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Inorganic Chemistry / Metalorganic Chemistry and Inorganic Materials

Prof. Dr. Matthias Driess 

The group's research activities over the whole spectrum of molecular and solid state inorganic matter. This ranges from sophisticated syntheses of unusual organometallic compounds to nanoscaled materials chemistry. Particular attention is devoted to bridge between the molecular and the materials domain. In the analytical area the group is working with modern equipment such as single crystal diffraction and solid state NMR spectroscopy. 

Bioinorganic Chemistry

Prof. Dr. Andreas Grohmann

The main subjects of our work are the coordination chemistry of transition-metal complexes and bioinorganic chemistry. The activation of small molecules (O2, NO, NO2-), functional molecules (e. g., spin-state switching in iron(II) complexes), and the design and application of multidentate ligands are of special interest. 

Inorganic Chemistry / Solid State Chemistry

Prof. Dr. Martin Lerch

The group is working in the field of Solid State and Materials Chemistry. Current interests are Anion substitution as a route to novel materials (electro-optical materials, solid electrolytes, catalysts, pigments etc.), Crystal growth of new materials using the ‘Skull-melting’ technique, Synthesis and characterisation of metastable compounds, Crystal structure determination at high temperatures using neutron and synchrotron radiation, Correlations between structure and physical properties, defect chemistry. 

Analytical Chemistry

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Ressler

The focus of our research is on solid-state analytics. The properties of functional materials are governed by characteristic geometric and electronic defects. We aim at understanding the defect structure of selected solids and correlate the static and dynamic behaviour of this structure to the properties of the materials. Therefore, we apply numerous spectroscopic, scattering, and electrochemical techniques under various dynamic reaction conditions (in situ).

Functional Materials

Prof. Dr. Arne Thomas

Our main interest is the synthesis and application of nanostructured materials, with a special focus on the generation of porous functional materials for catalytic applications. The scope of materials used for this purpose is ranging from inorganic to organic compounds, for example silicas and metal oxides, carbons and carbon nitrides, organosilicas, polymers and organic frameworks.

Fundamentals and Methods of Crystal Growth

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Bickermann

The group works on growth, characterization, and preparation of bulk single crystals for modern applications. Research is focused on nitride and oxide semiconductors that are grown using specialized techniques. AlN and GaN are semiconductor materials employed in blue, white, and UV optoelectronics and high frequency electronics. Refractory oxides (and fluorides) are used as substrates for transparent electronics and as material for detectors, scintillators, laser crystals and non-linear optics (e.g. frequency doubling). Research is conducted at the Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth (IKZ) located in Berlin-Adlershof.

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