Chair of Physics

The Chair of Physics has a long research tradition in the fields of nanostructured functional materials, surface science, and electrical transport in semiconductors. Examples of actual core research topics include nanoporous materials for energy storage, surface nanostructures and two-dimensional electronics . The key competences are in advanced experimental nanostructure characterization (X-ray and neutron scattering, scanning probe microscopy) and fabrication (nanoporous carbons, 2D heterostacks, and organic nanostructures). Members of the Institute regularly conduct experiments at international large-scale research facilities for synchrotron radiation or neutrons.
Teaching duties of the Chair include basic physics courses for all Bachelor study programs and advanced courses on materials for electronics and physics of functional materials for Bachelor and Master programs in Materials Science .




NaNaX 10 '23

Rainer T. Lechner presented his results on x-ray characterisation of colloidal nanocrystals with a talk and a poster at the international conference NaNaX 10-Nanoscience with Nanocrystals. This traditional bi-annual conference brought international experts from all over the world to ISTA in Klosterneuburg from July 3-7, 2023.

Graphene Week '23

Graphene Week 2023, hosted by the Graphene Flagship, took place in Gothenburg, Sweden, from 04 - 08 September, 2023. The mission of the Graphene Flagship is to unite both academic and industrial researchers with the goal of transitioning graphene from academic laboratories into society. This endeavor aims to foster economic expansion, create fresh employment opportunities, and open up novel prospects. In addition, the 2D-Experimental Pilot Line project is working within the Graphene Flagship, to establish an ecosystem for integrated 2D materials in the semiconductor industry. The ultimate goal is to harness these materials for applications as CMOS readout integrated sensors, Hall sensors, photodetctors and GFETs based bio/chemical sensors.

2nd Symposium on Hydrogen and Carbon

The 2nd Symposium on Hydrogen and Carbon (H2-C), organized by Robert Obernaus-Emler (Resources Innovation Center) and the Rectorate of the Montanuniversität Leoben within the frame of the Strategic Core Research Area (SCoReA+) Hydrogen & Carbon, took place on July 10th – 11th at CCD of Voestalpine Donawitz in Leoben. Sebastain Stock delivered a talk, while Max Rauscher and Malina Seyffertitz presented their findings through posters to an audience of approximately 100 participants from Montanuniversität Leoben as well as industrial partners such as Voestalpine, RAG and OMV.

Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry and Physics of Liquids in Holderness, New Hampshire (USA)

From July 29th to August 4th, Malina Seyffertitz took part in the Gordon Research Seminar and Conference ( held in Holderness, New Hampshire (USA). During this event, she shared her latest research findings on "Investigating Aqueous Electrolytes in Nanoconfinement at Charged Interfaces Using In-Situ Small Angle X-Ray Scattering (SAXS) and Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS)" through a poster presentation. The conference served as a valuable forum for scientific discourse and the interchange of ideas, fostering opportunities for potential future collaborations.


The ‘’ Focused Ion Technology for Nanomaterials -"FIT4NANO’’ workshop occurred in Lisbon, Portugal between July 17th and 19th 2023 with primary objective of establishing a platform to enable new applications of Focused Ion Beam (FIB) techniques in structuring functional materials at nanoscale. MSc Zubair Khan presented a talk on the topic of "Engineering magnetism in two-dimensional phyllosilicates via ion implantation".2D_Mat_Lab

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