or as transistors – the important property is the bandgap, i.e. the energy-difference of the electrons in the valence band and the conduction band. The basic principle underlying all electronic components is that electrons can be promoted by light or by voltage between the valence and the conduction band. Here, bandgaps between 1 and 2 eV are ideal.
A team led by the chemist Dr. Michael J. Bojdys from the chemistry department and IRIS Adlershof of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, has recently synthesized an organic semiconductor from the family of carbon nitrides. This triazine-based graphitic carbon nitride (TGCN) consists exclusively from carbon and nitrogen atoms and can be grown as a brown film on quartz glass substrates. The C- and N-atoms connect in hexagonal, honeycomb patterns like carbon atoms in graphene. Just like in graphene, the crystal structure of TGCN is based on layered, two-dimensional sheets. In graphene, in-plane conductivity is excellent, however, it is much lower through the planes. In the case of TGCN, the opposite is observed: through-plane conductivity is 65-times higher than in-plane. With a bandgap of 1.7 eV TGCN is a good candidate for optoelectronic applications.
The HZB-physicist Dr. Christoph Merschjann has examined the charge carrier transport in samples of TGCN using time-resolved absorption measurements in the femto- to nanosecond regime at the laser lab JULiq – a joint lab between the HZB and the Freie Universität Berlin. Such laser experiments offer a unique way to correlate macroscopic conductivity and microscopic transport models. From his measurements, he was able to deduce how the charge carriers diffuse throughout the material. “Electrons do not exit the hexagonal honeycombs of triazine units horizontally, but they move at a slope to the nearest triazine-unit in the neighboring layer. The crystal structure of the material leads to a preferred movement of charge carriers along tube-like channels.” This mechanism could explain why the conductivity of TGCN is fundamentally higher through-plane than in-plane. “TGCN is the hitherto best candidate to replace silicon semiconductors and the critical, rare-earth dopants used in their manufacture”, says Michael Bojdys. “The production method for TGCN that we developed in my group at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin yields flat layers of semiconducting TGCN on insulating quartz glass. This enables relatively easy upscaling and device production.”
These results were recently published in the international edition of the renowned journal "Angewandte Chemie".
As of 1 June 2019, Prof. Dr. Bernd Rech and Prof. Dr. Jan Lüning are the new scientific directors of Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie. Bernd Rech is responsible for the “Energy and Information” department and Jan Lüning heads the “Matter” department. Thus the HZB Supervisory Board has appointed two internationally recognised experts at the top of HZB.
IRIS Adlershof congratulates and looks forward to the continuation of the close scientific collaboration.
The “14th International Symposium on Functional π-Electron Systems” is part of a regular international conference series that began in 1989 in Osaka, Japan. The 14th edition of this series is jointly organized by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH (HZB) and IRIS Adlershof of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. It takes place 2nd - 7th June 2019 in the Berlin-Adlershof Science and Technology park, with over 400 participants. The scientific program is co-organized by Prof. Stefan Hecht (Department of Chemistry of HU) and Prof. Norbert Koch (Department of Physics of HU). Both are members of IRIS Adlershof.
The symposium focuses on:
- design and synthesis of new π-conjugated molecules and polymers,
- organic and polymeric semiconducting materials for thin film transistors,
- organic and polymeric photovoltaic and photo-responsive materials and devices,
- organic light-emitting materials for display and lighting application,
- hybrid and perovskite materials and devices,
- conjugated polymers and oligomers in chemo/bio-sensors, and
The Collaborative Research Centre 951 "Hybrid Inorganic / Organic Systems for Opto-Electronics" (HIOS) will receive funding for another four years. This was decided by the German Research Foundation (DFG) at this years’ spring meeting in Bonn.
Since its establishment in 2011, the development and investigation of innovative hybrid systems has been the scientific focus of the CRC 951. These hybrid systems combine inorganic semiconductors, conjugated organic materials, and metal nanostructures with long-term goal to realize novel and superior opto-electronic functions in the meso- or nanoscopic range not achievable with any of the individual material classes alone. These functionscould be used, for example, in high-frequency and multi-colored light sources and sensors, as well as electronic and optical multifunctional devices of future generations of information technology.
In the past years, the CRC elucidated the fundamental chemical, electronic, photonic, and plasmonic interactions arising from the different nature of the components combined in HIOS. As one of many results, novel hybridized quantum states and coupled excitations at the inorganic/organic interfaces were uncovered. These impressive results laid the foundation for the next four years of exciting HIOS-research.
The German Research Foundation (DFG) has now acknowledged the achievements of the CRC 951 by granting a third funding period for 2019 – 2023. The CRC's spokesperson and deputy spokesperson, Norbert Koch and Oliver Benson (both members of IRIS Adlershof) look forward to the joint work with 21 principal investigators from physics and chemistry of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (coordinating university), Technische Universität Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Universität Potsdam, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, and Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.
Congratulations! Qiankun Wang, doctoral student in the group of Norbert Koch, received the “2018 Chinese Government Award for
Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad” of the China Scholarship Council.
Well deserved, Qiankun!
Valentina Forini is a theoretical physicist who conducts research in the field of mathematical physics with a focus on string and quantum field theory. She specializes in the Anti-de-Sitter/Conformal Field Theory correspondence, hence the study of space-time-matter. Her contributions to string and gauge field theory are internationally recognised. From 2012 to 2017 Valentina Forini was group leader of an Emmy Noether Research Group at the Department of Physics of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Since then, Forini has been engaged in several research projects atIRIS Adlershof. Meanwhile Valentina Forini has been awarded a 2018/19 Simons Emmy Noether Fellowship at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada. At IRIS she is also project leader for the European Marie-Curie ITN network Europlex. Moreover, Forini is a lecturer in Mathematics at City University London.
Now, Ms Forini has been awarded an Einstein Junior Fellowship by the Einstein Foundation Berlin. IRIS Adlershof congratulates Ms. Forini warmly and looks forward to further cooperation.
Professor Thomas Elsaesser receives a prestigious Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) which supports, for a period of 5 years, basic research on dynamic electric interactions of DNA and RNA with ions and their water environment. The ERC Advanced Grant is endowed with up to 2.5 million euro and awarded to top researchers in Europe pursuing groundbreaking high-risk projects in science..
Thomas Elsaesser is a director at the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy, a professor for experimental physics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and a member of IRIS Adlershof. With his research on ultrafast phenomena in condensed matter, including liquids, biomolecular systems, and crystalline materials, he plays a leading role in ultrafast science worldwide. In his experiments, he combines methods of femtosecond spectroscopy and structure research with x-rays. He has received numerous awards for his scientific work, among them a first ERC Advanced Grant in 2009.
IRIS Adlershof congratulates and looks forward to the further close cooperation.
From 20.3.-22.3.2019 Wolfgang Knoll (Austrian Institute of Technology), Franz Aussenegg (Universität Graz and Erwin-Schrödinger Institute) and Emil J.W. List-Kratochvil (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Member of IRIS Adlershof) jointly organize the 8th “Nano and Photonics” meeting in the Castle of Mauterndorf, Austria.
This year’s program was put together with a topical focus on “Sensing applications based on plasmonic nanostructures and on Photovoltaic Technologies“. Invited speakers include S. Kawata from Osaka University, B. Hecht from Universität Würzburg, und T. Dimopoulos from the Austrian Institute of Technology, and many others.
The purpose of this event is to organize an international scientific meeting for those, who are interested in photonic applications of modern nanotechnology. One goal of this event is also to create an informal European wide discussion platform for state of the art work in basic research done at the various universities as well as industrial based research and development. The location, Castle Mauterndorf, provides an ideal environment to discuss the entire range of topics without any pressure of time, in particular between the morning and afternoon sessions as well as in the evening. This year again it is expected to gather 80 participants from 7 different countries.
In the Cluster of Excellence "Matters of Activity. Image Space Material", researchers from more than 40 disciplines collaborate in six subprojects to lay the foundations for a new way of thinking of the material. Key to this endeavour is the vision of re-thinking the object world not like commonly done as passive and rigid, but as based on active, changeable and recyclable building materials. Adaptive fiber architectures and complex structured biofilms are among the sources of inspiration for novel designs in the future. The cluster of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is conceptually close to the Bauhaus as well as to the academic movement of New Materialism. The members of IRIS Adlershof Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe and Prof. Matthias Staudacher are involved as principal investigators in the cluster.
Researchers from the University of Strasbourg & CNRS (France), in collaboration with University College London (United Kingdom), and Humboldt University Berlin (Germany), have shown that a subtle combination of light-emitting semiconducting polymers and small photoswitchable molecules can be used to fabricate light-emitting organic transistors operating under optical remote control, paving the way to the next generation of multifunctional optoelectronic devices. These achievements have now been published in Nature Nanotechnology.
Organic light-emitting transistors are widely recognized as key components in numerous optoelectronic applications. However, the integration of multiple functionalities into a single electronic device remains a grand challenge in this technological sector. Moreover, the next generation of displays requires to encode high-density visual information into single and ultra-small pixels.
Now a team of researchers from Strasbourg, London, and Berlin has taken a big step forward by creating the first organic light-emitting transistor that can be remote-controlled by light itself. They have been blending a custom-designed molecule as a miniaturized optical switch with a light-emitting semiconducting polymer. Upon illumination with ultraviolet and visible light, the molecular switch reversibly changes its electronic properties. As a consequence, the electrical and optical response of the device can be modulated simultaneously by light, which serves as an optical remote control.
However, having a device capable of producing only one color is not sufficient for daily-life applications, such as full-color displays. By choosing appropriate photoswitchable molecules and blending them with suitable light-emitting polymers, the researchers have demonstrated that this new type of organic light-emitting transistors can shine in the range of the three primary colors (red, green, and blue), thereby covering the entire visible spectrum.
The disruptive potential of such approach was demonstrated by writing and erasing spatially defined emitting patterns (a letter for example) within a single device with a beam of laser light, allowing a non-invasive and mask-free process, with a response time on the microsecond scale and a spatial resolution of a few micrometers, thus outperforming the best “retina” displays. Clearly, these findings represent a major breakthrough that offers multiple perspectives for smart displays, active optical memories, and light-controlled logic circuits.
Since 2015 the EU-funded Integrated Training Network "iSwitch" has been bringing together some of the leading European research groups at the interface of chemistry and physics to train the next generation researchers on the the emerging topic of smart electronics. The final symposium of the network organized by Prof. Stefan Hecht and Prof. Norbert Koch, both members of IRIS Adlershof, will highlight key achievements and discuss future perspectives in this burgeoning area of research.
Distinguished Professor Rich Spontak from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering of North Carolina State University visits IRIS Adlershof from November 05th to December 02nd as a guest professor of the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung within the project Experimental Systems. Professor Spontak’s focus areas in research are polymer morphology and phase stability, multifunctional and nanostructured polymers, blends and networks, and the application of microscopy techniques to polymer science and engineering. On November 19th, he will speak at an IRIS seminar on "Designing selective membranes from the ground-up: A Polymer Scientists Playground".
Since October Dr. Tim Schröder has been forming a junior research group on “Spin-defect centers in nanophotonic circuits for quantum information processing” at the Physics Department of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His group will be funded by a five-year BMBF project “Diamond nanophotonics for on-chip quantum technology” within the framework of the program Quantum Futur. Before his return, Dr. Schröder who finished his doctoral studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2012 spent the last four years as a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA) and two years as an assistant professor at the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI, Denmark) where he worked on hybrid integrated photonic systems to control individual spin-based quantum memories in diamonds and gallium arsenide. His research was awarded the Carl Ramsauer Prize and has been funded by a Feodor Lynen scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and a Marie Sklodowska Curie fellowship from the European Union. At Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Dr. Schröder will continue to work on these topics while taking advantage of the resources that IRIS Adlershof has to offer. For example, he will collaborate closely with the nano optics research group of Prof. Oliver Benson who is also an IRIS member.
The overall scientific goal of the project “Diamond Nanophotonics for On-Chip Quantum Technology” is to combine defect centers in diamonds and nanophotonic structures into compact, hybrid on-chip modules and then to demonstrate their operational interconnections, which will be a crucial step towards quantum information processes based on optically active solid state materials. Defect centers that interconnect with high rates form the basis for quantum networks, which can be used for remote quantum communication or complex quantum computing. IRIS Adlershof wishes Dr. Schröder much success in obtaining these goals and is looking forward to a fruitful collaboration.
The president of the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Professor Vahan Agopyan, as well as USP’s vice-president for International Relationships, Professor Raul Machado Neto, visited within the framework of a several day Berlin stay to inform themselves as well about the current study conditions and opportunities to do research at the natural science campus of Humboldt-University zu Berlin (HU).
Prof. Jan Plefka, the vice dean for research at the HU’s mathematics and natural science department and a member of IRIS Adlershof, and Dr. Nikolai Puhlmann, IRIS’s managing director, gave an overview of the HU’s natural science campus and IRIS Adlershof’s concept and development. They also gave details on the IRIS research building still under construction. Prof. Ulf Leser and Prof. Henning Meyerhenke from the Department of Computer Science informed the guests about their department’s current research plans and projects.
The HU and USP’s jointly run international research training group IGRT 1740 „Dynamical Phenomena in Complex Networks: Fundamentals and Applications“ was introduced to the guests in detail by the research training group’s speaker, Prof. Jürgen Kurths (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and HU Berlin). At the end of their visit, the guests saw the prototype of a Cherenkov telescope that is being erected in Adlershof within the framework of the international major project „Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA)“ in which the HU and USP are both participating. Prof. Thomas Lohse from the Department of Physics at the HU described how the telescope functioned and the scientific focus of the CTA project.
The São Paulo guests were very interested in and impressed by the progress made in the HU’s research results and praised the diverse opportunities that Adlershof science site has to offer for top-ranking natural science research and the education of international young scientists.
The Universidade de São Paulo (USP) is one of three strategic profile partners of the Humboldt University and consistently ranks one of the top universities in the South American subcontinent.
Digitization permeates our entire society - from Industry 4.0 to healthcare applications. Data security and secure communication are becoming increasingly important. Quantum communication is a promising approach for this: It uses quantum states as information carriers, which can not be copied or unnoticed due to fundamental physical laws. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is supporting this departure into quantum technology by funding the joint project Quantum Link Expansion (Q.Link.X) with a total of 14.8 million euros over the next three years. The working groups of IRIS Adlershof member Prof. Oliver Benson and IRIS Adlershof young research group leader Sven Ramelow are involved.
The goal of the collaborative project is physically tap-proof fiber optic networking. However, this paradigm shift in message encryption away from conventional methods and towards quantum technology encounters a technological challenge: transmission of quantum information with light particles (photons) leads to unavoidable line losses, limiting transmission distances to less than 100 kilometers. With quantum repeaters, this limit should be overcome without security restrictions. Repeaters (repeater stations) are signal amplifiers and conditioners in communication technology. Unlike these repeaters, however, the quantum repeater has to connect signals from different sections using quantum processes in order to bridge larger distances.
The joint project Quantum Link Extension (Q.Link.X) is now intended to promote the development of such quantum repeaters, which use quantum memory and quantum couplers. In the next three years, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is supporting this move into quantum technology with a total of 14.8 million euros. With quantum dots, diamond color centers and a combination of atomic and ionic systems as three different technical platforms, transmission distances between ten and 100 kilometers are to be realized and the advantages of the respective systems compared to each other. The work should prepare the technology to bridge much longer distances in later phases. For the first time, Q.Link.X not only researches and develops individual components of a quantum repeater, but also entire communication routes.
In the Q.Link.X network, 24 partners from research institutions from universities to industrial laboratories have come together to explore the key technology of quantum repeaters. The close involvement of industrial partners and consultants should facilitate the feasibility from an industrial and engineering perspective from the outset. The exploitation of earnings in Germany is to be secured by patents and spin-offs of the consortium.
24 partners are driving Q.Link.X together
The following partners are involved in the project: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn, Technical University Munich, Technical University Dortmund, High Finesse Laser and Electronic Systems GmbH, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute Berlin, Technical University Berlin, University of Stuttgart, University of Paderborn, University Saarland, Freie Universität Berlin, Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, Ruhr University Bochum, Swabian Instruments GmbH, Leibniz University Hannover, Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (Garching), Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, University of Bremen , Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, University of Ulm, Humboldt University Berlin, University of Kassel, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
Seven Cluster of Excellence in the Excellence Strategy of the Federal Government and the Länder approved for the Berlin University Alliance. Members of IRIS Adlershof participate in the following clusters as PIs:
Great minds, 3 minutes, 1 day: On September 28, 2018, 18 junior researchers and young professionals will present their research projects, ideas and initiatives in 3 minutes each.The winner of this preliminary decision will receive an invitation to the final in Berlin on 8 November and the opportunity to participate in the Falling Walls Conference. In addition to 16 other participants, two junior scientists from IRIS Adlershof will also be taking part: Inna Kviatkovsky from the group of Sven Ramelow, who already won the IRIS Roots Day 2017, and Wadim Wormsbecher from the group of Jan Plefka.
The event will take place at BAM (Richard-Willstätter-Straße 15, 12489 Berlin) on Friday, September 28, at 11:00 - 14:00.Admission is free.
We look forward to an exciting event and keep our fingers crossed for our researchers.
The Mathematical Physicist Olaf Hohm, who acquired an ERC Consolidator Grant for his research project "Duality Symmetries, Higher Derivatives and their Applications in Cosmology", has moved to the Department of Physics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Previously, he received a "Heisenberg scholarship from the DFG and worked at MIT in Boston and at Stony Brook University in New York. His current research interest is the development of a string-theoretical approach to answer questions about the beginning of the universe purely arithmetically. He will work closely with the IRIS member groups Prof. Jan Plefka and Prof. Matthias Staudacher. Dr. Hohm presents his research at 26.10.2018, 1:15 pm in the IRIS-building, room 2'07.
IRIS Adlershof is looking forward to a fruitful cooperation!
IRIS junior research group leader David Bléger joins CREAVIS, the strategic innovation unit of EVONIK. After studying and working in France, he joined IRIS member Stefan Hecht as a postdoc in 2009 and started his own working group in 2013. He is an expert in the design and manufacture of molecules, polymers and various organic materials that respond to chemical and physical stimuli.
IRIS Junior Scientist Egon Steeg successfully defended his dissertation "Investigations on growth and structure of silver and silver halide nanostructures formed on amphiphilic dye aggregates". His research was supported by CRC 951 "Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Systems for Opto-Electronics (HIOS)" and supervised by PD Dr. Stefan Kirstein in the group of IRIS-Director Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe.
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin form a joint lab and research group “Generative production processes for hybrid components”.
Solar cells, LEDs and detectors made of organic and hybrid semiconductors can nowadays be simply printed out, even together with teensy nanostructures that make them function better. The development of low-cost printing methods for electronic and optoelectronic components is at the centre of things for the new joint research group and the joint laboratory of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU).
The HySPRINT logo (Helmholtz Innovation Lab) printed on a copper solution symbolizes how the thinnest material layers can be produced simply and cost-effectively. Possible applications are solar cells, organic LEDs or transistors.
Photo credit: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin/List-Kratochvil
Cooperating together in the new research group are the HU workgroup “Hybrid Devices” led by Prof. Dr. Emil List-Kratochvil, the HZB young investigator group of Dr. Eva Unger, the Helmholtz Innovation Lab HySPRINT, and the Competence Centre Photovoltaics Berlin (PVcomB) directed by Prof. Dr. Rutger Schlatmann. The partners are building up a joint lab at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin that will allow the researchers to acquire and use complementary laboratory infrastructures for various coating methods.
Prof. Emil List-Kratochvil is the head of the HU workgroup “Hybrid Devices” at IRIS Adlershof, and has been working for 15 years on developing electronic and optoelectronic hybrid components, resource-efficient deposition techniques (inkjet printing) and in-situ nanostructuring and synthetic methods. This expertise complements the aims of the HZB young investigator group led by Dr. Eva Unger. She will be developing solution-based manufacturing methods for depositing perovskite semiconductor layers onto larger surface areas for solar cells. “The new research group with List-Kratochvil is a real win for us. With his experience in printed electronic components, he is an ideal cooperation partner for us,” Unger says.
In recent months, the researcher and her team have already come much closer to her goal of developing hybrid tandem solar cells with large-surface-areas in the scope of the Helmholtz Innovation Lab HySPRINT. Now, the next step is to upscale the process in order to drive the novel solar cells towards market maturity. The Competence Centre Thin-Film- and Nanotechnology for Photovoltaics Berlin (PVcomB) is the ideal partner for the development of industrially relevant manufacturing processes. The joint research group is now striving towards building a pilot line on which to develop prototypes of hybrid components.
The dissertation of Dr. Michael N. Borinsky was selected to be published in Springer Theses, a dedicated book series to recognize outstanding doctoral research and received an reasearch award worth 500 €. Borinsky was IRIS Junior Scientist and supervised by IRIS-Member Prof. Dirk Kreimer.
"This thesis provides an extension of the work of Dirk Kreimer and Alain Connes on the Hopf algebra structure of Feynman graphs and renormalization to general graphs. Additionally, an algebraic structure of the asymptotics of formal power series with factorial growth, which is compatible with the Hopf algebraic structure, will be introduced. [...] [Part of these] structures are motivated by and used to analyze renormalized zero-dimensional quantum field theory at high orders in perturbation theory. As a pure application of the Hopf algebra structure, an Hopf algebraic interpretation of the Legendre transformation in quantum field theory is given."
IRIS Adlershof would like to congratulate Michael Borinsky and wishes him much success in his future work.1
Dr. Michael Norbert Borinsky
Graphs in Perturbation Theory: Algebraic Structure and Asymptotics
Springer Theses, Springer (angekündigt)
PhD thesis "Graphs in perturbation theory: Algebraic structure and asymptotics"
DOI: 10.18452/19201, arXiv: arXiv:1807.02046 [hep-th], 1edoc-HU: 18452/19952
Discovery lays the foundation for recycling of yet non-recyclable plastics.
Robust plastics are composed of molecular building-blocks, held together by tough chemical linkages. Their cleavage is extremely difficult to achieve, rendering the recycling of these materials almost impossible. A research team from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) developed a molecule, which can drive or reverse specific chemical reactions with light of different colors. This enables making and breaking of connections on the molecular scale, even if they are exceptionally strong. The discovery paves the way for the development of novel recycling methods and sustainable materials. Light-driven recovery of individual molecular building-blocks has great potential to enable recycling of yet non-recyclable plastics without compromising on color, quality, or shape.
