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Student of NanoEngineering is awarded VDI-Förderpreis

[17.05.2018] The German Research Foundation DFG is funding a new Collaborative Research Center "Heterogeneous Oxidation Catalysis in the Liquid Phase" under the umbrella of the University Alliance Ruhr with approximately € 10 million for the first four years. Spokesman is Prof. Malte Behrens from the Faculty of Chemistry. The WET is also on board. In the coming years we will investigate charge carrier dynamics in oxide photocells with spinel and perovskite crystal structures.

VDI Ruhrbezirksverein

Student of NanoEngineering is awarded VDI-Förderpreis

[22.03.2018] Alexander Schmitz was awarded the Förderpreis 2018 by the Ruhrbezirksverein of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) for his master thesis in the NanoEngineering study course. His thesis was written at the institute for Electronic Materials and Nanostructures under supervision of Prof. Gerd Bacher in corporation with the group of Prof. David S. Ginger at the University of Washington. Currently, Alexander Schmitz is working on his PhD thesis on novel optoelectronic materials at the institute for Electronic Materials and Nanostructures in the context of the International Max Planck Research School for Interface Controlled Materials for Energy Conversion (IMPRS-SurMat).


CENIDE Awards for WET Scientists

[16.11.2017] During the annual CENIDE-Meeting several scientists from the chair of Electronic Materials and Nanostructures were awarded with a Best Paper Award and Best Poster Awards. Out of 25 nominees Franziska Muckel and Alexander Schmitz were awarded with the Best Paper Award for their publication Current-Induced Magnetic Polarons in a Colloidal Quantum-Dot Device, a joint publication together with Daniel Gamelin’s group from the University of Washington, Seattle. Bilge Bekdüz and Dominik Andrzejewski were awarded with a Best Poster Award for their posters Graphene growth at low temperatures via chemical vapor deposition and Impact of MOCVD parameters on crystallinity and photoluminescence efficiency in MoS2 monolayers.

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UDE researchers win LED Professional Science Award for their “Large-area white light-emission”

[28.09.2017] Dr. Ekaterina Nannen and Julia Frohleiks, who work in the junior research group “Solid State Lighting” at the “Electronic Materials and Nanostructures” group at the University of Duisburg-Essen, combined for the first time yellow LECs with blue light-emitting quantum dots. Quantum dots are colloidal nanostructures with a size of only 5 nanometers, which have exceptional physical and optical properties. The hybrid QD-LEC devices show stable white light emission while maintaining all benefits which are typical for LECs.

For this “remarkable degree of novelty”, the group was awarded with the “LED Professional Science Award” at the leading international lighting technologies event in Bregenz (Austria). The selection committee certifies the results to have a “significant impact on future research and development”.

Nanostructures for innovative lighting

[25.10.2016] Lighting-up a bag‘s interior or illuminating joggers from the darkness: Light-emitting electrochemical cells, LECs, provide significant benefits compared to the well-known LEDs, although appropriate light is still lacking. Up to now, only yellow light-emitting LECs are suitable for application, for white light at least one more color component is necessary. Researchers from the Center for Nanointegration (CENIDE) at University Duisburg-Essen (UDE) were for the first time able to modify specifically the emission color and improve the device performance of the LEC at the same time.

Julia Frohleiks, PHD student in the junior research group of Dr. Ekaterina Nannen, based her idea on semiconducting quantum dots, tiny structures which allow for quantum effects.

Digital Doping of tiny Nanocluster consisting of only 26 atoms

[24.08.2016] Doping of semiconductors (i.e. the intentional incorporation of impurity atoms) allows the precise tuning of the electrical and optical properties, representing the basis of the entire field of micro- and optoelectronics. Upon further reduction of the dimensions approaching the nanometer scale, doping becomes more and more challenging. Reaching the ultimate limit the question occurs, weather single dopants can generate new functionalities – the cutting-edge research area called “Solotronic”.  Recently, scientists from the “Electronic Materials and Nanostructures”-group at the University of Duisburg-Essen together with Co-workers from the Soul National University have successfully proven that a single magnetic dopant in tiny nanoclusters – built up of only 26 atoms – generates a pronounced magneto- optical response.