About us

Over the last few years, we have been wittnessing a continuously increasing interest of many scientific disciplines to ‚blend’ their fields of expertise and to merge their capabilities aiming toward novel materials, devices, and technologies that might be of future relevance or help to answer fundamental questions in live sciences. For instance, recent progress in the measurement, modeling, and manipulation of matter and phenomena at the scale of 1-100 nanometers has the potential to revolutionize information processing, data storage, sensors, power generation, materials, environment, robotics, and medicine. Successful development of nanotechnology requires integration of many different fields.

In our institute (chair for experimental physics, EP1), we are investigating such symbiotic systems: The combination of material science, semiconductor physics, microelectronics, photonics nanotechnology, chemistry, biology and medicine is explored to gain new insight, and to result in novel devices. For instance, ‚classical‘ photonic devices like semiconductor quantum wells can be converted into a photonic memory by adding a lateral potential landscape in form of a ‚nanoquake on a chip‘.

To realize modern nanostructures and -hybrid systems, we run a cleanroom lab containing all the necessary equipment.

  Nanotechnology can be used for research in materials science, physics, chemistry, biology and medicine. Actually, the combination of these different disciplines results in novel fields of research, which sounded unbelievable only a few years ago. The coalescence of physics, medicine and biology reveals highly relevant topics, like blood clotting processes or the interaction of nano scale particles with human cells that are elucidated employing physical model systems. As an example, we are investigating and fabricating so-called biochips: tiny little labs in which even complex biological and chemical experiments and assays can be performed in a programmable and computer controlled fashion.

As member of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state government we are closely cooperating with different industrial partners and academic institutions worldwide. Our research is generously funded by various national and international funding agencies to provide the necessary environments.

“Physics and technology of semiconductor devices“, “Nanostructures and -physics“, “Electronics for physicists and material scientists“ and “Biophysics and Biomaterials” are some typical headlines of our teaching offers. In specialized seminars and workshops, we try to provide our students all the necessary fun and education to join our fascinating nanoworld.