"The working principle of our system is quite similar to the one of ready-to-assemble furniture” explain Michael Kathan and Fabian Eisenreich, the two first authors of this study. “We are able to repetitively assemble or disassemble molecular architectures, but instead of a hammer and screw-driver, we use red and blue LEDs as tools to control our molecules."
Publication “Light-driven molecular trap enables bidirectional manipulation of dynamic covalent systems”
by: Michael Kathan, Fabian Eisenreich, Christoph Jurissek, Andre Dallmann, Johannes Gurke, and Stefan Hecht
in: Nature Chemistry (2018), DOI: 10.1038/s41557-018-0106-8
The Humboldt-Universität opens up time for reflection and concentration on new research concepts, as well as the opportunity to exchange ideas, to read and to write without the distraction of everyday responsibilities with its funding line Creating Opportunities. Among the five professors is Prof. Jan Plefka, whi is a member of IRIS Adlershof. His mandatory teaching assignments will be covered by a visiting lecturer for the winter term 2018/19 and Jan Plefka will use the time gained for exploring the Generalized Unitarity for Gravitational Waves:
"For quantum field theories, such as the Standard Model, revolutionary innovations, the so-called generalized unitarity, have existed in recent years, which can circumvent and greatly simplify this diagrammatic development, thus making it possible to produce highly complicated graviton scattering processes. The central idea of this project is to transfer this innovation in the field of quantum field theory to the problem of gravitational waves in the classical theory of relativity, which results from the collision of massive bodies (black holes or neutron stars).", says Jan Plefka.
We congratulate and wish you much pleasure in this exciting topic!
At the constituent meeting of the new faculty council after the committee election in early July, Prof. Jan Plefka was elected on 11.07.2018 as the new Vice Dean for Research of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science. He succeeds Prof. Johann-Christoph Freytag, who was also a member of IRIS Adlershof.
For the first time, two-dimensional materials have been decorated with a photoswitchable molecular layer, and electronic components have been fabricated from the resulting hybrid materials that can be controlled by light. The results of this fruitful collaboration of several European research groups have been published in Nature Communications.
Owing to their outstanding electrical, optical, chemical and thermal properties, two-dimensional (2D) materials, which consist of a single layer of atoms, hold great potential for technological applications such as electronic devices, sensors, catalysts, energy conversion and storage devices, among others. Thanks to their ultra-high surface sensitivity, 2D materials represent an ideal platform to study the interplay between nanoscale molecular assembly on surfaces and macroscopic electrical transport in devices.
In order to provide a unique light-responsivity to devices, the researchers have designed and synthesized a photoswitchable spiropyran building block, which is equipped with an anchoring group and which can be reversibly interconverted between two different forms by illumination with ultraviolet and visible light, respectively. On the surface of 2D materials, such as graphene or molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), the molecular photoswitches self-assemble into highly ordered ultrathin layers, thereby generating a hybrid, atomically precise superlattice. Upon illumination the system undergoes a collective structural rearrangement, which could be directly visualized and monitored with sub-nanometer resolution by scanning tunneling microscopy. This light-induced reorganization at the molecular level induces an optical modulation of the energetics of the underlying 2D material, which translates into a change in the electrical characteristics of the fabricated hybrid devices. In this regard, the collective nature of self-assembly allows to convert single-molecule events into a spatially homogeneous switching action, which generates a macroscopic electrical response in graphene and MoS2.
"With our versatile approach of molecularly tailoring 2D materials, we are taking supramolecular electronics to a new level and closer to future applications," says Prof. Stefan Hecht, who is researching hybrid materials at IRIS Adlershof. The work is groundbreaking for the realization of multifunctional hybrid components powered by nature's primary energy source - sunlight.
“Collective molecular switching in hybrid superlattices for light-modulated two-dimensional electronics”
by: Marco Gobbi, Sara Bonacchi, Jian X. Lian, Alexandre Vercouter, Simone Bertolazzi, Björn Zyska, Melanie Timpel, Roberta Tatti, Yoann Olivier, Stefan Hecht, Marco V. Nardi, David Beljonne, Emanuele Orgiu and Paolo Samorì
In August 2017, the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, together with the Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing, announced an art competition with 10 invited artists for the new research building of IRIS Adlershof. In February 2018, a jury approved the draft by BORGMAN | LENK with the title "Accesss" recommended for implementation (see news from Febr. 05, 2018). This winning design, which features the installation of gold-colored components and elements that are inconsistent with the functional processes and entrances of the house, will be on display at the IRIS-House from 09 to 20 July 2018, along with the other designs submitted to the art competition be visited.
A research team from Berlin, leaded by Prof. Stefan Hecht, who is a member of IRIS Adlershof, has developed a novel catalyst system, which enables the regulation of multiple polymerization processes to produce biodegradable plastics solely by illumination with light of different colors. The results of this work have now been published in Nature Catalysis.
The properties of a polymeric material are highly dependent on factors, such as the connected monomer building blocks as well as the length and composition of the formed polymer chains. Typically, these factors are predetermined by the choice of the employed reaction conditions. In order to overcome this limitation and generate materials with new and unprecedented properties, regulation of polymerizations by means of external stimuli represents an attractive goal. Similarly to dental repair, light serves to precisely control the location and duration of the chemical reaction during polymer formation.
A new method for the light-regulated production of biodegradable polymers has now been developed by chemists of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing Berlin, and the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf. Their work is based on the design of a unique catalyst, which is capable to change its activity reversibly by illumination with light of different wavelength. Using their catalyst, the scientists were able to turn the formation of polylactide on and off on demand, which allowed them to control the chain length of the produced polymer strands. Moreover and for the first time, they were able to regulate the incorporation of two different monomers into the same polymeric backbone with light.
Fabian Eisenreich and Michael Kathan, the first authors of the study, are excited: “With our remote-controlled catalyst we are in principle able to program the formation of a desired polymer strand by employing a specific order and duration of light pulses.” Their promising development is an important step toward smart production processes of (biodegradable) polymers with the aim to meet the growing demands of future applications, including light-guided 3D printing and photolithography.
Publication “A photoswitchable catalyst system for remote-controlled (co)polymerization in situ”
by: Fabian Eisenreich, Michael Kathan, Andre Dallmann, Svante P. Ihrig, Timm Schwaar, Bernd M. Schmidt and Stefan Hecht
in: Nature Catalysis (2018), DOI: 10.1038/s41929-018-0091-8
IRIS Junior Scientist Francesco Bianchi successfully defended his dissertation "Energy Transfer in Organic-Inorganic Semiconductor Structures" at IRIS Adlershof. His research was supported by CRC 951 "Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Systems for Opto-Electronics (HIOS)" and supervised by IRIS-members Prof. Fritz Henneberger and Prof. Oliver Benson.
A new method developed by a team of chemists in Berlin open the door for using optically switchable molecules. The results of the study have been published in Chem.
Smart materials become increasingly common in our daily life as they adapt their properties to their surroundings, such as temperature and light. Think about light-adaptive lenses in sunglasses that change their color in response to brightness or darkness. In these materials, photoswitchable molecules able to change their properties, such as color or the ability to conduct electricity, upon illumination serve as key components. However, photoswitches typically require the use of high-energy UV light and in addition do neither switch quantitatively nor efficiently since many more quanta than molecules are needed. These drawbacks limit the applicability of photoswitches, in particular since the more energy-rich light is, the less it can penetrate into materials.
Now, chemists of Berlin’s Humboldt University and the University of Potsdam have developed a method, which allows one to efficiently and quantitatively operate photoswitches with the smallest amounts of low-energy red photons, thus solving both issues described above. By coincidence they came across the phenomenon that the oxidation of only a few switch molecules was sufficient to switch the entire sample. Subsequently, they investigated the underlying chain reaction in great detail and optimized it by introducing dyes to allow for the use of red light. The latter allowed them to boost the quantum yield – typically way below 100% – to a record-setting value of almost 200%.
The impact of their discovery is tremendous according to Dr. Alexis Goulet-Hanssens and Prof. Stefan Hecht, who works at the Department of Chemistry and IRIS Adlershof: „With our method, for the first time we can address molecular switches deep in a material. Thus, we can operate optical devices efficiently but also penetrate deep into the skin through the biological window“ they explain and are excited about possible applications in optoelectronics as well as medicine. Further Informationen
“Hole Catalysis as a General Mechanism for Efficient and Wavelength-Independent Z/E Azobenzene Isomerization”
by: Alexis Goulet-Hanssens, Clemens Rietze, Evgenii Titov, Leonora Abdullahu, Lutz Grubert, Peter Saalfrank und Stefan Hecht
in: Chem (2018), DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2018.06.002
Director Jürgen P. Rabe, Awardee Laura Orphal, Jury member Emil List-Kratochvil
The IRIS Symposium has firmly established itself as an annual highlight in the scientific life of IRIS Adlershof, and it has a growing interest beyond the Adlershof location, as the annually increasing number of participants impressively demonstrates. This year, ideas for the further development of IRIS in the areas of Advanced Microscopies, Hybrid Materials for Optics and Electronics, Mathematical Physics of Complex Systems, and Quantum Technologies were in the focus of interest. These topics were introduced to an extremely open-minded audience of internationally renowned researchers and representatives of business enterprises.
In order to give young scientists the opportunity to present their own research results to the invited speakers and the symposium participants, this year's symposium has been expanded to include a poster competition. The jury, consisting of the representative of the young researchers Julian Miczajka, as well as the IRIS members Prof. Yan Lu and Prof. Emil List-Kratovchvil, was visibly struggling to make the choice for the best poster. Finally, Laura Orphal was able to prevail with a total of 30 competitors with her poster. Laura Orphal, master student in the group 'Photonics', which is currently led by IRIS member Prof. Oliver Benson, received the Best Poster Award and a book voucher at the end of the symposium by IRIS Director Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe before the event ended with grilled and drinks.
Anne Spiering, former Master in the group "Quantum Field and String Theory", led by IRIS Adlershofmember Jan Plefka, has been awarded with this year's Lise-Meitner Prize of the "Vereinigung der Freunde und Förderer des Instituts für Physik" in the category Mono-Master for her thesis "From Yangian symmetry to factored scattering". The jury said: "in her Master thesis she showed her ability to further develop advanced and highly complex concepts in particle physics. In addition to being of high scientific value, her thesis is also written in a pedagogically highly valuable manner." Ms. Spiering is currently continuing her research with at the Trinity College Dublin with a doctorate in mathematical physics.
The Cube of Physics in action; photographed by Stephan Röhl
Members from IRIS Adlershof were able to present some of their projects to the broader public in this year’s "Long Night of the Sciences", too.
IRIS member Alexander Reinefeld offered lectures and tours at the Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik ranging from the origin of computers and autostereoscopic displays to the computer-supported molecule development. In the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy, IRIS member Thomas Elsässer could inform visitors about extremely short light impulses and lasers with lab tours, exhibits, and experiments. In the Institute for Physics, IRIS’s young researchers gave some interesting insights into molecular physics; IRIS member Jan Plekfa could present some of his current research findings in the lecture, "The world as a hologram: some news about string theory", in a chock-full Gehrtsen lecture hall.
A highlight was a presentation of "The cube of physics" (#cubeofphysics) from the Excellence Cluster on "Image Knowledge Gestaltung" in the foyer of the Lise-Meitner-Haus. IRIS members, Jürgen P. Rabe and Mathias Staudacher, presented there together with Professor Christian Kassung from the Social Sciences, as well as the scenographer Franziska Paul and several other colleagues some ways to approach a world formula from Newtonian mechanics with an interactive media station and a meter-high installation.
Prof. Claudia Draxl and Prof. Oliver Jens Schmitt, President at ÖAW
The Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) welcomes 29 new members in its ranks.At the annual election meeting 16 male and 9 female researchers from a wide range of disciplines in the humanities, social and cultural sciences as well as mathematics, natural and engineering sciences were admitted to the academy due to their outstanding scientific achievements and their professional reputation.Among them is Prof. Claudia Draxl, who has been conducting research at the IRIS Adlershofsince 2012 with her research group "Theoretical Solid State Physics".
The Physical Society of Berlin has awarded the Physics Study Award 2018, sponsored by Siemens AG, to outstanding graduates of the diploma or master's degree in physics. Among the winners is also the elected representative of the junior researchers of IRIS Adlershof, Julian Miczajka. Mr. Miczajka is currently a doctoral student in the group of IRIS-member Professor Jan Plefka and is focusing on an exceptional class of higher spin theories in flat spaces, especially on their relationship with hidden symmetries, integrability, and duality.
The award will be presented on July 12, 2018 as part of a public celebration in the Magnus House. We congratulate Julian Miczajka very much!
Dr. Stijn van Tongeren, a member of the group Mathematical Physics of Space, Time and Matter, has been selected to lead an Emmy Noether Junior Research Group. This will allow him to run his own independent research group here at Humboldt University and IRIS Adlershof for up to 5 years in collaboration with the group Mathematical Physics of Space, Time and Matter. He and his group will be working on deformations of AdS/CFT and related integrable structures, beginning in september 2018.
We congratulate Mr. van Tongeren very much and are looking forward to an exciting and fruitful continued cooperation!
Seth Marder, Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering (courtesy) at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was awarded the renowned research prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Seth Marder is internationally recognized for his leadership in developing structure-property relationships for organic and metallo-organic materials for optical and electronic applications. Among his accomplishments he created a new class of extremely efficient two-photon absorbing materials that helped to enable the field of two-photon 3D microfabrication, which is now a commerical technology used around the world. He has also contributed to the development of organic electronic materials, in particular dopants that can be used to convert semiconducting materials to materials with substantial conductivities. While in Germany he will continue his collaborative studies of the effects of dopants on the properties of both organic and inorganic materials. Professor Seth Marder is hosted by Professor Nobert Koch at IRIS Adlershof and the Department of Physics of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
We heartily congratulate Prof. Marder and are looking forward to an exciting and productive collaboration!
A group of students and professors from Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, two so-called “historically black colleges and universities” or colleges from the “Black Ivy League” from Atlanta, Georgia (USA), visited the natural science campus of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in the framework of several day Berlin stay to inform themselves about the local study conditions and research opportunities. IRIS administrative head Dr. Nikolai Puhlmann and IRIS member Prof. Christoph Koch as well as Mohammad Fardin Gholami, a doctoral student in the group from IRIS director Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe gave some insight into IRIS Adlershof’s research and graduate education. The guests were quite interested in and impressed about the nascent IRIS research building as well as the diverse opportunities for international young scientists at the Adlershof location.
Niklas Beisert, professor for mathematical physics at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland, was awarded the renowned research prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Prof. Beisert is an internationally known leading researcher in the area of the quantum field theory and integrable models. His work was important for the creation of research area integrability of the string-gauge theory duality that led for the first time to exact results in four-dimension quantum field theories. He also concerns himself with extremely complex questions into quantum gravitation and has produced a program to prove integrability in super symmetrical models.
The research prize gives Prof. Beisert the opportunity to discover with his colleagues, Jan Plefka, Matthias Staudacher, and Dirk Kreimer from IRIS Adlershof as well from the Institutes for Physics and Mathematics of the Humboldt University Berlin, some exact nonperturbative solutions in quantum field theory and to investigate the hidden symmetries in quantum field theories in depth. He will stay seven months as guest of IRIS Adlershof and strengthen with his expertise the IRIS research field “Space-Time-Material” in the academic year of 2018/2019.
We heartily congratulate Prof. Beisert and are looking forward to an exciting and productive collaboration!
IRIS Junior Scientist José David Cojal González successfully defended his dissertation "Self-Assembly and Electronic Properties of π-expanded Macrocycles". His research was supported by CRC 658 "Elementary Processes in Molecular Switches at Surfaces", CRC 951 "Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Systems for Opto-Electronics (HIOS)" and IRIS Adlershof and supervised by Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe.
Chemist Dr. Michael J. Bojdys, who has received an ERC Starting Grant for his research project "Layered functional materials - beyond 'graphene' (BEGMAT), has joined the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic) and a Junior Group Leader at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (IOCB) of the CAS (Czech Academy of Sciences). His current research interest lies in the field of functional nanomaterials for semiconductor applications, gas storage and catalysis.
He will present his current research at Symposium IRIS 2018 with the talk: "2D or not 2D? Metal-free nanomaterials beyond graphene".
IRIS Adlershof is looking forward to a fruitful collaboration!
At a ceremony on Tuesday evening in Berlin, Prof. Dr. Arno Rauschenbeutel received the most highly endowed research award in Germany: the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship. Rauschenbeutel, who had previously worked at the Vienna University of Technology, sees as a big vote of confidence that Prof. Dr. Oliver Benson, member of IRIS Adlershof, and the Humboldt Universität have proposed him and given him completely new freedom for his research at the Department of Physics and at the IRIS Adlershof of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. more...
Die Humboldt-Innovation GmbH (HI) ist vom Deutschen Institut für Erfindungswesen (DIE e.V.) in der Kategorie „Beste Innovationsförderung“ mit der Dieselmedaille 2018 ausgezeichnet worden.Die 2005 gegründete Humboldt-Innovation GmbH ist ein 100-prozentiges Tochterunternehmen der HU und engagiert sich an der Schnittstelle von Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft.
The Innovative Training Network of the European Commission SAGEX "Scattering Amplitudes: from Geometry to Experiment" was accepted for funding and will start on Sep. 1st 2018. Two Early-Stage Researcher (PhD) positions will be funded at Humboldt University, one in the Research Group "Mathematical Physics of Space, Time and Matter" (Prof. Dr. Matthias Staudacher) and one in the Research Group "Quantum Field and String Theory" (Prof. Dr. Jan Plefka). Both are members of IRIS Adlershof.
Applications will open in April.
Together with the universities of Kiel, Koblenz-Landau, Würzburg, and Kaiserslautern, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin will be developing,
testing, and integrating concepts for good STEM lessons in the digital world for the education and further training of STEM teachers from
autumn 2018 onwards. The Telekom Foundation is supporting the project with € 1.6 million.
At the 20th Younger Chemists' Forum in Konstanz, Anne Fuhrmann, a doctoral student at the Department of Chemistry and IRIS Adlershof of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, was awarded the Carl Roth Prize by the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) "in recognition of her innovative contributions developing polymer networks with optically switchable healing properties for smart and sustainable materials." The Carl Roth Prize is annually rewarded to the young scientists in Germany in the area of a sustainable chemistry for "an efficient use of chemical resources for synthesis or an innovative application of chemicals."
Anne Fuhrmann developed her plastic coatings, which can target and heal damage with the help of light, for her doctoral work in the research group of Prof. Stefan Hecht who is an IRIS member. The damaged site repairs itself only where it has previously been heated up and then lit with a special color of light. These promising results were published, for example, in Nature Communications.
IRIS Adlershof cordially congratulates the prize winner.
Everything should be like a real university at the Humboldt-Kinder-Uni, which means real lectures on interesting topics, smart professors, and a large auditorium. Our member, Prof. Dr. Ing. Emil J. W. List-Kratochvil, gave a lecture entitled “Bendable screens - fluorescent fish - red beets” in front of the elementary students on March 15, 2018.
Im Rahmen der ausgebuchten Vorlesung wurt.At the fully booked lecture, it was found that the glow of fish in the deep sea, the color of leaves, and flexible screens are based on very
similar material concepts. At the end of the lecture, a solar cell was made from beet juice.
The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has awarded Prof. Dr. Ingolf V. Hertel an honorary professorship because of his excellent scientific work, his service to the science and technology park in Berlin-Adlershof, as well as his many years of dedication to the MINT teachers’ training.
Professor Hertel is one of Germany’s leading and internationally outstanding representatives in the field of experimental physics for atomic, molecular, and laser physics. In 2009 he was appointed to the Humboldt University’s “Wilhelm and Else Heraeus” senior professorship for further development of teacher education in the physics field. His particular focus is on didactics on the university level for teachers’ education and didactics regarding physics. Prof. Hertel is linked with IRIS Adlershof through the interdisciplinary Humboldt-ProMINT-Kolleg, where he is actively involved and supervises didactic research and development work.
Michael Hintermüller is a new member at IRIS Adlershof. The Professor for Applied Mathematics at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Director of the Weierstraß-Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics, and Chair of the Einstein Center for Mathematics Berlin is a new member atIRIS Adlershof. His current research interests lie in the area of mathematical modeling, the analysis of the resulting variational problems or operator equations as well as in the development, analysis and numerical implementation of associated solution methods.
IRIS Adlershof is looking very much forward to a fruitful collaboration.
IRIS Junior Scientist Christian Seifert successfully defended hisdissertation Control of the electrical transport through single molecules and graphene. His work was supervised by IRIS director Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe.
Lance J. Dixon Professor at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University, USA, has been awarded an Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Lance Dixon is a leading researcher in theoretical high-energy physics. His contributions range from seminal and mathematically profound papers in the early phase of string theory to very practical high precision calculations in Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) relevant to collider physics, and to an ever deeper understanding of scattering amplitudes for quantum field theory. He has even tackled the daunting subject of understanding the perturbative structure of field theory approaches to quantum gravity.
The price will allow him to work for a total of one year with scientists at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin to develop new ways to solve quantum field theory nonperturbatively, and to investigate further the elusive theory of quantum gravity. He will be hosted by IRIS Adlershof within the research area "Space-Time-Matter“ (AG Staudacher) and the fields of competence "Mathematical Physics“ (AGs Kreimer, Plefka, Staudacher).
IRIS Adlershof congratulates Mr. Dixon very much and is looking forward to an exciting and fruitful cooperation.
The IRIS General Assembly re-elected Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe as the director and Prof. Norbert Koch as his deputy for the second IRIS funding phase (Nov. 01, .2017 - Oct. 31, .2021).Matthias Staudacher, Bridge Professor for Mathematics and Physics, and Emil List-Kratochvil, Bridge Professor for Chemistry and Physics, have been elected as members of the IRIS Council.All elections were unanimous.The elected representative of the IRIS junior scientist Julian Miczajka is also a member of the council.
