Schneider Research Group
Tinting nanoporous alumina with photons
Gas storage with carbon materials
3D anode in a lithium ion battery
Enhancing spectroscopy with silver particles
Arranging ZnO microcrystals in 2D
Research in the Schneider group focusses on materials synthesis and application in the broad field of nanomaterials. Main material foci are currently on carbon nanotubes (CNTs), carbon nanohorns (CNHs) and 2D materials like graphene and metal sulfides. Moreover, various metal oxide compositions and organometallics are also in the center of interest. With these material approaches we are thrieving to study the potential of these nanomaterials in applications like sensors (chemoresistors, NEMS, mechano- and biosensors), batteries (Li-ion, Zn/air), electronics (dielectrics, transistors) and adsorption phenomena (gas, liquid) based on the interface driven chemistry between material and adsorbent. Our research covers the full spectrum of materials synthesis, materials characterization and incorporation of those materials in device architectures of choice in order to deliver a full system set up. This is a most challenging task but allows to understand the subtle interplay of defined materials chemistry, physics and system engineering to achieve full functionality in such devices. This approach requires a tool-box of experimental methods employing solution based molecular chemistry and solid state chemistry techniques as well as gas phase routes like e.g. chemical and physical vapor and atomic layer deposition.
Energy storage with zinc and air
Zinc air batteries are hot topics for alternative energy storage applications beyond the element Lithium. We have discussed current problems and solutions with respect to metallic zinc anodes in these devices in two recent contributions in Batteries 2022, 8, 244 and Adv. Mater. Interfaces 2023, 2202494
Dr. Mathias Nowotny is back again
Mathias has already worked for some years as post-doc in different projects of the group. He is now back to bring in his expertise in electrochemistry and synthetic inorganic chemistry.
Dr. Devabharathi Nehru has started as new post-doc
Deva joined the group as post doc coming from IIS Bangalore, India, Dept. of Materials Engineering. She will work on our oxide thin film projects for microelectronics.
New papers on MOF/CNT composites, battery materials and concrete reinforcement are out
An all-gas phase MOF/3D CNT composite was recently reported by us (Dalton Trans. 2022, 51, 13725). Research work on engineering and material development for batteries and concrete reinforcement has recently led to two joint papers with the Clemens (Stuttgart) and Sadowski groups (Wroclaw).