New video about the RTG 2575 online
A great example of successful promotion of early-career researchers at IRIS Adlershof is the Research Training Group 2575 “Rethinking Quantum Field Theory. RTG members give an insight into their research:
NFDI Consortium FAIRmat recommended for funding
A team led by Claudia Draxl, who is a member of IRIS Adlershof, has reached a key milestone: The FAIRmat consortium, which Draxl constituted, was recommended for funding by the NFDI expert panel of the German Research Foundation (DFG) on May 10. This is an important success in the three-stage application process to establish the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). FAIRmat applied together with 16 other consortia in October 2020 and already received positive feedback at the beginning of the year on the virtual review that took place in December 2020. The final funding decision will be made by the Joint Science Conference (GWK) in early July. The aim of the national research data infrastructure (NFDI) is to systematically manage scientific and research data, provide long-term data storage, backup and accessibility, and network the data both nationally and internationally. FAIRmat represents the interests of experimental, theoretical and computational condensed matter physics and materials science.
Launch of the first Einstein Research Unit of the Berlin University Alliance on the topic of quantum computing
Quantum computers are seen as one of the key technologies of the 21st century. Can they revolutionize the computational capacity of computers? Which new insights do they offer for high energy physics or quantum chemistry? These are the questions on which the first Einstein Research Unit (ERU) of the Berlin University Alliance (BUA) will be focusing. The interdisciplinary research team of the partners Free University of Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technical University of Berlin and Charité - Universitätsmedizin, which includes IRIS Adlershof members Prof. Dr. Oliver Benson and Dr. Tim Schröder, has made it its task to explore the potential of the quantum digital transformation. They will combine expertise in theoretical and experimental physics, applied mathematics, computer science and machine learning in a unique way. The Einstein Research Unit „Perspectives of a quantum digital transformation: Near-term quantum computational devices and quantum processors“ will initially receive two million Euros in funding over the next three years.
Call for Applications: Marga Faulstich-Programme for HU-women wanting to launch a company (in German) - Apply until May 16!
Bis zum 16. Mai 2021 haben HU-Frauen* mit Gründungsvorhaben die Möglichkeit, sich für das Marga Faulstich-Programm zu bewerben. Das Programm findet von Juni bis November 2021 statt. Es werden gezielt Wissenschaftlerinnen*, Doktorandinnen*, Post-Doktorandinnen* und Studentinnen* der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin motiviert und empowert, ihre Geschäftsidee weiterzuentwickeln und bis zur Marktreife auszuarbeiten. Den Teilnehmerinnen wird auf ihrem Gründungsweg neben einer Mentoring-Partnerschaft mit einer erfolgreichen Unternehmerin, Know-how vermittelt, Beratung und Coaching angeboten sowie Strategien für die Zukunft aufgezeigt. Im Bereich der Gründungsberatung steht mit der Humboldt-Innovation GmbH, einer Tochtergesellschaft der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, eine starke Kooperationspartnerin zur Seite.
A Group of researchers with participation of IRIS Adlershof achieves real-time optical distance sensing of nanoparticles with precision of 2.8 nanometers
Sub-diffraction limited localization of fluorescent emitters is a major goal of microscopy imaging. It is of key importance for so-called super-resolution, a technique that was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014. A cooperation of researchers in Australia, China, the USA and IRIS Adlershof have now demonstrated ultra-precise localization and tracking of fluorescent nanoparticles dispersed on a mirror. The approach is based on self-interference patters of the nanoparticles. These patterns can be picked up by a sensitive camera and subsequently compared to numerical simulations.
In this way, it was possible to localize individual particles with an accuracy of only 2.8 nm.
Additionally, the localization can be performed rapidly, and a single particle can be followed with a 50Hz frame rate. This is much faster than other comparable methods. A special benefit of this new approach is its high photo-stability and sensitivity, e.g. to temperature and PH. Therefore, the novel technique may be used for high-resolution multimodality single-particle tracking and sensing.
You can find out more about this here.
Axial Localization and Tracking of Self-interference Nanoparticles by Lateral Point Spread Functions
Y. Liu, Z. Zhou, F. Wang, G. Kewes, S. Wen, S. Burger, M. Ebrahimi Wakiani, P. Xi, J. Yang, X. Yang, O. Benson, and D. Jin
Nat. Commun. 12 (2021) 2019, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-22283-0
Stijn van Tongeren, Emanuel Malek and Markus Krutzik join IRIS Adlershof as junior membersStijn van Tongeren, Emanuel Malek and Markus Krutzik join IRIS Adlershof as junior members
IRIS Adlershof is delighted to announce that three leaders of Junior Research Groups, namely Dr. Stijn van Tongeren, Dr. Emanuel Malek, and Dr. Markus Krutzik will be joining IRIS Adlershof as junior members.
Since 2019, Dr. Markus Krutzik is leading the „Joint Lab Integrated Quantum Sensors“ at the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik, where he has already been working as a guest researcher since 2017. Additionally, he has been a group leader at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin since 2015, working on Quantum Sensors and Optical Technologies for Space Applications. His research focuses on the devlopment of the next generation of chip-scale quantum sensors for real world applications. Krutzik finished his doctoral studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2014. He then worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Cold Atom Laboratory of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory between 2014 and 2015, where he continued to work as a Technical Consultant between 2016 and 2018.
IRIS Adlershof congratulates its new members and is looking forward to a fruitful collaboration.
Erik Panzer receives the 2020 Hermann Weyl Prize
Erik Panzer, former junior researcher at IRIS Adlershof, who is now doing research at University of Oxford, has been awarded the 2020 Hermann Weyl Prize of the International Colloquium on Group Theoretical Methods in Physics for “his pioneering achievements in the calculation of amplitudes in gauge theories, for developing new mathematical structures that exploit the language of symmetries, and for his contribution to the description of important physical phenomena present in nature.”
Successful collaboration with industry in joint paper on inkjet-printed electrodes in OLEDs
Researchers in the HySPRINT joint lab Generative Manufacturing Processes for Hybrid Components (GenFab) of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) have successfully implemented an ink produced by the Berlin-based company OrelTech in solution-processed organic light emitting diodes.
After inkjet printing the particle-free silver ink, an argon plasma is used to reduce the silver ions in the ink to metallic silver. “Because this process takes place at a low temperature, it is suitable for use with temperature-sensitive substrates, such as flexible plastic foils,” explains Dr. Konstantin Livanov, co-founder and CTO of OrelTech. The researchers fabricated organic light-emitting diodes employing the silver ink as a transparent conductive electrode on the flexible substrate PET. The resulting devices show comparable light output characteristics to those based on the otherwise widely used indium tin oxide (ITO). Crucially, however, the silver electrodes showed superior stability to ITO upon mechanical bending. Dr. Felix Hermerschmidt, senior researcher in the joint lab of HU and HZB, confirms, "The OLEDs based on the OrelTech ink remain intact at a bending radius at which the OLEDs based on ITO show breakage and fail.” This opens up several application opportunities of the printed devices. The work has been published in the journal Flexible and Printed Electronics and is available Open Access. GenFab, led by Prof. List-Kratochvil, who is a member of IRIS Adlershof, is moving into laboratories and offices in the new IRIS research building for further research and development work.
