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Pt/Ir nanotubes

Micrograph: Licklederer

Surface chemistry and preparative methods

We develop molecular surface chemistry towards novel atomic layer deposition (ALD) reactions and processes, we combine it with electrochemical techniques to create original, complex nanostructures with well-defined geometry and tunable structural parameters.

J. Mater. Chem. A2019 ,7, 25112-25119
Nanoscale 2018, 10, 8385-8390
ACS Omega2018, 3, 2602-2608
ECS J. Solid State Sci. Technol.2017, 6, N171-N175
Langmuir2017, 33, 8289-8294
Nano Lett.2015, 15, 6379-6385
Rev. Sci. Instrum. 2015, 86, 073902

Electrode surfaces

ChemElectroChem 2018 issue 9 cover

ChemElectroChem cover (RSC)

We investigate systematically how increases in the specific surface area of a nanoporous electrode are reflected in the current density.

ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2019, 2, 2344-2349
Adv. Mater. Interfaces 2018, 1801432
ChemElectroChem 2018, 5, 1259-1264
ChemSusChem
2017, 10, 3644-3651
Nanotechnol. 2017, 28, 065405
J. Mater. Chem. A 2016, 4, 6487-6494
ChemSusChem 2016, 9, 1424-1432
ChemCatChem 2015, 7, 2455-2459
Dalton Trans. 2014, 43, 4345-4350

Photovoltaics

Ignacio's ETA solar cell cross-section

Micrograph: Minguez Bacho

We study how the efficiency of ‘extremely thin absorber’ (ETA) solar cells is affected by the thickness of the light absorbing layer and the other geometric parameters of the nanostructured semiconductor junction.

RSC Adv. 2020, 10, 28225-28231
ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2019,, 2, 8747-8746
J. Mater. Chem. A
2015, 3, 5971-5981
Energy Environ. Sci.
2013, 6, 67-71

Magnetism

Research Prof. Dr. Bachmann (Image: Julien Bachmann)

Image: Bochmann

We create ordered arrays of elongated magnetic nanostructures for data storage application. By introducing structural irregularities along the axis of the structures, we aim to be able to store, read and write many bits of information per object.

Phys. Rev. Lett. 2019, 123, 217201
Appl. Phys. Lett.
2018, 112, 242403
RSC Advances 2017, 7, 37627-37635
Phys. Rev. B 2015, 95, 144428

We are involved in organizing the International Workshop on Magnetic Nanowires and Tubes in 2021.

Battery materials

We apply our nanostructuring methods to the generation of lithium ion battery materials in which short ion transport distances within the solid and a high degree of porosity allow for fast charge and discharge, non-destructive volume changes, and high durability.

Nanoscale Adv. 2020, accepted
Powder Technol. 2020, 363, 218-231
Adv. Powder Technol. 2019, 30, 3127-3134