CeNTech R & D


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. Lifeng Chi (adjunct)

The "Thin Organic Films" group of Prof. L. Chi is on one side interested in the possibilities to construct monolayer system with controlled lateral structures. On the other side they are working on heterogeneous surface functionalization (LB patterning, soft lithography and photo/e-beam lithography techniques) and they are interested in the mechanism of molecular interactions with such structured surfaces.They are going to study the size effect on conductive polymers and the related gas-sensing activity as well as "On-Surface" chemical reactions under well controlled conditions.

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Prof. Dr. Lifeng Chi (adjunct)

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

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)