Following an earlier than planned Berlin wide application process, the Senate Department for Culture and Europe together with the Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing held an art competition in August 2017 with 10 invited artists for the newly built research building of the IRIS Adlershof (Integrative Research Institute for the Sciences) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
The goal of the art competition was to develop independent artistic designs that also corresponded with the scope of the institute’s cutting-edge research work. The artwork was supposed to reflect and contribute to the ongoing discussion with the architecture, urban environment of the Adlershof campus, and the use of the building as a lively place of research and exchange.
The jury, which was chaired by the artist Veronike Hinsberg, unanimously awarded on February 1st, 2018, first prize to the artist group BORGMAN | LENK (Anna Borgman and Candy Lenk). Second prize was awarded to Gunda Förster and Barbara Trautmann and an honorable mention went to Thomas Henninger. The winning proposal designed by BORGMAN | LENK with the title “Accesses” is an installation of inoperative golden building blocks and elements thus contrasting the working processes and approaches of the institute. The jury therefore honors the artistic idea of contradicting architecture’s functionality. Gold-colored elements like an air lock door, entrance hatch, and elevator display give a new momentum to a “free and searching movement of thoughts.” The proposed design has a dry humor and great sensitivity for the used materials.
We plan to exhibit all the submitted entries of art competition in IRIS Adlershof in due time.
Dr. Agostino Patella (Theoretical Physics Department, CERN) has accepted the W2-Professorship "Theoretical Particle Physics - Lattice Field Theory" at the Department of Physics of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
IRIS Junior Scientist David Meidinger successfully defended hisdissertation Integrability in weakly coupled super Yang‐Mills theory: form factors, on‐shell methods and Q‐operators. His work was supervised by IRIS council member Prof. Matthias Staudacher.
At an IRIS Roots-Day, which was being held for the first time this year, numerous participants followed with much interest and pleasure the contributions from nine IRIS young scientists who took up the challenge to give a synopsis of their current research work in just five minutes. The jury, who was made up of IRIS members and representatives from IRIS’s young scientists, found it difficult to choose the best ones. In the end, they decided to increase the award money so they could give a second third place.
The first prize, which was coupled with a travel grant so that the awardee could take an active part at a national or international scientific conference, went to Ms. Inna Kviatkovska who came to Dr. Ramelow’s IRIS young scientists a few months ago to do research on infra-red quantum imaging. The second prize was awarded to Yuhang Zhao who is doing a doctorate in Prof. Yan Lu’s group at the HZB. Wadim Wormsbecher, a doctoral student in Prof. Plefka’s group, and Matthias Runge, a master student in Prof. List-Kratochvil’s group, each received third place.
Afterwards, the young and senior scientists as well as the guests could continue discussing their research with bagels, fruitcake, and mulled wine.
The gravitational physicist Alessandra Buonanno, director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam-Golm and honorary professor at the Humboldt-Universität and the University of Potsdam, is awarded the Leibniz Prize, the most important German research prize. She is among those who have demonstrated in 2014 the gravitational waves postulated by Einstein. She and 10 other scientists will receive the award on March 19, 2018 in Berlin. On the occasion of the awarding of the honorary professorship on December 19, 2017 she will give a lecture at the Department of Physics. IRIS Adlershof congratulates.
An international team of scientists has improved greatly the stability of organic-inorganic lead halide perovskites. These materials have enormous potential for photovoltaic applications but still suffer from comparably moderate device lifetime. The scientists, led by researchers from the EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, incorporated a large organic cation – guanidinium - into the perovskite crystal structure, in part replacing the traditionally used methylammonium and formamidinium cations. Overall, the new material delivered average power conversion efficiencies over 19%, and stabilized performance for 1,000 h under continuous light illumination. This is a fundamental step within the perovskite field. These groundbreaking research results were recently published in Nature Energy. Among the authors is the member of IRIS Adlershof, Prof. Norbert Koch.
IRIS Adlershof’s young scientists have elected Julian Miczajka to be their representative and Dr. Sven Ramelow as their substitute representative in IRIS’s committees. The young scientists are therefore being represented in IRIS general meetings as well on IRIS’s board with rights to speak, submit applications, and vote. Julian Miczajka who is a doctoral student in Prof. Jan Plefka’s group is focusing on an exceptional class of higher spin theories in flat spaces, especially on their relationship with hidden symmetries, integrability, and duality. Dr. Sven Ramelow is the head of an independent Emmy-Noether young scientist group “Nonlinear Quantum Optics.” As their first official act, both young scientist representatives will sit in the jury of the IRIS Roots Day and evaluate the pitches of in total nine IRIS young scientists.
IRIS Adlershof cordially congratulates Mr. Miczajka und Dr. Ramelow and loooks forward to a good cooperation.
The research center MATHEON, in which IRIS Adlershof-member Prof. Jürg Kramer is participating, celebrated its 15th anniversary on 15.11.2017 with a festival of Berlin Mathematics. IRIS Adlershof congratulates warmly!
In an article that just appeared in Nature Materials, a team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Princeton University demonstrates a new approach towards n-doping of organic semiconductors, which allows bypassing the dopant sensitivity to the ambient and simultaneously enables doping organic electron transport materials that have been out of reach for n-doping so far. “We believe that our work enables simple processing of n-doped organic semiconductors in numerous device architectures, where the critical step - doping activation - can take place after standard device encapsulation. This will contribute substantially to improved device lifetime and in some case simplify device fabrication.” notes Prof. Norbert Koch from Humboldt-Universität, member of IRIS Adlershof.
Jürgen P. Rabe, Professor at the Department of Physics of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Director of IRIS Adlershof, has been appointed as new member of the Advisory Committee of the Executive Board of the Einstein Foundation Berlin. We congratulate warmly and wish him success in his new additional function.
Christian Bogner was working as a postdoc and principal investigator of a DFG project in the group of Prof. Dirk Kreimer, who is a member of IRIS Adlershof,at the Department of Physics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Since May 2013 Christian Bogner is a candidate for postdoctoral lecture qualification (Habilitand). He is involved in the field of elementary particle physics at the interface between mathematics and physics. His interest is in new function classes that play an role in the calculation of Feynman integrals. From January 2018, Christian Bogner will be supported by a Einstein Junior Fellowship.
We are delighted that the talented young scientist will remain in Berlin and cordially congratulate!
At the IUPAC NMS-XIII conference in Nanjing, Norbert Koch, Professor at the Department of Physics, member of IRIS Adlershof and head of a joint research group at the Helmholtz-Centre Berlin for materials and energy, has been awarded the "Distinguished Award 2017 for Novel Materials and their Synthesis "of IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) and of the Conference Committee. Norbert Koch received the award for his research on hybrid electronic materials and their interfaces in electronic and optoelectronic components. IRIS Adlershofcongratulates warmly.
Prof. Dr. Arno Rauschenbeutel (Technische Universität Wien) has accepted the W3-professorship "Fundamentals of Optics and Photonics" at the Department of Physics of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The laureate of the renowned Alexander von Humboldt-Professorship is going to research in the field of experimental quantum optics and quantum information. IRIS Adlershof gratulates and is looking forward to a fruitful cooperation.
A total of nine research projects from Berlin are invited for the full application within the framework of the Excellence Strategy.IRIS Adlershof and its members participate in the Cluster of Excellence projects
Matters of Activity: Image Space Material
A new Culture of Matter
MATH+ The Berlin Mathematics Research Center
The Power of Mathematics
Unifying Systems in Catalysis (UniSysCat)
Sustainability needs Catalysis Research.
The Springer Thesis Award 2016 has been awarded to Edoardo Vescovi for his PhD Thesis “Perturbative and non-perturbative approaches to string sigma-models in AdS/CFT”. Edoardo’s dissertation, nominated by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, was published in Springer Theses, a book series to recognize outstanding doctoral research. The thesis introduces readers to the type II superstring theories in the AdS5×S5 and AdS4×CP3 backgrounds, fokussing on fundamental aspects.
Eduardos’s work, conceived and performed at IRIS Adlershof of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, was supervised by Dr. Valentina Forini, one of our associated research group leaders. IRIS Adlershof would like to congratulate Edoardo Vescovi and wishes him much success in his future work.
Kannan Balasubramanians research focuses on nanostructured materials, systems and devices for the development of novel analytical tools in a microscopic environment. In the focus of Catherina Cocchi's research interests is Light-matter interaction with advanced first principles methods, based on density-functional theory (DFT) and its time-dependent extension (TDDFT) as well as of many-body perturbation theory (MBPT). The main interest of Igor Sokolov's research is on statistical physics and the physical chemistry of condensed and soft matter, especially problems in which the discrete, disordered structure and fluctuations play the leading role.
IRIS Adlershofwould like to congratulate all new members and is looking very much forward to a fruitful collaboration.
A team led by Prof. Thomas Elsässer, who is a meber of IRIS Adlershof, reported on the mapping of fluctuating proton transfer motions and provides direct evidence that protons in liquid water are predominantly shared by two water molecules, applying ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy. They could identify the Zundel cation as the predominant species in liquid water. This new picture of proton dynamics is highly relevant for proton transport by the infamous von Grotthuss mechanism, and for proton translocation mechanisms in biological systems.
The Prize for Good Teaching 2016 of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin was awraded to Professor Jürg Kramer, who is a member of IRIS Adlershof. The prize has been awarded annually since 2009 for special achievements in teaching.-Mitglied.
At the invitation of the Senator for Urban Development, Katrin Lompscher, and in the presence of the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, and the President of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst, and the architect Prof. Hans Nickl of Nickl & Partner, this Thursday, the 13th of July, the topping ceremony of the new research building of. IRIS Adlershof was celebrated.
The Cluster of Excellence "Image Knowlegde Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory", celebrated its five-year anniversary on 7 July 2017. The Interdisciplinary Laboratory brings together the humanities, the natural sciences and engineering sciences, medicine and – for the first time in basic research – design and architecture, with the objective to strengthen and enrich each discipline through interdisciplinary collaboration. IRIS Adlershof, which is actively involved with four of its members in the interdisciplinary research of the cluster, warmly congratulates.
Distinguished Professor Rich Spontak from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering of North Carolina State University visits IRIS Adlershof from June 26th through July 27th as a guest professor of the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung within the project Experimental Systems. Professor Spontak’s focus areas in research are polymer morphology and phase stability, multifunctional and nanostructured polymers, blends and networks, and the application of microscopy techniques to polymer science and engineering.
The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin reached the rank of 51-60 in the current Times Higher Education (THE)World Reputation Ranking.On a national level, this is the second place behind the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, together with the University of Heidelberg.ThestrategicinternationalpartnerofIRIS AdlershofandProfilePartnerofHU,Princeton Universityand theNational University of Singapore are ranked number 7and24(#1inAsia). In the physical sciences, the Humboldt-Universität has improved to 46th place in the World University Ranking, and in Germany it was ranked 4th.
The Innovation Network for Advanced Materials (INAM) announces the Advanced Materials Competition (AdMaCom), a two week workshop from September 25 to October 06, 2017 to be held in Berlin. The AdMaCom addresses scientific driven startups with outstanding technologies and business models in the area of advanced materials and related digital services. Startups with applications ranging from lighting and displays to sensors and wearables can apply for participation until July 26, 2017.
Prof. Dr. Arno Rauschenbeutel does research in the area of experimental quantum optics. One of his most important research topics is the coupling of individual atoms and photons with optic fibers that are now being used to transfer information. This successful approach is a milestone in optic quantum technology and fundamental quantum physics that will lead to concrete new applications in the future. The “Fundamentals in Optics and Photonics” professorship for Arno Rauschenbeutel is a starting signal for the “Berlin Joint Lab for Photonic Quantum Technologies.”
Foto: Jacqueline Godany
This lab will bring together the unique expertise in photonics, optics, microsystem technology, and fundamentals of quantum physics at the Technology and Science Campus of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU). In close cooperation with the department of Physics, IRIS Adlershof, and research institutions at other universities, especially the Ferdinand-Braun Institute, the goal is to integrate research and advance viable quantum systems in the immediate area, which then can picked up by local high tech companies. The HU is therefore in the good position to be a driving force in new photonic quantum technologies for the new EU billion-Euro quantum technology program.
Yan Lu is a new member at IRIS Adlershof. She was previously associated with IRIS as an HZB junior research group leader, and in April 2017 she started a W2-S professorship for "Polymer-based Hybrid Materials" at the Universität Potsdam.Her new position is linked to the management of a working group at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH.There she is researching in the field of colloid chemistry, focusing on the synthesis and characterization of hybrid functional materials.
IRIS Adlershof would like to congratulate Yan Lu and is looking very much forward to a continuation of the fruitful collaboration.
The School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof (SALSA) at Humboldt-Universität Berlin is announcing a call for postdoc fellowships in selected areas of Analytical Sciences. Research areas of interest include nanoanalytics, x-ray structure analysis, inorganic mass spectrometry, ambient mass spectrometry, plasmon enhanced nanospectroscopy and in situ optical spectroscopies. Candidates should apply with their own project in the research areas named above and take into account the research of the hosting groups. Please apply via email only. Detailed information on the application process and requirements, on project areas defined by the hosting groups and on the conditions of the fellowship can be found here.
Professor Jürgen P. Rabe, physicist, material- and nanoscientist at the Department of Physics and founding chairman of IRIS Adlershof, has been elected as the new chairman of the Academic Council of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU).His deputies are Heidi Neugebauer, Maren Huberty and Christine Ilgert.IRIS Adlershof congratulates warmly and wishes him success in his new additional function.
Team Die Hankinators 2.0: John Huynh, Julius Paul Russmann,
Hanke Guo, Paul Barth und Arman Pour Tak Dost (v.l.n.r.)
Foto: Nora Butter, IRIS Adlershof
About 1,000 pupils took part in the annual Berlin Day of Mathematics at the Campus Adlershof of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) on 22 April 2017. The winning team is Die Hankinators 2.0 from the Herder-Gymnasium in Berlin-Charlottenburg.Like the winning teams from the years before, they travel to Oslo to receive the Abel Prize 2017, one of the world's most important awards in mathematics. The student competition was organized with great help this year by theIRIS Adlershof.
On April 18, 2017 Berlin's governing mayor Michael Müller visited the Technologypark Adlershof. The visit was under the motto: "Growth Accelerator Adlershof - How to come from science to business". Among the participants was the founding chairman of IRIS Adlershof, Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe.
On April 3rd 2017 the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF) opened up at the Robert Koch Forum on Wilhelmstrasse in the Berlin district Mitte. Fifty new professorships will be filled in core areas of digital infrastructure, methods, and algorithms as well as in the innovative areas of digital health, digital society, and social sciences and in digital industry and services. Altogether 38.5 million euros will flow into the project. The speaker of ECDF is Prof. Dr. Odej Kao from the Technische Universität Berlin. Johann-Christoph Freytag, professor for computer sciences at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and a member of IRIS Adlershof, is speaker for the area of digital infrastructure, methods, and algorithms.
Dr. Yan Lu, head of an independent junior research group at the Helmholtz Center Berlin for Materials and Energy (HZB) and at IRIS Adlershof, has been appointed a W2-S professor by the Universität Potsdam. She also leads a research group at the Institute for Soft Matter and Functional Materials at the HZB. Yan Lu is involved with the design and synthesis of colloid particles for tailor-made mesoscopic structures as well as organic/inorganic hybrid particles and their application as energy storage devices, sensors, and solar cells. IRIS Adlershof cordially congratulates Professor Lu and anticipates with pleasure a further fruitful cooperation.
IRIS Junior Scientist Wan-Ing Lin successfully defended her dissertation Enhanced Raman Scattering of Molecular Monolayers. Her work was supervised by IRIS founding spokesman Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe and Prof. Renato Zenobi (ETH Zürich) in the SALSA School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof. Congratulations!
IRIS Junior Scientist Manuel Gensler successfully defended his dissertation Binding forces in metallo-supramolecular coordination compounds. His work was supervised by IRIS founding spokesman Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe in the Integriertes Graduiertenkolleg of the CRC 765 Self-Assembled Soft Matter Nano-Structures at Interfaces: New architectures, functions and applications. Congratulations!
IRIS Junior Scientist Tobias Liebig successfully defended his dissertation Optomechanical properties of macromolecules on solid surfaces. His work was supervised by IRIS founding spokesman Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe in the International Research Training Group 1524 Self-Assembled Soft Matter Nano-Structures at Interfaces. Congratulations!
The dissertation of Dr. Raphael Schlesinger was selected to be published in Springer Theses, a dedicated book series to recognize outstanding doctoralresearch. Raphael’s work, conceived and performed within the CRC 951 at the physics department and IRIS Adlershof of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, was supervised by Prof. Norbert Koch, who is the deputy chairman of IRIS Adlershof. The thesis unravels fundamental mechanisms governing hybrid inorganic organic energy-level alignment and its purposeful manipulation.These insights pave the way towards new technological control and enable usage of hybrid materials and interfaces in future devices and applications. IRIS Adlershof would like to congratulate Raphael Schlesinger and wishes him much success in his future work.
From 22.3.-25.3.2017 Wolfgang Knoll (Austrian Institute of Technology), Franz Aussenegg (Universität Graz and Erwin-Schrödinger Institute) and Emil J.W. List-Kratochvil (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Member of IRIS Adlershof) jointly organize the 7th “Nano and Photonics” meeting in the Castle of Mauterndorf, Austria.
This year’s program was put together with a topical focus on “Sensing applications based on plasmonic nanostructures “. Invited speakers include N. Halas from Rice University, E. Maillart from HORIBA Jobin-Yvon, Paris/FRA), G. Strasser from TU Wien, and many others.
The purpose of this event is to organize an international scientific meeting for those, who are interested in photonic applications of modern nanotechnology. One goal of this event is also to create an informal European wide discussion platform for state of the art work in basic research done at the various universities as well as industrial based research and development. The location, Castle Mauterndorf, provides an ideal environment to discuss the entire range of topics without any pressure of time, in particular between the morning and afternoon sessions as well as in the evening. This year again it is expected to gather 70 participants from 8 different countries.
In the last news, nanotechweb.org (IOP Publishing) features an Nano Letters article by Giovanni Ligorio, Marco Vittorio Nardi, and Norbert Koch, who is a member of IRIS Adlershof:
"Researchers in Germany have used a technique called glancing angle deposition (GLAD) to fabricate non-volatile memory devices that are smaller than 100nm2. When integrated into the appropriate architectures, these devices have a memory density of more than 1 GB/cm2. They could be used in high-density, high-speed and low-power memories of the future." more...
The paper “Ramsey Interference with Single Photons” and accompanying Viewpoint “Photon Qubit is Made of Two Colors” have been selected as one of the Highlights of the Year 2016 by APS Physics. It was co-authored by Dr. Sven Ramelow, who recently started his Emmy-Noether-Group at the Institute for Physics, Humboldt-University Berlin, and is associated with IRIS Adlershof. While there have numerous highly interesting papers in Physical Review Letters in 2016, APS Physics explains their selection, writing: “It’s no surprise that LIGO’s discovery of gravitational waves tops our list of favorite Physics stories in 2016. The other slots went to research that marked a change in perspective, demonstrated an impressive experimental feat, or simply made us think.”
Incidentally, Dr. Sven Ramelow is working on follow-up ideas and experiments of this paper, which he looks forward to soon being implemented at the HU Physics Department and at IRIS Adlershof and yielding new intriguing results.
A team of German researchers led by chemists of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has developed a new type of plastic coating, which can heal damages selectively by illumination with light. A heat-induced repair of the material occurs where the damaged area has previously been illuminated with light of a specific color. more....
Christoph T. Koch (photo left), professor for structural research and electron microscopy at Humboldt-Universität's physics department and Nicola Pinna, professor for functional materials at the department of chemistry of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin are new members at IRIS Adlershof. Christop Koch's research focuses on the development of new methods in quantitative transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and their application to materials science problems. Nanostructured materials are in the focus of Nicola Pinna's research interests. Special emphasis is laid on the synthesis of novel multifunctional materials, their characterization and the study of their physical properties. IRIS Adlershof would like to congratulate both new members and is looking very much forward to a fruitful collaboration.
Dr. Lorenzo Bianchi, former member of the Emmy-Noether Junior Research group of Dr. Valentina Forini in the working group of Prof. Jan Plefka, who is a member of IRIS Adlershof, has been awarded the Carl-Ramsauer-Prize 2016 of the Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin for his outstanding PhD thesis on perturbation theory for string sigma models. This is an active research field to which Bianchi contributed by developing new powerful techniques, allowing for substantial simplifications in perturbative computations. Using these innovative methods several new results in the strong coupling regime of the AdS/CFT correspondence have been obtained. IRIS Adlershof congratulates the laureate.
Dr Claire Glanois has been awrded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdocs. Starting April 2017 she will join the group of Prof. Kreimer who is a meber of IRIS Adlershof, at Humboldt University. She received her PhD in mathematics in January 2016 from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris) and is currently a postdoc at the MPI Mathematics in Bonn. The number theorist concentrates on periods as they appear in computations in quantum field theory, a central topic in Prof. Kreimer's group.
The Humboldt University of Berlin (HU) has elected a new Vice President for Finance, Personnel and Technical Matters (VPH): At its meeting on 15 November 2016, the Council voted 43 out of 44 votes for the candidate, Dr. Ludwig Kronthaler. Ludwig Kronthaler is currently General Secretary of the Max Planck Society. He is expected to take office in the first quarter of 2017. In the area of administration, technology and service, the focus is on "enabling science to be optimal", which is a complex challenge. Core is that the administration must understand science and be its partner on the same level. IRIS Adlershof congratulates very warmly and looks forward to a successful cooperation.
Within the framework of Science Week, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is holding the Next Frontier Debate on November 10th. Prof. Dr. Birgitta Whaley (University of California, Berkeley) and the IRIS Adlershof members, Prof. Dr. Oliver Benson and Prof. Dr. Thomas Elsässer, will be speaking in a podium discussion in the Tieranatomisches Theater on state-of-the-art quantum research and different approaches and perspectives for future developments. Prof. Elsässer has also given a few insights into the research area as a whole in the interview.
The BMBF is funding the collaborative research project „Nanofilm – Photonic Nanofilms with Comprehensive Optical Functionality,” which is being coordinated by the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, with just under two million Euros for the next three years. Oliver Benson, a member of IRIS Adlershof, and Prof. Kurt Busch are taking part in the project from the HU Berlin’s side.
