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Head of Department


Dr. Hartmut Gliemann

Research ID ResearcherID


Head of Department

Dr. Peter G. Weidler



Peptid-Based SAMs
Angewandte Chemie
CO2 Activation

Chemistry of oxydic and organic Interfaces



Hot on the trail of organic & anorganic surface properties


The daily contact of consumers with surfaces like ones of food, wood, textiles requires that the quality of such surfaces be of highest importance.

Whether it concerns the safety of contact lenses, the growth of mussels on boat hulls, or comes to the increase of surface area in catalysis, in all cases, the properties of surfaces play a crucial role.

In order to understand the properties of surfaces better, good model systems (like Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs)/metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)) are required on which physical, chemical properties can be accurately determined using technical analysis methods.



Research groups

  Expertise/Scope of Duties

Surface Functionalization and Structuring
Dr. Hartmut Gliemann

Chemical surface modification, AFM and microcontact printing based surface structuring techniques

Dynamic Processes in Porous Films
Dr. Lars Heinke
Mass transfer, adsorption and diffusion, dynamic processes and structure transformations in nanoporous films
Porous Membranes and Sensor Materials
Dr. Alexander Knebel

Design and synthesis of MOF, COF and polymer-composite thin films and sensors

Dr. Manuel Tsotsalas

Synthesis/characterization of organic networks and their application as bio-active substrates

SURMOFs for Optoelectronics
Dr. Ritesh Haldar
Exciton coupling and transport in metal-organic thin films; charge separated states and light harvesting in crystalline thin films

SURMOFs Modified Materials for Technical Applications

Dr. Tawheed Hashem


Surface Catalysis                 Dr. Yuemin Wang

Structure and reactivity of metal oxides and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)

                          Expertise/Scope of Duties
Vibrational                       Spectroscopy
Stefan Heißler
Surface analysis, IR- und Raman-Imaging, Photoacoustic spectroscopy

X-Ray and Electron       Spectroscopy at                 Interfaces
Dr. Alexei Nefedov

Analysis of electr. structures of organic sorbates on metal/metal-oxide surfaces on thin organic films
Dr. Peter Weidler

Structure determination by X-ray diffraction; Multiangle diffraction of UV/VIS/NIR radiation

Dr. Alex Welle

Mass spectrometry of surfaces, imaging, and depth profiling of organic and inorganic samples



key aspects of research


  • Self-assembed monolayers (SAMs)
  • Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)    
  • Surface characterization
  • Surface modification