Nanoscience and nanotechnology are currently on everyones lips; they are the most active areas of research in modern physics, chemistry and material science. Additionally, they are widely known and discussed in public. Two fundamental facts make these systems interesting and versatile: the quantization of the energy states and their huge surface compared to their volume. Because of the quantization the physical properties of nanostructures are very sensitive to their size and geometry. The large surface area ensures a strong interaction with the environment. This strong interaction makes nanosystems interesting for catalytical applications.
Our work group focuses on onedimensional nanostructures like carbon nanotubes and semi-conducting nanowires as well as other carbon based materials like graphene. We are also interested in the production and investigation of functionalized and hybrid systems. Furthermore, we develope and produce composite materials to transfer the extraordinary properties of carbon nanotubes or graphene on macroscopic scales.
Our research is financed by the Freie Universität Berlin and additionally supported by the following institutions
OptNano – Quantum Optics in Nanostructures
Sonderforschungsbereich 658 – Molecular switches on carbon surfaces
NanoSpec – Project Homepage
CNTherm – Development and marketing of cooling solutions based on carbon nanotubes