Starting my new research group "Functional Nanomaterials"

October 2020, I got appointed as a Rudolf Mößbauer tenure track professor and am now heading a new research group "Functional Nanomaterials" at the Chemistry Department at TU Munich. I am excited for all the new research ventures that lie ahead!

Positions available

Several fully funded PhD positions are available in my group this autumn:

The Dynamics of Oxide-Supported Cluster Catalysts in Action (ERC project)

2D-Hybrid Functional Nanomaterials under Gas Environments (graduate school with the University of Alberta, Canada)

Metal-Molecule Interactions in Catalytic Coupling at the Solid-Liquid-Interface (joint project with the Heiz group at TUM)

If you are interested in any of the above or have questions, please feel free to contact me.


The Workshop I hosted at the Bavarian Academy was a full success

In a workshop sponsored by the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BAdW) and the Munich-based Cluster of Excellence e-conversion, 46 researchers from 15 universities across Germany and Europe met in the gorgeous rooms of the venerable BAdW to discuss “Chemical and energy conversion at interfaces”. Interfaces play an important role in many technological applications, ranging from heterogeneous catalysis in combustion control and fine chemical synthesis over photovoltaics to battery technologies. From 17th until 18th February 2020, fourteen invited speakers presented their recent experimental and theoretical work in four topical sessions, covering a wide variety of topics from “solid-liquid interfaces” to “nanostructured interfaces” and from “conversion by light” to “catalytic conversion”. In addition, a special “lightning session” gave PhD students the opportunity to present their recent results in the field as brief talks. During the coffee and lunch breaks, lively discussions ensued. In the evening, networking continued during a conference dinner at the Schneider Bräuhaus, featuring typical Bavarian cuisine which enjoyed large popularity amongst the guests. The workshop was organized by Jun.-Prof. Mirijam Zobel and myself. More information on the workshop can be found here.


ERC Starting Grant

My research just got funded by an ERC Starting Grant, which will enable me to purchase a shiny new instrument and hire students over the next five years! Check out the press release at my host institution, TUM, here.


Read up on the FAST module

Ever wondered how we get these nice FastSTM movies? The trick lies in a clever add-on electronics modules, which we describe here.

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