Professor Karen Yeats has been awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. The fellowship provides funding for highly-qualified scientists and scholars to make extended research visits to Germany. Karen will be spending 3 months in the summer of 2017, and then 12 months in 2018-2019, at the Humboldt University of Berlin, where she will work with Professor Dirk Kreimer, who is a member of IRIS Adlershof, and his research group.
Karen joined the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization of tne University of Waterloo as an Associate Professor August 1st 2016. She received a B.Math. in Pure Mathematics from the University of Waterloo in 2003, and was the recipient of a Governor General Silver Medal. She completed her Ph.D. in mathematics from Boston University in 2008; her thesis was on Growth Estimates for Dyson-Schwinger Equations. In 2009, she began a professorship in the Department of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University. Karen's research interests are in combinatorics and quantum field theory. The primary objectives of her research are a mathematical understanding of the Dyson-Schwinger quantum equations of motion, and of Feynman integrals. Her work draws upon the interplay between algebraic combinatorics, graph theory, algebraic geometry, and mathematical physics.
Dr. Sven Ramelow will start this fall to establish an Emmy Noether Junior Research Group on the topic of "Mid-Infrared Quantum Imaging and Spectroscopy" at Humboldt-Universität's Physics Department. He will closely cooperate with the Nano-Optics-Group led by Prof. Oliver Benson, who is a member of IRIS Adlershof.
In the past Dr. Ramelow has carryied out research at the University of Vienna (Austria) and Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA) on experimental topics of nonlinear quantum optics with single photons. A main goal of his group will be to pioneer and establish quantum imaging and spectroscopy in the technologically highly relevant mid-infrared wavelength regime. A special focus will be on opening up specific real-world applications in bio-medical imaging and sensing as well as on doing basic research with experimental demonstrations on how to overcome fundamental limits of classical optics by using quantum optical methods. IRIS Adlershof would like to congratulate Sven Ramelow and wishes him much success in his future work.
The Adlershofer special 46 applies to "INAM - An alliance for new materials". In the editorialfounding chairman ProfessorJürgenP.Rabe explains how IRISAdlershof strengthens its cooperation to support the transition of basic research findings to final applications.
In the current QS World University Ranking, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is among the best German universities and has advanced to fifth place. In the worldwide ranking list, the HU Berlin has improved itself from 126th to 121th place. The HU ranks in the top 100 in each of these subjects: computer science, mathematics, and physics.
As their first big internationally visible activity, the Innovation Network for Advanced Materials (INAM) will hold the Advanced Materials Competition (AdMaCom), which is a six-week workshop from August 28th to October 10th, 2016, for developing innovative product concepts with international start-ups. Established (large) companies like OSRAM, LG, Ledvance, and Henkel will provide the technological infrastructure and know-how and/or sponsor money. The 15 participating Berlin and international start-ups will take advantage of this to improve their existing products and create new product concepts.
The participants will be able to draw upon the expertise of mentors from renowned international research facilities and industrial companies like LG Technology Center Europe, BASF Ventures, the London School of Economics, the Imperial College London as well as from Berlin like OSRAM, Direct Photonics Industries, Specs Nano Surface Analytics, Fab Lab Berlin, the Humboldt University’s IRIS Adlershof, Humboldt Innovation, ESMT, WISTA and Berlin Partner. Berlin should be visualized as an international high tech location not only for start-ups but also for innovative departments from large companies.
AdMaCom is being held under the patronage of the governing Mayor of Berlin.
A team of researchers from IRIS Adlershof of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Technische Universiteit Eindhoven in the Netherlands have developed thin plastic films, which continuously move upon exposure to sunlight. These materials are able to convert the sunlight’s energy directly into motion and have great promise for the development of sun-driven active coatings and surfaces, for example self-cleaning windows. These results have been published in Nature Communications.
Researchers from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, led by Professor Stefan Hecht, who is a member of IRIS Adlershof, in collaboration with the University of Strasbourg & CNRS (France) and the University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia), have shown that a carefully chosen blend of a small photoswitchable molecule and a semiconducting polymer can be used to fabricate high-performance memory devices that can be written and erased by light. Such multilevel (8-bit) optical memories have also been implemented on flexible substrates, paving the way to applications in wearable electronics, E-papers, and smart devices. These results have been published in Nature Nanotechnology.
The Innovation Network for Advanced Materials based in Berlin opens the application period for ambitious hardware startups, which are focused on the development of innovative and marketable high-tech products! These products can be based on organic and molecular electronics,surface engineering, polymer science,compounds, battery technology, photovoltaics, hybrid materials, fibers, sensors, lighting as well as printedelectronics for all sorts of game changing applications! During a period of 6 weeks, start-ups discuss intensively their unique needs and challenges with professionals and industry experts to establish new business opportunities. Corporate teams, start-ups, researchers and internationally selected mentors work together, receive weekly trainings as well as business and technology guidance to develop innovative products and solutions. The 20 selected start-ups will receive gratis access to a co-working space, labs and materials in order to bring their product and business to the next level. Additionally, we will invite all our international start-ups to stay in sponsored apartments. Confirmed *Partners* so far: Osram, Tesla, Henkel, Embraer *Mentors*: BASF, LG, Direct Photonics, Pilotfish, Columbia University, London School of Economics, Humboldt University, Weitnauer, Embraer, Henkel, Osram, and many more.
INAM Innovation Network for Advanced Materials founded in Berlin Adlershof
Scientists and business representatives of the Science and Technology Park have come together to form a new network. The INAM Innovation Network for Advanced Materials spans the whole value chain from basic research to product design.
Next to industrial partners such as Osram GmbH, INAM’s partners include the Integrative Research Institute for the Sciences (IRIS Adlershof), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin), the economic development company Berlin Partner, and WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH. Initially planned for three years, the network’s aim is to develop and implement concepts for the use of new materials and technology in electronics, optics, and photonics, which in-clude, for example, new printing technology for cheaper production pro-cesses, transparent and conductive coatings for thin-film solar cells, or new organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) for the car industry.
INAM e.V. was established following an initiative of the Science and Technology Park Berlin Adlershof, where non-university research institutions and innovative companies have created a competence centre for optical analyt-ics and materials science in the vicinity of IRIS Adlershof of HU Berlin. The INAM network does more than to connect science and business and research and development. It also consists of partners who help to make products ready for the market. They range from the Agentur Pilotfish GmbH, a specialist for product design, to Fab Lab Berlin, an open workshop for development, or Humboldt Innovation GmbH and the attorneys of Weitnauer Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft, who offer advisory services on patents and technology transfer.
“Interdisciplinary cooperation will create new applications and, lastly, finished products which will increase the competitiveness of the companies in the region,” says Peter A. Frensch, vice-president for research at Humboldt-Universität. This will be facilitated by the existing infrastructure of Berlin Adlershof, which can be used for joint research and development, and com-plemented by entrepreneurship, start-up, and accelerator programmes, joint events, and showcases at conferences and trade fairs. The INAM network has already successfully attracted a new company to the Technology Park Adlershof this year: “The Inuru GmbH start-up has an inno-vative idea: it offers companies unprecedented marketing opportunities by using flat OLEDs to bring light and animation to paper,” Jonas Pauly ex-plains, who is the designated head of INAM. The Certi Foundation from Brazil, which is specialized on high technology, is the network’s first strategic partner from overseas.
SALSA, the Graduate School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, is announcing 20 doctoral fellowships to begin between August 1st and November 1st, 2016. The program offers a structured, three-year period of multidisciplinary research combined with an integrated curriculum in Analytical Sciences. Deadline ends June 8th, 2016.
The Deutsche Zentrum für Lehrerbildung Mathematik (DZLM), which was initiated by the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung, has been very successful as the first federal interstate contact point to go for further education in mathematics since October 2011. The German Telekom Foundation will be supporting the DZLM for another three years with 4.5 million euros by the end of 2019. The director of DZLM, Professor Jürg Kramer (a member of IRIS Adlershof) is very pleased about the further funding and associated recognition of the previous work of the DZLM, in which the Humboldt University played a large part as the coordinating university for the program.
The DZLM has been developing research-based and applied further education programs that are continually being researched and constantly improved in cooperation with the federal states and academic institutions. Kramer projects that they will be more strongly focused on long-term further education programs for teachers who in turn will educate and accompany others as multiplicators. The existing net works and cooperation will be built up with the educational administration. IRIS Adlershof congratulates the successful project applicants and, of course, its member Jürg Kramer heartily.
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Travaglini from Queen Mary University London receives the Friedrich-Wilhelm Bessel Prize from the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation. The prize will enable him to spend one year of research at the institute of physics and IRIS Adlershof. The award is 45.000 Euro.
Prof. Travaglini is a renowned theoretical physicist exploring the connection between quantum field theory and string theory. He has made substantial contributions to our understanding of scattering amplitudes in quantum field theory and gravity, which quantify the fundamental interactions of elementary particles at the microscopic scale. This core research area of high-energy theory was revolutionized in the past ten years through the development of novel so-called on-shell techniques surpassing the traditional approach due to Feynman. Travaglini has been at the forefront of these developments. During his stay in Berlin, he intends to focus on the study of and search for hidden symmetries in scattering amplitudes and form factors.
Professor Travaglini is hosted by Professor Jan Plefka at the Institute of Physics and IRIS Adlershof of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Thomas Elsaesser, Director at the Max-Born-Institute and Member of IRIS Adlershof, receives the Ellis R. Lippincott Award for his “seminal contributions to the understanding of the ultrafast coherent and incoherent vibrational dynamics of hydrogen bonds in liquids and biomolecules”. The prize recognizes his pioneering work elucidating molecular processes and interactions in water, hydrogen bonded dimers, nucleobase pairs, and biomolecules in an aqueous environment such as hydrated DNA and phospholipids. This research is based on methods of nonlinear infrared spectroscopy in the pico- and femtosecond time domain. IRIS Adlershof congratulates the laureate.
After the federal and state Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonference (GWK) (Joint Science Conference) decided in June 2013 to finance a research building for IRIS Adlershof’s project, “Hybrid systems for electronics, optoelectronics, and phototonics,” and after completion of comprehensive planning and work and a subsequent call for proposals, construction has now begun on the building site of “Zum Großen Windkanal 6.”
IRIS Adlershof would like to congratulateProfessor Stefan Fredenhagen, who is at the MPI for Gravitational Physics and currently doing a guest professorship in Professor Staudachers research group "Space-Time-Matter", for receiving an offer for a professorship in mathematical physics in the Physics Department at the University of Vienna.
Gravitational waves, which were predicted on the basis of Einstein’s Theory of Gravity exactly 100 years ago in the form of ripples in space and time, have been proven for the first time by a LIGO detector in the USA. IRIS Adlershof would like to especially heartily congratulate its cooperation partners in the research field of Space-Time-Matter at MPI for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), who were significantly involved in this once-in-a-century event.
The current Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) Vice President for Research, Prof. Dr. Peter A. Frensch, was re-elected on 9 February 2016, winning 34 votes. The Academic Council thereby confirmed his reappointment, and he will be one of the four President's office executive staff who report directly to the President, Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst.
Gleich zwei Überraschungen gab es anlässlich der Verleihung des Dissertationspreises Adlershof 2015 am 9. Februar 2016 auf dem Campus Adlershof. Der Preis ging erstmalig in der 14-jährigen Geschichte der Auszeichnung an zwei Preisträger: Neysha Lobo-Ploch und Jan-Ferenc Kischkat.
Nach der Preisvergabe betrat Jan-Hendrik Olbertz, Präsident der HU, als Überraschungsgast die Bühne, um Hardy R. Schmitz für seine Verdienste für die HU zu ehren. Schmitz war zum Jahreswechsel nach 14 Jahren als Geschäftsführer der Wista in den Ruhestand gegangen.
After three years of successful cooperation between Tel Aviv University and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin IRIS Adlershof and the IRI for the Life Sciences announce a second joint call for proposals either to start or to continue the research in the field of biological and soft matter physics. Funding is available for bilateral collaborative research projects comprising researchers or research teams from the two participating universities. The main goal of the program is to support the ongoing and stimulate new collaborations between the research groups of the two universities.
Joint project proposals by scientists from TAU and HU may be submitted until January 31st, 2016. Deadline extended: March 31st, 2016
Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity provides a theory on space and time that has held up for over a hundred years of experimental testing. It nonetheless contradicts quantum mechanics, which describes small-scale matter and is almost as old and is heavily examined as well. Experiments that bring both theories closer together are particularly interesting for IRIS Adlershof’s intensively studied research area “Space-Time-Matter.” Some current examples are the recent tests that were successfully performed in the KALEXUS and FOKUS projects, which were developed by Adlershof’s researchers in Prof. Achim Peters’ group in the Physics Department at the Humboldt-Universität and at the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut.
The Board of Trustees of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) has appointed Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst on Jan 19, 2016 as the new president. She is likely to take up her post at the start of the summer semester. Sabine Kunst is currently the Minister of Science, Research and Culture of the state of Brandenburg, and also chairs the Administrative Commission of the German Council of Science and Humanities, Germany's most important science policy advisory body, where she is also the coordinator of the federal state representatives on the Council. The internationally renowned university professor and politician has extensive experience in the fields of science and research and also in the development of academic institutions and structures.
Professor Johann-Christoph Freytag, Ph.D., a member of IRIS Adlershof, was elected into the executive committee of the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) e.V. All GI members were called upon to vote so that three of the five candidates could be elected to the committee. Prof. Freytag will therefore be able to put to good use his many years of experience, including his past 6 years as the Speaker for GI’s Department of Databases and Information Systems (DBIS).
After three years of successful cooperation between Tel Aviv University and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin IRIS Adlershof and the IRI for the Life Sciences announce a second joint call for proposals either to start or to continue the research in the field of biological and soft matter physics. Funding is available for bilateral collaborative research projects comprising researchers or research teams from the two participating universities. The main goal of the program is to support the ongoing and stimulate new collaborations between the research groups of the two universities.
Joint project proposals by scientists from TAU and HU may be submitted until January 31st, 2016.
Am 8. Dezember fand zum vierten Mal das jährliche Wissens- und Technologietransfer-Forum „Wissenschaft trifft Wirtschaft“ der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin statt. Die Veranstaltungsreihe dient der Vernetzung zwischen Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft, fördert den Austausch untereinander und ermöglicht die Initiierung gemeinsamer Projekte.
Der stellvertretende Sprecher von IRIS Adlershof und Impulsgeber des neuen Formates der Veranstaltung, Prof. Norbert Koch, sagte: „Um gemeinsame Ansätze in der modernen Materialforschung zu finden, müssen sich die Partner kennenlernen. Dies ist das Ziel am 8. Dezember. Die Wissenschaftler/innen der HU werden ihr Expertisen-Portfolio darstellen und – noch wichtiger – die Unternehmen ihre aktuellen Fragestellungen. Genaues Zuhören, mitunter auch Zwischentöne zu erhaschen, und Aufeinanderzugehen sind hier gefragt.“
Peter Hegemann, professor for experimental biophysics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and member of UniCat, has been granted, the Berlin Sciencs Prize (Berliner Wissenschaftspreis) 2015. Prof. Hegemann is one of the founders of the research field of optogenetics – a new and innovative method, with which a wide variety of cell types can be "switched" using light once they are equipped with a specific light receptor protein. IRIS Adlershof congratulates the laureate and is sharing his delight about this outstanding award..
Emil List-Kratochvil, Professor for Hybrid Devices at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, is a new member at IRIS Adlershof. His position is a brigde-professorship of IRIS Adlershof and it is embedded in both the departments of physics and chemistry of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Prof. List-Kratochvil is an leading expert on organic and printed electronics. He is internationally well known for his work on organic devices, as for instance light emitting diodes and hybrid storage elements. IRIS Adlershof would like to congratulate Emil List-Kratochvil and is looking very much forward to his collaboration.
Klassische Theoretische Physik und Quantenmechanik ausgezeichnet gelehrt
Thomas Klose, Gewinner des Humboldt-Preis für gute Lehre 2015
Abbildung: Florian Loebbert
„Das Ziel guter Lehre ist für mich, die Studierenden zu motivieren”, sagt Thomas Klose. Dazu sei es wichtig, stets konkrete Anwendungsbeispiele für abstrakte Fragestellungen zu geben. „Lichtstreuung klingt beispielsweise erstmal nicht so spannend. Warum sich jedoch abends der Himmel rot färbt, ist schon interessanter zu wissen.“ Auch die eigene Begeisterung für ein Thema spiele eine große Rolle. „Obwohl ich das Ergebnis schon kenne, muss ich es schaffen, das Interesse meines Publikums zu wecken. Da gehört auch ein bisschen Schauspielerei dazu“, so der Wissenschaftler.
21 Dozenten haben eine Nominierung erhalten. PD Dr. Thomas Klose aus der AG Quantenfeld- und Stringtheorie vonIRIS Adlershof-Mitglied Jan Plefka hat die Wahl einstimmig gewonnen. „Damit habe ich überhaupt nicht gerechnet. Das hat mich ehrlich gesagt sehr überrascht. Ich freue mich natürlich über die Auszeichnung!“ 10.000 Euro Preisgeld stehen dem Physiker nun zur Verfügung.
Im aktuellen QS World University Ranking gehört die Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin zu den besten deutschen Hochschulen. Sie verteidigte ihren sechsten Platz im Vergleich zum Vorjahr. In der weltweiten Rangliste verbesserte sich die HU von Platz 134 auf 126. Im Bereich der Naturwissenschaften liegt die HU weltweit auf Platz 121 und in der Informatik, der Mathematik und der Physik jeweils unter den Top 100.
Prof. Dr. Emil J. W. List-Kratochvil (TU Graz) has accepted the offer of a W3-Professorship "Hybrid Devices" at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, beginning on October 1, 2015. This professorshipis locatedas a bridgingprofessorshipofIRIS Adlershofbothat the Institute ofPhysicsandthe Institute of Chemistry.
Dr. Simone Raoux (HZB) has accepted the offer of a W3-S-Professorship "Nano Spectroscopy for Design and Optimization of energy-related Materials" at the Department of Physics of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
The professorship is linked to the position of a director of the Institute for Nanospectroscopy at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin GmbH.
Welche Hochschule bildet die Studenten für Ihre Bedürfnisse am besten aus? Diese Frage wurden 540 Personalern aus ganz Deutschland gestellt. In den Naturwissenschaften sehen 15,4 % die Humboldt-Universität auf Platz 1. Genau so viele nennen die LMU München. Nur die RWTH Aachen (19,6%) und die TU München (15,9%) werden noch etwas häufiger genannt.
An international team under the direction of Stefan Hecht, who is a member of IRIS Adlershof, and Leonhard Grill from Karl-Franzens-University Graz could develop for the first time molecular chains that have unexpectedly high conductivity in spite of their flexibility. The researchers’ new approach will allow the design of flexible nanowires and therefore enable a detailed insight into the relationship between a chemical structure and its electronic and mechanistic properties. This type of conductible and flexible nanowires will be a key component for future logical circuitry in “molecular electronics” and for flexible electronic everyday objects like “wearable plastic electronics.” This study has appeared in the current issue of the Nature Communications.
CRC 951 scientists perform cutting-edge research on hybrid systems that unite inorganic semiconductors, metal nanostructures, and conjugated organic materials, with the aim to realize and tailor novel opto-electronic functions. The achievements made during the first funding period (2011-2015) laid the foundations for the next four years of exciting HIOS-research. In the long term, the CRC aims for solid-state opto-electronic devices that exhibit superior performance compared to those based on any of the individual material classes alone. The CRC's coordinator and vice-coordinator, Norbert Koch and Oliver Benson (both members of IRIS Adlershof), are delighted with the success in obtaining continued funding from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), and they look forward to the joint work of 25 principal investigators from physics and chemistry of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (coordinating university), Technische Universität Berlin, Universität Potsdam, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, and Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.
Einem von Professor Oliver Benson, Mitglied von IRIS Adlershof, geleitetem internationalen Team aus Forschern der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) und der Universität Kyoto in Japan ist es gelungen, durch Einsatz einer neuartigen strukturierten Nanofaser die Emission von einzelnen Photonen zu verstärken. Bei dem Experiment konnte nicht nur eine außerordentlich große Anzahl an Photonen erzeugt werden, sondern es gelang auch, deren Wellenlänge genau einzustellen. Über die Faser können diese maßgeschneiderten Lichtteilchen für Anwendungen in den neuen Quantentechnologien direkt verfügbar gemacht werden. Die Forschungsergebnisse sind in der aktuellen Onlineausgabe der Open-Access-Zeitschrift „Scientific Reports“ der Nature Publishing Group erschienen.
Abbildung: a) Skizze einer strukturierten Nanofaser. Man beachte, dass die Anzahl der Gitterperioden in der Darstellung reduziert wurde; b) Scnanning-Ion-Microscope-Bild einer Nanofaser (Durchmesser 270 nm, Rillentiefe 45 nm, Rillenabstand 300 nm, und Defektlänge 450 nm); c) Elektrisches Feld, numerisch berechnet. Die schwarze Linie zeigt die Hohlraumstruktur
Christian Kassung, Professor für Kulturtechniken und Wissensgeschichte im Institut für Kulturwissenschaft der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin vertritt im Sommersemester 2015 die Professur Theorie und Geschichte der Experimentalsysteme des Exzellenzclusters „Bild Wissen Gestaltung. Ein interdisziplinäres Labor" und wird dazu auch am IRIS Adlershof lehren und forschen.
The Ambassador of the People's Republic of China, Shi Mingde, visited the Science and Technology Park Adlershof, on April 8th, in the “Year of innovation cooperation between Germany and China”.
At IRIS Adlershof, Founding Chairman Jürgen P. Rabe informed him on the research and development at IRIS on site in Adlershof as well as on cooperations with Chinese partners such as Peking University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Shi Mingde was particular interested in the education of young scientists such as within the Berlin-wide Master Program on "Polymer Science", which has produced many, now internationally succesfull Chinese alumnae.
The dialogue with Ambassador Shi Mingde, as begun here, shall be carried on.
