Motivation and Research Strategy

Interface-dominated functional materials are nowadays used in many applications, e.g. in nanotechnology, catalysis, chemical sensing, gas separation, and storage as well as in molecular electronics. For materials improvement by rational design the knowledge of structure-function-relationships are essential. Thus we synthesize functional materials and extensively characterize them with modern methods of surface and bulk analysis.

Especially, the interactions with nearby molecules are in our centre of interest. Afterwards we investigate the properties and function of the materials during their operation (“in –situ”). The correlation of all results gives us insight in the structure-function-relationships of the material and therefore strategies to develop materials with better performances.

Structure Function Relationship 

Selected Projects

Resistive Switching

  • Conventional flash memory:
    • Complex device
    • Long term data storage problematic
  • Option: resistive memory
    • Fast (< 100 ns)
    • Non-volatile (>10 years)
    • Simple and minaturisable
    • Reversible switching (>106 times rewritable)

Zeolite Membranes

  • Oil production
    • More than 150 billions m3 of natural gas were burned or released in the environment
    • State of the Art separation: Condensation at low temperatures
  • Option: Separation with a membrane
    • Simple and environmentally friendly

Nanoparticle Composites

  • Smelling / tasting
    • man-based
  • Option: Chemiresistors based on metal nanoparticle composites
    • Simple and low cost


Research Reports

Unfortunately these are only available in German.

  • Research Report ("Jahresbericht")  2009/2010 PDF-Dokument
  • Research Report ("Jahresbericht")  2007/2008 PDF-Dokument