Communication & Media


HZG researcher in the test laboratory.

Everything in Flow

"Practical Polymer Rheology” is the topic of the Geesthacht Polymer Days, held on the 18th and 19th of November 2014, at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG). Rheology refers to the study of flow and deformation of materials. Read the interview here with the organiser and HZG Department Head Dr. Ulrich Handge. He discusses his research, the connection to rheology and the topics of the two-day workshop. more

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Between verbal skirmish and compromise

On behalf of the Climate Service Center 2.0 (CS2.0), the first comprehensive literature report on the topic of transdisciplinarity has emerged. The research’s necessity is clear: stakeholders from the most differing scientific and social groups meet to engage in dialogues on issues such as energy policy, the deepening of the Elbe River or on climate change adaptation. more

Nanoporous Gold: Clearly identified by the sponge-like structure.

Stainless Steel Instead of Gold

The Department of Hybrid Material Systems at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) was successful in securing joint funding from the Helmholtz Society and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Twenty-three applications were submitted in all, of which five were chosen for funding with a Helmholtz-China Joint Research Group (HCJRG). more

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Our Winter Storms are so far not influenced by Climate Change

While extreme heat waves are certainly connected to climate change, this clear link in regards to other extreme events, such as heavy rains, droughts and storms is not as recognizable. This insight has now been published in the international report "Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 from a Climate Perspective." In the report, twenty international research groups highlight the causes of sixteen extreme weather events that occurred globally in 2013. Dr. Frauke Feser and Professor Hans von Storch from the Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht are among the authors of the internationally recognized publication. more


New Joining Technology for Aerospace Engineering

Junior Professor Sergio Amancio of the Institute of Materials Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) received the George Sachs Prize from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde / German Society for Materials Science (DGM). The award honours his achievements in the field of plastic-metal joining technologies for applications in aerospace and automotive engineering. more

Dr. Julian Jepsen  during a hydrogen test in the HZG laboratory.

Emerging scientist awarded 10,000 Euros for research on a hydrogen tank of the future

On the 15th of September, a 10,000 Euro prize was granted to Dr. Julian Jepsen by the Wasserstoff-Gesellschaft Hamburg (Hydrogen Society Hamburg) for his doctoral dissertation. The emerging scientist from the Institute of Materials Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) completed his doctorate in February 2014 at the Helmut Schmidt University (HSU) in Hamburg. The HZG and HSU have been collaborating since 2010 in the field of hydrogen technology. more

Dr. Hans-Jörg Isemer

Positive Results in the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme

The EU’s Seventh Framework Programme came to an end in 2013. The results for the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht were impressive. In the last eleven months alone the EU granted the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) ten projects to coordinate or in which to cooperate. All European Union projects at the HZG are fostered and supervised in the application and contract negotiation phases by Dr. Hans-Jörg Isemer, Director of European and International Projects. We spoke to him on this topic. more

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Expansion of Biomaterial Sciences in Teltow: New Construction of the Biomedical Technology Centre III

The Institute of Biomaterial Science of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht in Teltow will hold its groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the new Biomedical Technology Centre III on June 13th, 2014. The event marks the third phase of construction at the Teltow research campus and will be attended by Brandenburg’s Research Secretary Dr. Sabine Kunst and by Chairman of the Board at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Assistant Secretary Wilfried Kraus. more

Professor Daniela Jacob

Climate Scientist Daniela Jacob Becomes New Head of The Climate Service Center 2.0

Dr. Daniela Jacob has taken over as Acting Director of the Climate Service Center 2.0 as of June 1st. She follows Dr. Guy Brasseur, who headed the Climate Service Center since its inception in 2009. The scientific service institution on climate change in Hamburg, also previously known as CSC, is an independent establishment at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht. more


New Information Platform on Earth and Environment

The Knowledge Platform „Earth and Environment – Earth System Knowledge Platform“( ESKP) goes online today. Under scientists from eight centres of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres present their latest research results as well as scientifically sound background knowledge on the topics of “Impact of Climate Change”, “Natural Hazards” and “Spread of Pollutants in the Environment”. more

Dr. Michael Störmer removes the new X-ray mirror from the coating machine.

Total Reflection Mirrors: Nanostructures for X-ray Optics

Two silicon substrates are refined with state-of-the-art thin-film coatings for free-electron laser applications at the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY). Nanotechnologists from Geesthacht manufacture ultra-high precision X-ray optics for FLASH II required for this process. more

Juan Ramón López-Gil (Director Loxin, CEO), Enrique Cristobalena (Sales Director Loxin), Norbert Huber (HZG-Director), Kay Bern (HZG-Authorized Officer)

New licensee adopts “Made in Geesthacht” technology

The department of “Solid State Joining Processes” at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) has recently concluded a new cooperation agreement with the Spanish machine construction specialists, Loxin. Patented joining technologies, developed by Geesthacht materials research scientists, will thus be integrated into a wide range of technological applications throughout the world. more

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Shipping emissions over the North Sea could increase twenty-five percent by 2030

Within the framework of the EU Clean North Sea Shipping project, Dr. Volker Matthias of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht studied the current pollution emitted by commercial ships. Taking into account different scenarios, the coastal researcher also calculated possible future emissions. The models show that, without further legislative regulation and technical modifications to the vessels, the nitrogen oxide emissions from shipping traffic could increase twenty-five percent by the year 2030. more

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Researchers develop ultrathin perfect UV light absorber

Ultraviolet light (UV) has not only harmful effects on molecules and biological tissue like human skin but it also can impair the performance of organic solar cells upon long-term exposure. Researchers of Kiel University and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht have now developed a so-called plasmonic metamaterial, which is compatible with solar technology and completely absorbs UV light – despite being only 20 nanometers thin. more