IRIS Adlershof will host a three-week KOSMOS program from August 15th to September 2nd 2016 on the topic of Integrability for the Holographic Universe. The program will bring together young and experienced researchers with an interest in theoretical physics, mathematics and symbolic programming. It is organised by Prof. Matthias Staudacher, Dr. Alessandro Sfondrini and Prof. Jan Plefka, and funded by Humboldt-Universität though the KOSMOS program and by the Marie Curie Network "Gauge theory as an Integrable system" (GATIS).
SALSA, the Graduate School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, is announcing 10 doctoral fellowships to begin on October 10st, 2015. The program offers a structured, three-year period of multidisciplinary research combined with an integrated curriculum in Analytical Sciences.
Applications will be accepted upon submission via our online application tool only (www.analytical-sciences.de), which will be accessible from April 15th until May 11th, 2015. Graduate students (master’s degree or equivalent) in chemistry, biology, physics and related disciplines with an interest in Analytical Sciences as well as graduates with a background in natural sciences education are invited to apply. For further information please visit http://www.analytical-sciences.de.
The current "Times Higher Education World Reputation Ranking" ranks Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) at position 41 of the worldwide most prestigious universities. Thereby HU advanced significantly with respect to the past year, when it was ranked in the group 71-80. HU’s Physical Sciences advanced by 31 places to rank 69th.
An international team of researchers led by Stefan Hecht, member of IRIS Adlershof, and Paolo Samori from the Université de Strasbourg (France), in collaboration with scientists from Stanford University (USA) and the Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), demonstrated that high-performance optically switchable field-effect transistors can be developed by blending photochromic molecules with small organic semiconductor molecules. Such optically addressable molecular devices are considered as key elements in future logic circuits. Their study just appeared in the journal Nature Communications.
Prof. Dr. Christoph T. Koch (University of Ulm) has accepted the offer of a W3-Professorship "Structural research/Electronmicroscoy" at the Physics Department of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He will start his new position in Berlin on August 1, 2015
Prof. Dr. Norbert Koch, vice-chairman of IRIS Adlershof, was elected to be spokesman at the plenary meeting of the CRC 951: "Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Systems for Opto-Electronics" on February 20, 2015. Prof. Dr. Oliver Benson, also a member of IRIS Adlershof, was chosen as deputy spokesman.
Professor Steven L. Bernasek from the Department of Chemistry of Princeton University has been appointed Fellow of the KOSMOS Summer University on Chemistry and Physics of Novel Materials for (Opto-)Electronics at IRIS Adlershof. Professor Bernasek's research interest focusses on organic molecule self-assembly at graphite, graphene, and interfaces with other inorganic materials. During the next two months he will work together with scientists of IRIS-chairman Professor Jürgen P. Rabe's group, using scanning probe microscopy and optical spectroscopy methods.
We were very sorry and shocked to hear about the sudden, completely unexpected death of our colleague, Professor Dr. Fritz Henneberger. Professor Henneberger was a founding member of IRIS Adlershof and spokesman for the Collaborative Research Center 951. We are losing an excellent researcher, whose great commitment to research and teaching as well as to academic self-government considerably contributed to the successful development of our institution. We would like to offer Professor Henneberger’s family our deepest sympathy.
Nature has long inspired scientists with its seemingly unlimited ability to harness solar energy and to utilize it to drive various physiological processes. With the help of man-made molecular photoswitches, we now have the potential to outperform natural systems in many ways, with the ultimate goal of fabricating multifunctional materials that operate at different light wavelengths. An important challenge in developing light-controlled artificial molecular machines lies in attaining a detailed understanding of the photoisomerization-coupled conformational changes that occur in macromolecules and molecular assemblies. A team of chemists and physicists at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, led by David Bléger and Jürgen P. Rabe, member of IRIS Adlershof, have now used force microscopy to provide interesting insights into the behavior of individual photoresponsive molecules and to identify contraction, extension, and crawling events accompanying light-induced isomerization. In particular they have realized a system, in which single macromolecules can “work”, i.e. they were reversibly contracted and stretched on a modified graphite surface by using UV- and blue light, respectively. The paper by C.-L. Lee, T. Liebig, S. Hecht, D. Bléger, and J.P. Rabe was published in the current issue of ACS Nano (DOI: 10.1021/nn505325w), and has been highlighted with a “Perspective” by ACS & ACS Nano (DOI: 10.1021/nn506656r.
Die Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin und die National University of Singapore (NUS) sind nun Profilpartner: Beide Universitäten werden künftig in Forschung und Lehre eng kooperieren und ihren Angehörigen vielfältige Gelegenheiten zum gemeinsamen Forschen, Lehren und Lernen geben sowie den Austausch auf Verwaltungsebene stärken. Die NUS ist eine der besten Universitäten Asiens und mit der HU durch langjährige und erfolgreiche Forschungskooperationen verbunden. Auch IRIS Adlershof hat enge Beziehungen zur NUS aufgebaut. Sichtbarstes Zeichen hierfür sind zwei gemeinsam ausgerichetete KOSMOS Summer Universities in den Jahren 2011 und 2014, sowie Internships für NUS-Studenten und der Austausch von Masterstudenten, Doktoranden und Postdocs.
The General Assembly of acatech – the National Academy of Science and Engineering has asked Jürg Kramer, who is a professor for the Department of Mathematics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and a member of IRIS Adlershof, to join their ranks. Herr Kramer’s research is concerned with arithmetic geometry and the theory of automorphic forms, as well as mathematic didactics. Furthermore, he is heavily involved with popularizing mathematics. He is the president of the German Mathematical Society, a member of Academia Europaea, speaker of the Berlin Mathematical School, the international research training group “Moduli and Automorphic Forms,” as well as the director of the German Center for Mathematics Teacher Education(DZLM). With his appointment as an acatech member, Herr Kramer will be able to draw upon his considerable expertise as a political and social advisor and help acatech’s thematic networks evaluate recommendations. IRIS Adlershof would like to congratulate Herr Kramer and wishes him much success in his future work.
In the annual competition „Forum Junge Spitzenforscher“ launched by the foundation Stiftung Industrieforschung in cooperation with the Humboldt-Innovation GmbH, young HU researchers proved very successful: Five out of six well-endowed prizes were awarded to HU scientists. IRIS is particularly pleased to announce that Andreas Schell was awarded the second prize for his contribution “Novel hybrid materials for quantum optical applications”. Mr. Schell is a PhD student in the group of Prof. Oliver Benson and was financially supported by IRIS Adlershof. Another awardeeisDr.JoachimPaier,a postdoctoral fellow inthe laboratory ofIRISmember Prof.Joachim Sauer. We heartily congratulate all winners.
Prof. Dr. Matthias Staudacher, member of the board of IRIS Adlershof, was elected to be spokesman at the Plenary Meeting of the "CRC 647: Space - Time - Matter. Analytic and Geometric Structures." on December 2nd, 2014. The previous speaker, Prof. Dr. Jochen Brüning, also a member of IRIS Adlershof, was chosen as Deputy Chairman.
The Best Poster Prize of 500 Euros went to Bita Rezania at the November 11th Adlershof Research Forum Poster Show for her contribution “Hydration of Bilayered Graphene Oxide.” Miss Rezania is a doctoral student of Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe, the Spokesperson of IRIS Adlershof. We heartily congratulate Bita for winning the prize.
SALSA, the Graduate School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, is announcing 10 doctoral fellowships to begin on April 1st, 2015. The program offers a structured, three-year period of multidisciplinary research combined with an integrated curriculum in Analytical Sciences.
Applications will be accepted upon submission via our online application tool only (www.analytical-sciences.de), which will be accessible from October 14th until November 16th, 2014. Graduate students (master’s degree or equivalent) in chemistry, biology, physics and related disciplines with an interest in Analytical Sciences as well as graduates with a background in natural sciences education are invited to apply. For further information please visit http://www.analytical-sciences.de.
In den Physical Sciences hat sich die Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin im Times Higher Education World University Ranking weltweit auf Platz 69 und in Deutschland auf Platz 6 hinter den Universitäten aus München, Göttingen und Heidelberg, der TU München und der Universität Bonn verbessert. Auch die Arts & Humanities und die Social Sciences zählen zu den Top 100. Die Humboldt-Universität als Ganze wird weltweit auf Platz 80 und in Deutschland auf Platz 4 geführt.
Dr. Janik Wolters received the Carl-Ramsauer Prize from the Physical Society of Berlin for his doctoral thesis, “Integrated Quantum Hybrid Systems,” which he did with Prof. Oliver Benson, who is a member of IRIS Adlershof. Dr. Wolter’s was able to present outstanding results from his optical studies of individual quantum systems in his thesis. The results will be, on the one hand, highly relevant for application in a future integrated quantum technology. On the other, the quantum zeno effect, which he was the first to observe on a single spin, illustrates special features in measurements of individually isolated quantum systems.
Moreover, the Humboldt-Universität has awarded janik Wolters the Humboldt-Prize for his outstanding doctoral thesis. IRIS Adlershof would like to take this opportunity to heartily congratulate this young researcher..
The participants of the KOSMOS Summer University 2014 on "Chemistry and Physics of Novel Materials for (Opto-)Electronics" - Film have been followed by a filmteam. It can be watched here. There you can also find some pictures.
The 2014 Lise-Meitner Prize for the best dissertation went to Dr. Phillip Lange from the Physics Department at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. This prize has been annually granted from the Vereinigung der Freunde und Förderer des Instituts für Physik e.V (Friends and Supporters of the Institute of Physics) since 1998. Dr. Lange did his summa cum laude doctoral degree in macromolecular physics on the topic of optical and structural properties of systems of conjugated molecules and graphenes with IRIS’s chairman, Prof. Dr. Jürgen P. Rabe. Dr. Lange was also supported by IRIS Adlershof. Kathrin Höfner and Johann Förster were additionally awarded for their master theses. We heartly congratulate these young researchers for their fine work.
Christian Limberg, Professor for Inorganic and General Chemistry at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, is a new member at IRIS Adlershof. He is internationally well known for his work on molecular metal-oxygen systems and their application for catalytic oxidation of hydrocarbons. He is a member of the Excellence Cluster “Unifying Concepts in Catalysis” (UniCat) and Spokesman for the new SFB 1109 “Understanding of Metal Oxide/Water Systems at the Molecular Scale: Structural Evolution, Interfaces, and Dissolution” which began in April 2014. IRIS Adlershof would like to congratulate Christian Limberg and is looking forward to his collaboration.
Professor Claudia Draxl, who is a member at IRIS-Adlershof, has been appointed by the President of the Max-Planck Society a Max Planck fellow at the Fritz-Haber Institute of the MPG in Berlin. The Max Planck fellow program will not only be responsible for documenting and strengthening the cooperation between the universities and the Max-Planck Institutes but will also set up a research group of its own at the Fritz-Haber Institut.
Computational materials science from an ab-initio point of view is mostly based on density-functional theory, which is also the first rung on the multi-scale modeling ladder to quantitatively describe processes and phenomena seen in real materials. It is an excellent technique for the calculation of structures and molecular dynamics, being used by a swiftly growing number of researchers around the world. There is, however, also rapidly increasing demand for understanding and predicting various kinds of excitations.
The workshop, organized by Prof. Claudia Draxl, member of IRIS Adlershof, and coworkers, aims to introduce young scientists to the theoretical foundations of state-of-the-art ab-initio techniques through keynote lectures given by world-leading experts. They will focus on the treatment of various excitations, crucial to understand and predict electronic, optical, and thermodynamic properties of materials. This knowledge will pe put into practice by hands-on excercises with the program package "exciting" that is developed in her group.
Matteo Guzzo was awarded with a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. This is going to support the work in his new research area Electron-phonon Coupling in Photoemission Spectra within Advanced Greens Function Methods. Guzzo did a doctorate at the Ecole Polytechnique, where his thesis on Dynamical Correlations in Solids was awarded as the best in 2012. Since 2013 he is working as a postdoc in the group Solid State Theory of Prof. Claudia Draxl and was also funded by IRIS Adlershof.
Biological Physics and Soft Matter Physics are emerging fields for the understanding of biological structures and processes. They allow to develop materials which mimic biological structures that can be used in nano-bio-technology or for medical purposes, e.g. for regenerative therapies. The universities involved have complementing expertise in these fields, providing an attractive basis for joint highly innovative projects. The aim of the proposed program is to create an interdisciplinary platform for both senior scientists and junior researchers of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Tel Aviv University to collaborate on the physical principles governing the interdependent functioning of single biological molecules, their ensembles and aggregates, both in vitro and in living cells.
A European team of chemists and physicists, including Dr. Nikolai Severin and Professor Jürgen P. Rabe of the Department of Physics of Humboldt-Universität and the Joint Laboratory of Structural Research at IRIS Adlershof, have discovered a new quasi two-dimensional semiconductor related to graphene (see comment in ars technica). The novel material, ‘triazine-based graphitic carbon nitride’ (TGCN) was predicted theoretically in 1996, but this is the first time that it has been presented. TGCN is a member of the graphene family, of which only five non-metallic 2D materials were known up to date: graphene itself, hexagonal boron nitride, boron carbon nitride, fluorographene and graphene oxide. TGCN is structurally similar to graphite but a semiconductor, which is of high interest for opto-electronic applications. Cooperation partners in this project are Dr. Michael J. Bojdys and Professor Arne Thomas (TU Berlin), Professor Markus Antonietti (MPI of Colloids and Interfaces) and five further groups from the UK, Germany and Finland. Within IRIS Adlershof 2D atomic crystals play an important role in the Research Area “Hybrid Systems for Optic and Electronics”.
Nachdem im Juni 2013 die Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz (GWK) des Bundes und der Länder beschlossen hatte, einen Forschungsbau für das am IRIS Adlershof bearbeitete Vorhaben "Hybridsysteme für Elektronik, Optoelektronik und Photonik" zu finanzieren, hat jetzt der Bauherr, die Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt Berlin, im Rahmen eines VOF-Vergabeverfahrens ein Vorentwurfskonzept ausgewählt, das nun umgesetzt wird.
Das von den Architekten Nickl & Partner und dem Planungsbüro IDK Kleinjohann entwickelte Vorentwurfskonzept sieht auf dem Grundstück Zum Großen Windkanal 6 einen eigenständigen markanten Baukörper vor, der sich wie selbstverständlich in die Bestandsstruktur zweier ehemaliger Kasernen integriert und dabei IRIS Adlershof als zusammenhängende Forschungseinrichtung präsentiert. Der Neubau wird als Verbinder zwischen beide Bestandsbauten gesetzt. So bleibt zur Straße Zum Großen Windkanal ein repräsentativer hofartiger Außenraum erhalten, der zusammen mit dem Foyer als gemeinsamer Eingangsbereich und verbindendes Element der verschiedenen Arbeitsgruppen von IRIS Adlershof fungiert.
IRIS-Sprecher Professor Jürgen P. Rabe ist von diesem Konzept begeistert: „Wir freuen uns sehr, dass es den Architekten und Planern gelungen ist, die vom Forschungsthema vorgegebenen funktionalen Erfordernisse mit einer anspruchsvollen und modernen Architektur zu verbinden. Wenn das Gebäude 2018 fertiggestellt ist, wird dies eine echte Bereicherung nicht nur für die Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler sowie die Studierenden der Humboldt-Universität, sondern auch für unsere strategischen Partner hier an unserem Standort in Berlin-Adlershof und darüber hinaus.“
Die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) wird die zweite Phase des Graduiertenkollegs „Service-orientierter Architekturen zur Integration Software-gestützter Prozesse am Beispiel des Gesundheitswesens und der Medizintechnik“ (SOAMED) mit insgesamt ungefähr 3.5 Millionen Euro fördern. Das Graduiertenkolleg nahm im Jahr 2010 seine Arbeit auf und kann diese nun bis 2019 fortsetzen.SOAMED erforscht die Frage, wie man rechnerbasierte Systeme zur Unterstützung komplexer medizinischer Prozesse durch das Zusammenfügen verteilter Softwarekomponenten (auch Services genannt) konstruieren kann. Seitens IRIS Adlershof ist Professor Johann-Christoph Freytag am Graduiertenkolleg beteiligt.
Jürgen P. Rabe, Professor at the Department of Physics and Chairman of IRIS Adlershof, has been appointed Visiting Professor at the Department of Chemistry at Princeton University during Spring Term 2014. He works together with Professor Steven L. Bernasek on organic-inorganic hybrid systems, and he teaches a Graduate Course for graduate students in physics, chemistry and at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. On the other hand, Professor Bernasek and Professor Roberto Car from Princeton will contribute to the upcoming KOSMOS Summer University 2014 on Chemistry and Physics of Novel Materials for (Opto-)Electronics hosted by IRIS Adlershof. Humboldt-Universität and Princeton University are cooperating in the framework of a strategic profile partnership. Physical Sciences at Princeton University is ranked worldwide number 2 in the current „Times Higher Education“ World Reputation Ranking (after the California Institute of Technology).
The KOSMOS Summer University 2014 on "Chemistry and Physics of Novel Materials for (Opto-) Electronics" hosted by IRIS Adlershof will take place at the Campus Adlershof from July 8-19, 2014. Organized in cooperation with the National University of Singapore and Princeton University, this summer university will focus on an integrative approach combining the key expertise from outstanding scientists.
In a creative and interactive learning environment young researchers from different backgrounds will be trained in the following topics:
· Electronic structure theory
· Synthesis of molecular materials
· Spectroscopic techniques
· Materials classes and properties
· Interfacial design and analysis
· Device fabrication and characterization
Scientific Chairs Claudia Draxl, IRIS Adlershof & Department of Physics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany Stefan Hecht, IRIS Adlershof & Department of Chemistry, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
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The participants of the KOSMOS Summer University 2014 on "Chemistry and Physics of Novel Materials for (Opto-)Electronics" - Film have been followed by a filmteam. It can be watched here. There you can also find some pictures.
Professor Jan Plefka verbringt sein Forschungsfreisemester 2014 am renommierten Institut für theoretische Physik an der ETH Zürich. Er forscht dort gemeinsam mit den Mitgliedern der Arbeitsgruppen Quantenfeldtheorie und Stringtheorie von Prof. M. Gaberdiel und Prof. N. Beisert zu Themen der Mathematischen Physik. Der Austausch stärkt die Kooperation von IRIS Adlershof mit der ETH. Darüberhinaus hält er eine Spezialvorlesung an der ETH zum Thema "Streuamplituden in Eichtheorien", einem aktuellen Forschungsthema am Schnittpunkt von mathematischer Physik und der Phänomenologie der Elementarteilchen. Diesem Thema ist auch sein kürzlich erschienenes Lehrbuch in der Lecture Notes in Physics Reihe des Springer Verlags gewidmet, das mit Dr. J. Henn (IAS Princeton) verfasst wurde.
SALSA, the Graduate School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, is announcing 12 doctoral fellowships to begin on October 1st, 2014. The program offers a structured, three-year period of multidisciplinary research combined with an integrated curriculum in Analytical Sciences.
Applications will be accepted upon submission via our online application tool only (www.analytical-sciences.de), which will be accessible from April 7th until May 4th, 2014. Graduate students (master’s degree or equivalent) in chemistry, biology, physics and related disciplines with an interest in Analytical Sciences as well as graduates with a background in natural sciences education are invited to apply.
From March 17th - 21st, 2014 the 78th Annual Meeting of the DPG and DPG Spring Meeting of the SAMOP (Department of atoms, molecules, quantum optics and plasmas) took place at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The meeting was headed and organized by the member of IRIS Adlershof, Prof. Oliver Benson.
The "Times Higher Education World Reputation Ranking" ranks Humboldt University in Berlin among the 100 worldwide most prestigious universities. The departments "Arts & Humanities" and "Social Sciences" as well as the entire Humboldt University are counted among the top 100. In Germany in the "Physical Sciences", both universities in Munich as well as universities in Göttingen, Heidelberg, Aachen and Bonn have been added to this category.
On 19 February 2014, Professor Norbert Koch, a member of IRIS Adlershof, was appointed as Chair Professor of the Functional Nano & Soft Materials Laboratory (FUNSOM), a key institute of Soochow University in Suzhou, China (PRC).
"With this appointment I can contribute to the internationalization strategy of FUNSOM, which promotes interdisciplinary research (physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, biology, medicine) in the field of nanostructured and soft materials for electronics and optoelectronics in China. The faculty pays particular attention to an excellent education of students in an open-minded environment, and I am looking forward to contributing with topical block-seminars and coaching in small groups. The mutual exchange of students between IRIS Adlershof and FUNSOM is another focus of this enticing cooperation.", says Norbert Koch.
Bei der diesjährigen Verleihung des Dissertationspreises konnte sich Herr Dr. Martin Hempel erfolgreich gegen seine beiden Mitnominierten durchsetzen. Seit 2002 wird der Dissertationspreis Adlershof jährlich von der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, der Initiativgemeinschaft Außeruniversitärer Forschungseinrichtungen in Adlershof e.V. (IGAFA) und der WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH verliehen. Drei Nominierte treten mit Kurzvorträgen zum Thema ihrer Dissertation aus dem gerade zu Ende gegangenen Jahr gegeneinander an. Die Jury entscheidet im Anschluss, wer nicht nur sehr gut forschen, sondern auch mitreißend und überzeugend vortragen kann.
Dr. Martin Hempel promovierte in der Arbeitsgruppe von IRIS-Mitglied Prof. Dr. Thomas Elsässer, Max-Born-Institut für Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie (MBI) und Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Er hat als Doktorand am MBI Defektmechanismen in Hochleistungs-Diodenlasern untersucht. Dabei erfasste und interpretierte er den zeitlichen Ablauf der Degradation für unterschiedliche Klassen kommerzieller Diodenlaser. Hochleistungs-Diodenlaser sind derzeit die effizienteste menschengemachte Struktur zur Umwandlung von elektrischer Energie in Licht. Die Forschungsergebnisse von Martin Hempel sind von hoher Relevanz für die Angewandte Physik, die Optoelektronik und die Photonik. IRIS Adlershof gratuliert herzlich.
IRIS Adlershof has organized a series of seminars on scientific writing targeting to young researchers working on IRIS relevant research areas.
Three of these two-day-seminars will be conducted in February 2014 (18. & 19., 20. & 21., and 24. & 25. February) by Katherine Tiede, a Canadian linguist, specialized on technical and engineering communication. The seminar focuses on solving problems scientific writers face when they communicate their work in English. A series of linguistic principles for communicating research in the clearest, most coherent, convincing and concise manner will be presented.
