Chair for Multicomponent Materials

Hierarchical structures by photodegradation

Recently we demonstrated a novel method which utilizes photocatalytic reaction on a highly active titania film to synthesize needle-like gold structures. By irradiating titania surface we are successful to position and pattern hierarchical gold structures without using any costly and time consuming lithographic processes, which open a door to various catalysis, sensor and biomedical applications.The article was selected as cover article.  Further information (Link to publication).



Nanogranular Gold Structures

In cooperation with DESY Hamburg and Technical University of Munich researchers from our group applied surface-sensitive X-ray scattering for real time in-situ studies of ultra-thin metallic thin film growth. 

For further details see press release and publication.

Alloy nanoparticles with controlled composition

For the deposition of nanoparticles from gas aggregation source (Haberland type), typically homogenous targets are used. Vahl et al. presented a more complex target geometry that allows for deposition of alloy nanoparticles with an in-situ capability of tailoring the nanoparticle composition.The article was selected as cover and feature article.  Further information (Link to publication).


Liquids with permanent porosity

Understanding porous liquids

Applying Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy, Tönjes Koschine and Klaus Rätzke proved the existence of permanent porosity in liquids in an international collaboration. 

For further details see Research paper  and Press release (German)

Porous liquids



Neue Erkenntnisse über metallische Schmelzen: Was Einstein nicht ahnte

Yuni in the lab Vitreloy 4Complex melt

Press release (German). 



Left and middle: Elisabeth Gill

Right: Alexander Vahl