HZB and Humboldt University agree to set up a catalysis research laboratory
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) have signed a cooperation agreement with the aim of establishing a joint research laboratory for catalysis in the IRIS research building of HU in Adlershof. The IRIS research building offers optimal conditions for the research and development of complex material systems.
Stefan Hecht elected into the National Academy of Science and Engineering
The National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) has elected the chemist Stefan Hecht as one of its new members. With him and the mathematician Jürg Kramer, IRIS-Adlershof is prominently represented in acatech. Hecht is very grateful about the election to the National Academy of Science and Engineering: “For me, it means recognition and motivation at the same time. I am looking forward to develop technological solutions and recommendations for pressing future topics together with well-known colleagues ”, says the chemist. As a new acatech member, he will be particularly active in the field of materials science.
Humboldt-Prize for IRIS Young Reseracher Aron Vanselow
Award for one of the best 2020 Masters theses at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
The prize, which is awarded annually to only a few of M.Sc. Students of the entire University for “excellent academic achievements” that are moreover especially related to the “Humboldtian Ideals”, honours the thesis of Mr. Vanselow on “Mid-infrared frequency-domain optical coherence tomography with undetected photons”. The corresponding publication is published in the latest issue of Optica, The Optical Society's journal for high-impact research, and is displayed as an IRIS Adlerhof research highlight:
Frequency-domain optical coherence tomography with undetected mid-infrared photons
Mr. Vanselow did his work in the group “Nonlinear Quantum Optics”, led by Dr. Sven Ramelow, who is a Young Research Group Leader of IRIS Adlershof. It's already the second award for his thesis after the "Quantum Futur Award".
IRIS Adlershof warmly congratulates the young award winner.
Interview with the "Magician of the Octonions" in the Adlershof Journal
Nichol Furey has been researching at IRIS Adlershof for half a year and turns to the fundamentals of quantum field theory with an unusual approach. In the current issue of the Adlershof Journal, she explains how she would like to find the 'theory of everything'
Xolography as new volumetric 3D printing method
It looks like science fiction but in fact could be the future of 3D printing: A blue slice of light wanders through a liquid, while light projections emerge through the window of a glass vessel. Resembling the replicator of the Star Trek spaceships, the desired object materializes. What used to take hours soon floats in the liquid in the vessel, is then removed, and cured under UV light.
Digital tools for sensors and quanta
As part of the programme „Digitalisation in the sciences”, the Ministry of Science of Lower Saxony provides funding to the tune of 4.5 million Euros for five research projects at the University of Oldenburg for three years.
The Institute of Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOP) and IRIS Adlershof start a joint PostDoc program
The Institute of Physics (IOP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the IRIS Adlershof of the Humboldt University in Berlin have now established a joint PostDoc program and launched a first round of applications. The prestigious two-year research fellowships are intended for exceptional early-career scientists, in preparation for an independent career in research at the frontier of condensed matter physics, quantum materials or device physics. Successful candidates will spend one year in Beijing and one in Berlin at the research groups of their choice. The application deadline is February 28, 2021.
German Centre for Mathematics Teacher Education (DZLM) will be sustained
The German Centre for Mathematics Teacher Education (DZLM) will be a part of the newly established department “Subject-related knowledge transfer” at the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel. The DZLM is a network of nine universities under the direction of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. For ten years it has been developing, implementing and researching nationwide effective offers for further education for multipliers, teachers and daycare specialists in mathematics. The DZLM was initiated by the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung, from which it has so far been financed with more than ten million euros.
Berlin becomes a center for national high-performance computing
The Joint Science Conference of the federal and state governments (GWK) is establishing a total of eight centers for “National High-Performance Computing” (HPC), one of them in Berlin. To this end, the Zuse-Institute Berlin (ZIB) was approved for funding as the centre for scientific computing of the Berlin University Alliance (BUA), the cluster of excellence comprising of the three major universities Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin as well as the Charité – University Hospital Berlin. Prof. Alexander Reinefeld, scientific director at the Zuse-Institute and member of IRIS Adlershof delightedly says: „The funding to the tune of approximately 72 million euros affords the Zuse-Institute planning security for the acquisition, modernisation and operation of HPC systems for the next ten years, of which the university research, in particular in Berlin and therefore at IRIS Adlershof, will surely profit.“ He adds, „that the financial support provided by the state of Berlin and the Federation will also be used to provide expert counseling to make the efficient usage of the complex supercomputers easier for the scientists.“
Joachim Sauer receives Bunsen-Denkmünze 2020
The German Bunsen-Society for Physical Chemistry honours Joachim Sauer, professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin as well as former and founding member of IRIS Adlershof, in recognition of his seminal work. The Bunsen-Denkmünze has been awarded since 1908 to "personalities who advanced the goals of physical chemistry through scientific or practical achievments in an extraordinary way".
Implementation of Flexible Embedded Nanowire Electrodes in Organic Light‐Emitting Diodes
Researchers in the HySPRINT joint lab Generative manufacturing processes for hybrid components (GenFab) of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) have developed together with the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) a method to produce flexible transparent electrodes based on silver nanowires. Specifically, the nanowires are spray coated and embedded within a polymer resin on top of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate.Not only are the electrodes fabricated using solution-based approaches, but compared with the widely used indium tin oxide (ITO), the electrodes show higher stability in mechanical bending tests. "Since the spray coating approach in this work can be upscaled to larger areas", says Dr. Felix Hermerschmidt, senior researcher in the joint lab of HU and HZB, "this mechanical stability can be translated to an industrial process."
The researchers fabricated organic light-emitting diodes employing the developed ITO‐free nanowire electrodes. These show considerably higher luminance values at the same efficacy compared to their ITO‐based counterparts. As Dr. Theodoros Dimopoulos, senior scientist at AIT, points out, "Replacing ITO in optoelectronic devices is a key area of research and this work shows the possibilities of doing so without loss in performance."GenFab, led by IRIS Adlershof member Prof. List-Kratochvil, is moving in laboratory rooms in the new IRIS-research building for further development.
The work has been published in physica status solidi rapid research letters and is featured on the cover of the November 2020 issue of the journal.
Lukas Kinner, Felix Hermerschmidt, Theodoros Dimopoulos, and Emil J. W. List-Kratochvil
Implementation of Flexible Embedded Nanowire Electrodes in Organic Light‐Emitting Diodes
Phys. Status Solidi RRL 14 (2020) 2000305
The future of bio-medicine?
Researchers from Humboldt University and the Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC) built the first infrared based microscope with quantum light. By deliberately entangling the photons, they succeeded in imaging tissue samples with previously invisible bio-features.
IRIS-Nachwuchsforscher Michael Kathan receives prestigious award for photochemistry
For his outstanding dissertation "Photoswitching Reactivity: From remote-controlled to light-driven chemical systems", Dr. Michael P. Kathan was awarded the Albert Weller Prize on September 14, 2020. This is the second award after the Friedrich Hirzebruch PhD award 2020.
First quantum measurement of temperature in a living organismIRIS Adlershof, and Prof. Masazumi Fujiwara from Osaka City Universitity has now developed a quantum sensor that is only a few nanometers in size and has been able to measure temperature changes in a nematode after administration of a pharmacological substance. The results pave the way for diverse applications of the novel quantum sensors in biomedical research, e.g. for taking high-resolution thermal images.
