Departments

Inorganic Chemistry - Prof. Robert Schlögl
Work in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry (AC) aims at a a general understanding of heterogeneous catalysis. Catalysts consist of highly dynamic materials and an understanding of their function is only possible by considering their function over time and length scales. For this purpose, modern analytical methods are developed and applied in the AC department. more
Interface Science - Prof. Beatriz Roldan Cuenya
The Department of Interface Science (ISC) investigates the structural and dynamic, electronic and chemical properties of tailor-made nanostructures and thin films. Their interfaces to gaseous and liquid environments are of particular interest for applications in catalysis and electrochemistry. The systematic use of advanced synthesis methods and state-of-the-art characterization techniques enables the ISC department to gain a deep mechanistic understanding of catalytic processes. more
Molecular Physics - Prof. Gerard Meijer

Research at the Department of Molecular Physics focuses on structure as well as on intra- and intermolecular dynamics of molecular systems. Diatomic molecules or even biological macromolecules are studied either isolated or interacting with their environment. New experimental methods for manipulation and control as well as for characterization and spectroscopic investigation of these molecular systems are developed and applied.

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Physical Chemistry - Prof. Martin Wolf
Research in the Department of Physical Chemistry (PC) focusses on the dynamics of elementary processes in solids and at surfaces, in particular, ultrafast dynamics of electronic excitations, electron-phonon coupling and interfacial charge transfer, surface reactions and molecular processes at interfaces as well as light-matter interaction at the nanoscale. more
Theory

The Theory (TH) Department’s research focuses on understanding basic aspects of physical and chemical properties of surfaces, interfaces, clusters, nanostructures, and bulk based on electronic-structure theory. Essentially, simulating matter by using fundamental physical laws and constants – from first principles. These are multi-scale modeling studies spanning a wide range of time and length scales for which we develop accurate methods. Development of research data management and research in big-data analytics are of increasing importance for the TH department.

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