Our research is focused on the targeted synthesis of functional inorganic materials and the development of novel synthetic techniques. Transition metal oxides play an essential role in the development of a future nanotechnology. We aim for their clear-cut, reliable and efficient synthesis as building blocks, such as anisotropic particles with nanoscale dimensions or tailor-made molecular entities. This leads to the synthesis of polyoxometalates (POMs) and their incorporation into organic-inorganic composites. The combination of naturally occurring fibrous bio-inorganic substrates and biomacromolecules with transition metal oxides and POMs open up an unexplored research area.
A wide spectrum of synthetic techniques is applied, including hydrothermal approaches, chimie douce and gas phase methods. It is amended by a large variety of analytical tools, such as different X-ray diffraction and spectroscopic techniques together with electron microscopy. We work in an interdisciplinary environment that is continuously inspired by Organic Chemistry, Bio-Inorganic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry.
Our current work includes the following topics:
- Functional Oxides and Polyoxometalates (POMs) for Environmental Applications
- Crystal engineering of novel polyoxomolybdates
- POM nanocomposites for bio-medical applications
- Nanostructured composite materials based on transition metal oxides
- Targeted synthesis through microwave-hydrothermal syntheses
- Functional nanoscale oxides for water oxidation and wastewater treatment
- Our contribution to the NCCR MaNEP in Project 3