Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS)

Funded early career scientists

Dr. Judith Golda (Experimental Plasma Physics)

Judith GoldaNew method for investigating plasma
Lab Exchange (€2,000)

Golda investigates plasmas - ionized gases, which among other things are used for the treatment of surfaces - using emission spectroscopy. With a new method, the physicist wants to observe the chemical processes at the interface between plasmas and surfaces "live". Important insights into its development should be gained during a research stay at the University of Minnesota, supervised by Professor Peter J. Bruggeman as an expert in atmospheric pressure plasmas. Among other benefits, a comprehensive understanding of the plasma processes could in future help to produce C02-neutral fuel.

Dr. Chao Li (Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics)

Chao LiSpin molecules for data storage
Micro Proposal (€2,000)

In order to process information, the research field spintronic uses not only the electrical charge of electrons, but also their magnetic properties, the so-called "spin". This could provide the basis for smaller data storage and quantum computers. Humboldt Research Fellow Li explores variable spin states of molecules on surfaces. For a new class of magnetic, individual molecules based on chloroaluminium phthalocyanine (ClAlPc), he wants to investigate and control their magnetic properties and their interactions with surfaces.

Jun-Prof. Dr. Anna McConnell (Organic Chemistry)

Anna Mc ConnellControllable "molecular cages"
Early Career Award (€5,000), Micro Proposal (€2,000)

Molecules can self-assemble into more complex structures and act like molecular containers for binding "guest molecules" like pharmaceutical drugs or pollutants. McConnell is investigating how these "cages" self-assemble and how to open them through external stimuli such as light or temperature. In this way, they could be used for example for the targeted release of medicinal substances. The chemist aims to develop molecular cages with tailored properties for different stimuli and applications.

Dr. Fabian Schütt (Functional Nanomaterials)

Fabian SchüttLaser light for illumination
Micro Proposal (€2,000)

Schütt is following a new approach to using laser light for illumination, which could be far more efficient than current LEDs. For this purpose, he has developed a highly-porous material. Its inner structure scatters the intense laser radiation so widely that homogeneous light is produced. Different wavelengths can be scattered - green, red and blue light - but the efficiency of green laser light is still too low. To fully utilise the potential, Schütt wants to enhance his material with luminescent nanostructures, together with CAU chemist Huayna Terraschke.

Dr. Shane Scott (Biocompatible Nanomaterials)

Shane Scott Mechanical pressure of the cell environment
Micro Proposal (€2,000)

Cells receive external information through mechanical signals, such as contact with a neighbouring cell, that help guide their development. To investigate this process, known as "mechanotransduction", the Kiel working group mimics the natural cell environment. Their hydrogel scaffolds are both viscous and elastic, and aims to control both properties. In natural cell environments macro-molecules such as collagen create a similar effect. Scott wants to investigate the extent to which these viscoelastic properties of the cell environment influence mechanotransduction, and how they can be modified using macro-molecules.

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  • 09:00: KiNSIS Workshop "Strategic Planning 2026"
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