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13.02.2020

WORKSHOP & INAUGURATION EVENT! "Gas Physisorption for the Advanced Characterization on Nanopores", Febrauary 13th 2020, 13:30 - 18:00

Im Rahmen der Infrastrukturinitiative des Rektorats 2019 wurde von einem Konsortium bestehend aus dem Institut für Physik, dem Lehrstuhl für Funktionale Werkstoffe und Werkstoffsysteme und dem Lehrstuhl für Reservoir Engineering ein hochauflösendes Gas-Adsorptionsgerät zur Charakterisierung von Nanoporen angeschafft.

Dieses Gerät erlaubt es, poröse Materialien bis in den Sub-Nanometerbereich umfassend bezüglich Porenvolumina, spezifischer Porenoberflächen und Porengrößenverteilungen zu charakterisieren.
Damit wird die methodische Vielfalt im Bereich der Charakterisierung von Nanosystemen an der MUL um eine weitere spannende Facette erweitert.

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13.11.2019

Using In Situ Anomalous Small-Angle X-ray Scattering to Analyze Ion-Specific Structural Changes in Supercapacitors

In a new paper published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, we introduced in situ anomalous small-angle X-ray scattering (ASAXS) as a unique method to extract both real-time structural and ion-specific chemical information from one single experiment.

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06.11.2019

Inside-back cover of Advanced Functional Materials

Our recent publication on 2D materials/organic semiconductors hybrid heterostructures is featured as an inside-back cover of Advanced Functional Materials, Volume29, Issue43.

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06.11.2019

Publication on 2D materials/organic semiconductor hybrids in Advanced Functional Materials

A consortium between Institute of Physics Montanuniversität Leoben, Aix Marseille University, and Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz demonstrated for the first time light- and polarization-controlled charge propagation and switching between nonconductive and conductive states in networks of self-assembled and self-aligned organic nanostructures on hexagonal boron nitride.

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16.09.2019

Adsorption-Induced Deformation in Silica studied by In Situ Small-Angle Neutron Scattering

Using In Situ Small-Angle Neutron Scattering while adsorbing a zero scattering length density adsorbate allowed us to quantitatively measure adsorption-induced deformation of ordered meso-/microporous materials.

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18.07.2019

Nanofibers versus Nanopores

The electrochemical Performance of a supercapacitor strongly depends on the pore structure of the electrode material. We have investigated the influence of the mesopore structure on the capacitance for elevated charging and discharging rates.

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01.07.2019

Pore Size Distribution from SAXS and Gas Sorption Analysis: A Compariscon

New paper published in Carbon: From real space pore structures, derived from small-angle X-ray scattering, a pore size distribution of activated carbon materials was calculated and compared to results obtained from gas sorption analysis. Additionally, it was shown that the often used slit pore assumption narrows the actual pore size distribution.

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01.07.2019

Ultrathin hexagonal boron nitride is an ideal substrate for the fabrication of high quality organic crystalline thin films and devices with maximized performance.

The use of hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) as ultra-smooth, weakly interacting van der Waals substrate for organic thin film growth and self-organization is an active area of research. hBN effectively decouples the adsorbed species from the support making intrinsic material’s properties visible which would otherwise be masked by the strong surface-adsorbate interaction. Thus, new insights in fundamental aspects of intermolecular interaction, self-assembly, electronic structure or chemical reactions are possible.

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15.05.2019

Visualization of different domains in bulk heterojunction solar cells by atomic force microscopy

In cooperation with scientists of the National Academy of Sciences of the Ukraine and Slovakia we have demonstrated that differently doped atomic force microscopy probes can be used a submicrometer electrodes to probe and discriminate different semiconductor domains in CdS/Kesterite bulk heterojunction solar cells.

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29.01.2019

Copper surfaces influence the growth of copper oxide nanowires

Scientists of the Material Center Leoben, the Department of Material Physics of the Montanuniversitaet Leoben, and Gerhard Popovski of the Institute of Physics have shown that different copper surfaces will influence the growth of copper oxide nanowires. Small copper grains and high surface roughness promote the growth of these important structures, which are used for example in solar cells or sensors.

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22.01.2019

The Shape of Nanocrystals Influences their Optical Performance: Revealed in an open access article in Frontiers of Chemistry

Scientists from the Institute of Physics together with colleagues of the ETH Zürich as well as the ESRF in Grenoble showed recently that the crystal structure of core/shell CdSe/CdS nanocrystals (3.5 -14 nm) influences the particle shape. The particle shape again directly influences the photoluminescence (PL) quantum yield: The “larger”, strongly faceted nanocrystals with dimensions of up to 14 nm and aspect ratios of around 1.7 show the lowest PL output. These results were only possible with combined scattering (anomalous SAXS) and diffraction (WAXS) experiments at the synchrotron ESRF.

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