Behind The Camera Berlin!!! I haven’t ever thought of coming to Berlin. It is actually like a dream for every people in our country. I live in a country named Bangladesh where people struggle every day to meet their fundamental rights such as food, education, health, etc. Our country has a lot of people compare to the area of her. So it is natural that she doesn’t have that much quality educational institution for pursuing higher education. Every year a lot of people compete to get into the public university but only a few can make it. Considering all these struggles and scenarios, it isRead 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 →

quantum dot picture

If you imagine an atom being of the size of a cherry then a quantum dot (QD) is a watermelon. Although it is much bigger than an atom, a QD is still a small object, nanometers long, and it preserves atomic features. One of them is a discrete energy spectrum. For this reason, many people address QDs as „artificial atoms“.

The great thing about QDs is that …Read More →

“If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed on to the next generations of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words? I believe it is the atomic hypothesis (or the atomic fact, or whatever you wish to call it) that all things are made of atoms—little particles that move around in perpetual motion, attracting each other when they are a little distance apart, but repelling upon being squeezed into one another. In that one sentence, you will see, there is an enormous amount of information about the world, if just aRead More →

Hello! I am Olga. Or you can call me Olya. I’m a summer student, but you have probably already noticed that. You may also know that under the summer program, we should write a blog post telling about our research or working process in the lab. And here we are. I don’t want to bore you with it. So let’s turn this task into a little game. I hope you enjoy it. Good luck! Everyone, this is Blahblah (the most common name, definitely). Or you can call him Blah. Blahblah is fond of photography, playing drums and watching documentaries on Netflix. Blahblah studies PR andRead More →

Sunlight is a huge source of energy. However, it is not available 24/7. But, solar energy can be used to split water. Water splitting is the decomposition of water into oxygen and hydrogen gas due to the passage of an electric current induced by two electrodes in a conductive solution. This hydrogen can be stored or transported and be used later. Scientists at the Institute for Solar Fuels work on a way to split water efficiently by studing different type of electrodes. Usually, a high photocurrent during water splitting means a high production of hydrogen. When I arrived for my internship at HZB in Wannsee,Read More →

“Be a diamond. Flourish under pressure” – Maureen Joyce Connolly To most people diamonds are well-known as the marvelous gemstones which used in a piece of jewelry. However, they are not only “a girl’s best friends”. Due to their remarkable physical and optical properties diamonds can be used by scientists and engineers as well! With this blogpost I’ll guide you through my research here at HZB and, hopefully, will share the delight and enjoyment of working with diamonds. Why diamonds? To have a better understanding of diamond it is useful to have a look at its crystalline structure. The strong sp3 covalent bonds between carbonRead More →

Let’s spray and create samples ! In the institute of Solar Fuel, the main research is to produce hydrogen from sunlight and water. Hydrogen can be used to easily store energy and also directly for transportation. But how can we produce it? Only from the sunlight, a metal oxide semiconductor and water. Photons from sunlight will be absorbed by the metal oxide, and this will generate electrons and holes which oxidize or reduce water. The reaction between the electron and hole and the electrolyte allows to separate water in oxygen and hydrogen. Let’s see how we make this metal Oxide! SPRAY PYROLYSIS: The chemical methodRead More →