Impressions from our most recent experimental synchrotron run at ESRF, Grenoble.

Study on the use of mesoporous silicon as a template for metallic copper and semiconducting cuprous oxide deposition published in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society.


Anke mit Hut

Hut Nahansicht

Anke Henschel proudly presents her mortarboard from her PhD graduation.


18.12.2009 Christmas & Spicy Wine Hike
on the Panoroma Path (Perl, Saarland)

We enjoyed a beautiful hike on the Panorama path close to the border triangle Luxembourg-France-Germany (Perl, Saarland). Our traditional spicy wine break ("Glühweinschwenken") along with the sunny weather made even the quite low temperatures bearable. Press thumbnails to see more pictures of the trip or check Outings to see pictures from previous Christmas hikes.

Ever heard of „surface freezing“ and its romantic background? This phenomenon,
which arguably constitutes one of the most simple molecular self-assembly processes in nature, refers to the spontaneous formation of a microscopically thin, crystalline layer floating on top of the melt close to, but above the freezing temperature of the bulk liquid. Capillary filling experiments on molten wax in tiny pores (only a few nanometers across), published today in Physical Review Letters, testify that this collective orientational molecular ordering is also observable at advancing, highly curved liquid menisci self-propelled by capillarity in silica pores. There you may call it “meniscus freezing” and it significantly affects the imbibition dynamics in the mesoporous matrix.