Scheme of the experiment: With the help of laser light (green), the characteristic microwave resonance line (in orange: microwave antenna) of nanodiamonds in a nematode (typical length 1 mm) can be recorded under a microscope. Since this depends on the temperature, a temperature change can be measured very precisely and locally. (©Masazumi Fujiwara, Osaka City University, e-mail to Oliver Benson)
M. Fujiwara, S. Sun, A. Dohms, Y. Nishimura, K. Suto, Y. Takezawa, K. Oshimi, L. Zhao, N. Sadzak, Y. Umehara, Y. Teki, N. Komatsu, O. Benson, Y. Shikano, and E. Kage-Nakadai,
The Research Training Group 2575 “Rethinking Quantum Field Theory” starts its work.
The Research Training Group 2575 “Rethinking Quantum Field Theory”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), has started its work. Due to the pandemic, the hiring of the first two cohorts was delayed until autumn 2020. In October, however, the Research Training Group (RTG) will start with 15 doctoral students from 10 countries and two postdocs. The RTG will deal with pressing theoretical questions and key innovations in quantum field theory that go beyond established methods. “Quantum field theory is a highly developed formalism of theoretical physics for the description of interacting many-body systems. Nevertheless, fundamental questions are still open, especially in relation to gravity, and in recent years fascinating, almost revolutionary innovations have emerged here, which are being further researched within the our new graduate school, ”says the spokesman Prof. Dr. Jan Plefka, head of the Quantum Fields and String Theory group at the Institute of Physics. However, the pandemic continues to make work difficult. “Fortunately, we theorists are almost fully operational in the home office with a laptop, paper and pencil, Mathematica and Zoom. What is missing, however, is the spontaneous exchange between us, for example in the common room over coffee or at lunch, where new ideas often arise. Every meeting is now planned. ”All courses, colloquia and seminars of the RTG will also have to be held virtually in the winter semester 2020/21. It is also currently unclear whether the first retreat in November can be held as planned. “The organization is in full swing. The first conference in particular is very important to us, in order to give everyone involved the opportunity to get to know each other in an informal setting, "explains PD Dr. Oliver Bär, the coordinator of the GRK.
New junior research group “Exploring the landscape of string theory flux vacua using exceptional field theory” as part of the Emmy-Noether-Programme of the German Research Foundation
Since August Dr. Emanuel Malek has been establishing a junior research group on “Exploring the landscape of string theory flux vacua using exceptional field theory” at the Physics Department of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His group will receive more than 1.2 million euros in funding over 6 years from the Emmy-Noether-Programme of the German Research Foundation. After finishing his doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge in 2014, Dr. Malek spent one year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cape Town, followed by a three-year-long stay as a Research Fellow at the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich. He subsequently worked at the Max-Planck-Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam for two years. At Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Dr. Malek will continue his work on the field of theoretical physics and closely collaborate with Prof. Dr. Jan Plefka, Prof. Dr. Matthias Staudacher and Dr. Olaf Hohm, all of whom are members of IRIS Adlershof.
Stefan Hecht elected as a member of the Academia Europaea
The Academia Europaea has accepted Prof. Stefan Hecht, already a member of IRIS Adlershof, as a new member. The Academy is based in London and was founded in 1988. It currently has more than 4,000 members, including 54 Nobel Prize winners.
The aim of the academy is to promote education and research in Europe and to strengthen interdisciplinary and international exchange in science. As an independent partner, the academy also advises governments and international organizations on scientific issues. The members are leading experts from the fields of chemistry, physics, biology, medicine, mathematics, computer science and technology, the social sciences and humanities as well as economics and law.
"The election to the chemistry section of the Academia Europaea is a great honor and I am very happy about this special personal recognition of my research," explains Stefan Hecht. His main focus is on macro- and supramolecular chemistry and organic material synthesis Interest in light-controlled and -driven processes as well as polymerisation on surfaces.
The chemistry section covers all areas of experimental and theoretical chemistry that deal with the study of matter and its properties. In addition, the members address the questions of how and why substances combine or separate to form other substances and how substances interact with energy. The section forms the interface to other disciplines and related areas of pharmacy, chemical process engineering and materials science, where research is primarily concerned with chemical aspects and less with clinical or engineering issues.
“Membership gives me an excellent network that I would like to use for interdisciplinary exchange in the future. It is a privilege to be able to participate in the advisory work of the academy in setting the political course ”, says Stefan Hecht.
Valentina Forini at the podcast of Einstein Foundation
With the new podcast series #AskDifferent, the Einstein Foundation Berlin is expanding its science-communication portfolio. Funded scientists and academics affiliated with the foundation give personal insights into their highly specialized field of work and their path of life.
Wissenschaft als Katalysator des Wandels – „Lebendiger Blog“ weltweit gestartet
Am Juni 2020 begann ein internationales Team von gut 30 Wissenschaftler*innen die Arbeit an einem in seiner Art bislang einzigartigen gemeinsamen Text
Unter den Autor*innen aus Wissenschaftsinstitutionen weltweit war Fraser Stoddart, der 2016 den Nobelpreis für Chemie erhielt. Die Forschenden gingen der Frage nach: Wie soll unser "Zuhause“ in der Wissenschaft aussehen? Ihre Antwort, kurzgefasst: bunt, spannend und exzellent. Die gemeinsame Überzeugung, die dem Text vorangestellt wurde: "Vielfalt wertzuschätzen, das führt zu wissenschaftlicher Exzellenz, zu Fortschritt und ist vor allem richtig“.
Für ihre Arbeit am Artikel schlossen sich die Autoren spontan über soziale Medien und durch Echtzeit-Kommunikation zu ad-hoc-Teams zusammen.
Michael J.Bojdys, Juniormitglied von IRIS Adlershof, brachte verschiedene Verlagshäuser zur gemeinsamen Publikation des Artikels zusammen. Die Bereitschaft dort war wegen des universellen Charakters der angesprochenen Probleme groß, so Bojdys:
"Dieses Stück sprach für sich selbst, es brauchte nicht allzu viel Überzeugung. Wenn die Leute nicht bereit sind, den moralistischen Argumenten zu folgen, dass dieses Stück zur rechten Zeit kommt und wichtig ist, dann doch wenigstens, dass dieser Aufsatz Aufmerksamkeit erzeugen wird. Und das wird er, da bin ich mir sicher."
Vor allem aber hätten die Autoren hart daran gearbeitet, einen Ton des Fortschritts und der Zusammenarbeit zu finden, und nicht der Konfrontation. "Wir wählten die Sprache eines positiven Ausblicks, wie ein wissenschaftliches Miteinander aussehen könnte. Das ist es, was die Verleger letztlich überzeugt hat."
Ausgangspunkt für den Blog "Diverse Views in Science" sind drei Fragen, die Wissenschaftler*innen aus der ganzen Welt aus ihrer Perspektive beantworten:
Dieser Blog ist eine lebendige, wachsende Sammlung von Ideen, wie Wissenschaftler*innen zusammen leben und arbeiten sollten.
Die ersten Fragen und Antworten dienten als Grundlage für den Aufsatz „A diverse view of science to catalyse change“. Dieser wurde am 17. August 2020 veröffentlicht in den Zeitschriften Nature Chemistry, Chemical Science, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Canadian Journal of Chemistry und Croatica Chemica Acta.
