Research Topics for Innovation
RT 1 / Advanced Analytical Technologies, PD Dr. habil. Davide Bleiner
Spectrochemistry bridges the historical separation between "preparative" materials science (=synthesis) and "validative" material science (=analysis). The use of lasers makes the process scalable and controllable. The team develop characterization methods, mostly based on the use of light sources, e.g. plasma, laser, fluorescence, etc., for the micro/nano-probing along with the morphological mapping of solid samples. Tabletop X-ray lasing is a unique challenge with many applications in science, industry and society. The smart processing of spectroscopy signals as well as new architecture for the acquistion are crucial tasks. Davide Bleiner completed his PhD in 2002 at the ETH Zurich in the group of Detlef Günther.
RT 2 / Hydrogen Spectroscopy, PD Dr. habil. Andreas Borgschulte
The kinetics of a chemical reaction is crucial to its relevance for practical applications. Starting from equilibrium thermodynamics, we access the elementary physical processes by studying the time dependence of the reactions on time scales ranging from femtoseconds to days. We focus on chemical reactions relevant to energy storage and catalysis applications, investigating solid state phenomena such as atomic and ionic diffusion, and phase transformations, and gas-solid interactions.