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Prof Neher explains to Matthias Zimmermann how the prototypes of new solar cells are manufactured.

My World – Dieter Neher – Professor for Soft Matter Physics and Optoelectronics

My daily life as a scientist currently focuses on our research into new types of semiconductors for solar cells. Some people may ask why this research …
Eruption at Geldingadalir in Iceland in 2021

The telltale sound of volcanoes

Before volcanoes erupt, there is already rumbling underground. Recognising characteristic features in this “sound” is an important step on the way to …
3D point cloud model of the Golm Campus

From Space and From the Air, with Laser and Neutrons – Modern Sensor Technology Helps to Better Understand the World

Archimedes discovered the law of hydrostatic buoyancy because he himself caused his bathtub to overflow, Isaac Newton is said to have discovered the …
Olkaria geothermal field

KAWI KWA TAIFA – Energy for the nation – Potsdam and Kenyan Geosciences Researchers Investigate Geothermal Areas in the East African Rift Valley

Ol Karia – red ochre in the Maasai language, is a clayey, iron rich deposit found in areas with volcanic hot springs in the Kenya Rift. Red ochre is …
Pipeline

When a pipeline has a leak – hydrogen is to become a key element for the post-fossil age

“Water is the coal of the future. Tomorrow’s energy will be derived from water that has been broken down by an electric current. The constituent …
Tief eingeschnittenes Flussbett des Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, Indien

Narrow Valleys, steep river gradients – how Big Data Analyses help understanding the Himalayas

Based on over 1000 measurements of uplift rates in the Himalayas, a team with participation of the University of Potsdam were able to show that …
Künstlerische Darstellung von Wasser

“Security is One of the Most Important Concerns of Society Today” – New “WaterHub” aims to facilitate the networking of research on Water water extremes

Two thirds of the Earth’s surface are covered by water. It dominates our everyday lives, even if we do not always notice it. But there is trouble if …
The Great Barrier Reef.

Climate Witnesses on the Seabed – Dr. Manfred Mudelsee develops statistical methods to evaluate data from climate archives

Natural climate archives provide a glimpse into bygone times. Researchers extract data from these archives that go back thousands, hundreds of …
Illustration: blauer Regenschirm

Recognizing dangers during floods and droughts: Science looks at risks of extreme events

Masses of water pushing mud and piling up debris. Idyllic streams that turn into raging rivers within just a few hours, burying bridges, houses, and …
African antelopes seeking for shady places during phases of extreme heat

Keeping cool – how African antelopes respond to the climate crisis

The climate crisis is turning the temperature up all over the world, but in southern Africa, the rise has been particularly concerning. Scientists …