Appointment of Prof. Dr. Jan Lüning
The Department of Physics and IRIS Adlershof are delighted about the appointment of Prof. Dr. Jan Lüning to the W3-S professorship "Electronic properties of materials / X-ray analysis" at the Physics Department of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Since June 1st, 2019, Mr. Lüning has also been Scientific Director for the "Matter" department at the Helmholtz Center Berlin (HZB). He is an internationally recognized expert in research with synchrotron radiation who, before joining the HZB, also did research at Marie-Curie University in Paris and at the synchrotron in Stanford.
Dr. Michael J. Bojdys now at King's College London
Dr. Michael J. Bojdys, ERC Junior Research Group Leader at Humboldt-Universität's Chemistry department and member of IRIS Adlershof, is now moving to King's College London. There he will hold the position of a Reader in Chemistry. He will continue to be a member of IRIS Adlershof. Before his time at Humboldt-Univerität zu Berlin, Dr. Bojdys had worked at Charles University Prague, TU Berlin as well at the University of Liverpool.
Prof Christoph Koch elected as director of the department of physics
Professor Christoph T. Koch, PhD was elected new director of the Department of Physics of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Prof. Koch has been at HU since 2015 and focuses on the development of new methods in quantitative transmission electron microscopy and their application to materials science problems. He has been a member of IRIS Adlershof since 2016 and is a member of the research building commission. Prof. Dr. Heiko Lasker was elected as his deputy. IRIS Adlershof congratulates them both and wishes them every success in their new role.
Turning science fiction into science fact
Everything revolves around IRIS Adlershof in the current issue of the WISTA-magazine "Potenzial". In the following three articles different areas of IRIS Adlershof are introduced:
Conference on a FAIR Data Infrastructure for Materials Genomics was a Big Success
539 participants from 33 countries and 6 continents: the Conference on a FAIR Data Infrastructure for Materials Genomics was a big success. IRIS Adlershof members were also involved.
as well as 28 renown invited speakers, essentially all worldwide leading experts were present. In addition, numerous young scientists presented their research at a poster session and two satellite workshops on Data Acquisition in Angle-Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy and NFDI@Teaching. IRIS Adlershof member Christoph Koch was involved in the latter as speaker, he also acted as one of the moderators.
The conference was organized by FAIR-DI e.V., an association dedicated to building a worldwide data infrastructure for big data from material science, engineering, and astronomy that follows the FAIR principles.
Printed perovskite LEDs – an innovative technique towards a new standard process of electronics manufacturing
A team of researchers from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has succeeded for the first time in producing light-emitting diodes (LEDs) from a hybrid perovskite semiconductor material using inkjet printing.This opens the door to broad application of these materials in manufacturing many different kinds of electronic components.The scientists achieved the breakthrough with the help of a trick: "inoculating" (or seeding) the surface with specific crystals.
Hybrid perovskite materials promise simplification – by arranging the organic and inorganic components of semiconducting crystal in a specific structure. “They can be used to manufacture all kinds of microelectronic components by modifying their composition“, says Prof. Emil List-Kratochvil, head of a Joint Research Group at HZB and Humboldt-Universität. What's more, processing perovskite crystals is comparatively simple. “They can be produced from a liquid solution, so you can build the desired component one layer at a time directly on the substrate“, the physicist explains.
Development of high-resolution printing technologies - Start of the HI-ACCURACY project
The European project HI-ACCURACY with the involvement of the Hybrid Devices group at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and coordinated by Joanneum Research, started on April 1st, 2020. HI-ACCURACY is funded by HORIZON 2020 research framework programme with a total volume of around 5 million euros and a project term of 36 months.
Max Heyl receives the Fischer-Nernst Study Award of HU's Department of Chemistry
This year's Fischer-Nernst Study Award of the Department of Chemistry of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has been awarded to Max Heyl for his Master's thesis work on the exfoliation and polymer-free transfer of TMDC monolayers using template-stripped gold substrates. Max Heyl has conducted this work as part of the Collaborative Research Center CRC 951 - "Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Systems for Opto-Electronics (HIOS)", where he now also continues to working as a doctoral student in the Hybrid Device group of the Prof. Emil List-Kratochvil, who is a Deputy Director of IRIS Adlershof.
New Collaborative Research Centre „FONDA – Foundations of workflows for large- scale scientific data analysis“ at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved a new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The CRC 1404 entiteld „FONDA – Foundations of workflows for large- scale scientific data analysis“ will initially be funded for four years from July 1, 2020. Spokesperson of the CRC is Prof. Ulf Leser from the Department of Computer Science of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The new research network focuses on the research of techniques, processes and tools that enable scientists to be more productive when creating and using data analysis workflows. Special emphasis is laid on portability, adaptability and reliability that are important for this goal. On the part of IRIS Adlershof, the professors Claudia Draxl, Christoph T. Koch and Alexander Reinefeld are involved in the new CRC.
Fengshuo Zu receives 2019 Chinese Government Award
Congratulations! Fengshuo Zu, former doctoral student in the group of Norbert Koch, who is a member of IRIS Adlershof, received the “2019 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad” of the China Scholarship Council. Meanwhile Fengshuo is postdoc in the Koch group and investigates the electronic structure of metal halide perovskites for high-efficiency solar cells.
Apply until June 1st, 2020! As part of the Excellence Strategy, the Humboldt-Universität once again awards Humboldt Research Track Scholarships
Funding for Master's students with strong research skills who plan to pursue a doctorate.
Graduate School "Advanced Materials": First admission of members
This April, the Graduate School "Advanced Materials" (GS-AM) admitted 22 doctoral students as members, from HU Berlin, FU Berlin, TU Berlin, and Potsdam Universität. The mission of GS-AM is to provide superior qualification for doctoral students across Berlin and Potsdam, in research on modern and emerging advanced materials for optics, electronics, and optoelectronics, as well as in transferable skills.
Maximum capacities at the theoretical limit come from Adlershof
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.
„Die Wissenschaft bleibt nicht stehen“
Michael Bojdys zu Gast beim Wissenschaftspodcast „Unendliche Weiten, Faszinierende Welten" der HU Berlin
Die Humboldt-Universität befindet sich derzeit aufgrund der Coronavirus-Pandemie – wie alle anderen Wissenschaftsbetriebe der Stadt – im Präsenznotbetrieb.Die Gebäude der Universität sind verschlossen – so auch das Institut für Chemie – und nicht alle Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter der HU haben Zutritt. Der Chemiker und Forscher Michael Bojdys hält daher Kontakt zu seiner Arbeitsgruppe und seinen Studierenden über digitale Plattformen.
In der zehnten Folge des HU Wissenschaftspodcast spricht die Radiojournalistin Cora Knoblauch mit Michael Bojdys über eine in der Krise widerstandsfähige Lehre und darüber, welche Chancen und Herausforderungen die derzeitige Situation für junge Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler bietet. Außerdem berichtet Bojdys, wie die Chemikerinnen und Chemiker der HU derzeit den öffentlichen Dienst in Berlin mit Desinfektionsmitteln versorgen.
Die komplette Folge finden sie hier.
