Many colleagues are currently working in their home offices, exchanging information by telephone or video conferencing. Nevertheless, we all miss the opportunity to meet other colleagues in the hallway or in the kitchen. That’s why we are shifting “kitchen conversations” to the digital. Today we introduce Samira Aden. She is an architect and works in the Consulting office for building-integrated Photovoltaics(BAIP) at HZB. How did you establish your home office? Fortunately, I asked my sister shortly before the shutdown if she would like to move in with me for a while. She is doing her doctorate in educational science in Kassel. We have set upRead More →

Vera Adamchuk, portrayed by Natalia Bakut

An Artwork reminds on the scientist who cofounded the Russian German Collaboration at BESSY II It seems, she has just calculated something, a hand lies on the paper, next to the pen. The other one supports the chin, relaxed and curious, she looks at the viewer. The Russian physicist Vera Adamchuk is immortalized in the bronze relief attached to a column in the BESSY II hall. The column stands in front of the dipole beam line of the Russian-German laboratory. Vera Adamchuk is regarded as a pioneer of German-Russian cooperation in the field of synchrotron radiation. She co-founded the Russian-German laboratory at BESSY II inRead More →

I want you to imagine the sun with wrong rays that cause a lot of problems. We cannot enjoy the sunshine. We want to do something to replace the wrong rays with the right ones. In my scientific project, the sun is germanium (Ge) nanoparticles, and the rays are a ligand. The wrong ligand is oleylamine. Oleylamine is an organic molecule containing an amino group and a long hydrocarbon chain. It would be perfect to remove oleylamine from the particles and attach another molecule. Speaking in scientific language, I am trying to do ligand exchange on germanium nanoparticles surface. Why germanium? Firstly, Ge is anRead More →

When I was a child, I asked parents that “why is flying bird?” “Why is the sky blue?” and they said this could be explained by science. Science is a tool used for understanding the world around us. The more I understood that the more I was enjoyable, and this drew my attention to study in science. While I was studying science, I was working to seek for truth, based on observation, knowledge and experience. Luckily, I have gotten an oppotunity as a participant in the the summer student programme 2019 at the HZB. This program provides a great occasion to many students at myRead More →