Our group welcomes students who wish to make their Bachelor, Master or Diploma thesis with us. This page is intended to provide an overview of possible topics, the different areas of research as well as the respective tutors. Master and Diploma students can choose between theoretical or experimental research. If you are interested in one of the topics listed below or want to discuss further opportunities please feel free to contact Prof. Reich or one of the tutors mentioned below.
Bachelor students work very closely together with one member of the work group. The student will work on a small research related problem. The problems are especially selected out of our ongoing projects. The selection is depending on the students preferences. Up to now Bachelor students worked on Raman spectroscopy on carbon nanotubes, synthesized new materials and measured and tailored thermal expansion coefficients of composite materials. If you are interested in a Bachelor thesis please write an email to Prof. Reich.
Master and Diploma theses
- Carbon nanotubes with switchable molecules: Carbon nanotubes are tiny hollow cylinders of pure carbon. We attach switchable molecules to the nanotubes surface to reversibly alter their optical or electronic properties. This project is done in cooperation with chemists from the FU and HU Berlin and with the help of international partners. Master or Diploma theses in this field of research are either emphasizing on the anchoring process of the switchable molecules or the investigation of the properties of the nanotube-molecule system. This topic offers the possibility to learn and use a wide range of different research and characterization techniques. Currently there are several Bachelor and Master theses available. Tutor: Dr. Antonio Setaro
- Thermal properties of carbon nanotubes: Carbon nanotubes exhibit a thermal conductivity three times as high as that of diamond which is the best classical thermal conductor. Carbon nanotubes show additional extraordinary properties: Carbon nanotubes contract when heated opposed to practically all other known materials that expand upon heating. We want to use these extraordinary properties to produce new materials, that can be used for cooling of computers and machines. In course of a Master or Diploma thesis the thermal properties (e.g. thermal conductivity, expansion etc.) should be measured and, if needed, modelled. Tutor: Dr. Izabela Firkowska
- Carbon nanotube based composite materials: Many properties of nanotubes like the high breaking strength or the thermal conductivity can be used when the nanotubes are properly incorporated in other materials. We engineer those materials in different projects ranging from thermal applications to nanomedicine. The student can work on the developement and investigation of nanocomposites consisting of carbon nanotubes or graphene and polymers, metals and oils. Besides the production of the composites a wide range of characterization techniques is available (i.e. atomic force microscopy, Raman scattering, electron microscope). Tutor: Dr. Vitaliy Datsyuk