Technology Park Adlershof fights against Covid-19
Many businesses and schientific institutions are involved in the fight against the Coronavirus
According to WISTA Managing Director Roland Sillmann, this commitment shows "that companies and institutions in such a diversified science and technology park as Berlin Adlershof are able to act flexibly and develop innovative forces very quickly, especially in times of crisis. This at least makes us confident that the Technology Park Adlershof can successfully overcome the current crisis in its entirety.” (Source: Der Tagesspiegel)
Apply for support through the family fund of Humboldt-Universität
Für das Jahr 2020 können Mittel aus dem Familienfonds der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin beantragt werden.
Apply until May 15th, 2020! As part of the Excellence Strategy, the Humboldt-Universität once again awards Humboldt Research Track Scholarships
Funding for Master's students with strong research skills who plan to pursue a doctorate.
Flavie Davidson-Marquis supported by IRIS Adlershof fellowship
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 of IRIS 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.
Prof. Caterina Cocchi appointed W3 professorship at the University of Oldenburg
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.
Dr. Tim Schröder and Dr. Olaf Hohm, new members at IRIS Adlershof
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.
"Étoiles de l'Europe 2019" - iSwitch receives prestigious award from the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
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".
DFG funds new Research Training Group „Rethinking Quantum Field Theory“
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.
Lively participation in the symposium IRIS 2019: Best-Poster-Award for Dr. Benedikt Haas
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.
The best of both worlds: HU article on the importance of CRC 951 published
"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.
Workshop of the Institute of Physics (IOP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and IRIS Adlershof in Dongguan, Guangdong
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 Adlershof on 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.
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.
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 recently published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.
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.
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.
Decision in the German Excellence Strategy
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.
Article of IRIS junior research group leader Michael J. Bojdys published in Nature Communications
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.
Real-time optical and and electronic sensing with a β-amino enone linked, triazine-containing 2D covalent organic framework
IRIS junior research group leader Michael J. Bojdys at the annual meeting of the new champions in Dalian (China)
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".
Organic electronics: a novel semiconductor from the family of carbon nitrides
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.
New scientific management at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
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.
14th International Symposium on Functional π-Electron Systems in the Berlin-Adlershof Science and Technology park
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.
CRC 951 “Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Systems for Opto-Electronics (HIOS)” successful to launch third funding period
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.
Qiankun Wang receives 2018 Chinese Government Award
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!
Dr. Valentina Forini was awarded an Einstein Junior Fellowship
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.
Prof. Thomas Elsässer receives an ERC Advanced Grant
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..
8th „Nano and Photonics“ meeting in the Castle of Mauterndorf, Austria
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.
Cluster of Excellence Matters of Activity ventures on a new culture of the material
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.
Enlightening full-color displays
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.
Twelve positions for outstanding researchers and designers
Perspectives on Switchable Systems and Materials for Smart Electronics
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.more information about “iSwitch”...
Distinguished Professor Rich Spontak visits IRIS Adlershof
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".
New BMBF junior research group “Diamond Nanophotonics for On-Chip Quantum Technology” as part of the BMBF Quantum Future funding
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 President of Universidade de São Paulo visits Adlershof
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).
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) promotes a joint project for fast and secure communication
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.more...
Outstanding Berlin Science: Seven excellence clusters for the Berlin University Alliance
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:
Falling Walls Lab with two IRIS-Junior Scientists
Great minds, 3 minutes, 1 day:
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.
Dr. Olaf Hohm comes to the HU with an ERC-Grant
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.
Dr. David Bléger joins CREAVIS, the strategic innovation unit of EVONIK
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.
Egon Steeg successfully defended his dissertation
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.
IRIS Adlershof congratulates!
Printing solar cells and organic LEDs - HZB & HU cooperate
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin form a joint lab and research group “Generative production processes for hybrid components”.
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.
Michael N. Borinsky’s dissertation will be released by Springer Theses
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.
IRIS Adlershof would like to congratulate Michael Borinsky and wishes him much success in his future work.1Dr. 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
Light-controlled molecules: Scientists develop new recycling strategy
Discovery lays the foundation for recycling of yet non-recyclable plastics.
"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."
The results of their study have just been published in Nature Chemistry
Professor Jan Plefka gets Creating Opportunities funding
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.
Professor Jan Plefka elected as new Vice-Dean
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.
Flipping the switch on supramolecular electronics
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 Samorìin: Nature Communications 2018, 9, 2661, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-04932-z
IRIS Research Building: Exhibition for the Art Competition
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.
Light-controlled production of biodegradable polymers
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.
Francesco Bianchi successfully defended his dissertation
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.
Chain reaction switches molecules in depth
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.
Best-Poster-Award for Laura Orphal at Symposium IRIS 2018
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.
Lise-Meitner Prize 2018 for Anne Spiering
Anne Spiering, former Master in the group "Quantum Field and String Theory", led by IRIS Adlershof member 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.
IRIS Adlershof at the Long Night of the Sciences
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.
Professor Claudia Draxl accepted into the Austrian Academy of Sciences
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 Adlershof since 2012 with her research group "Theoretical Solid State Physics".
Study Prize of the Physical Society of Berlin for Julian Miczajka
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.
Emmy Noether Junior Research Group for Dr. Stijn van Tongeren
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.
Humboldt research prize for Professor Seth Marder
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.
International students visit IRIS Adlershof
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.
Humboldt research prize for Professor Niklas Beisert
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.
José David Cojal González successfully defended his dissertation
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.
IRIS Adlershof congratulates!
Michael J. Bojdys joined the Humboldt-Universität
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!
Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for Arno Rauschenbeutel
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.
At IRIS Adlershof he will present his current research as part of a special colloquium of the CRC 951 HIOS, and also at Symposium IRIS 2018:
IRIS Adlershof congratulates cordially!.
Humboldt-Innovation GmbH der HU für "Beste Innovationsförderung" ausgezeichnet
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.
Innovative Training Network SAGEX "Scattering Amplitudes: from Geometry to Experiment" will be funded
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.
Humboldt-Universität is a project partner in the national development association, "The Future of STEM Learning"
Together with the universities of Kiel, Koblenz-Landau, Würzburg, and Kaiserslautern, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin will be developing,
IRIS's young scientist Anne Fuhrmann was awarded the Carl Roth Prize by the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh).
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."
Professor E. List-Kratochvil inspires the Humboldt Children's University
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.
An honorary professorship for Ingolf V. Hertel
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 Michael Hintermüller, a new member at IRIS Adlershof
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 at IRIS 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.
Jürgen P. Rabe re-elected Chairman of the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Verband für Polymerforschung (BVP)
The General Assembly of the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Verband für Polymerforschung (BVP) has re-elected its Executive Board for further two years. Chairman is Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Deputies are Prof. Rainer Haag (Freie Universität Berlin) and Prof. Dieter Neher (Universität Potsdam), treasurer is Prof. Michael Gradzielski (Technische Universität Berlin), and Managing Director is Prof. Andreas Lendlein (Universität Potsdam).
IRIS Junior Scientist Christian Seifert successfully defended his dissertation "Control of the electrical transport through single molecules and graphene"
IRIS Junior Scientist Christian Seifert successfully defended his dissertation Control of the electrical transport through single molecules and graphene. His work was supervised by IRIS director Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe.
Humboldt Research Award for Lance J. Dixon
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.
Professor Jürgen P. Rabe re-elected as director of IRIS Adlershof
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.
Art competition for the IRIS research building has been judged
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.
Dr. Agostino Patella accepted a new position at Humboldt-Universität
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 his dissertation "Integrability in weakly coupled super Yang‐Mills theory: form factors, on‐shell methods and Q‐operators"
IRIS Junior Scientist David Meidinger successfully defended his dissertation 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.
The first IRIS Roots-Day
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.
Inna Kviatkovsky Yuhang Zhao Wadim Wormsbecher Matthias Runge
IRIS Adlershof cordially congratulates the awardees and already announces that the successful format of the IRIS Roots-Day will be continued.
Leibniz-Preis für Prof. A. Buonanno (MPI-G,UP,HU)
Longer lifetimes for perovskite absorbers
Julian Miczajka and Dr. Sven Ramelow were elected young scientist representatives
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.
Beating the thermodynamic limit with photo-activation of n-doping in organic semiconductors using “hyper-reductants”
Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe appointed to Advisory Committee of the Executive Board of the Einstein Foundation Berlin
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.
Dr. Christian Bogner was awarded a Einstein Junior Fellowship
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!
“Distinguished Award 2017 for Novel Materials and their Synthesis” for Prof. Norbert Koch
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 Adlershof congratulates warmly.
Prof. Dr. Arno Rauschenbeutel accepted professorship
Berlin Science successfully clears first hurdle within the framework of the Excellence Strategy
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
The Power of Mathematics
Unifying Systems in Catalysis (UniSysCat)
Dr. Edoardo Vescovi receives Springer Thesis Award 2016
Dr. E. Vescovi
Perturbative and Non-perturbative Approaches to String Sigma-Models in AdS/CFT
Prof. K. Balasubramanian, Prof. C. Cocchi and Prof. I.M. Sokolov new members at IRIS Adlershof
Kannan Balasubramanian (left image), and Caterina Cocchi (center), both new professors at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin since the beginning of the year, and Igor M. Sokolov (right) are new members of IRIS Adlershof.
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 Adlershof would like to congratulate all new members and is looking very much forward to a fruitful collaboration.
Water makes the proton shake
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.
Prize for good teaching in 2016 to Professor Jürg Kramer
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.
Topping ceremony of the new research building of IRIS Adlershof
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.
"Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory" celebrates its five-year anniversary
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 at IRIS Adlershof
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.
Humboldt-Universität continues to improve in the physical sciences of THE Ranking.
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. The strategic international partner of IRIS Adlershof and Profile Partner of HU, Princeton University and the National University of Singapore are ranked number 7 and 24 (# 1 in Asia). In the physical sciences, the Humboldt-Universität has improved to 46th place in the World University Ranking, and in Germany it was ranked 4th.
Advanced Material Competition 2017
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.
Alexander von Humboldt professorship for Arno Rauschenbeutel
Prof. Yan Lu, a new member at IRIS Adlershof
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.
Call for applications: Postdoc fellowships in Analytical Sciences
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.
IRIS founding chairman Prof. J.P. Rabe elected as chairman of the Academic Council (HU)
22. Berlin Day of Mathematics on the Campus Adlershof of HU Berlin
Berlin's governing mayor Michael Müller visited the Technologypark 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.
Einstein Center Digital Future has opened up
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.
IRIS’s head of an independent junior research group Yan Lu has been appointed a university professor at Potsdam
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"
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
IRIS Junior Scientist Manuel Gensler successfully defended his dissertation "Binding forces in metallo-supramolecular coordination compounds"
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
IRIS Junior Scientist Tobias Liebig successfully defended his dissertation "Optomechanical properties of macromolecules on solid surfaces"
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
Dr. Raphael Schlesinger’s dissertation released by Springer Theses
Dr. R. Schlesinger
Energy-Level Control at Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Semiconductor Interfaces
ISBN 978-3-319-46623-1 (Print)
ISBN 978-3-319-46624-8 (Online)
7th „Nano and Photonics“ meeting in the Castle of Mauterndorf, Austria
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.
GLAD makes new organic memory devices possible
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:
Color Duality in Photons - an APS Highlight of the Year 2016
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.”
Light controls repair of materials
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.
Prof. Christoph T. Koch and Prof. Nicola Pinna new members at IRIS Adlershof
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 awarded with Carl-Ramsauer-Prize 2016
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.
Claire Glanois awarded with a Humboldt Research Fellowship
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.
Dr. Ludwig Kronthaler elected as new Vice President for Finance, Personnel and Technical Matters
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.
“Lucrative quantum technology is already here” Interview with IRIS member, Prof. Thomas Elsässer
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.
Getting Light into Shape for New Applications - A new collaborative research project for photonic nanofilms
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.
Humboldt Research Fellowship for Prof. Karen Yeats
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.
New Emmy-Noether Junior Research Group on "Mid-Infrared Quantum Imaging and Spektroscopy“ for Dr. Sven Ramelow
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.
Discovering paths from research to potential applications
The Adlershofer special 46 applies to "INAM - An alliance for new materials". In the editorial founding chairman Professor Jürgen P. Rabe explains how IRIS Adlershof strengthens its cooperation to support the transition of basic research findings to final applications.
The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is currently the 5th best German university in the QS world university ranking.
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.
AdMaCom Kick-Off: Advanced Material Startups meet in Berlin
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.
Tapping the sun
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.
Enlightening and flexing memories
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.
Advanced Materials Competition Application open!
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.
Forging new products in electronics, optics and photonics
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.
Call for 20 SALSA doctoral fellowships open
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 DZLM goes into the second round
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.
Bessel Preis für Professor Gabriele Travaglini
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.
Professor Thomas Elsaesser is the 2016 recipient of the Ellis R. Lippincott Award
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.
Construction work on IRIS Research Building started
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.”
Professorship offered to Stefan Fredenhagen
IRIS Adlershof would like to congratulate Professor 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 detected 100 years after Einstein's prediction - IRIS congratulates
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 Academic Council of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) reappoints Peter A. Frensch
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.
Humboldt-Universitäts-Medaille und Dissertationspreis Adlershof verliehen
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.
Second Joint Call for Proposals: TAU-HU Project "Biological and Soft Matter Physics" - Deadline extended
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.
Einstein on the Test Bench
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.
Prof. Sabine Kunst appointed as the new president of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
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.
Prof. J.-C. Freytag, Ph.D. was elected into the executive committee of the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.
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).
Second Joint Call for Proposals: TAU-HU Project "Biological and Soft Matter Physics"
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.
HU Wissenschaftler/innen im Dialog mit Unternehmen – Synergien in der modernen Materialforschung
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.
Berlin Science Prize for Prof. Peter Hegemann
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..
Prof. Emil List-Kratochvil, a new member at IRIS Adlershof
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.
Preis für gute Lehre 2015 der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin an PD Dr. Thomas Klose
Klassische Theoretische Physik und Quantenmechanik ausgezeichnet gelehrt
„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 von IRIS 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.mehr...
Im aktuellen QS World University Ranking Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin auf Platz 6 der besten deutschen Universitäten
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.
