DFG Pressemitteilung vom 19.12.05
Nanoparticles are typically of dimensions between 1 nm and 100 nm. Their electronic and optical properties are significantly different from bulk materials and adjustable by varying their size. This new class of materials is located in the regime between atoms or molecules and macroscopic solids. It forms the precursor to a wealth of innovative applications. However, a sustainable transfer of fundamental and applied scientific knowledge into marketable products is mostly still missing.
The research activities within this graduate program will be focused on the promising topics of ‘Nanotronics’ with emphasis on ‘Conversion of electric energy into light’ and ‘Conversion of light into electric energy’. Goal is the realization of optoelectronic and photovoltaic devices not through the usual lateral structures on semiconductor single crystals, but instead by using disperse systems of nanoparticles as optically active materials. This will open a new path to printable optoelectronics and photovoltaics. Close cooperation between theory, preparation, characterization, analysis, and device development at the university and in industry will result in a new quality of education. It represents also a novel concept for the transfer of scientific knowledge into new products.
The innovative feature of this program is the close cooperation between university and industry in research and education in a graduate program including all relevant disciplines. In this program we intend to combine the creative curiosity of young scientists at the university with the product development in industry (Degussa, ‘Science to Business Center’) in such a way that fundamental knowledge is smoothly transferred into marketable products and systems. This requires a new kind of scientist and engineer, thinking and working much more interdisciplinarily and cooperatively than usual.