Welcome to Technical Chemistry I

The Institute of Technical Chemistry I (TC I) at the University of Duisburg-Essen has been chaired by Prof. habil. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Barcikowski since 2011. At two locations – the Essen campus and the NETZ at Duisburg campus, the team of TC I has four research groups focusing on advanced laser-generated nanoparticles and functional materials in energy conversion, biomedical, and additive manufacturing applications.

In the last two decades, laser synthesis and processing in liquids has proven to be a unique and economic technique to produce, defect-engineer, fragmentate, and conjugate a large variety of nanostructures in a scalable and clean manner. Our method’s basics and application fields are summarized both for beginners and colleagues looking for insights: have a look at our open access handbook and scientific YouTube channel, or at review articles (ChemRev 2017, Chemistry 2020).

In close collaboration with the Research Centre ACTIVE SITES, the Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CENIDE), the Center of Medical Biotechnology (ZMB), and the Centre for Water and Environmental Research (ZWU) as well as industrial partners, the chair has a large network of interdisciplinary cooperation.

If our research focus appeals to you, please do not hesitate to contact our head (Prof. habil. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Barcikowski) directly or the responsible leader of the application field-oriented research groups. For interested students regarding research projects (B.Sc., M.Sc., or Ph.D.) or internships, as well as subject-specific questions, we are at your disposal.

For further information, please visit the homepage of the individual research groups:

and the joint research field:

as well as a former group's website: