IRIS Adlershof
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Zum Großen Windkanal 2
12489 Berlin

Prof. Dr. Jürgen P. Rabe

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22.05.2024Joachim Sauer receives the 2024 Blaise Pascal Medal in Chemistry

The renowned chemist and founding member of IRIS Adlershof, Prof. Joachim Sauer, has been awarded the 2024 Blaise Pascal Medal in Chemistry by the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC) for his pioneering research in the field of catalytic reactions based on quantum chemistry. The EURASC honours his innovative research methods, such as hybrid quantum mechanical calculations and Grand Canonical Monte Carlo simulations, which have raised the understanding of heterogeneous catalysis to a new level. With the award of the medal, named after the French mathematician, physicist and philosopher Blaise Pascal, Prof Sauer joins a list of people who have made outstanding contributions to science, technology and research education. The award ceremony will take place on 29 and 30 October 2024 at the Academia das Ciências de Lisboa in Lisbon.

We congratulate our founding member on this honour.

13.05.2024DFG extends Research Training Group 2575 “Rethinking Quantum Field Theory”

Quantum field theory (QFT) as a union of quantum mechanics and special relativity represents one of the most important intellectual achievements of the last century, in which a large part of modern theoretical physics culminates. In recent years, innovations have given rise to seriously rethinking the core concepts of QFT. These include the methodology of perturbation theory, the theory of Feynman integrals, dualities and hidden symmetries, the prominent role of effective field theories, and the gradient flow methodology in lattice field theory.

In the first funding period, the RTG 2575 (Spokesperson: IRIS Memeber Prof. Jan PLefka) made important contributions to this innovative research area. It aims to transform the theoretical foundations of the field, coupled with the development of new technologies for the phenomenology of particle physics and gravitational wave research. The proven qualification program is to be continued in the second funding period.

18.04.2024Exciting breakthrough in battery technology through innovative sulphur-based cathodes

A research team at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has achieved a major breakthrough in battery technology. Under the leadership of IRIS Adlershof member Prof. Dr Michael J. Bojdys, an innovative sulphur-based cathode has been developed that enables the use of more environmentally friendly and sustainable materials in lithium-ion batteries. The results of this groundbreaking study were published on 15 April 2024 in the renowned journal Angewandte Chemie.
Battery test circuit at bojdysLAB Battery cell manufacture at bojdysLAB
The new technology, which encapsulates sulphur in a special microporous imine polymer network, not only demonstrates increased battery performance and lifetime, but also addresses the critical problem of resource scarcity in conventional battery materials such as cobalt. "This development could fundamentally change the way we store and use energy and represents an important step towards a more sustainable future," explained Prof Bojdys.

Prof. Dr Michael J. Bojdys is an expert in the field of sustainable energy materials and, as part of the BMBF's "GreenCHEM" initiative, is helping to transform the chemical industry in the Berlin capital region by combining science and industry to create a circular economy based on sustainable resources.

For further information and details on the study, please contact Prof Dr Michael J. Bojdys and his team, Barbora Balcarova and Guiping Li, as scientific contacts. They can be contacted at or via