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Functional Interfaces in Physics and Chemistry





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Living / Studying in Berlin


Living and Studying in Berlin


the capital of germany, is a great place to live and study: The european metropole has 3.4 million inhabitants and a remarkably friendly and open, multi-cultural atmosphere. Some information about the countless things to do here can be found on the official pages

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Photo: Jens Hoffmann

Fritz-Haber-Institut der

The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences e.V. is an independent, non-profit organisation, promoting research in its own institutes. Max Planck Institutes carry out basic research in service to the general public in the areas of natural science, social science and the arts and humanities.

TheFritz-Haber-Institute of the Max-Planck-Society is one of the world-wide leading research institutions in the field of chemical and physical processes at surfaces and interfaces. It is located in Dahlem, close to the central campus of the FU (see below).

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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Founded in 1810 according to the concept of Wilhelm von Humboldt, the Humboldt - Universität zu Berlin was the "Mother of all modern universities". She still pays tribute to her foundation history of reform orientation by planting innovative ideas into study, research and organization. The interest to study at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is remarkable. Currently, 34.881 young people study at the oldest university in Berlin with 11% coming from abroad.
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science of the Humboldt-Universität is moving from their traditional locations in the city center to the new Campus Adlershof within the growing "City of Science and Economy at Adlershof" in the southeast of the capital. The Institute of Chemistry moved already in a new building in summer 2001, the Institute of Physics will follow in summer 2003. The development of this location into a science and technology park is one of Berlin's most important investment for the future.

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Photo: Pressestelle Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Photo: Pressestelle Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin

With 43,500 students in approximately 90 different programs of study, 4,000 graduates and 1,000 doctoral candidates each year, the Freie Universität Berlin is the largest university in Germany's capital, and one of the largest in the nation. Owing to its internationally recognized achievements in both teaching and research, the FU exerts a strong attraction on students from Germany and beyond. The central campus is located in Dahlem, a particularly green section of the city, and one with a distinguished tradition of scholarly achievement.

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Photo: Michael Glossner