Synthesis and characterisation of materials
Developing new synthesis methods for the efficient creation of new and known organic and inorganic matter. The main lines of research encompassed by this spearhead involve the development of new synthesis methods through homogeneous catalysis and the creation of functionalised porous inorganic oxide materials. An important aspect of the research is sustainability, in terms of both the synthesis methods developed and the materials themselves. This latter point also ties in with studying the growth of thin films using computer simulations and the modelling of plasma catalysis (conversion and synthesis of molecules through plasma).
Using experimental and computational techniques to characterise the static (geometric parameters on various length scales, electronic, vibrational and other energy states, etc.) and dynamic (various time scales) properties of the materials and obtain deeper insight into their properties and the causes behind various (bio)chemical physical and physical (bio)chemical phenomena. The spectroscopic and spectrometric techniques used cover almost the entire electromagnetic spectrum, with typical applications in X-rays, UV-Vis spectroscopy (including raman and other laser spectroscopic technology), infrared, microwave and radiowave (NMR) spectrometry and various forms of mass spectrometry.