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Nano-Materials

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Bratschitsch

The main research area of the Bratschitsch group is ultrafast quantum optics with solid-state nanosystems. Our goal is to investigate and exploit ultrafast processes on the nanoscale. We study robust nanoscopic light emitters based on semiconductor quantum structures or defect centers in diamond. To increase the interaction of light with these nano-objects we use dielectric and metallic nanostructures. In addition to these investigations we work in the field of ultrafast spintronics, magnetism, and magneto-plasmonics.

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Prof. Dr. Rudolf Bratschitsch

Prof. Dr. Meinhard Knoll

The projects in the research group of Prof. M. Knoll combines nano with microelectronics. The research is characterized by numerous inventions. The so called doping front migration that is a new effect invented by this group occurs in nanoporous materials which are filled with intrinsically conductive polymers. Based on this mechanism a new class of smart labels that are capable of displaying changing information to the human eye could be realized.

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Prof. Dr. Meinhard Knoll

Dr. Cristian A. Strassert

The research group of Dr. C. Strassert developed a new class of trifunctional hybrid nanoparticles that are able to simultaneously target, label and photoinactivate pathogenic, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, using industry-standard dyes and a well-known solid support. Furthermore, the group focuses on the design, synthesis and characterization of electroluminescent metal complexes for Organic Light Emitting Diodes technology (OLEDs). Recently they discovered that it is possible to reach up to 90% photoluminescence quantum yield in gelating nanoassemblies of organometallic compounds by judiciously choosing the substituents of the ancillary ligands.

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Dr. Cristian A. Strassert

Prof. Dr. Bart Jan Ravoo

The Synthesis of Nanoscale Systems group uses small and large molecules as nanoscale building blocks for the construction of materials and devices by self-assembly. The assembly of many molecules into complex and dynamic superstructures gives rise to soft materials and chemical systems with emerging properties that are much more than the sum of the components. The group focuses on two main areas of research: biomimetic supramolecular chemistry and surface functionalization by molecular self-organization.

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Prof. Dr. Bart Jan Ravoo

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wilde

The research group of Prof. G. Wilde focuses on:
1. Nanoporous materials and surface nanostructuring
2. Interface-controlled thermodynamics
3. Plasticity and atomic mobility at the nanoscale
4. Nanostructure evolution and dynamics in metallic glasses
5. High resolution analyses of defects and residual mechanical strains

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Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wilde

Dr. Anzhela Galstyan

Our laboratory is greatly interested in the development of highly selective and efficient photo-theranostic agents. To get a deeper insight into the interplay between structure and function of the photoactive compounds density functional theory (DFT) calculations are routinely used in our studies. Another branch of research is devoted to the investigation of antibacterial coatings with highly tunable properties that can readily be matched to the area of application. Recently, based on self-assembly process, we developed polymer based composite material with photo-bactericidal activity. Obtained material not only prevents bacterial colonization and biofilm formation on living and non-living surfaces, but also able to release active agent that can eradicate pathogens upon irradiation using the disruptive force of reactive oxygen species..

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Dr. Anzhela Galstyan

MEET (Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology)

In the light of the current promotion of renewable energy sources and the vision of a future based on "electromobility", the development of high-performance energy storage devices has taken on a central role. The Meet Battery Research Center brings together basic scientific research and industrial applications at one location ("science-to-business" approach). To this purpose, it works together closely both with other scientific institutions and with partners from industry and small and medium-sized companies. The working group, situated in the CeNTech, focuses on surface analysis of battery materials on the makro- and nano-scale using ambient pressure Agilent AFM system, a Shimadzu Nanoindenter and a Horiba dispersive raman microscope.

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MEET (Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology)