Mesocrystals are materials which consist of nanocrystalline building blocks with mutual alignment. Therefore, these mesocrystals form highly ordered 1D- to 3D-structures in the micrometer range, but still show characteristics of the individual building blocks, i.e. nanoparticles (NPs). Thus, mesocrystals have a high potential in materials science with unique properties for future applications. However, so far, fundamental principles of their formation and structuration processes are only poorly understood.
According to this, my project aims on the controlled self-assembly of gold nanocubes (Au-NCs) to investigate optical and electronic properties of formed nanoparticle superstructures. Especially, the possibility of changing the conductivity of Au-NC networks by applying different post-treatments, e.g. heat or oxygen plasma, makes these NPs interesting building blocks for new electronic applications.
- 1994 born in Tettnang
- 2013-2016 Bachelor of Science, Dept. of Physics, University of Konstanz; Thesis: "Role of Förster Resonance Energy Transfer for Charge Generation in Hybrid Solar Cells", Prof. Dr. L. Schmidt-Mende
- 2016-2018 Master of Science, Dept. of Physics, University of Konstanz; Thesis: "Defect Density Dependent Electronic Properties of Single TiO2 Nanowires", Prof. Dr. L. Schmidt-Mende
- Since 2018: PhD student