2010 March

FHI internal news: Exhibition space in the Main Entrance Hall

Wednesday, 24th March 2010Miscellaneous , Internal information, Events

The reconstruction of Building A is coming along well, and is scheduled for completion in summer 2010. At that point the library, administration, and the Physical Chemistry department can move in to their new home. This is a great opportunity to revive the tradition of displaying various art exhibits in the main entrance hallway, next to the reception between buildings A and C.

The first exhibition is already installed: A photo collection of German steam engines by Prof. Hitoshi Odashima, who was a guest for one year in the Molecular Physics department. In his spare time, Prof. Odashima traveled around Germany to photograph steam engines in various settings. A selection of his work is currently on display for all to enjoy.

A call for future exhibitions: We are interested in rotating the displays every 4-6 weeks. We are looking for ideas from all institute members — from diplomands to directors and guests to gardeners — for new exhibits. This may encompass photography, sculpture, paintings, or any creative presentation. If you are interested, please contact the reception or press office


Founding of the new Berlin Center for Studies of Complex Chemical Systems e.V.

Monday, 8th March 2010General science information

Nobel Prize winner Gerhard Ertl is appointed the chairman of the scientific advisory board.

To promote research on complex systems, 14 scientists in Berlin, among them the Chemistry Nobel Prize winner Gerhard Ertl, have founded the ‘Berlin Center for Studies of Complex Chemical Systems e.V.’ The new Center has been recognized as an official association. The chairman of the Center is Prof. Alexander Mikhailov of the Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) of the Max Planck Society and the chairman of the scientific advisory board is Prof Ertl, also from the FHI. Berlin Center