Department of Chemistry of Oxidic and Organic Interfaces

Tracking down the properties of organic & inorganic surfaces


Surfaces of foodstuffs, woods and textiles are examples of everyday contact that consumers demand the highest standards of. Whether it is the compatibility of contact lenses, the growth of mussels on ship hulls or the surface enlargement in catalysis, in all cases the properties of surfaces play a decisive role.

In order to better understand the properties of surfaces, 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 researched and precisely determined using technical analysis methods.



Working groups

  Competence/ Field of activity

Surface functionalization and structuring
Dr. Hartmut Gliemann

Chemical surface modification, AFM- and microcontact 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

Dr. Manuel Tsotsalas

Fabrication/characterization of organic networks and their use as biologically active substrates

SURMOF based materials for technical applications

Dr. Tawheed Hashem

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


Surface catalysis

Dr. Yuemin Wang


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

Photo-electro catalysis and surface science of metal oxides

Prof. Dr. Hicham Idriss


Vibrational 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 var. angles of incidence
Dr. Alexander Welle
Mass spectrometry, imaging and depth profiling of organic and inorganic samples


Research focus


  • Self-assembling monolayers (SAMs)


  • Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)


  • Surface characterization


  • Surface modification



Further information


Article: Thin Films - Tailored Organic Surfaces