Oliver Diwald

Prof. Dr. Oliver Diwald

Prof. Dr. Oliver Diwald

Jakob-Haringer-Strasse 2a, 5020 Salzburg

Tel.: +43-662-8044-6224
Fax.: +43-662-8044-6289

Biographical sketch

Oliver Diwald completed his PhD studies at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien, A). He was awarded with an Erwin-Schrödinger fellowship of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and moved to the Surface Science Center of the University of Pittsburgh (PA, USA, 2001-2003). There he investigated in collaboration with John T. Yates Jr. photochemical and photophysical processes on pure and doped TiO2 single crystal surfaces. After habilitation in physical chemistry in 2006, he was promoted to an Associate Professor at the TU Wien. In May 2009, OD accepted a position as Professor for Particle Synthesis at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering of the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU, D). Since April 2013 Oliver Diwald holds a chair in Materials Science and Crystallography at the Paris-Lodron University Salzburg (PLUS, A) where he heads the Department of Chemistry and Physics since October 2019.

Departmental roles
  • Head of the Department Chemistry and Physics of Materials (since Oct. 2019)
  • Head of the Working group Materials and Interfaces


University roles
  • Member of the Academic Senate (since Oct. 2019)

Engineering materials at different length scales has become a critical requirement for further advances in the production and development of functional (nano)materials. Their function, stability and spatial organization are determined by interfacial processes and are at the focus of our research. Current research activities are related to

  • Inorganic nanoparticles: growth, functionalization and implementation.
  • Defect chemistry in metal oxides
  • Design and engineering of intergranular regions in functional ceramics (cerafaces)
Latest Publications

Book: Metal Oxide Nanoparticles: Formation, Functional Properties and Interfaces, 
written and edited by O. Diwald and T. Berger,
1st Edition October 2021
Wiley & Sons Ltd     

Metal Oxide Nanoparticles

ISBN: 978-1-119-43674-4
John Wiley & Sons

Journal Articles
  • Rubbing Powders: Direct Spectroscopic Observation of Triboinduced Oxygen Radical Formation in MgO Nanocube Ensembles;
    Thomas Schwab, Daniel Thomele, Korbinian Aicher, John W. C. Dunlop, Keith McKenna, and Oliver Diwald;
    Phys. Chem. C 2021, 125, 40, 22239–22248;
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.1c05898
  • Segregation Engineering in MgO Nanoparticle-Derived Ceramics: The Impact of Calcium and Barium Admixtures on the Microstructure and Light Emission Properties;
    Thomas Schwab, Korbinian Aicher, Hasan Razouq, Gregor A. Zickler, and Oliver Diwald
    ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 13, 21, 25493–25502
    DOI:  https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsami.1c02931
  • Paramagnetic electron centers in BaTiO3 nanoparticle powders;
    Ellie Neige and Oliver Diwald;
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2021,23, 12881-12888
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1039/D1CP01128F