Nano and Energy Research
At present the faculty is undertaking great efforts to expand further the interdisciplinary core research area “Nano and Energy Research”. Issues are nanoscopic and molecular principles of energy conversion as well as new concepts in energy storage. This research field originates in the extended studies to renewable energy and material science that have a long tradition at our university. Especially groups working on solar and wind energy are since many years well established internationally and extremely successful (J. Parisi, C. Agert, J. Peinke, M. Kühn). In the near future the faculty will fill an additional professorship in the department of Physics in a manner that provides the experimental groups in the field of Nano and Energy Research with the necessary theoretical background.
Within this core research area we see four subdivisions:
- Subdivision A: Chemical Activation of Bonds
- Subdivision B: Nano Optics
- Subdivision C: Electrochemistry and Interfaces
- Subdivision D: Energy Research and Grid Integration
This subdivision is supported by the Department of Chemistry; the issues of chemical elementary processes (Bond Activation Processes) in the homogeneous phase and at interfaces are studied. The focus lies on the fundamental principles of energy storage in hardly reacting chemical compounds on molecular level and on designing new energy efficient chemical processes. Together with those experimental groups that have been appointed during the last few years (J. Christoffers, S. Doye, T. Müller) the department managed to form the basis for a long lasting development of this research field. This collaboration consolidated and led to successful research grants funded by DFG (German Research Foundation) for example for the groups R. Beckhaus/S. Doye und J. Christoffers/M. Wickleder. The future plans of the department aim for an even stronger coherence of the research issues.