A limited number of young researchers can still be accepted as participants. If you wish to apply please contact Ms. Nora Butter: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oliver Benson, Professor at the Department of Physics of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and member of IRIS Adlershof, and Prof. Kurt Busch (Department of Physics of HU and Max-Born-Institute for non-linear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy) will form a research team for the next three years with Israeli colleagues Prof. Ronen Rapaport and Prof. Uriel Levy from Hebrew University, Jerusalem. As part of Einstein's research framework "Actiplant", the scientists would like to discover how emission and absorption of light can be controlled with the help of findings from quantum mechanics. In this process they are working on a very small scale: They want to examine and manipulate single light quanta.
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has approved a new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The research group entitled „Molekulare Einblicke in Metalloxid-Wasser-Systeme: Strukturelle Evolution, Grenzflächen und Auflösung“ will apriori be budgeted for three years and nine months. Spokesman of the CRC is Prof. Dr. Christian Limberg (Department of Chemistry). The member ofIRIS Adlershof Prof. Dr. Joachim Sauer is participating.
At the 28. Science Slam Berlin on November 04, 2013 the physicist Janik Wolters from the group of Prof. Oliver Benson (member of IRIS Adlershof) exicted the audience with his contribution "observation affects movement, the quantum Zeno effect" and took the first place. He asserted in a very strong competition with the fields of law, medicine, physics and biology.
Das Humboldt-ProMINT-Kolleg widmet sich gemeinsam mit der Freien Universität Berlin und mit den Universitäten in Kiel, Koblenz-Landau, Münster und Oldenburg der Frage, wie Hochschulen ihre Schülerlabore zu Lehr-Lern-Laboren weiterentwickeln und curricular ins Lehramtsstudium einbetten können. Das Ziel: Lehramtsstudierende sollen so frühzeitig Erfahrung im praktischen Unterrichten sammeln. Das Projekt wird von der Deutschen Telekom Stiftung gefördert. Seitens IRIS Adlershof ist Professor Jürg Kramer am ProMINT Kolleg beteiligt.
Die diesjährige Caroline von Humboldt-Professur der Humboldt-Universität wird an Frau Prof. Dr. Claudia Draxl (Institut für Physik und IRIS Adlershof) vergeben. Die feierliche Verleihung findet im Dezember statt. Als Auszeichnung für herausragende Leistungen in Forschung und Lehre wird jedes Jahr eine Professorin der HU mit dieser Professur geehrt. Die Namensprofessur ist mit 80.000 Euro dotiert, die insbesondere der Projektförderung und der Unterstützung für die weitere Karriere der Preisträgerin dient. Durch die Auszeichnung soll zudem die öffentliche und internationale Sichtbarkeit der Professorin erhöht werden. Die Caroline von Humboldt-Professur wird abwechselnd in den Geistes- oder Sozialwissenschaften und in den Naturwissenschaften vergeben. IRIS Adlershof gratuliert herzlich.
Herr Prof. Dr. Anton Zeilinger (Institut für Quantenoptik und Quanteninformation Wien und Universität Wien, Präsident der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften) wurde auf einer Festveranstaltung in der Urania am 21. Oktober 2013 mit der Urania-Medaille 2013 ausgezeichnet. Er erhielt die Medaille für seine beispielhafte Verbindung von international hoch angesehener Leistung in Lehre und Forschung mit der Vermittlung komplexer wissenschaftlicher Fragestellungen an eine breite Öffentlichkeit. Herr Prof. Dr. Zeilinger ist seit 2005 Ehrendoktor der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät I der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.IRIS Adlershof gratuliert herzlich.
SALSA, the Graduate School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, is announcing 15 doctoral fellowships to begin on April 1st, 2014. The program offers a structured, three-year period of multidisciplinary research combined with an integrated curriculum in Analytical Sciences.
Applications will be accepted upon submission via our online application tool only (www.analytical-sciences.de), which will be accessible from October 10th until November 4th, 2013. November 17th, 2013.Graduate students (master’s degree or equivalent) in chemistry, biology, physics and related disciplines with an interest in Analytical Sciences as well as graduates with a background in natural sciences education are invited to apply. For further information please visit http://www.analytical-sciences.de.
The strategic partnership, established between Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Princeton University at the beginning of this year is now entering a new level. From October 27 to 28, 2013 researchers from both universities presented recent scientific results on „Novel (Opto)-Electronic Materials“ during a dedicated workshop, organized byIRIS Adlershof. Ways and methods to strengthen the joined scientific cooperation in this innovative, interdisciplinary research field have be discussed.
The Chairmen of the workshop are Professor Antoine Kahn (Department of Electrical Engineering of Princeton University) and Professor Norbert Koch (IRIS Adlershof andDepartment of Physics of Humboldt-Universität). A Young Researchers Satellite Meeting gave young academics the opportunity to participate in the collaboration. A follow-up workshop is planned in Princeton next spring.
Mit dem Humboldt-Preis werden ausgezeichnete wissenschaftliche Arbeiten von Studierenden sowie von Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und -wissenschaftlern gewürdigt. Einer der diesjährigen Preisträger ist Dr. Konstantin Wiegandt, ehemaliger Doktorand der Arbeitsgruppe von IRIS-Adlershof Mitglied Prof. Plefka (AG Quantenfeld- und Stringtheorie), der für seine 2012 verteidigte Dissertation "Superconformal Quantum Field Theories in String - Gauge Theory Dualities" ausgezeichnet wurde.
Im ersten Teil der Dissertation wurde die Berechnung von Wilson-Schleifen in einer Quantenfeldtheorie mit anderen Symmetrien vorgenommen, der N=6 Super Chern-Simons Theorie, die ebenfalls dual zu einer Stringtheorie ist. Dabei stellte sich erstaunlicherweise nicht nur heraus, dass die Wilson-Schleifen mit den Streuamplituden dieser Theorie übereinstimmen, sondern dass diese auch noch äquivalent zu denen der N=4 SYM Theorie sind. Im zweiten Teil der Dissertation wurde die Berechnung von sog. Strukturkonstanten vorgenommen, mit Hilfe derer die Korrelationsfunktionen indirekt konstruiert werden können.
SALSA, the Graduate School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, is announcing 15 doctoral fellowships to begin on April 1st, 2014. The program offers a structured, three-year period of multidisciplinary research combined with an integrated curriculum in Analytical Sciences.
Applications will be accepted upon submission via our online application tool only (www.analytical-sciences.de), which will be accessible from October 10th until November 4th, 2013. Graduate students (master’s degree or equivalent) in chemistry, biology, physics and related disciplines with an interest in Analytical Sciences as well as graduates with a background in natural sciences education are invited to apply. For further information please visit http://www.analytical-sciences.de.
In the current Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2013/2014 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is listed on position 94. That means an upgrade of five positions compared to last year's ranking. In the field of global university performance comparison Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is one of the six German Universities listed among the top 100.
Professor Ulrich Panne übernimmt ab dem 1. September 2013 die Leitung der Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM). Der Chemiker löst Professor Manfred Hennecke ab, der 11 Jahre die BAM als Präsident leitete und nun in den Ruhestand geht.
Bei seiner Ernennung zum BAM-Präsidenten betonte Ulrich Panne, dass er die Verbindung von Ingenieurwissenschaften und Naturwissenschaften der BAM weiter ausbauen ausmöchte. Nur so können die herausfordernden Themen der Chemie beziehungsweise der Materialwissenschaft und Werkstofftechnik multidisziplinär bearbeitet werden.
Der 49-jährige analytische Chemiker ist seit 2004 an der BAM tätig und leitete die Abteilung 1 Analytische Chemie, Referenzmaterialien. Darüber hinaus ist er Professor für Instrumentelle Analytische Chemie an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Professor Panne ist Mitinitiator und seit 2012 einer der Sprecher der Graduiertenschule für Analytical Sciences Adlershof (SALSA) innerhalb der Exzellenzinitiative des Bundes und der Länder.
Nach mehr als sechsjähriger Planung ist auf dem Campus Adlershof der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) am 30. August 2013 der Grundstein für ein weiteres Berliner Studentendorf gelegt worden. In direkter Nähe zu den naturwissenschaftlichen Instituten der HU entsteht ein Gebäudekomplex mit rund 380 Wohnplätzen. Davon sind 120 für HU-Studierende reserviert.
Die ersten Bewohnerinnen und Bewohner werden voraussichtlich im Herbst 2014 einziehen. Alle Zimmer werden über ein eigenes Bad verfügen und um Gemeinschaftsräume wie Wohnzimmer und Küche zu einer Wohnlandschaft gruppiert. Das Studentendorf erstreckt sich auf zehn Gebäude und liegt an der Abram-Joffe-Straße / Ecke Karl-Ziegler-Straße.
Bauherr des neuen Wohncampus ist die Studentendorf Adlershof GmbH, ein Joint Venture der Studentendorf Schlachtensee eG und der Schweizerischen CoOpera Sammelstiftung PUK.
A team ofresearchers led byProf.OliverBenson, a memberof IRIS Adlershof, has demonstrated thequantumZenoeffectofa singleelectron in asolid statesystem.This promisesa deeper understanding ofquantumdynamics andthusfurtherinsightsinto the complexinteraction of individualquantum systemswith their environment.
Die Physikalischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin hat Herrn Dr. Tim Schröder, derzeit MIT Cambridge, USA, für seine Dissertationsschrift "Integrated photonic systems for single photon generation and quantum applications: Assembly of fluorescent diamond nanocrystals by novel nano-manipulation techniques", die er in der Arbeitsgruppe von Prof. Oliver Benson, Mitglied von IRIS Adlershof, angefertigt hat, den Carl-Ramsauer-Preis 2013 verliehen.
"Advanced UV for Life" – so der Name des vom Ferdinand-Braun-Institut in Adlershof koordinierten Konsortiums, das künftig innovative Anwendungen von UV-Licht in Medizin, Wasserbehandlung, Produktionstechnik und Sensorik erschließen wird. Der Zusammenschluss von Forschungseinrichtungen und Industrieunternehmen unterschiedlicher Fachdisziplinen hat sich im Wettbewerb Zwanzig20 im Rahmen der Hightech-Strategie des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) durchgesetzt. IRIS Adlershof gratuliert herzlich.
Norbert Koch and Jürgen P. Rabe from IRIS Adlershof, Charlotte Klonk, professor for art history, and further scientists of the project "Designing Laboratories" of the Cluster of Excellence "Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory" have visited Departments of Chiba University in Japan as well as the Faculty of Science of the National University of Singapore (NUS), and the Graphene Research Centre, the Centre for Quantum Technologies, and the Mechanobiology Institute in order to explore the design of laboratories for interdisciplinary research in the sciences. This is the last of a series of visits, which led the scientists afore to the Nano TecCenter Weiz in Austria, to departments of Princeton University, MIT, Harvard University, and Columbia University in the USA. The derived knowledge shall be used to design the IRIS research building as a prototype of an interdisciplinary laboratory in the sciences (see press release of HU, April 28, 2013).
Vice President Takeshi Tokuhisa of Chiba University welcomes the delegation of Humboldt-Universität
IRIS Adlershof and the IRI for the Life Sciences wish to intensify their cooperation with the Tel Aviv University (TAU) in the field of biological and soft matter physics. Therefore, they call for proposals to be funded in a bilateral funding scheme. Funding is available for bilateral collaborative research projects comprising researchers or research teams from the two participating universities. The main goal of the program is to support the ongoing and stimulate new collaborations between the research groups of the two Universities. Joint project proposals by scientists from TAU and HU may be submitted until January 31st, 2014.
Norbert Koch, member of IRIS Adlershof, has been appointed as Visiting Professor at Chiba University, Japan. IRIS Adlershof is cooperating in particular with the group of Professor Nobuo Ueno and with the Graduate School of Advanced Integration Science of Chiba University. Together with Chiba University and the National University of Singapore IRIS Adlershof organized in 2011 the first KOSMOS Summer University on “Frontiers of Organic / Inorganic Hybrid Materials for Electronics and Optoelectronics” .
Einer Empfehlung des Wissenschaftsrats folgend, hat die Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz (GWK) am 28.06.2013 beschlossen, 37,4 Mio. Euro für die Errichtung eines hochmodernen Forschungsbaus für IRIS Adlershof bereitzustellen. Mit der Förderung werden entsprechend der Förderkriterien des Verfahrens nach Art. 91b GG die herausragende wissenschaftliche Qualität und die nationale Bedeutung des Vorhabens "Organisch-anorganische Hybridsysteme für die Optik, Elektronik und Photonik" gewürdigt. Der Forschungsbau mit einer Gesamtnutzfläche von gut 4.700 Quadratmetern für etwa 140 Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler soll bis zum Jahr 2018 nordöstlich des Instituts für Physik entstehen und IRIS Adlershof zu einem international noch sichtbareren Zentrum dieses innovativen Forschungsfelds ausbauen (s.a. Pressemitteilung der HU vom 28.04.2013).
Auch in diesem Jahr stellen die Mitglieder vonIRIS Adlershof im Rahmen der Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften einige ihrer Projekte einer breiten Öffentlichkeit vor.
Aus einer Kooperation zwischen den Berliner Verkehrsbetrieben und dem Technologiestandort Adlershof resultiert ein besonderes Highlight: zwischen Adlershof, Schöneweide und Karlshorst werden zwei „Rollende Hörsäle“ unterwegs sein, in denen Wissenschaftler, Unternehmer und Standortmanager die Fahrgäste mit Beiträgen zu spannenden Themen der Wissenschaft unterhalten. In einem dieser „Rollenden Hörsäle“ wird IRIS-Sprecher Jürgen P. Rabe die Tram als rollenden Einstein-Zug verwenden. Abfahrt ist um 17:00 an der Haltestelle Adlershof-Magnusstraße.
IRIS-Mitglied Alexander Reinefeld bietet am Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Vorträge und Führungen u. a. zum Ursprung des Computers, zu autostereoskopischen Displays und zu computergestützter Molekülentwicklung an.
Im Programm „Daten Striptease“ der Arbeitsgruppe Datenbanken und Informationssysteme (DBIS) von IRIS-Mitglied Johann-Christoph Freytag erfahren die Besucher anhand von alltäglichen Szenarios, wie ihre Daten aufgespürt und zu Informationen kombiniert werden, die ihnen beruflich, sozial oder finanziell schaden können.
Im Max-Born-Institut für Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie, welches von IRIS-Mitglied Thomas Elsässer geleitet wird, können sich Besucher in Laborbsichtigungen, Ausstellungen und anhand von Experimenten zu extrem kurzen Lichtimpulsen und Lasern informieren.
Mitarbeiter der IRIS-Arbeitsgruppe "Physik der Makromoleküle" geben Interessierten einen Einblick in die Welt der Moleküle. Einzelne DNA-Stränge auf Glimmer werden mithilfe der Kraftmikroskopie gerastert und anschaulich gemacht, Oberflächen mit Höhenunterschieden, nicht größer als ein einige Atome, werden genau bestimmt. In einem zweiten Experiment werden einzelne Moleküle gedehnt und zerrissen. Beide Messprinzipien werden am Modell an großen Objekten, z. B. einem menschlichen Haar, gelochter Pappkarton oder Draht, erklärt.
Unter dem Titel „Was ein Lehrer wissen muss“ gibt das Humboldt-ProMINT-Kolleg einen Einblick in die Wissenschaft vom Lehren und Lernen in den mathematisch naturwissenschaftlichen Fächern.
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft has decided to pronlongate the funding of the Collaborative Research Centre CRC 658 "Elementary processes in molecular switches at surfaces" for four more years, until the end of June 2017. The CRC investigates molecular switching processes driven by external excitations in well defined molecular systems at solid surfaces. Spokesman is Professor Felix von Oppen (FU Berlin). The members of IRIS Adlershof Professor Claudia Draxl and Prof Stefan Hecht are significantly involved in the CRC 658 as principal investigators.
Die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) hat die Förderung zweier Graduiertenkollegs, an denen IRIS Adlershof beteiligt ist, für weitere viereinhalb Jahre beschlossen und stellt hierfür insgesamt über sieben Millionen Euro zur Verfügung.
Im Graduiertenkolleg 1504 „Masse, Spektrum, Symmetrie: Teilchenphysik in der Ära des Large Hadron Colliders“ kooperieren Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, der Technischen Universität Dresden und des DESY Zeuthen zu theoretischen und experimentellen Fragen der Teilchen- und Astroteilchenphysik. Verbindendes Glied aller Standorte ist die Mitarbeit im ATLAS-Experiment am Large Hadron Collider (LHC) des CERN in Genf. Im Sommer des vergangenen Jahres gelang dort der Nachweis der Existenz von Higgs-Bosonen. Sprecher des Kollegs ist Prof. Heiko Lacker vom Institut für Physik der HU Berlin. Seitens IRIS Adlershof sind Prof. Jan Plefka und Prof. Matthias Staudacher beteiligt.
Im Internationalen Graduiertenkolleg 1524 „Self-Assembled Soft Matter Nano-Structures at Interfaces” erforschen Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und Nachwuchswissenschaftler die Eigenschaften selbstorganisierter Nanostrukturen aus weicher organischer und biomolekularer Materie an Grenzflächen. Dabei werden sie von Forscherinnen und Forschern der Technischen Universität Berlin, der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin sowie des Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung in Potsdam betreut. Von US-Seite sind die North Carolina State University, die University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, die University of Pennsylvania sowie neu die Duke University beteiligt. Sprecher des Kollegs ist Prof. Martin Schoen von der TU Berlin. Seitens IRIS Adlershof sind Prof. Matthias Ballauff sowie als stellvertretende Sprecher des Kollegs Prof. Regine von Klitzing und Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe beteiligt.
Wissenschaftsrat empfiehlt Baufinanzierung für das IRIS Adlershof der Humboldt-Universität
Die Mitglieder des Integrative Research Institute for the Sciences - IRIS Adlershof der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin haben Grund zur Freude: Der Wissenschaftsrat hat auf seiner Frühjahrssitzung Bund und Ländern empfohlen, 37,4 Mio Euro für einen modernen Forschungsbau bereitzustellen.
Mit einer Gesamtnutzfläche von gut 4.700 Quadratmetern wird so auf dem Campus Adlershof der HU, in unmittelbarer Nähe der Institute für Physik und Chemie, ein neuer, hochmoderner Forschungsbau für ca. 140 Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler entstehen.
„Die Empfehlung des Wissenschaftsrates für den IRIS-Forschungsbau ist eine besondere Auszeichnung, die einmal mehr die hohe Leistungsfähigkeit unseres Konzepts Integrativer Forschungsinstitute sowie die der beteiligten Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler bestätigt“, sagt HU-Präsident Prof. Dr. Jan-Hendrik Olbertz.
„Wir freuen uns sehr, dass es uns gelungen ist, den Wissenschaftsrat von der Qualität und der Relevanz unseres Forschungsprogramms zu überzeugen“, unterstreicht IRIS-Sprecher Prof. Dr. Jürgen P. Rabe. „Das gibt uns die Chance, IRIS Adlershof zu einem international noch sichtbareren Zentrum der Erforschung von organisch-anorganischen Hybridsystemen für die Optik, Elektronik und Photonik auszubauen.“
Der stete und rasante Fortschritt in der Mikroelektronik und in den optischen Technologien ist Taktgeber für zahlreiche Innovationen. Die etablierte und über Jahrzehnte äußerst erfolgreiche Halbleitertechnologie stößt dabei jedoch zunehmend an Grenzen, vor allem wo es um Multifunktionalität sowie Ressourcen schonende Herstellung und energieeffizienten Betrieb einschlägiger Bauelemente geht. Der Übergang zu strukturierten Verbundsystemen aus unterschiedlichen organischen und anorganischen Materialien auf Nanoebene, die am IRIS Adlershof erforscht werden, erschließt dagegen neue Eigenschaften und damit neue Anwendungsperspektiven. Diese sind sehr breit: So können hocheffiziente Hybrid-Solarzellen dazu beitragen, die Energiewende zu beschleunigen. Die Integration von multifunktionalen Hybridelementen auf kleinsten Längenskalen bei gleichzeitig minimiertem Energieverbrauch eröffnet aber auch neue Möglichkeiten für differenziertere Diagnostik sowie für die elektronische und optische Verarbeitung von Informationen.
Das Forschungsprogramm des IRIS Adlershof bündelt die Expertise von insgesamt 15 Arbeitsgruppen der HU, die auf diesem Gebiet eng mit dem Helmholtz-Zentrum für Materialien und Energie Berlin (HZB), dem Max-Born-Institut für Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie (MBI) sowie der Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) zusammen arbeiten.
Dazu wird eine Core Facility mit dem Joint Lab for Structural Research (JLSR) und Open Access Laboratories (OPAL) for Advanced Materials und Analytical Sciences entstehen, die auch innovativen Unternehmen und Gründungsinitiativen sowie Kooperationspartnern aus der Freien Universität Berlin, der Technischen Universität Berlin und dem Fraunhofer Institut für angewandte Polymerforschung in Golm offen stehen. Internationale Kooperationen gibt es insbesondere mit der Princeton University, der National University of Singapore, der Chiba University in Tokyo sowie der Tel Aviv University.
Die an der HU bereits jetzt sehr gut aufgestellte Nachwuchsförderung wird von den neuen, exzellenten Arbeitsmöglichkeiten im IRIS-Forschungsbau ebenfalls stark profitieren. Dazu ist die Einrichtung von vier neuen Nachwuchsgruppen geplant. Darüber hinaus werden Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden von Verbundprojekten wie dem Sonderforschungsbereich 951 „Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Systems for Opto-Electronics“ (HIOS) und der „Graduate School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof“ (SALSA) in das Forschungsprogramm einbezogen. Auch den Studierenden des Internationalen Master Studienganges „Polymer Science“ werden die neuen Labor- und Begegnungsflächen offen stehen.
SALSA, the Graduate School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, is announcing 15 doctoral fellowships to begin on October 1st, 2013. The program offers a structured, three-year period of multidisciplinary research combined with an integrated curriculum in Analytical Sciences. Application deadline is extended toMay 13th, 2013.
