The Semiconductor Nanostructures group focuses on basic materials research for the conversion of light into other forms of energy in the context of renewable energies, sensor technology and photo-powered hydrogen generation. The organic, inorganic or hybrid photonic nanomaterials used for this purpose can be tailored in their dimensionality and structure using top-down or bottom-up processes. Thus, model systems for basic research and novel properties can be produced, especially for the development of innovative application concepts.
The research topics of the group are located at the interface between surface chemistry and analytics, photovoltaics, solid state physics and nanotechnology. The interactions between matter and light and ultrasound are in the foreground. For this research the group has at its disposal a series of top-down and bottom-up methods as well as various Langmuir-Blodgett methods and (in situ) spectroscopies.
The broad application spectrum of the Semiconductor Nanostructures group addresses in particular issues in the fields of (bio)sensor technology, renewable energy and medicine.