Freigeist-Fellowship of the Volkswagen foundation for Dr. Nichol Furey

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.



Humboldt Research Fellowship for Prof. Carlos-Andres Palma

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 recemtly 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 currently 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. Palmas exciting research can experience him as an invited speaker at the symposium IRIS 2019.



Quantum Futur Award 2019 for Aron Vanselow

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.



Royal Society of Chemistry Poster Prize for Valentin Reiter-Scherer

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!


ERC Starting Grant for Dr. Tim Schröder

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.