IRIS Adlershof auf der Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften

Der Würfel der Physik in Aktion; Foto: Stephan Röhl

Auch in diesem Jahr stellten Mitglieder von IRIS Adlershof im Rahmen der Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften einige ihrer Projekte einer breiten Öffentlichkeit vor.

IRIS-Mitglied Alexander Reinefeld bot am Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Vorträge und Führungen u. a. zum Ursprung des Computers, zu autostereoskopischen Displays und zu computergestützter Molekülentwicklung an. Im Max-Born-Institut für Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie bei IRIS-Mitglied Thomas Elsässer konnten sich Besucher in Laborbesichtigungen, Ausstellungen und anhand von Experimenten zu extrem kurzen Lichtimpulsen und Lasern informieren. Im Institut für Physik haben IRIS-Nachwuchswissenschaftler interessante Einblicke in die Physik von Makromolekülen gegeben und IRIS-Mitglied Jan Plefka konnte aktuelle Forschungsergebnisse in seinem Vortrag "Die Welt als Hologramm: Neues aus der Stringtheorie" im überfüllten Gehrtsen-Hörsaal zeigen.

Ein Highlight war die Präsentation "Der Würfel der Physik" (#cubeofphysics) des Exzellenzclusters Bild Wissen Gestaltung im Foyer des Lise-Meitner-Hauses. Die IRIS-Mitglieder Jürgen P. Rabe und Matthias Staudacher präsentierten dort zusammen mit Prof. Christian Kassung aus den Kulturwissenschaften, der Szenografin Franziska Paul und weiteren Mitarbeitern mithilfe einer interaktiven Medienstation und einer meterhohen Installation Wege von der Newtonschen Mechanik hin zur Weltformel.  


Professor Claudia Draxl accepted into the Austrian Academy of Sciences

Prof. Claudia Draxl and Prof. Oliver Jens Schmitt, President at ÖAW

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".

We congratulate!



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.

The award will be presented on July 12, 2018 as part of a public celebration in the Magnus House.

We congratulate Julian Miczajka very much!



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.

We congratulate Mr. van Tongeren very much and are looking forward to an exciting and fruitful continued cooperation!



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.

We heartily congratulate Prof. Marder and are looking forward to an exciting and productive collaboration!


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.

We heartily congratulate Prof. Beisert and are looking forward to an exciting and productive collaboration!


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!