DFG extends funding period for the Research Training Group “In situ microscopy with electrons, X-rays and scanning probes”
Nanomaterials play a key role in modern materials research, due to their size dependent physical properties. In order to better understand this, the young scientists of the doctoral program GRK 1896 “In situ microscopy with electrons, X-rays and scanning probes” around EAM member Prof. Erdmann Spiecker have been developing novel microscopy and analysis methods quite successful already in the first funding period. The German Research Foundation (DFG) has now extended the funding of the Research Training Group for a further four and a half years, providing more than five million euros in funding.
The newly developed investigation methods should make it possible to test nanomaterials on the smallest scale. For this, the researchers expose the nanomaterials to external stimulus (including forces, temperature, electric field, etc.) and observe their reactions in real (and/or reciprocal) space in real time. This is realized utilizing the large-scale equipments in Center for Nanoanalysis and Electron Microscopy (CENEM), which as one of FAU’s interdisciplinary centers is featuring cutting-edge instrumentation, techniques and expertise required for microscopic and analytical characterization of materials and devices down to the atomic scale.