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Innovation area overview: Basic Research in Physics and Chemistry

New technologies require new procedures and materials – in medicine, in solar technology and in many other fields. The applied sciences in Berlin benefit from a wide range of basic research in physics and chemistry carried out in numerous.

Experiments with Neutrons and Synchrotron

Radiation The Helmholtz Center Berlin for Materials and Energy is one of the few centers in the world that conducts experiments with both neutrons and synchrotron radiation. This is made possible by two pieces of large-scale research equipment: the research reactor BER II for experiments with neutrons and the synchrotron radiation source BESSY II, which produces ultra-bright photon beams ranging from the terahertz to the X-ray frequency.

Other institutions worthy of special mention are the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces which carries out research in the fields of biomaterials, biomolecular systems, colloid chemistry as well as theory and biosystems.

Training and Research Opportunities Found Nowhere Else in the World

The Process Sciences faculty at the Technische Universität Berlin brings together experts in the fields of biotechnology, energy and process engineering, food chemistry and technology, technical environmental protection and materials science. In doing so, it offers a training and research program in the field of the process-oriented science disciples that is unique in the entire world.

Separate institute for analytical chemistry

In the Analytic City Adlershof, research institutes and large companies cooperate for the future to optimize current procedures in material analysis and develop new methods as an interface between fundamental research and use. Moreover, the Humboldt University Berlin is one of the few universities in Germany in which analytical chemistry is taught in its own institute.

The Berlin Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society is known worldwide for its research on general physical chemistry, specifically the examination of physical-chemical processes on solid surfaces and surface structures. Professor Gerhard Ertl, from the Fritz Haber Institute, won a Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work in 2007.