Department Chemistry of Oxidic and Organic Interfaces

On the track of the properties of organic & inorganic surfaces


Surfaces of food, wood and textiles are examples of the daily contact to which the consumer has the highest demands. Whether it is the compatibility of contact lenses, the growth of mussels on ship hulls or surface enlargement in catalysis, in all cases the properties of surfaces play a decisive role.

In order to better understand surface properties, well-defined model systems (self-assembling monolayers (SAMs)/metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are required, on which physicochemical properties, chemical activity and physical properties can be investigated and precisely determined using technical analysis methods.



Working groups

  Competence/ Field of activity

Surface spark. and-structuring
Dr. Hartmut Gliemann

Chemical surface modification, AFM- and micro contact stamp-based structuring techniques

Dynamic processes in porous systems
Dr. Lars Heinke

Mass transport, adsorption and diffusion, dynamic processes and structural changes in nanoporous films

Porous Membranes and Sensor Materials

Dr. Alexander Knebel

Design and synthesis of MOF, COF and polymer-composite thin films for separation and sensor applications

Dr. Manuel Tsotsalas

Production/characterization of organic networks and their use as biologically 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

SURMOF based materials for technical applications

Dr. Tawheed Hashem

Synthesis and development of different MOF's to open up various techniques and applications

Surface Catalysis 

Dr. Yuemin Wang

Structure and reactivity of metal oxides and metal organic framework structures (MOFs)

Vibration spectroscopy

Stefan Heißler

Surface analysis, IR and Raman microscopy, photoacoustic spectroscopy

X-ray and electron spectroscopy at interfaces
Dr. Alexei Nefedov

Analysis of the electronic structure of organic adsorbates on metal and metal oxide surfaces
Dr. Peter Weidler
Structure determination with X-ray diffraction; UV/VIS/NIR diffraction with different angles of incidence
Dr. Alexander Welle
Mass spectrometry, imaging and depth profiling of organic and inorganic samples

Solid state chemistry of framework compounds

Dr. Frederik Haase



Main research topics


  • Self-assembling monolayers (SAMs)


  • Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)


  • Surface Characterization


  • Surface Modification



Further Information


article: Thin Films - Customized Organic Surfaces