2010 January

ERC Advanced Grant awarded to Gerard Meijer

Friday, 22nd January 2010General science information

The ERC grant was awarded to Prof. Meijer for his vision of an unconventional gas-phase molecular laboratory – one on a microchip.

For more information please contact: Gerard Meijer

The Fritz Haber Institute is proud to announce that Prof. Gerard Meijer, director of the molecular physics department, has been awarded one of this year’s European Research Council’s (ERC) Advanced Investigator Grants. This year there were 736 applications submitted for research proposals in the physical sciences and engineering and 105 were chosen from all across Europe. These grants aim to seek out and support bold, interdisciplinary, cutting edge research performed by an established scientist. In so doing, this prestigious grant essentially provides the means for new research, which in turn, encourages the possibility of a major break through. [more]

A new source of low-energy electrons

Friday, 15th January 2010Publication highlights

Wissenschaftler des Max-Planck-Instituts für Plasmaphysik und des Fritz-Haber-Instituts haben eine neue Quelle von langsamen Elektronen in Wasser entdeckt

For more information please contact: Melanie MuckeUwe Hergenhahn

When high-energy photons, such as X-rays, interact with an atom or molecule, energy is transferred in a process known as photoionization. This results in an ionized atom/molecule and a free electron. When embedded in condensed matter, such released electrons might undergo multiple collisions while traveling through the sample. This causes the escaping electron to lose energy. Until recently, the multiple collision effect was commonly considered the root of all low-energy electrons produced from ionizing radiation. However, researchers of the Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics and the Fritz Haber Institute have now identified an additional source of low-energy electrons in water. The results of the Berlin team are substantial, as it is thought that DNA molecules are susceptible to damage from low-energy electrons. Their work has been published in the journal Nature Physics. [more]