Professor Peter Frensch, Vizepräsident für Forschung der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU), blickt auf der Jahrespressekonferenz der Adlershofer Standortpartner auf ein ausgesprochen erfolgreiches Jahr zurück. In der zweiten Runde des Exzellenzwettbewerbs war die HU im Juni 2012 zur Exzellenzuniversität gekürt worden. Sie erreichte neben der erfolgreichen Fortsetzung von Projekten der ersten Förderperiode gemeinsam mit der Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung eine Förderzusage für die Graduiertenschule SALSA (Graduate School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof). Dank der Mittel des im Rahmen der Exzellenzinitiative geförderten Zukunftskonzepts der HU wird auch IRIS Adlershof an Fahrt gewinnen. So soll ein ehemaliger Kasernenkomplex auf dem Campus zum hochmodernen Forschungsbau für IRIS umgestaltet werden.
A group of researchers led by IRIS Adlershof member Oliver Benson has developed a simple method to fabricate stable sources of single light quanta. The ansatz is based on a novel hybrid approach combining two completely different material systems: Nano-diamonds and photo resist. In this way it was possible to write nearly arbitrary three-dimensional structures, which contain single diamond fragments with single colour centres.
Katharina Schultens, Geschäftsführerin der Graduate School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof (SALSA) ist mit dem Leonce-und-Lena-Preis der Stadt Darmstadt ausgezeichnet worden. Dieser Preis gilt als der bedeutendste Literaturpreis für junge Autorinnen und Autoren auf dem Gebiet der Lyrik im deutschsprachigen Raum. IRIS Adlershof gratuliert Frau Schultens ganz herzlich.
Die Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) hat international den drittbesten Ruf aller deutschen Universitäten. Im aktuellen Reputations-Ranking des britischen Magazins "Times Higher Education" belegt die HU Platz 72.
TheMarie CurieInitial Training NetworkGATIS(GaugeTheoryastoIntegrableSystem)has started its work. The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin participates with a team of scientists around Prof. Dr. Matthias Staudacher, member of IRIS Adlershof.
Organic electronics has already hit the market in smart-phone displays and holds great promise for future applications like flexible electroluminescent foils (a potential replacement for conventional light bulbs) or solar cells that convert sunlight to electricity. A reoccurring problem in this technology is to establish good electrical contact between the active organic layer and metal electrodes. Organic molecules are frequently used also for this purpose. Until now, however, it was practically impossible to accurately predict which molecules performed well on the job. They basically had to be identified by trial-and-error. Now, an international team of scientists around Dr. Georg Heimel and Prof. Norbert Koch (member of IRIS Adlershof) has unraveled the mystery of what these molecules have in common. Their discovery enables more focused improvements to contact layers between metal electrodes and active materials in organic electronic devices.
Immer mehr Forschungsergebnisse von Mitgliedern von IRIS Adlershof stoßen auf wachsendes Interesse von Wirtschaftsunternehmen und fließen in die Entwicklung innovativer Produkte ein. So haben zum Beispiel die IRIS-Mitglieder Prof. Norbert Koch und Prof. Stefan Hecht im Rahmen eines inzwischen abgeschlossenen BMBF-Verbundvorhabens grundlegende Erkenntnisse zu organischen Materialien und deren Optimierung für organische Leuchtdioden (OLEDs) gewonnen. Wie diese Resultate effektiv zur Herstellung neuartiger Bauteile für die Fahrzeugbeleuchtung und -Instrumentierung verwendet werden können, wurde kürzlich auf einem von Prof. Koch moderierten Workshop im Rahmen der 13th International Conference Intelligent Automotive Lighting 2013 mit Vertretern der Wirtschaft diskutiert.
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Princeton University have concluded a contract on profile partnership. Members of IRIS Adlershof are substantially involved in this cooperation. An exchange of faculties and PhD-candidates is planed within the scope of the cooperation-program. Moreover, joint scientific events as symposia and summer schools will be organized.
Dr. Vladimir A. Smirnov von der Staatlichen Universität Moskau hat einen Humboldt-Forschungspreis erhalten. Im Rahmen des damit verbundenen Forschungsaufenthalts verbringt er in diesem und den kommenden Jahren insgesamt acht Monate an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in der Gruppe "Mathematische Physik von Raum, Zeit und Materie" von Prof. Dr. Matthias Staudacher, Mitglied von IRIS Adlershof, sowie vier Monate am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) bei Prof. Dr. Matthias Steinhauser. Mit dem Preis zeichnet die Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aus, deren grundlegende Entdeckungen, Erkenntnisse oder neue Theorien das eigene Fachgebiet nachhaltig geprägt haben und von denen auch in der Zukunft weitere Spitzenleistungen erwartet werden können. Er ist mit 60.000 Euro dotiert. Dr. Smirnov ist einer der herausragendsten Forscher auf dem Gebiet der perturbativen Quantenfeldtheorie, insbesondere der Evaluierung von Mehrschleifen-Feynman-Diagrammen. Er hat mehrere Schlüsseltechniken entwickelt, die hochkomplizierte für die phänomenologische Teilchenphysik und die Mathematische Physik relevante Berechnungen ermöglichen. Während seines Aufenthalts in Deutschland möchte Dr. Smirnov neue Klassen von Feynman-Integralen untersuchen, die mehrere direkte Anwendungen sowohl in der Quantenchromodynamik als auch in supersymmetrischen Yang-Mills-Theorien haben.
Detlef Günther, professor for Trace Element and Micro Analysis at ETH Zürich and member of the School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof (SALSA) at the Humboldt-Universität, is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of inorganic Mass Spectrometry. The Einstein Visiting Fellow’s funding enables him, on the one hand, to intensify current existing research projects with the colleagues at SALSA, and, on the other hand, especially to promote talented young scientists, while he will revert to his expertise in the field of the analysis of nanoparticles. IRIS Adlerhof congratulates and is looking forward to their cooperation.
Dr. Asbjörn Burow was honored with this year’s Tiburtius Award of the Land Berlin. He was granted the first prize for best dissertation, which is endowed with € 4,000, for his thesis "Methods for chemical structures of arbitrary dimensionality based on the density functional theory under periodic boundary conditions". Dr. Burow was supervised by IRIS Adlershof member Prof. Joachim Sauer, Department of Chemistry.
The Einstein Foundation Berlin is funding six new research projects of Berlin’s top scientists according to the foundation’s funding policy “Einstein-Forschungsvorhaben”. This includes the joint-project “ETERNAL - Exploring Thermoelectric Properties of Novel Materials" of IRIS Adlershof member and Einstein-Professor Claudia Draxl, Department of Physics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, together with Prof. Klaus Müller, TU Berlin, and Prof. Matthias Scheffler, Fritz-Haber-Institut, as well as the project "Gravitation and High Energy Physics" of IRIS Adlershof member Matthias Staudacher, professor at the Departments of Mathematics and Physics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Peter Hegemann, professor for experimental biophysics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and member of UniCat, has been granted the DFG Leibniz Prize 2013. Prof. Hegemann is one of the founders of the research field of optogenetics – a new and innovative method, with which a wide variety of cell types can be "switched" using light once they are equipped with a specific light receptor protein. IRIS Adlershof congratulates the laureate and is sharing his delight about this outstanding award.
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft has decided to pronlongate the funding of the Collaborative Research Centre CRC 647 "Space - Time - Matter" for four more years, until the end of 2016. Since the CRC 647 was established at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2005, theoretical physicists and mathematicians of the Humboldt-Universität, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics Potsdam, as well as of the Universität Potsdam have been jointly doing basic research on topics related to gravitational and quantum field theory. With this approach, the CRC has been gradually generating a central platform for mathematical physics in the region Berlin/Potsdam. Four members of IRIS Adlershof, Prof Brüning, Prof Kreimer, Prof Plefka, and Prof Staudacher are significantly involved in the CRC as principal investigators.
This year’s "Berliner Wissenschaftspreis des Regierenden Bürgermeisters von Berlin" (Science award of Berlins governing mayoe) has been granted to Prof Horst Bredekamp. The prize is endowed with €40,000 and dignifies the art historian – working at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - for his outstanding scientific achievements. Among other activities, Prof Bredekamp is one of the spokesmen of the ClusterofExcellence "Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory", in which IRIS Adlershof also is involved.
The School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof, SALSA, is a new Graduate School at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, established in the framework of the German Excellence Inititative. SALSA started its work on November 1st , 2012 und has now launched a call for applications for altogether 15 doctoral fellowships.
For her dissertation "All-optical noninvasive delayed feedback control of semiconductor lasers", Dr Sylvia Schikora has been granted the Carl-Ramsauer-Award 2012 by the Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin. Dr Sylvia Schikora is research associate in Prof Fritz Henneberger’s (member of IRIS Adlershof) research group.
Seit seiner Gründung im Jahr 2009 warIRIS AdlershofGast in den Räumlichkeiten des Instituts für Physik im Lise Meitner-Haus. Nun hat die Humboldt-Universität Büro-, Besprechungs- und Seminarräume im neu hergerichteten IRIS-Haus Zum Großen Windkanal 6 in unmittelbarer Nachbarschaft des Lise Meitner-Haus eingerichtet. Der erste Bauabschnitt wurde zwischenzeitlich an IRIS übergeben. Dort sind zunächst die Geschäftsstellen vonIRIS Adlershof, des SFB 951 „Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Systems for Opto-Electronics“ (HIOS) und der Graduiertenschule für Analytical Sciences Adlershof (SALSA), sowie die theoretisch arbeitenden IRIS-Mitglieder Prof. Claudia Draxl (Theoretische Festkörperphysik) und Prof. Matthias Staudacher (Mathematische Physik von Raum, Zeit und Materie) mit ihren Arbeitsgruppen untergebracht. Außderdem werden IRIS-Mitglied Prof. Matthias Ballauff (Weiche Materie und funktionale Materialien) sowie Prof. Joachim Dzubiella (Theorie weicher Materie) einziehen. Darüber hinaus gibt es vor allem Büros für Mitglieder von verschiedenen nationalen und internationalen Graduiertenprogrammen sowie für Gäste.
In einem zweiten Bauabschnitt soll bis Ende 2013 Platz für weitere, vorwiegend theoretisch arbeitende IRIS-Mitglieder und deren Arbeitsgruppen im IRIS-Haus geschaffen werden. Für das IRIS-Forschungsfeld "Hybridsysteme für Optik und Elektronik" ist ein eigener dedizierter Forschungsbau mit einer Core Facility und einschlägigen Speziallaboren in der Planung.
In the current Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2012/2013 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is listed on position 99. That means an upgrade of ten positions compared to last year's ranking. In the field of global university performance comparison Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is one of the four German Universities listed among the top 100.
Polymers and light are at the heart of modern science and technologies. The advantageous properties of both biological and synthetic polymers can be custom-designed and -tuned by controlling their chemical structure and -- often hierarchical -- supramolecular organization, in order to obtain functional systems capable of performing complex tasks. Light, on the other hand, provides additional means to fabricate and analyze polymeric systems, but also to control their function. For example, nature taught us how sunlight can be harvested and converted into electrical energy using organic photovoltaic systems. On the other hand electrical energy can be efficiently converted back into light in polymer-based light-emitting diodes.
“Polydays 2012: Polymers and Light” aims to highlight the exciting science currently going on at the interface of polymers and light. The Polydays series is organized biannually by the Berlin-Brandenburg Association of Polymer Science (BVP) and dedicated to modern topics of polymer research. This year‘s conference will take place from September 30 to October2, 2012 at the Campus Adlershof of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Among the speakers are outstanding international researchers including T. Aida (Tokyo), C.J. Barrett (Montreal), P. Fratzl (Potsdam), J.M.J. Frechét (Thuwal, Saudi Arabia), M. Havenith (Bochum), G.D. Scholes (Toronto), and C.G. Willson (Austin).
On September 18, 2012, Professor Peter Frensch, Vice President for Research of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Ulrich Hamann, Chairman of the Management Bord of Bundesdruckerei GmbH, jointly opened the “BeID-Lab” (Berlin electronic IDentity Laboratory). The new lab is located at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and was launched as a result of the previous existing and well-established research cooperation between the Department of Computer Science of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Bundesdruckerei GmbH. The "BeID-Lab" partners plan push ahead with joint research activities and implement specific measures to promote talented young scientists working in the field of "Secure Identity” and advanced security technologies.
Prof. Stefan Hecht (Mitglied von IRIS Adlershof) und Prof. Hans Börner (beide Institut für Chemie der Humboldt-Universität) wurden vom Europäischen Forschungsrat (European Research Council, ERC) mit je einem der renommierten ERC Starting Grants ausgezeichnet. Damit konnten sie sich in einem zweistufigen hochkompetitiven Verfahren erfolgreich in der europäischen Nachwuchselite behaupten und erhalten nun für eine Dauer von fünf Jahren jeweils eine Fördersumme von 1,5 Mio. Euro, um ihre Forschung auf dem vom ERC attestierten Spitzenniveau zu konsolidieren.
Im Projekt “Light4Function“ wird Prof. Hecht mit seiner Gruppe verschiedene Strategien verfolgen, um mit Hilfe von Licht diverse Funktionen von Reaktivität und Katalyse bis hin zu Ladungstransport und Bewegung zu steuern. „Unsere bisherigen Anstrengungen, die Vorteile von Licht zur Kontrolle von molekularen Prozessen zu nutzen, sind dadurch nicht nur gewürdigt worden, sondern wir werden diese in Zukunft nun entscheidend intensivieren können,“ freut sich Hecht über die üppigen Fördermittel aus Brüssel. Stefan Hecht hat seit 2006 den Lehrstuhl für Organische Chemie und Funktionale Materialien am Institut für Chemie der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin inne. Prof. Börner und sein Team werden in ihrem Vorhaben “Sip – Specifically Interacting Polymers“ spezifisch wechselwirkende Polymere entwickeln. Seit 2009 leitet er das Labor für Organische Synthese funktionaler Systeme am Institut für Chemie der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Thomas Elsässer, director at the Max-Born-Institute and member of IRIS Adlershof, and Horst Weller (Universität Hamburg) are awarded the Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics 2012. The scientists are honored for their pioneering achievements and detailed understanding of elementary processes on the sub-nanoscale.
Organic semiconductors are key components for the development of printable, flexible, and large-area electronics. To realize complex device functions the materials should exhibit several (meta-stable) states, between which can be switched selectively with different stimuli ("addressing"). Amongst possible stimuli, light is very attractive as it provides unprecedented spatio-temporal control and can be easily interfaced with advanced optics. However, in order to introduce light-responsiveness in organic devices photoswitchable molecular building blocks have to be incorporated into the material, ideally in a convenient and practical process.
An international research team including Stefan Hecht and Norbert Koch – both members of IRIS Adlershof – has now realized such “smart“ transistors that can be addressed by light. As described in their article in Nature Chemistry the authors demonstrated a new concept by introducing photoswitchable electron-hole traps into the active layer of the device. These specifically designed small molecules are able to interfere with the charge flow through the transistor’s semiconducting polymer in one particular state, which is generated by illumination with UV-light. Illumination with visible light disables the traps and re-establishes the initial state, in which charge flow is not affected. The new method of simple blending of trap molecules with the semiconductor matrix is highly effective yet simple, and hence applicable to large-scale device fabrication processes. The light-programmable transistors could serve as multifunctional elements in logic circuits.
From January 1st, 2013, Jürg Kramer, professor of mathematics and it didactics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and member of IRIS Adlershof, is going to be the new president of the Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung (DMV). The decision has been announced this week by the DMV executive committee. Jürg Kramer is currently holding the position of the DMV treasurer. He will hold the presidential chair for two years and in honorary post.
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is one of Germany’s 11 “Universities of Excellence”. It was successful in all three funding lines in the second round of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments.
In the context of its Institutional Strategy “education through learning and research” Humbodlt-Universität foresees the establishment of a Strategic Innovation Fund, which will focus mainly on the successful HU research format of Integrative Research Institutes (IRIs). This plan envisages the further development of IRIS Adlershof, the establishment of the IRI for the Life Sciences, and promotion of the IRI THESys (The Great Transformation of Human-Environmental Systems) for research on the topics of sustainability, land use and globalisation.
Auch in diesem Jahr stellen die Mitglieder von IRIS Adlershof im Rahmen der Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften einige ihrer Projekte einer breiten Öffentlichkeit vor:
Aus einer Kooperation zwischen den Berliner Verkehrsbetrieben und dem Technologiestandort Adlershof resultiert ein besonderes Highlight: zwischen Adlershof, Schöneweide und Karlshorst werden zwei „Rollende Hörsäle“ unterwegs sein, in denen Wissenschaftler, Unternehmer und Standortmanager die Fahrgäste mit Beiträgen zu spannenden Themen der Wissenschaft unterhalten. In einem dieser „Rollenden Hörsäle“ wird IRIS-Sprecher Jürgen P. Rabedie Tram als rollenden Einstein-Zug verwenden.
IRIS-Mitglied Alexander Reinefeld bietet am Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Vorträge und Führungen u. a. zum Ursprung des Computers, zu autostereoskopischen Displays und zu computergestützter Molekülentwicklung an.
Im Programm „Datenstriptease“ der Arbeitsgruppe Datenbanken und Informationssysteme (DBIS) von IRIS-Mitglied Johann-Christoph Freytag erfahren die Besucher anhand von alltäglichen Szenarios, wie ihre Daten aufgespürt und zu Informationen kombiniert werden, die ihnen beruflich, sozial oder finanziell schaden können.
Im Max-Born-Institut für Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie, welches von IRIS-Mitglied Thomas Elsässer geleitet wird, können sich Besucher in Laborbsichtigungen, Ausstellungen und anhand von Experimenten zu extrem kurzen Lichtimpulsen und Lasern informieren.
Mitarbeiter der IRIS-Arbeitsgruppe "Physik der Makromoleküle" geben Interessierten einen Einblick in die Welt der Moleküle. Einzelne DNA-Stränge auf Glimmer werden mithilfe der Kraftmikroskopie gerastert und anschaulich gemacht, Oberflächen mit Höhenunterschieden, nicht größer als ein einige Atome, werden genau bestimmt. In einem zweiten Experiment werden einzelne Moleküle gedehnt und zerrissen. Beide Messprinzipien werden am Modell an großen Objekten, z. B. einem menschlichen Haar, gelochter Pappkarton oder Draht, erklärt.
Unter dem Titel „Was ein Lehrer wissen muss“ gibt das Humboldt-ProMINT-Kolleg einen Einblick in die Wissenschaft vom Lehren und Lernen in den mathematisch naturwissenschaftlichen Fächern.
On June 2nd it will be time again: leading research organisations in Berlin and Potsdam will open their doors from 5.00 pm to 1.00 am for a scientific happening of very special kind. IRIS members will introduce the visitor into their field of research at the campus Adlershof. So is e.g. Professor Plefka giving an overview on “Die Welt als Hologramm: Neues aus der Stringtheorie”. About „Wissenschaft vom Lehren und Lernen in den mathematisch-naturwissenschaftlichen Fächern“ informs the ProMINT Kolleg. The research group around Professor Rabe will depict how single molecules can be torn apart. Meanwhile Professor Freytag’s group is inviting to a “Daten Striptease”. Professor Elsässer and his team are presenting experiments on light and laser, where the visitor is even invited to participate in, at the MBI Berlin.
Silica (Siliziumoxid) kann einen positiven Effekt auf Pflanzen haben. Es erhöht die Ernteausbeute und mildert den Einfluss pflanzlicher Stressfaktoren. Der bisher nur wenig verstandene Wirkmechanismus soll in einem neuen, von der Einstein Stiftung Berlin geförderten Projekt untersucht werden. Hier arbeiten Forscherinnen und Forscher der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, der Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung und der Hebrew University Jerusalem zusammen.
Polymers and light are at the heart of modern science and technologies. The advantageous properties of both biological and synthetic polymers can be custom-designed and -tuned by controlling their chemical structure and -- often hierarchical -- supramolecular organization, in order to obtain functional systems capable of performing complex tasks. Light, on the other hand, provides additional means to fabricate and analyze polymeric systems, but also to control their function. Polydays 2012 aims to highlight the exciting science currently going on at the interface of polymers and light. Find out more at www.polydays.de or contact us directly: polydays2012polydays.de.
Die Einstein Stiftung Berlin fördert zukünftig das neue Einstein-Zentrum für Mathematik Berlin, das die Aktivitäten dreier erfolgreicher Einrichtungen der Berliner Mathematik, dem DFG-Forschungszentrum Matheon, der Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) und des Deutschen Zentrums für Lehrerbildung Mathematik (DZLM) bündeln soll.
An dem von den drei großen Berliner Universitäten, dem Weierstraß-Institut für Angewandte Analysis und Stochastik sowie dem Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik betriebenen neuen Einstein-Zentrum ist das Mitglied von IRIS Adlershof, Prof. Jürg Kramer, als Koordinator des DZLM maßgeblich beteiligt.
Die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) hat ein neues Internationales Graduiertenkolleg mit dem Titel „Moduli und automorphe Formen: arithmetische und geometrische Aspekte“ an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin eingerichtet. Sprecher ist das Mitglied von IRIS Adlershof, Professor Jürg Kramer. Kooperationspartner sind die niederländischen Universitäten in Leiden und Amsterdam.
Im aktuellen CHE Hochschulranking, das am 2. Mai 2012 im neuen ZEIT Studienführer 2012/13 veröffentlicht wurde, erzielten in IRIS Adlershof vertretene Fächer sehr gute Bewertungen. So rangiert die Mathematik bei der Forschungsreputation sowie bei den Veröffentlichungen und den Forschungsgeldern pro Wissenschaftler bundesweit auf Spitzenplätzen. Die Studierenden sind insbesondere mit der IT-Infrastruktur sehr zufrieden. Die Physik konnte vor allem in den Kategorien Veröffentlichungen und Erfindungen pro Wissenschaftler sowie Promotionen pro Professor mit Spitzenplätzen punkten. Im Votum der Studierenden wird neben der sehr guten räumlichen und IT-Infrastruktur vor allem eine sehr gute Einbeziehung in die Lehrevaluation positiv gewürdigt. In der Chemie werden die Räume und die Ausstattung der Praktikumslabore mit Spitzennoten bewertet.
