The Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging was founded in 2012 as a cluster of excellence at Universität Hamburg. Until 2018 scientific teams of diverse disciplines such as physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine have been merging under the umbrella of the cluster of excellence to explore the structure, dynamics and control of matter at the atomic scale.
The “Hamburg Advanced Research Centre for Bioorganic Chemistry”, HARBOR for short, has sprung directly from the research in the Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging to close the present gap between the excellent physics and excellent life science research on the Bahrenfeld Campus. With HARBOR, an interdisciplinary center for nanophysics, chemistry and structural biology is being created, which will work closely with the research institutions on site as well as national and international users of the facilities. The new research building was handed over in mid-2020.
Since the first cluster has ended, The Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging is being continued as a scientific research centre and host of the new cluster "CUI: Advanced Imaging of Matter".