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 three week workshop from September 25 to October 13, 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 19, 2017.




Alexander von Humboldt professorship for Arno Rauschenbeutel

Prof. Dr. Arno Rauschenbeutel does research in the area of experimental quantum optics.  One of his most important research topics is the coupling of individual atoms and photons with optic fibers that are now being used to transfer information. This successful approach is a milestone in optic quantum technology and fundamental quantum physics that will lead to concrete new applications in the future. The “Fundamentals in Optics and Photonics” professorship for Arno Rauschenbeutel is a starting signal for the “Berlin Joint Lab for Photonic Quantum Technologies.”

    Foto: Jacqueline Godany

This lab will bring together the unique expertise in photonics, optics, microsystem technology, and fundamentals of quantum physics at the Technology and Science Campus of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU). In close cooperation with the department of Physics, IRIS Adlershof, and research institutions at other universities, especially the Ferdinand-Braun Institute, the goal is to integrate research and advance viable quantum systems in the immediate area, which then can picked up by local high tech companies. The HU is therefore in the good position to be a driving force in new photonic quantum technologies for the new EU billion-Euro quantum technology program.




IRIS founding chairman Prof. J.P. Rabe elected as chairman of the Academic Council (HU)

Professor Jürgen P. Rabe, physicist, material- and nanoscientist at the Department of Physics and founding chairman of IRIS Adlershof, has been elected as the new chairman of the Academic Council of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU). His deputies are Heidi Neugebauer, Maren Huberty and Christine Ilgert. IRIS Adlershof congratulates warmly and wishes him success in his new additional function.


  Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe
  Image: Ralph Bergel



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.