Materials+ From Hierarchical Structure to the Environment


Materials play an essential role in everyday life and form the technological basis of our society that relies, for example, on efficient energy conversion, multifunctional biomaterials to sensory input materials that impart stimuli responses through touch, vision or other senses. At the heart of the properties of many materials lie interfacial processes and interactions between micro- and nano-sized entities that interact with the macroscopic physical environment. The interaction of the hierarchical structure and the microphysical environment becomes ever more critical in a changing society that strives to lower its ecological impact and strives for a circular economy and many of the issues our society is currently facing are directly or indirectly associated with the materials in use. Living on a finite planet, natural resources are limited, and energy demands for material production and their connected operation cannot be increased endlessly. This is where this DSP will start by connecting researchers across disciplines with the goal to educate the next generation of researchers in a new line of problem-solving by integrating expertise from materials sciences with life sciences to address challenges, in this specific case, on materials from the nanometre scale up to the macroscopic world. The convergence of different research approaches will be the basis of this DSP and will allow a paradigm shift in how innovative research will be conducted in the future, especially as innovations in research on material innovation are highly influenced by the applied synthesis technique that relies on its environmental footprint. A change in this, in turn, creates novel requirements and challenges for materials to be developed and investigated.

  • Fellows

    Korbinian Aicher
    Topic: Nanocrystalline ceramics and co-sintered ceramic polymer composites: densification below conventional sintering temperatures

    Theresa Bartschmid
    Topic: Synthesis and Study of Silicon-Ru and Silicon-Rh Nanowire Arrays for Plasmonic Photocatalysis 

    Angelika Cerny
    Topic: to be submitted

    Amin Farhadi
    Topic: Optimizing Catalyst Loading and Location within Nanostructured Si Photoelectrodes

    Ann-Kathrin Koopmann
    Topic: Porous materials made of polyphenolic tannin, Doctoral viva 2022

    Ellie Neige
    Topic: Charge seperation in BaTiO3 and SrTiO3 nanoparticle systems: the impact of spontaneous polarization, Doctoral viva 2023

    Joshua Piaskowski
    Topic: Synthesis and Study of Heterometallic Gapped Nanorods for Plasmonic Catalysis

    Hasan Razouq
    Topic: Formulation and sintering of metal-oxide nanoparticle ensembles

    Valérie Werner
    Topic: Particle-based photoanodes for solar water-splitting, Doctoral viva 2023

  • Faculty

    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bodo Wilts (DSP Coordinator)
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. John Dunlop (DSP Co-Coordinator)

    Prof. Dr. Simone Pokrant
    Priv.-Doz. Dr. Raphael Berger
    Assoz.Prof- Dr.ThomasBerger
    Assoz.Prof. Dr.Gilles Bourret
    Prof. Dr. Oliver Diwald
    Prof. Dr. Stefan Dötterl
    Dr. Michael Elsässer
    Prof. Dr. Jan Christian Habel
    Assoz. Prof- Dr. Andrea Hagenhauser
    Prof. Dr. Nicola Hüsing
    Prof. Dr Andreas Lang
    ao. Prof. Dr Gerhard Obermeyer
    Prof. Dr. Simone Pokrant
    Dr. Andreas Roschger