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Our team is working on advanced microscopic and spectroscopic methods for the analysis of micro- and nanostructural properties of materials at the dimensions bridging macro down to atomic scale. The goal of our work is to facilitate a quantitative understanding of the relationship between fabrication (engineering), structure, and properties of materials. Our research topics span over functional materials, nano-structures, interfaces, and thin film systems.

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Just in time for Advent, the stars arrange themselves in a highly symmetrical pattern. The beautiful picture was actually created using electron diffraction, with the electron beam transmitting through a thin PbS film grown epitaxially on a TiS2 substrate. While the six-fold symmetry of the substr...

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Graphite, a versatile material. On the one hand it is used in daily life as pencil, on the other hand graphene with its remarkable properties can be produced by cleaving graphite. This scanning electron microcopy image shows the beautiful structure of graphite, which consists of only one element, ca...

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This 3D rendering in ‘golden October’ color scheme displays an electron tomographic reconstruction of a porous hematite particle synthesized by Monica Distaso from the Institute of Particle Technology at FAU. In this study, mesocrystals were used as effective precursors to design nanoreactors with ...

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The "Olympics" microscopy, the 20th International Microscopy Congress (IMC20), took place last 10-15.September in Busan, South Korea, after being postponed by a year due to the pandemic. Over 3,000 people attended the grand event. We have met long-lost colleagues and friends during this congress and...

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This month’s image shows the crystal structure of a cobalt-base superalloy at atomic resolution (image width: 12 nm) recorded using scanning transmission electron microscopy. Superalloys of this type are produced to withstand extreme environments with temperatures above 1000 °C. In the image, you ca...

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