FB Physik
| WS 2022/23

Department colloquia

  • 03.11.2022     PD Dr. Jens Soltwisch                          Antrittsvorlesung


    Mass spectrometry imaging - developing new tools for the life sciences

    Mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) combines the strength of mass spectrometry, to decipher the molecular composition of a sample, with spatial information. For this, the sample is analyzed in a pre-defined raster using a finely focused probe such as laser light or a beam of primary ions, recording a mass spectrum at every pixel. Post processing results in signal intensity distributions that can be reconstructed for every recorded ion species. In the life sciences, typical samples, such as tissue sections, are notoriously complex in their molecular make-up and the concentration of molecules of interest may vary over orders of magnitude. To investigate the full depth of this complexity, instrumentation has to provide high yields of ionization on the one hand and sensitive and highly resolving mass spectrometers on the other. In addition, many of the analyzed molecules are prone to thermal degradation, hampering their intact ionization and transfer to the gas phase.

    Altogether, these prerequisites make the development of MSI equipment multifaceted and challenging. A successful advancement of the technique, therefore, relies on a thorough knowledge of the underlying physical and chemical processes and mechanisms. In his regard, fundamental research helps to identify and understand limitations and shortcomings of the employed techniques and may reveal new approaches to yet unsolved problems. The lecture will include a short introduction to the diverse approaches to MSI in the life sciences and present examples where a deeper understanding of fundamental mechanisms has helped to improve the analytical capabilities of different techniques in MSI.

  • 10.11.2022     Prof. Zdenek Sofer


    Layered materials beyond graphene

    Beyond graphene, which is intensively studied over more than one decade, the other related materials remain almost unexplored. The research activities in the field of other layered materials like phosphorene, arsenene, silicene and germanene are rapidly growing in the last few years. Compare to graphene, all these materials are non-zero band-gap semiconductors. This property opens new application possibilities in electronic and optoelectronic devices. The properties of 2D materials can be further controlled by their functionalization. The chemistry of materials beyond graphene is none explored and shows high application potential in many fields. In addition also the methods of crystal growth and applications of 2D materials from group of chalcogens, halogens, thiophosphates and halogen-chalcogen will be presented.

    Zdenek Sofer is a professor at the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague since 2019. He received his PhD also at University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Czech Republic, in 2008. During his PhD he spent one year in Forschungszentrum Julich (Peter Grünberg Institute, Germany) and also one postdoctoral stay at University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Research interests of prof. Sofer concerning on 2D based materials covering graphene, pnictogens, silicene, layered chalcogenides and other 2D nanomaterials, its chemical modifications and various applications covering electrocatalysis, gas separation and energy storage. Currently prof. Z. Sofer act as an associated editor of FlatChem Journal. He published over 560 articles, which received over 22 000 citations (h-index of 73).








  • 01.12.2022      CRC 1459 Colloquium         Center for Soft Nanoscience, 15 Uhr

    Ort: Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN), Busso-Peus-Str. 10                                                                             

    Crc 1459 Colloquium Poster 01.12.2022 Final

    Abstract Book Crc Fall Colloquium 2022

    Juliane Simmchen, TU Dresden

    How Smart Does a Material Have to Be to Mimic Biological Behaviours?

    Michael Giese, Univ. Duisburg-Essen

    Employing the Dynamics of Chemical Bonds for Functional Materials



  • 08.12.2022      Dr. Nicolae Atodiresei


    The Magic of Interfaces: Organic Molecules and 2D System Adsorbed on Metals and Magnetic Substrates

    Theoretical simulations based on the density functional theory provide a framework with predictive power that can be used to describe hybrid materials in a realistic manner. In this respect, ab initio studies elucidate how the subtle interplay between the electrostatic, the weak van der Waals and the strong chemical interactions determine the geometric, electronic and magnetic structure of hybrid interfaces formed between organic molecules and 2D materials with metallic and magnetic substrates. More precisely, the interaction between the π-like electronic cloud of organic materials or the lone electron pairs of the 2D systems with the magnetic states of a metal influences the (i) spin-polarization, (ii) magnetic exchange coupling, (iii) magnetic moments and (iv) their orientation at the hybrid interfaces. I will briefly summarize how first-principles calculations (i) provide the basic insights needed to interpret surface-science experiments and most importantly (ii) represent a key tool to design novel materials.

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    βens et al., Nat. Commun. 8, 15367 (2017); [9] V. Caciuc et. Al, Phys. Rev. Mat. 3, 094002 (2019); [10] M. Bosnar et al., Phys. Rev. B 102, 115427 (2020); [11] S. Kraus et al., Phys. Rev. B 105, 165405 (2022); [12] S. Kraus et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 144, 11003 (2022)

  • 15.12.2022      Prof. Saskia Fischer    


    Why size matters: Charge and heat transfer in electronic materials

    Understanding of charge and heat transfer in electronic materials is important for developing routes, both, for energy materials such as solar cells, batteries, low- and high-power electronics as well for future quantum electronic applications. In particular, dimensionality and size control may be advantageously introduced into material and device design. Commonly, charge and heat flow are considered to be well-understood by taking into account established transport material parameters for the bulk, such as the electrical and thermal conductivity. However, considerable deviations in electron-phonon and phonon-phonon interactions may occur when surfaces and interfaces effects come into play. Examples of the influence of size effects on material parameters will be given. Challenges for measurement techniques at the nanoscale will be discussed and recent progress demonstrated.

  • 22.12.2022

  • 12.01.2023      Prof. Kathy Lüdge


    Optimizing photonic reservoir computing with delay

    Reservoir computing (RC) is a machine learning scheme that can be implemented in hardware, specifically with optical devices. Compared to deep neural networks, the RC paradigm has a much more efficient training procedure, one linear regression step on the output layer, and thus physical systems like a laser with an optical feedback loop and time-multiplexed input can be trained to solve complex time-series prediction tasks. The RC computing performance, however, depends on properly adjusted timescales of the physical system response which vary with the chosen task.

    We present ways to improve the performance of delay-based RC systems via internal delay-time tuning. Furthermore, the analytic connection between the information processing capacity of a RC system and the linear system response of the underlying physical system will be clarified and the possibilities to predict parameters for good performance based on the memory of the reservoir will be explored.

  • 19.01.2023      Prof. Paulina Plochocka

  • 26.01.2023      PD Dr. Saeed Amirjalayer                         

  • 02.02.2023      Prof. Kurt Aulenbacher


    Highly spin polarized electron beams for scattering experiments in particle physics

    Semiconductor superlattice structures play a vital role in many opto-electronic devices. An important application in physics research is production of high intensity spin polarized beams from negative electron affinity photocathodes.

    The new electron accelerator MESA (Mainz Energy-recovering Superconducting Accelerator) will use such a beam for high-precision measurements. The P2-experiment at MESA aims at an accurate determination of the electroweak mixing angle at low momentum transfer. P2 will require a >85% longitudinally spin polarized beam with an intensity of 150 microamperes for a runtime of 10000 hours. The average beam polarization has to be measured with less than 1% accuracy. During the talk, special emphasis will be directed to the challenges to photocathode physics this implies.