Patrick mastered a three-stage disputation marathon within one week - Matthias and Simon successfully finished their PhD!

from left to right: Matthias Wolff, René Berwanger, and Simon GruenerMatthias Wolff, René Berwanger, and Simon Gruener (f.l.t.r.) proudly present their mortarboards from their PhD graduation. Congratulations!

Theses and disputation talks are available online!

Pure alcohol (ethanol) exhibits polymorphism: Depending on the cooling rate it solidifies in a crystalline, orientational glass or structural glass state. As we report in Philosophical Magazine Letters this polymorphism is conserved upon geometric nano-confinement in tiny channels, a few nanometers across. However, the critical cooling rates, necessary in order to achieve the glassy phases, are two orders of magnitude smaller than in the bulk state. A pdf-copy of the manuscript can be found here.

Phase diagram of ethanol (bulk).

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

Homepage of TemplDisco, a project directed towards an understanding of template confinement effects on discotic liquid crystals, went live.

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.