Professor Emil J. W. List-Kratochvil accepted a new position at Humboldt-Universität
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 professorship is located as a bridging professorship of IRIS Adlershof both at the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Chemistry.
Dr. Simone Raoux accepted a new position at Humboldt-Universität
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.
Personaler sehen Absolventen der Naturwissenschaften der Humboldt-Universität bundesweit auf Platz 3
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.
Flexible nanowires: A Berlin-Graz research team develops molecular wires with higher conductivity and bendability
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 “Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Systems for Opto-Electronics (HIOS)” successful to launch second funding period
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.
Mehr Photonen durch optische Nanofaser
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 vertritt Professur für Experimentalsysteme
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.
Chinese Ambassador Shi Mingde visited IRIS Adlershof
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”.
KOSMOS Summer University 2016 at IRIS Adlershof
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).
Call for 10 SALSA doctoral fellowships open
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.
Humboldt-Universität among the Top 50 Universities in the World
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.more...
Optically switchable organic field effect transistors created
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.
Professor Christoph T. Koch accepted a new position at Humboldt-Universität
Professor Norbert Koch was elected to be spokesman of the CRC 951
Professor Steven L. Bernasek (Princeton University) appointed KOSMOS Fellow at IRIS Adlershof
We deeply mourn the loss of Professor Fritz Henneberger
Watching Single Macromolecules Move in Response to Light
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.
Humboldt-Universität schließt Profilpartnerschaft mit der National University of Singapore
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.
Professor Jürg Kramer has been elected a member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering - acatech - gewählt
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.
Forum Junge Spitzenforscher – Humboldt-Universität successful in this year’s competition
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 awardee is Dr. Joachim Paier, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of IRIS member Prof. Joachim Sauer. We heartily congratulate all winners.
Prof. Matthias Staudacher was elected to be spokesman of the CRC 647
Bita Rezania was awarded the 2014 Adlershof Research Forum Poster Prize
An der Grenze des Denkbaren - ein Schlaglicht auf IRIS Adlershof
Call for 10 SALSA doctoral fellowships open - deadline extended
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.
Humboldt-Universität im THE World University Ranking weiter verbessert
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.mehr...
Janik Wolters awarded with the Carl-Ramsauer and the Humboldt-Prize
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.
Philipp Lange awarded the Lise-Meitner Prize
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.
Prof. Christian Limberg, a new member at IRIS Adlershof
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.
Einstein Professor: Claudia Draxl has become a Max Planck fellow at the Fritz-Haber-Institut Berlin
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.more...
"HoW exciting! 2014" - Workshop July 31 - August 8
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.
For more information see how-exciting-2014.physik.hu-berlin.de
Matteo Guzzo awarded with a Humboldt Research Fellowship
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.
Funding of cooperation projects between Tel Aviv University and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
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.
Long Sought Two-Dimensional Graphitic Semiconductor Discovered
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”.more...
Architekten und Planer für Forschungsbau von IRIS Adlershof beauftragt
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.
DFG verlängert Graduiertenkolleg SOAMED
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 Visiting Professor at Princeton University in Spring Term 2014
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).
KOSMOS Summer University 2014 on Chemistry and Physics of Novel Materials for (Opto-)Electronics
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
Claudia Draxl, IRIS Adlershof & Department of Physics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Stefan Hecht, IRIS Adlershof & Department of Chemistry, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
For more information see kosmos2014.iris-adlershof.de and the flyer (PDF, 876 kb), or contact our organisation team:
Ms Nora Butter
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, IRIS Adlershof
Zum Großen Windkanal 6, 12489 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 2093 66350
Fax: +49 30 2093 66351
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.
Jan Plefka im Sommersemester 2014 Gastprofessor an der ETH Zürich
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.
Call for 12 SALSA doctoral fellowships open
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.
78th Annual Meeting of the DPG and DPG Spring Meeting SAMOP at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
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.
Humboldt University in the field of Physical Sciences among the top 100 Universities in the world
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.
Norbert Koch new Chair Professor at FUNSOM, Soochow University, VR China
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).
Dissertationspreis Adlershof an Dr. Martin Hempel
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.
Scientific Writing Seminar for young IRIS researchers in February
IRIS Adlershof has organized a series of seminars on scientific writing targeting to young researchers working on IRIS relevant research areas.
Einstein Foundation is funding research project of IRIS-member Prof. Oliver Benson
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.
New Collaborative Research Centre at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
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 of IRIS Adlershof Prof. Dr. Joachim Sauer is participating.
HU-Physicist Janik Wolters wins Berlins Science Slam
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.
Vom Schülerlabor zum Lehr-Lern-Labor
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.
Caroline von Humboldt-Professur 2013 für Frau Prof. Dr. Claudia Draxl
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.
Urania-Medaille an Herrn Prof. Dr. Anton Zeilinger
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.
Call for Applications: 15 doctoral fellowships in Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Natural Sciences Education - Deadline shifted!
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.
Strategic partnership between Humboldt-Universität and Princeton University is gaining steam
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 by IRIS Adlershof. Ways and methods to strengthen the joined scientific cooperation in this innovative, interdisciplinary research field have be discussed.
Konstantin Wiegandt receives Humboldt-Award
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.
Call for 15 SALSA doctoral fellowships open in Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Natural Sciences Education
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.
Humboldt-Universität listed among World University Ranking’s top 100
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.
Ulrich Panne neuer Präsident der Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung
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.
IRIS Adlershof Adlershof gratuliert herzlich!
Grundsteinlegung für das Studentendorf in Adlershof
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.
HU Physicists measure the quantum Zeno effect for the first time at a single quantum system
A team of researchers led by Prof. Oliver Benson, a member of IRIS Adlershof, has demonstrated the quantum Zeno effect of a single electron in a solid state system. This promises a deeper understanding of quantum dynamics and thus further insights into the complex interaction of individual quantum systems with their environment.
Carl-Ramsauer-Preis der Physikalischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin an Dr. Tim Schröder
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.
Ferdinand-Braun-Institut in Adlershof mit "Advanced UV for Life" erfolgreich im Wettbewerb Zwanzig20 des BMBF
"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.
Cluster of Excellence-project
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).
Cooperation between Tel Aviv University and Humboldt-Universität on Biological and Soft Matter Physics
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.more...
Norbert Koch – Visiting Professor at Chiba University, Japan
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” .
GWK beschließt Förderung des Forschungsbau Hybridsysteme für IRIS Adlershof
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).
IRIS Adlershof in der Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften 2013
Auch in diesem Jahr stellen die Mitglieder von IRIS Adlershof im Rahmen der Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften einige ihrer Projekte einer breiten Öffentlichkeit vor.
CRC 658 takes third funding period
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.
Graduiertenkollegs „Masse, Spektrum, Symmetrie: Teilchenphysik in der Ära des Large Hadron Colliders“ und „Self-Assembled Soft Matter Nano-Structures at Interfaces” gehen in die zweite Förderperiode
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.
Moderner Forschungsbau für Hybridsysteme in Optoelektronik und Nanoanalytik
Wissenschaftsrat empfiehlt Baufinanzierung für das IRIS Adlershof der Humboldt-Universität
Wissenschaftrat, 26. April 2013
Call for 15 SALSA doctoral fellowships open
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.
