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Materials and Processes for Energy and Transport Technologies

Functional materials, including thin-film and organic solar cells, organic light emitting diodes, printed electronics, batteries, cementitious materials, catalysts, lightweight materials for automotive applications, and materials for photo-electrochemical water cleavage.

Study of technologically-relevant processes, for example in multiphase fluids, injection moulding. Strain and damage propagation mechanisms in light-weight metals and alloys.




Nanoscience and Materials for Information Technologies

Defect recognition and damage & strain analysis in microelectronic materials, wafers, interconnects, devices, and microsystems during processing and operation

  • Functional and strain-engineered thin films
  • Laser-deposited ferroic films, sputtered hard coatings and multilayers, thermoelectric materials
  • Laser processing and synthesis
  • Laser processing of surfaces, laser-based synthesis
  • Dynamics of rare-earth oxide films and nanostructures, Semiconductor nanostructures, III-V MBE growth
  • Thin film and nanostructure growth technologies (PLD, MBE, Sputtering, MOVPE)
  • Real structure of III-V photonic devices, hard coatings, dynamics of RE oxide films

Life Science Imaging

Biological X-ray imaging at IPS centres on methodological development and application of real-time in vivo, hierarchical, and correlated imaging of complete organisms, tissues, cells and scaffolds.

Methodological and computational research focuses on:

  • near-field and far-field image reconstruction and simulation, phase-recovery algorithms
  • dose-minimisation methods
  • ultra-fast 3D digitization of large sample collections
  • optics development (Bragg magnifiers)