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. André Gröschel

The research Lab Polymer and Colloid Science focuses on the synthesis and self-assembly of polymer-based soft matter materials with structural features on the mesoscale (10-100 nm). We specialize in controlled polymerization techniques for the synthesis of functional polymers, block copolymers, and polymeric nanoparticles. Using the concept of self-assembly, we spontaneously form hierarchical superstructures with predefined shape, size, and composition, from synthetically programmed building blocks of various origin (organic, inorganic, biological). We analyse their inner structure with light scattering, cryo-TEM, and electron tomography. The produced materials display photonic and responsive properties, high porosity or catalytic activity, and find use in applications ranging from nanomedicine to energy conversion.

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Prof. Dr. Andr Grschel

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. 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

Prof. Dr. Ursula Wurstbauer

The Wurstbauer group nanoelectronics focusses on emergent and interaction driven phenomena of two-dimensional materials, two-dimensional charge carrier systems, related hetero-, and hybrid structures as well as interfaces. The aim is to gain a fundamental understanding of the physical properties of those systems, and to learn, in a next step, to control and tailor them on purpose with the vision to achieve novel functionalities and at the same time to look for potential application in an interdisciplinary context. These low-dimensional systems are therefore integrated in nano- and microscale circuitries, as well as in proof-of-concept and prototypical devices to explore their potential for opto-/electronic or energy harvesting applications and to serve as test-bed structures towards quantum technologies.

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Prof. Dr. Ursula Wurstbauer

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 (Mnster Electrochemical Energy Technology)