Hochtechnologiestandort Berlin Adlershof auf klarem Wachstumskurs
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.
Quantum Light from Diamond and Plastic
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 mit dem Leonce-und-Lena-Preis ausgezeichnet
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.
Humboldt-Universität mit international drittbestem Ruf aller deutschen Universitäten
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.
New EU Initial Training Network (ITN) for doctoral candidates in the area mathematical physics
The Marie Curie Initial Training Network GATIS (Gauge Theory as to Integrable System) has started its work. The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin participates with a team of scientists around Prof. Dr. Matthias Staudacher, member of IRIS Adlershof.
How to make contact between carbon compounds and metals
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.
Brückenschlag von der Grundlagenforschung zur Anwendung
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.
Princeton University HU’s first profile partner
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.
Humboldt-Forschungspreis für Vladimir A. Smirnov
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, ETH Zürich, Visiting Fellow at Humboldt-Universität
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.
Jochen Brüning elected member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton 2012-2013
IRIS Adlershof member Prof. Jochen Brüning has been elected as member of the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton 2012-2013.
Tiburtius-Award 2012 for Asbjörn Burow
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.
Einstein Foundation is funding research projects of Claudia Draxl and Matthias Staudacher
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.
Leibniz Prize 2013 for Peter Hegemann
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.
CRC 647 "Space - Time - Matter" takes third funding period
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.
Horst Bredekamp has been granted the Berliner Wissenschaftspreis 2012
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 Cluster of Excellence "Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory", in which IRIS Adlershof also is involved.
Call for 15 SALSA doctoral fellowships open
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.
Carl-Ramsauer-Award 2012 for Sylvia Schikora
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.
IRIS Adlershof bezieht das IRIS-Haus Zum Großen Windkanal 6
Seit seiner Gründung im Jahr 2009 war IRIS Adlershof Gast 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 von IRIS 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.
Humboldt-Universität listed among World University Ranking’s top 100
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.
Polydays 2012: Polymers and Light – International Symposium of the Berlin-Brandenburg Association of Polymer Science at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Adlershof
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.
Humboldt-Universität and Bundesdruckerei (Federal Printing Office) jointly open research lab
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.
IRIS-Mitglied Prof. Stefan Hecht mit einem ERC Starting Grant ausgezeichnet
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.
Julius Springer Prize awarded to IRIS-member Thomas Elsässer
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 Thin-Film Transistors Adressable by Light
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.
IRIS-member Jürg Kramer new Head of the Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung
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.
IRIS Adlershof participating in all three funding lines of the Excellence Initiative
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.
IRIS Adlershof in der Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften 2013
Auch in diesem Jahr stellen die Mitglieder von IRIS Adlershof im Rahmen der Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften einige ihrer Projekte einer breiten Öffentlichkeit vor:
Get in touch with members of IRIS Adlershof at the smartest night of the year
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.
HU-Beteiligung an einem Projekt der Einstein-Stiftung zur Materialforschung an Pflanzen
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.
Polydays 2012: Polymers and Light
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.
Einstein Stiftung bewilligt neues Einstein-Zentrum in der Mathematik
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.
Neues internationales Graduiertenkolleg an der Humboldt-Universität eingerichtet
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.
Mathematik, Physik und Chemie der HU Berlin überzeugen mit Spitzenpositionen im CHE Ranking
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.
Prof. J.C. Freytag, Ph.D. betreut drei Firmenausgründungen
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.
“Outstanding referee award” der American Physical Society an Prof. Dr. Lutz Schimansky-Geier und Prof. Dr. Oliver Benson
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.
Neue Materialien für die Photovoltaik Helmholtz-Energie-Allianz am Campus Adlershof
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.
How Plastics become conducting through impurity molecules – mechanisms of doping organic semiconductors revealed
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.
First place for the Team around Katja Wundermann, ProMINT-Kolleg, in the European-League of SPHERE Competition 2011 arranged by MIT, NASA and ESA
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.
Moving closer towards complex nanostructures: Chemists at Humboldt-Universität succeeded in establishing a directed linkage of tiny programmable molecular components
„Controlling on-surface polymerization by hierarchical and substrate-directed growth“
Joint Laboratory for Structural Research (JLSR) opened at IRIS Adlershof
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.
Claudia Draxl first Einstein-Professor of Humboldt-Universität
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.
The Caroline-von-Humboldt-Preis 2011 goes to Ms Costanza Toninelli, scientist on the field of nanostructures
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.
IRIS member Professor Jürg Kramer elected to Academia Europaea
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.
New European research project launched at IRIS Adlershof
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.
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on position 109 of World University Ranking
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 submits long-term requests to Excellence Competition
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.
Chemiker entwickeln Drähte für Prototypen molekularer Computer
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.
Nationales Zentrum für Lehrerbildung im Fach Mathematik an der Humboldt-Universität
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.
IRIS Adlershof organizes the first KOSMOS Summer University on the topic „Frontiers of Organic / Inorganic Hybrid Materials for Electronics and Optoelectronics”
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.
New Collaborative Research Centre on Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Systems for Opto-Electronics (HIOS) at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
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.
The Humboldt-University succeeds in "Qualitätspakt Lehre"
Sponsorship over 13million Euro to support the apprenticeship until 2016
The first German-Brazilian doctorate program at the HU
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.
Particpiation in new DFG Research Unit
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.
Humboldt-Universität unter den 100 renommiertesten Universitäten weltweit
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.
Humboldt-Universität im Exzellenzwettbewerb in allen drei Förderlinien eine Runde weiter
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:
Dissertation-Prize Adlershof 2010 goes to Dr. Michael Barth
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.
Die kleinste Lichtquelle der Welt
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.
Alexander von Humboldt-Forschungspreis für Prof. Jelena Vučković
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.
CHE ExcellenceRanking 2010: Spitzenplatzierungen für die Humboldt-Universität
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 mit Klung-Wilhelmy-Weberbank-Preis ausgezeicnet
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.
Joachim Sauer mit Liebig-Denkmünze ausgezeichnet
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.
DFG flexibilisiert Förderbedingungen
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.
Grenzüberschreitender Ansatz: Bericht der Berliner Zeitung über IRIS Adlershof
Neues Interdisziplinäres Institut in Adlershof verzahnt Forschung aus Physik, Mathematik, Chemie und Informatik. Ein Artikel von Jan Steeger in der Berliner Zeitung vom 28.07.2010
Thomas Elsässer zum Mitglied der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften gewählt
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.
ERC Starting Grant für Janina Kneipp
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.
Alexander von Humboldt-Professur für Dirk Kreimer
Der Physiker Dirk Kreimer, international führender Forscher auf dem Gebiet der
1st International IRIS-Symposium on Hybrid Systems for Optics and Electronics - IRIS 1
The 1st International IRIS-Symposium on Hybrid Systems for Optics and Electronics - IRIS 1 will take place on July 13th, 2010 and July 14th, 2010 in Berlin Adlershof.
Rufannahme durch Dr. Matthias Staudacher
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.
Leibniz-Preis an Prof. Peter Fratzl
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.
Bunsen-Kirchhoff-Preis an Prof. Janina Kneipp
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.
ERC Grant für Prof. Dr. Thomas Elsässer
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.
CHE-Forschungsranking im Fach Physik aktualisiert
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.