Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS)


Young scientists received awards

Nov 12, 2020

Vahl und JoostFor his dissertation, KiNSIS member and materials scientist Dr.-Ing. Alexander Vahl was awarded one of the Prizes for Young Talents 2019 of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde (DGM) at this year's virtual DGM Day (21 September 2020). Furthermore, Jan-Philip Joost, PhD student in the working group of KiNSIS member Prof. Dr. Michael Bonitz, Static Physics, received one of the "Best Phd student oral contribution Awards" for his presentation at the online conference Graphene 2020 (19-23 October 2020).

Dr.-Ing. Alexander Vahl

In his dissertation "On the development of memsensors" Alexander Vahl has developed memristors based on alloy nanoparticles and linked them to a sensor function to achieve adaptation effects similar to sensors in sensory organs. He completed his PhD within the Research Group 2093 "Memristive Devices for Neuronal Systems". Supervisor Prof. Dr. Franz Faupel, Chair for Multicomponent Materials and a KiNSIS member as well, emphasised in his laudation Vahl's "impressive work", which has already led to 16 publications in internationally high-ranking journals and "received a lot of attention". The DGM Young Investigators Award is aimed at doctoral students and postdocs who are doing research in the field of materials science and materials engineering and who can be expected to achieve "above-average performance" on the basis of their previous study and work results. The prize includes a voucher of 500,- EUR for the participation in DGM events.
Link to the laudatio on the DGM-Website

Jan-Philip Joost

At the Graphene 2020, Jan-Philip Joost, Phd student in the Group of KiNSIS member Prof.Dr. Michael Bonitz, Chair of Statistical Physics, gave a talk titled "Correlated Topological States in Graphene Nanoribbon Heterostructures", co-author next to Michael Bonitz is Antti-Pekka Jauho from the TU Denmark. Finite graphene nanoribbon (GNR) heterostructures host intriguing topological in-gap states. These states may be localized either at the bulk edges or at the ends of the structure. The authors showed that correlation effects play a key role in these systems: they result in increased magnetic moments at the ribbon edges accompanied by a significant energy renormalization of the topological end states, even in the presence of a metallic substrate. Joost presented simulations of 7-9-armchair-GNRs based on a Green functions method with GW self-energy applied to an effective Hubbard model. The computed results for the differential conductance are in excellent agreement with experimental observations. Furthermore, they discovered a striking, novel mechanism that causes an energy splitting of the nonzero-energy topological end states for a weakly screened system. Similar effects should be observable in other GNR heterostructures as well.
Link to the abstract of the talk (PDF)

Two online events about nano medicine

Oct 27, 2020

Thumbnail VideoThis November and December, the North German Nanotechnology Initiative (NINa e.V.) organises two events in the field of nanomedicine. On 24 November, the online symposium "Corona Vaccine - Impact of Nanotechnology" takes place, organised together with the University of Kiel, the Life Science Nord network, the WTSH (Wirtschaftsförderung und Technologietransfer in Schleswig-Holstein). On 9 December, the online conference "Nano Meets Medicine" will take place, organised in cooperation with the Institute of Medical Engineering at the University of Lübeck, Life Science Nord and the WTSH. The events will be held in English. Please register and stream the free events via Read more

Anna McConnell receives first Early Career Award at the KiNSIS Retreat

Oct 02, 2020

award ceremonyFor her particularly innovative and interdisciplinary research on molecular cages Jun-Prof. Dr. Anna McConnell receives the first KiNSIS Early Career Award. The award comes with 5,000 euros, which can be used, for example, for support staff, travel, software or consumables. Prof. Dr. Norbert Stock, who is responsible for the area of Nano Chemistry within the KiNSIS Board, presented McConnell with the prize at this year's KiNSIS retreat, which took place from 29-30 September 2020 at the Nordseeakademie Leck. At the strategic meeting she presented her research and future plans to the about 35 participants. McConnell was also able to convince with a "Micro Proposal" and received additional funding of 2,000 euros. More

New members admitted to KiNSIS in the summer semester 2020

Sep 23, 2020

Four portraits of scientistsAfter the General Assembly in June, the KiNSIS members decided via online voting on the admission of new colleagues. Malte Behrens, Fabio Caruso, Marco Liserre and Alexander Vahl had introduced themselves personally at the meeting and were welcomed to the priority research area after the voting. Malte Behrens and Marco Liserre will present their current research in a lecture at this year's KiNSIS retreat from September 29-30, 2020. More information

Faculty award for a dissertation from the CRC 677

Jul 23, 2020

Alexander SchlimmFor his outstanding dissertation on functional molecules on gold surfaces, the inorganic chemist Dr. Alexander Schlimm received one of the two Faculty Awards 2019 of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. He completed his Ph.D. supervised by Professor Felix Tuczek within the Collaborative Research Centre 677 "Function by Switching", which was funded by the German Research Foundation DFG from 2007 to 2019. "My work focused on transition metal complexes for the activation of small molecules, as well as photoswitchable molecules, which can also serve as components of ultra-small molecular machines. Using extremely sensitive analytical methods, I was able to investigate adsorbate-substrate interactions in particular," summarises Schlimm. With his results, Schlimm has contributed considerably to a better understanding of such systems. He is thus providing new insights into the field of heterogeneous catalysis and the realisation of molecular electronics. More

Regina Scherließ is the new member of the KiNSIS Board

Jul 07, 2020

Regina ScherließThe members of the KiNSIS have elected Prof. Dr. Regina Scherließ as the new deputy spokesperson for the area of Nano Life Sciences. At the general meeting on 12 June 2020, she presented herself to the members as a candidate; afterwards the vote was carried out online. Scherließ thus succeeds Prof. Dr. Ingolf Cascorbi, who has completed his activities as a deputy spokesperson of KiNSIS after the term of three years. Prof. Dr. Jeffrey McCord (Nano Engineering) and Prof. Dr. Kai Rossnagel (Nano Physics) represent the interests of KiNSIS as spokespersons since 2019. Also last year Prof. Dr. Norbert Stock (Nano Chemistry) was elected as a deputy speaker.

