2016 February

UNICAT interviews Bretislav Friedrich on article about Clara Haber, nee Immerwahr

Friday, 19th February 2016Miscellaneous

The Excellence Cluster UniCat posted recently an interview with Prof. Bretislav Friedrich (FHI) about an article he wrote jointly with Prof. Dieter Hoffmann (MPI für Wissenschaftsgeschichte) about Clara Haber, nee Immerwahr. The article, to be published by the Zeitschrift für Allgemeine und Anorganische Chemie (ZAAC), examines Clara’s life, work and legacy, and takes a critical look at the “myth of Clara Immerwahr” that took root in the 1990s and has shaped her public image until this day. The interview, which provides the gist of the ZAAC article, was conducted by the Public Relations officer of UniCat, Dr. Martin Penno. The entire interview is available here.


ERC double feature at the Department of Physical Chemistry of the Fritz Haber Institute

Monday, 8th February 2016Miscellaneous

ERC_LogoTobias Kampfrath and Ralph Ernstorfer have been successful in the 2015 Call for Consolidator Grants of the European Research Council (ERC). ERC Consolidator Grants are awarded to single principle investigators based on the quality of the research proposal and the scientific track record of the applicant. These grants are designed to support researchers at the stage when they are consolidating their own independent research team or program (https://erc.europa.eu/consolidator-grants). Tobias Kampfrath’s and Ralph Ernstorfer’s new projects have a duration of 5 years each and are funded with 2.0 and 2.6 million Euro, respectively.

In his TERAMAG project, Tobias Kampfrath will implement spintronic operations, i.e. operations utilizing the spin of electrons, at extremely high frequencies in the elusive terahertz range. This research is not only relevant for the future processing of magnetically stored information, but will also result in novel and highly efficient emitters of terahertz electromagnetic radiation.

Ralph Ernstorfer will investigate the interaction between electrons, their spin and the vibrations of atoms in semiconductors with layered crystalline structure. The project FLATLAND aims at obtaining a microscopic understanding of relaxation and dissipation effects in two-dimensional semiconductors and stacked heterostructures comprised thereof.

Further information on the grantees’ research and the employed methodology can be found on the websites of the Terahertz Physics group (http://www.fhi-berlin.mpg.de/pc/KAMPFRATH/welcome.html) and the Max Planck Research Group Structural & Electronic Surface Dynamics (http://w0.rz-berlin.mpg.de/pc/ernstorfer/).