News from the Physics Department
Scientists pair up two stars from the world of chemistry
2016-09-30 – Many scientists consider graphene to be a wonder material. Now, a team of researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has succeeded in linking graphene with another important chemical group, the porphyrins. Porphyrins are well-known because of their striking functional properties which for example play a central role in chlorophyll during photosynthesis. These new hybrid structures could also be used in the field of molecular electronics, catalysis or even as sensors.
Tiny works of art with great potential
2016-07-14 – Unlike classical crystals, quasicrystals do not comprise periodic units, even though they do have a superordinate structure. The formation of the fascinating mosaics that they produce is barely understood. In the context of an international collaborative effort, researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now presented a methodology that allows the production of two-dimensional quasicrystals from metal organic networks, opening the door to the development of promising new materials.
Hans Fischer Prize for Willi Auwärter
2015-11-09 – Professor Willi Auwärter has been awarded the Hans Fischer memorial prize for is excellent research on “nano chemistry of porphyrins at surfaces”. Willi Auwärter and his research group at the Physik-Department of Technische Universität München study properties of biological molecules and such inspired by biological function.