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.



"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.
The workshop, organized by Prof. Claudia Draxl, member of IRIS Adlershof, and coworkers, aims to introduce young scientists to the theoretical foundations of state-of-the-art ab-initio techniques through keynote lectures given by world-leading experts. They will focus on the treatment of various excitations, crucial to understand and predict electronic, optical, and thermodynamic properties of materials. This knowledge will pe put into practice by hands-on excercises with the program package "exciting" that is developed in her group.

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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.


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”.



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.

IRIS-Sprecher Professor Jürgen P. Rabe ist von diesem Konzept begeistert: „Wir freuen uns sehr, dass es den Architekten und Planern gelungen ist, die vom Forschungsthema vorgegebenen funktionalen Erfordernisse mit einer anspruchsvollen und modernen Architektur zu verbinden. Wenn das Gebäude 2018 fertiggestellt ist, wird dies eine echte Bereicherung nicht nur für die Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler sowie die Studierenden der Humboldt-Universität, sondern auch für unsere strategischen Partner hier an unserem Standort in Berlin-Adlershof und darüber hinaus.“