Am Lehrstuhl für Datenbanken und Informationssysteme (DBIS) werden von Prof. J.C. Freytag, Ph.D. (Member of IRIS Adlershof) zurzeit drei innovative Firmenausgründungen betreut, die mit Unterstützung der Humboldt-Innovation GmbH erfolgreich sog. eXist-Gründerstipendien des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Technologie (http://www.exist.de) eingeworben haben, mit deren Hilfe die ersten Schritte in die Selbständigkeit vollzogen werden sollen. Dabei werden die Gründerteams von Prof. Freytag als Mentor in technischer Belangen unterstützt und begleitet. Die Ausgründungen finden in den Bereichen der Textanalyse, dem Bereich selbstentworfener Möbel, sowie im Bereich des Taxi-Rufes/Bestellung statt.
Prof. Dr. Lutz Schimansky-Geier (Institut für Physik der HU) und Prof. Dr. Oliver Benson (Institut für Physik und IRIS Adlershof der HU) wurden mit einem “Outstanding referee award” für das Jahr 2012 der Zeitschriften der American Physical Society ausgezeichnet. Der Preis würdigt jedes Jahr etwa 150 von den ca. 60.000 aktiven Reviewern. Die Auswahl basiert auf der Qualität, Anzahl und Verlässlichkeit der Begutachtungen.
Das Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin und das Forschungszentrum Jülich bilden zusammen mit der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, der Universität Potsdam und der Freien Universität Berlin eine der drei neuen Energie-Allianzen, die von der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft ins Leben gerufen wurden. Ziel dieser Energie-Allianz mit dem Namen „Anorganisch/organische Hybrid-Solarzellen und -Techniken für die Photovoltaik“ ist es, den drängenden Forschungsbedarf zum raschen Umbau der Energieversorgung gezielt zu decken. Sprecher der Energie-Allianz ist Prof. Norbert Koch, Mitglied von IRIS Adlershof. Das Vorhaben wird durch den Impuls- und Vernetzungsfonds der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft für drei Jahre gefördert, wobei die universitären Partner zusätzlich eigene Mittel einbringen. Eine Fortsetzung der Forschung auch über die drei Jahre hinaus, ist geplant.
Over the past years, organic electronics is being developed as emerging technology. In collaboration with the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), scientists in the research group around IRIS-Member Prof. Norbert Koch could now reveal the mechanism that governs the doping of organic semiconductors. Their results indicate that there is no direct electron transfer to or from dopant molecules. In contrast to previous suggestions, inter-molecular complexes are formed first. Only the excitation of such complexes leads to mobile charge carriers, which increase the conductivity.
Katja Wundermann, delegated teacher at the ProMINT-Kolleg, takes with pupils of the Käthe-Kollwitz-Oberschule and in alliance with the Berliner Heinrich-Hertz-Gymnasium and a team of Turin (both secondary schools) first place in the European-League. The SPHERES-satellites are part of the ZERO-Robotics/SPHERES competition arranged by MIT, NASA and the European Space Agency ESA. The final round of the US-teams and the EU-teams, both have been carried out on board at the international space station ISS. Via live video conference to ISS the members of the European alliances at ESAs headquarter in Noordwijk (NL) could check the capability of their codes in direct competition.
„Controlling on-surface polymerization by hierarchical and substrate-directed growth“
Published in “Nature Chemistry” (March 2012 issue, online 15 January 2012)
Organizing matter on the smallest scale, i. e. in the region of just few nanometers (1 nm = one billionth of a meter), and making it utilizable are the key challenges of nanotechnology. In doing so, strong interest lies in controlled establishing of stable and well-defined nanostructures on the basis of single molecular components. A few years ago such bottom-up nano-architecture could be realized for its first time, however according to the one-step method with a limited level of complexity.
The same research team, consisting of chemists of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin around Professor Stefan Hecht (member of IRIS Adlershof), succeeded in cooperation with physics of the Fritz-Haber-Institut and of the Laboratorio TASC in Trieste to considerably improve the method they once developed.
The JLSR ist an entity of IRIS Adlershof, in which Humboldt-Universität cooperates with the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH and Technischen Universität Berlin. It covers a field ranging from crystalline semiconductors and isolators to organic molecular and supramolecular systems up to biomaterials. more...
With the support of the Einstein Foundation Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has been successful in winning the well-respected physicist Claudia Draxl. Ms Draxl is an international respected excellent scientist on the field of Theoretical Solid State Physics. One key aspect of her scientific research lies in the field of interactions and suggestions in nanostructures and hybrid material, which is thematically connected to the field of research of IRIS Adlershof.
With The Caroline-von-Humboldt-Preis award, endowed with €15,000.00, is annually granted to excellent young female scientists occupied at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin for outstanding research. It is the highest endowed research award of its kind in Germany, granted for the second time and is explicitly announced for young female scientists. This year’s awardee is the physicist Ms Dr. Costanza Toninelli.
The award will be granted to Ms Dr. Costanza Toninelli at the Humboldt-Unversität zu Berlin’s Senatssaal on the second of November.
Prof. Peter Frensch, Vice President for Research and Chairman of the Jury, explains: „Ms Toninelli’s fantastic project is extremely impressive. It deals with photonics in nanostructures and is in particular about stable molecules, which are embedded in semiconductor nanostructures”. At the moment Ms Toninelli is busy with her postdoctoral research at the ETH Zurich and will be due to the award working as “Scientist in Residence” within the research group of Prof. Oliver Benson, meber of IRIS Adlershof, at the Institute of Physics, above all at the Collaborative Research Centre HIOS (SFB 951). This Collaborative Research Center is doing research on artificial hybrid materials consisting of semiconductors, conjugated organic materials, and metal nanostructures. The scientists aim to bring these diverse materials in harmony in order to gain new physical and chemical qualities for optoelectronic elements.
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Mr. Jürg Kramer, Professor for Mathematics and Math Education at the Institute of Mathematics of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and member of IRIS Adlershof, has been elected member of Academia Europaea.
Norbert Koch, Professor for Supramolecular Systems at Humboldt-Universität’s Department of Physics and member of IRIS Adlershof, coordinates the project “Hybrid organic/inorganic memory elements for integration of electronic and photonic circuitry” (HYMEC), which is funded by the FP7-NMP Work Programme of the European Commission. Partners in this project include universities and research institutions in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Austria, France, and Poland, as well as a high-tech enterprise.
The main objectives of HYMEC are to unravel all relevant properties of hybrid materials comprising metal nanoparticles and conjugated organic semiconductors, and to demonstrate their function in non-volatile memory elements. These elements will be addressable electrically and optically, which potentially enables direct interfacing of future electronic and photonic circuitry.
The project started on 1. October 2011 and is embedded in the research field "Molecular Systems", one of the core competences of IRIS Adlershof.
In the current Times Higher Education World University Ranking Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is showing position 109. That means in the field of international university performance comparisons an upgrade of 69 positions compared to last year’s ranking.
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin applies for funding for world-class research with 15 long-term requests in the second round of the Excellence Competition hold by the German Federal Government and the Länder in all three funding lines - with its future concept “Education through learning and research: individuality - openness - guidance” and applications for four Clusters of Excellence and ten Graduate Schools.
The future concept contains comprehensive programs for the formation of three Integrative Research Institutes (IRI). Along with the enlargement of IRIS Adlershof, which has been working successfully since it was founded in 2009, further IRI’s are on the way to be established. It is planned to open up an IRI for the Life-Sciences and one dealing with sustainability, land use and globalisation.
Eine Gruppe organischer Synthetiker um IRIS-Mitglied Professor Stefan Hecht entwickelt im Rahmen des Projekts „Atomic Scale and Single Molecule Logic Gate Technologies (AtMol)“ molekulare Bausteine zur Herstellung einzelner molekularer Drähte mit dem Ziel, einen ersten Prototypen Molekül-basierter Computerchips zu realisieren. Die von der Arbeitsgruppe Hecht modellierten Nanodrähte werden anschließend in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Fritz-Haber-Institut hinsichtlich ihrer elektrischen Leitfähigkeit untersucht. Nach erfolgreicher Herstellung und Testung sollen diese Molekülschaltkreise dann von anderen Wissenschaftlern mit winzigen Nano-Elektroden kontaktiert werden und letztlich in einem kompletten molekularen Chip verpackt werden.
Das Projekt, in welchem ein internationales Konsortium aus Wissenschaftlern und Ingenieuren über einen Zeitraum von vier Jahren zusammenarbeitet, wird von der Europäischen Union mit 10 Millionen Euro gefördert.
Ein Konsortium aus sechs Hochschulen unter Führung der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin hat die von der Deutsche Telekom Stiftung initiierte Ausschreibung für ein Nationales Zentrum für Lehrerbildung im Fach Mathematik (NZLM) gewonnen. Ziel des NZLM ist es, die Lehrerbildung in Deutschland spürbar und nachhaltig zu verbessern. Dafür stellt die Deutsche Telekom Stiftung 5 Millionen Euro, verteilt auf 5 Jahre, zur Verfügung und investiert damit in ihr bisher größtes Einzelvorhaben.
Am NZLM, das von IRIS-Mitglied Professor Jürg Kramer geleitet wird, sind neben der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin auch die Freie Universität Berlin, die Deutsche Universität für Weiterbildung in Berlin, die Ruhr-Universität Bochum, die Universität Duisburg-Essen und die Universität Paderborn beteiligt.
The first KOSMOS Summer University of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, KOSMOS 2011, will take place September 17 through 25, 2011 on the topic „Frontiers of Organic/ Inorganic Hybrid Materials for Electronics and Optoelectronics”. It will be organized by the Integrative Research Institute for the Sciences IRIS Adlershof in collaboration with Chiba University Japan and the National University of Singapore. We cordially invite Master students in the final phase of their studies, doctoral candidates and postdocs to work here, together with internationally acknowledged experts in the field of physics and chemistry of hybrid materials, on this highly promising class of new materials.
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has decided to support the new Collaborative Research Centre CRC 951 “Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Systems for Opto-Electronics (HIOS)”. The Collaborative Research Centre is focusing on innovative hybrid systems, uniting inorganic semiconductors, metal nanostructures and conjugated organic materials. The fundamental chemical, electronic and photonic interactions, arising from the different nature of the components, will be elucidated.
In the long term the CRC aims for solid-state functional elements for Opto-Electronics scalable to meso- and nanoscopic dimensions, exhibiting superior performance not achievable with any of the individual material classes alone. On the part of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, which holds primary responsibility, the IRIS-members Matthias Ballauff, Oliver Benson, Thomas Elsässer, Stefan Hecht, Fritz Henneberger (designated spokesman), Norbert Koch and Jürgen P. Rabe as well as further scientists of the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Chemistry are involved. Moreover, members of the Technische Universität Berlin, Universität Potsdam, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Max Born Institut für Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Gesellschaft and Paul Drude Institut für Festkörperelektronik participate in the research as well.
In the first quadrennial funding period the DFG will provide more than 8 million euros for eighteen scientific and three central projects. This amount is, among others, meant for approximately thirty additional positions for Ph.D. students, Postdocs and technical staff.
Sponsorship over 13million Euro to support the apprenticeship until 2016
The Humboldt-University succeeds in "Qualitätspakt Lehre". The Application with the title "Übergänge", which focusses on the transitions between the periods of school and dissertation or between the periods of university and the profession, will be supported with over 13 million Euro until 2016. The "ProMINT - Kolleg" from IRIS Adlershof achieves an important contribution to that project.
The exploration of networks with a complex topology is in focus of the first German-Brazilian doctorate program called „Dynamical Phenomena in complexe Networks“. Next to the leading Humboldt-University IRIS Adlershof and the Institute for Physics and Mathematics participate.
The research group led by Professor Oliver Benson, member of IRIS Adlershof, will participate in the newly established DFG Research Unit „Diamond Materials and Quantum Application“. Within the subproject "Integrated quantum optics and nanophotonics with defect centers in nano-diamonds" the specific expertise concerning integrated quantum optics will be provided.
The Research Unit with its spokesperson Professor Jörg Wachtrup, Universität Stuttgart, is devoted to diamonds, a very promising quantum material, and is using technological fundamentals to produce more controlled and increasingly complex diamond structures. To accomplish this, the
Research Unit is bringing together experts on material growth, structure and defect creation as well as quantum optics and spintronics. Focus is primarily on the use of "quantum diamonds" in the areas of quantum photonics and spintronics. The results produced by the Research Unit could lead to applications in, among other areas, medicine.
Das britische Magazin Times Higher Education hat am 10. März 2011 sein neues Reputations-Ranking veröffentlicht. Die Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin erlangte im internationalen Hochschulvergleich den 72. Rang.
Als ein Aspekt des jährlich erscheinenden World University Ranking basiert die Erhebung zur Reputation auf einer Befragung von rund 13.400 erfahrenen Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern aus 131 Ländern. Erstmalig wurden die Daten zum Ruf einer universitären Einrichtung gesondert veröffentlicht. Die Befragten wurden beispielsweise um ihre Meinung gebeten, welche Universität sie international in ihrem Fachbereich am renommiertesten halten. HU-Präsident Jan-Hendrik Olbertz zum Ranking: „Im nationalen Maßstab ein durchaus beachtliches Ergebnis.“
Insgesamt haben es vier deutsche Hochschulen unter die 100 renommiertesten Universitäten weltweit geschafft – neben der HU konnten sich die Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, die Technische Universität München sowie die Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg unter den Top 100 platzieren.
Die Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin bleibt im Wettbewerb um die Förderung der Spitzenforschung in der Exzellenzinitiative von Bund und Ländern weiter im Rennen. Die Humboldt-Universität wurde heute DFG und vom Wissenschaftsrat (WR) dazu aufgefordert, bis zum 1. September 2011 in allen drei Förderlinien - Graduiertenschulen, Exzellenzcluster und Zukunftskonzept – Langanträge zu erarbeiten. Der Campus Adlershof der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin geht mit Anträgen für zwei Graduiertenschulen in die nächste Phase des Wettbewerbs:
Graduiertenschule für Analytical Sciences Adlershof (SALSA) Designierte Sprecher: Prof. Dr. Janina Kneipp/Chemie, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Panne/Chemie
Analytische Wissenschaft ist entscheidend für viele wissenschaftliche und technische Problemlösungen und Innovationen. Die Graduiertenschule SALSA soll durch ihren interdisziplinären Ansatz in Ausbildung und Forschung, durch ein neues Curriculum und die Zusammenarbeit von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern der Analytischen und Physikalischen Chemie, Biologie, Physik, Statistik, Modellierung und Didaktik nachhaltig zur Erneuerung der Analytical Sciences mit einem Fokus der „Analytic City Adlershof“ beitragen.
FutureLand Graduate School - Wege zu einer nachhaltigen Landnutzung Designierter Sprecher: Prof. Dr. Patrick Hostert/Geografie
In der FutureLand Graduate School sollen aus systemanalytischer, prozessorientierter und sozio-kultureller Sicht Ansätze zu nachhaltigen Landnutzungsstrategien entwickelt werden. Dazu bedarf es einer neuen Generation von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern, um die komplexen Fragestellungen mittels interdisziplinärer Ansätze zu beantworten. Die konzeptionelle und modellhafte Verknüpfung von Methoden unterschiedlicher Fachkulturen stellt in diesem Zusammenhang eine besondere Herausforderung dar. Themen umfassen beispielsweise Anpassungsstrategien der Landwirtschaft an den Klimawandel, Wege zum Erhalt von Ökosystemleistungen oder Untersuchungen zum Ein-fluss unserer Lebensgewohnheiten auf die globale Landnutzung und den Kohlenstoffhaushalt. mehr...
The Dissertation-Prize Adlershof 2010 goes to Dr. Michael Barth (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Physics). Dr. Barth did his PhD in the research group Nano-Optics led by IRIS-member Prof. Oliver Benson. The main topic of his thesis was the investigation of two-dimensional photonic crystal structures, such as microstructured optical fibres and photonic crystal membrane resonators. These structures are of paramount importance for the study of fundamental light-matter interaction. At the same time applications in integrated quantum technology and quantum enhanced sensing are envisioned. The selection committee acknowledged the outstanding scientific achievements as well as Dr. Barth’s comprehensible presentation of his results to a wider audience.
The research is a cooperation of the Physics Department and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and is also embedded within the Integrative Research Institute for the Science IRIS Adlershof.
Physikern der Humboldt-Universität ist es gelungen, die kleinste fasergekoppelte Lichtquelle der Welt zu konstruieren. Diese Lichtquelle besteht aus nur zwei Komponenten – aus einem speziellen, winzig kleinen Diamanten und aus einer handelsüblichen Glasfaser. Auf Grund des Durchmessers der Glasfaser von nur 90 Mikrometern (1 Mikrometer = 1 Millionstel Meter) hat das gesamte System lediglich die Ausmaße eines menschlichen Haares. Die Ergebnisse der Arbeit wurden jetzt in der Online-Ausgabe von Nano Letters veröffentlicht.
Frau Prof. Jelena Vučković (Stanford University), die ab 2011 am IRIS Adlershof sowie am Institut für Physik der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Forschungsarbeiten zum Thema „Hybride Quantensysteme für die fundamentale Optik und Photonik“ betreiben wird, ist nun mit dem renommierten Alexander von Humboldt-Forschungspreis ausgezeichnet worden.
Erneut konnte die Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin im aktuellen ExcellenceRanking des Centrums für Hochschulentwicklung (CHE) für drei mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fächer Spitzenplatzierungen erreichen. Damit zählen die Biologie, die Mathematik und die Physik an der HU im europäischen Vergleich zu den besonders forschungsstarken und international orientierten Fachbereichen.
Stefan Hecht, Professor für Organische Chemie und funktionale Materialien an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin und Mitglied von IRIS Adlershof hat für seine bahnbrechenden Arbeiten auf dem Gebiet funktionaler organischer Nanostrukturen den mit 100.000 € dotierten Klung-Wilhelmy-Weberbank-Preis zuerkannt bekommen. Der Preis wurde am 5. November 2010 feierlich im Henry-Ford-Bau der Freien Universität Berlin verliehen.
Der Klung-Wilhelmy-Weberbank-Preis zählt zu den angesehensten wissenschaftlichen Auszeichnungen für Nachwuchswissenschaftler in Deutschland – nicht zuletzt deshalb, weil fünf der bisherigen Preisträger später den Nobelpreis und weitere Preisträger andere bedeutende nationale und internationale Auszeichnungen erhalten haben.
Joachim Sauer, Professor für Quantenchemie an der Humboldt- Universität und Mitglied von IRIS Adlershof, erhält die Liebig- Denkmünze 2010, mit der die Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker seit 1903 hervorragende Leistungen auf dem gesamten Gebiet der Chemie auszeichnet.
Der Preis wird am 20. September 2010 auf einer Festsitzung anlässlich der diesjährigen Tagung der Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte in Dresden verliehen.
Die von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) geförderten Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler sollen ihre Fördermittel künftig noch freier und ganz an den konkreten Bedürfnissen des geförderten Projekts ausgerichtet verwenden können. Um dies zu erreichen, hat die DFG ihre Förderbedingungen in einem zentralen Punkt neu geregelt und weiter flexibilisiert.
Aufgrund dieser Neuregelung kann die Entscheidung darüber, ob die Fördermittel für Personal, Sachmittel oder Geräte verwendet werden, in Zukunft grundsätzlich von den Universitäten und Forschungseinrichtungen selbst getroffen werden. Die bislang praktizierte Form der sogenannten Stellenbewilligung wird damit durch ein System der freien Umdisposition von Mitteln ersetzt. Als Konsequenz wird die DFG künftig statt Stellen pauschalierte Geldbeträge bewilligen.
Der Physiker Thomas Elsässer, Mitglied von IRIS Adlershof, S-Professor am Institut für Physik der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin und Direktor am Max-Born-Institut, wurde zum ordentlichen Mitglied der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften gewählt. Er gehört der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Klasse der BBAW an.
Der Europäische Forschungsrat (European Research Council, ERC) hat Janina Kneipp mit einem ERC Starting Grant ausgezeichnet. Diese Preise werden seit 2007 an international herausragende Nachwuchswissenschaftler vergeben und wurden 2009 zum dritten Mal ausgeschrieben. Für die Auswahl der durch den ERC geförderten Projekte bilden die Exzellenz von Antragsteller und Projekt sowie das Umfeld des Antragstellers die Auswahlkriterien. Janina Kneipp ist seit 2008 Junior(S)-Professorin für Analytische Chemie am Institut für Chemie der Humboldt-Universität und der Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung (BAM). Im Rahmen des durch den ERC geförderten Projektes wird sie in den nächsten 5 Jahren mit ihrer Gruppe neue mikrospektroskopische Methoden für analytische Anwendungen weiterentwickeln.
Der Physiker Dirk Kreimer, international führender Forscher auf dem Gebiet der
Mathematischen Physik, ist jetzt mit einer Alexander von Humboldt-Professur
ausgezeichnet worden. An den Preis geknüpft ist der Antritt der Professur an der
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Herr Dr. Matthias Staudacher hat seinen Ruf auf die Professur "Mathematische Physik von Raum, Zeit und Materie" mit Wirkung zum 1. April 2010 angenommen. Die W3-Professur ist von den Instituten für Physik und Mathematik der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin als gemeinsame Brückenprofessur eingerichtet worden.
Professor Fratzl, Direktor am Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung Potsdam/Golm und seit 2004 Honorarprofessor am Institut für Physik der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin hat den von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) jährlich für Spitzenleistungen in der Forschung verliehenen Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis 2010 erhalten.
Frau Kneipp, seit April 2008 S-Juniorprofessorin für Analytische Chemie an der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin und der BAM (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung), hat den von der Deutschen Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Angewandte Spektroskopie (DASp) vergebenen "Bunsen-Kirchhoff-Preis für analytische Spektroskopie" erhalten, der für herausragende Leistungen vor allem jüngerer Wissenschaftler aus Universitäten, Forschungsinstituten oder der Industrie in der analytischen Spektroskopie vergeben wird.
Professor Thomas Elsässer, Direktor am Max-Born-Institut für Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie im Forschungsverbund Berlin e. V. und S-Professor am Institut für Physik der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, erhält vom Europäischen Forschungsrat (ERC) einen "Advanced Grant" in Höhe von 2,49 Millionen Euro.
Das Institut für Physik der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin rangiert unter den ersten sechs deutschen Physikfachbereichen beim Parameter "Publikationen pro Jahr", der sich aus der über die Jahre 2005-07 gemittelten Zahl der Publikationen und der Zitationsrate ergab.