The recently founded group for inorganic thin film materials has the aim to connect fundamental research with applied research in the field of synthesis and self-assembly of inorganic thin film materials, with specialization on colloidal nano-structures. To improve this interdisciplinary research work is performed at two institutes of the ETH domain: at ETH Zurich and at EMPA Dübendorf.
The main point of the efforts is the synthesis of inorganic nano-crystals and their self-assembly on multi-functional solid state structures. By developing a suitable design as well as by performing extensive characterization of the surface chemistry as well as the spacing of the nano-crystals, we aim to transfer the properties of individual nano-crystals into useful properties of solids based on nana-crystals. Finally, these research efforts will lead us to cost-effective and high throughput production processes for nano-structured materials for the application in energy generation and storage.