Dr. Florian Maier, Akad. Dir.

Logo Researcher ID Researcher ID: M-4501-2013 ORCID: 0000-0001-9725-8961


  • Ultrathin metal layers on metals and oxides
  • Ultrathin oxide layers on metals and oxides
  • Surfaces formed by redoxactiv porphyrine layers
  • since 2005 Ionic Liquid Surface and Interface Science:

    The group lead by Prof. Hans-Peter Steinrück and Florian Maier pioneered the research area of Ionic Liquid Surface Science addressing the liquid/vacuum and liquid/solid interface of ionic liquids (ILs). Using an interdisciplinary approach, in cooperation with the synthetically oriented group of Prof. Peter Wasserscheid, the fundamental relations between the chemical structure of known and new ILs and their bulk and surface/interface properties as well as their reactivity are studied. In the focus are non-functionalized and functionalized ILs, mixtures of ILs, transition metal complexes dissolved in ILs, in situ reaction studies and the interaction of gases and organic molecules with ILs (see publication list). The studies benefit from the extremely low vapor pressure of most ILs, which enables their investigation with surface science methods in ultra-high vacuum, in particular with angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ARXPS). The most recent work is funded by an ERC Advanced Grant since 2016.


  • Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS, ARXPS, UPS, ARUPS)
  • Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED)
  • Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM)
  • Thermal Desorption Spectroscopy (TDS)
  • Molecular beam techniques


  • Physical Chemistry practical courses (intermediate and advanced course)
  • Physical Chemistry tutorials
  • in charge for pysical chemistry courses for grammar school (Gymnasium) teacher

see also courses of the current semester at UNIVIS

see also teaching materials at StudOn