Water makes the proton shake

A team led by Prof. Thomas Elsässer, who is a meber of IRIS Adlershof, reported on the mapping of  fluctuating proton transfer motions and provides direct evidence that protons in liquid water are predominantly shared by two water molecules, applying ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy. They could identify the Zundel cation as the predominant species in liquid water. This new picture of proton dynamics is highly relevant for proton transport by the infamous von Grotthuss mechanism, and for proton translocation mechanisms in biological systems.




Prize for good teaching in 2016 to Professor Jürg Kramer

The Prize for Good Teaching 2016 of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin was awraded to Professor Jürg Kramer, who is a member of  IRIS Adlershof. The prize has been awarded annually since 2009 for special achievements in teaching.-Mitglied.

We congratulate warmly!!




Topping ceremony of the new research building of IRIS Adlershof.

At the invitation of the Senator for Urban Development, Katrin Lompscher, and in the presence of the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, and the President of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst, and the architect Prof. Hans Nickl of Nickl & Partner, this Thursday, the 13th of July, the topping ceremony of the new research building of. IRIS Adlershof was celebrated.



"Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory" celebrates its five-year anniversary

The Cluster of Excellence "Image Knowlegde Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory", celebrated its five-year anniversary on 7 July 2017. The Interdisciplinary Laboratory brings together the humanities, the natural sciences and engineering sciences, medicine and – for the first time in basic research – design and architecture, with the objective to strengthen and enrich each discipline through interdisciplinary collaboration. IRIS Adlershof, which is actively involved with four of its members in the interdisciplinary research of the cluster, warmly congratulates.


Distinguished Professor Rich Spontak at IRIS Adlershof

Distinguished Professor Rich Spontak from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering of North Carolina State University visits IRIS Adlershof from June 26th through July 27th as a guest professor of the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung within the project Experimental Systems. Professor Spontak’s focus areas in research are polymer morphology and phase stability, multifunctional and nanostructured polymers, blends and networks, and the application of microscopy techniques to polymer science and engineering.


Alexander von Humboldt professorship for Arno Rauschenbeutel

Prof. Dr. Arno Rauschenbeutel does research in the area of experimental quantum optics.  One of his most important research topics is the coupling of individual atoms and photons with optic fibers that are now being used to transfer information. This successful approach is a milestone in optic quantum technology and fundamental quantum physics that will lead to concrete new applications in the future. The “Fundamentals in Optics and Photonics” professorship for Arno Rauschenbeutel is a starting signal for the “Berlin Joint Lab for Photonic Quantum Technologies.”

    Foto: Jacqueline Godany

This lab will bring together the unique expertise in photonics, optics, microsystem technology, and fundamentals of quantum physics at the Technology and Science Campus of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU). In close cooperation with the department of Physics, IRIS Adlershof, and research institutions at other universities, especially the Ferdinand-Braun Institute, the goal is to integrate research and advance viable quantum systems in the immediate area, which then can picked up by local high tech companies. The HU is therefore in the good position to be a driving force in new photonic quantum technologies for the new EU billion-Euro quantum technology program.