Regina Scherließ has been Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy at the CAU since September 2017 and conducts interdisciplinary research on the development and characterization of drug forms. At KiNSIS she is involved in the GRK 2154 Materials for Brain, among others.

Second PhD-generation of the RTG 2154 has started

Apr 29, 2020

Screenshot Kick offOn April 1, 2020, a new group of doctoral students started within the research training group (RTG) "Materials for Brain". 12 PhD students from materials science and (bio)medicine will continue the RTG's research on nano- and micro-scale coatings for implants in their projects. The aim is to use them for the treatment of brain diseases such as epilepsy, aneurysms and tumors, thus opening up perspectives for novel therapies. Research is focusing on the material-controlled drug release, implant interactions as well as suitability of the implants for diagnostics with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Due to the current corona restrictions, the kick-off meeting on April 21 took place virtually via video conference, including a group photo. Rainer Adelung, the new spokesperson of the RTG since April 1, welcomed them together with the other professors and coordinator Tina Kerby. The RTG team introduced itself and the training programme in detail and answered current questions of the participants. They reported on their respective plans and their current (working) situation. The new doctoral students of the international training programme come from Turkey, Spain, Pakistan, India and Germany. Due to the reduced travel possibilities, some of them are currently still in their home countries and hope to come to Kiel during the summer semester to continue their research on site. The majority of the PhD students from the first generation, who started in 2017, will finish their PhD this year.

Workshop on Biosignals

Apr 20, 2020

Organisers of the WorkshopOn Wednesday the 11.03.2020 the three-day workshop “Innovative Processing of Bioelectrical and Biomagnetical Signals” started at Kiel University. This workshop is a collaboration of the two expert committees “Biosignals” and “Magnetic Methods in Medicine” of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering in the VDE (Verband der Elektrotechnik, Elektronik und Informationstechnik). Researchers working at the interface between medicine and technology were able to present their research during poster sessions and short scientific talks. The subjects included cardiological examinations, possible applications for biomagnetism, methods to analyse movement as well as neurological biosignals. Despite the broad field of discussions, a lively scientific exchange was achieved. In addition to that six junior scientists were honoured by the Young Investigator Award for excellent talks or posters. The event was organised by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schmidt, Prof. Dr. Andreas Bahr and Eric Elzenheimer (all Kiel University).

To the full article on the website of the CRC 1261

RTG Materials for Brain: Regulating blood flow in vessels

Apr 09, 2020

Zwei ForscherWhy someone develops an aneurysm is still mostly unclear. Doctoral researchers from the fields of Materials Science and Medicine are working together on new treatments to prevent cerebral haemorrhages. Using 3D models, Mariya Pravdivtseva (UKSH, left) and Prasanth Velvaluri (CAU) simulate how their new stents influence blood flow in vessels with aneurysms. In the latest issue of CAU's magazine "Unizeit" they report about their research project within the Research Training Group 2154 "Materials for Brain". Both are supervised in their doctoral degree programmes by Professors Jan-Bernd Hövener (Molecular Imaging North Competence Center, MOIN CC), Olav Jansen (UKSH) and Eckhard Quandt (CAU).

Full article in the "unizeit" from April 4, 2020


Early career researchers elected to the KiNSIS speaker group

Apr 02, 2020

Bahr GruberStarting with the summer semester 2020, the KiNSIS speaker group has been expanded with Andreas Bahr (Nano Engineering) and Manuel Gruber (Nano Physics), two representatives from the young scientists at KiNSIS. Both candidates had previously been elected in an online vote of all members with a simple majority each. Read more

Sabrina Curtis and Luka Hansen selected for Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2020

Mar 12, 2020

Sabrina Curtis und Luka Hansen660 young scientists from 101 countries are invited to the 70th anniversary of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Among them are the doctoral candidates Sabrina Curtis from Eckhard Quandt’s group “Inorganic Functional Materials”, Institute for Material Science, and Luka Hansen from Holger Kersten’s group “Plasma technology” at the Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics. They will meet around 70 Nobel Laureates during the interdisciplinary meeting from 28 June until 3 July 2020 in Lindau, Germany. More information

Martina Gerken and Christine Selhuber-Unkel both receive an ERC Proof of Concept Grant

Feb 03, 2020

PortraitsThey are investigating new materials for the field of vascular surgeries or optical sensors for point-of-care biomedical diagnostics: For their respective projects, Professor Christine Selhuber-Unkel and Professor Martina Gerken from Kiel University receive an ERC Proof of Concept Grant endowed with 150.000 Euro each. Twice of the seven grants in total for research projects from Germany got to the priority research area Kiel Nano Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS). The funding of the European Research Council (ERC) supports scientiststo explore the innovation potential of their scientific discoveries and bring the results of their frontier research closer to the market. Candidates are required to be already funded with an ERC-Grant which is considered to be one of the highest awards of the European Union for a scientist at the beginning of their career.

Press release Kiel University, 3.2.2020


Richard D. James from the University of Minnesota will investigate shape memory materials as a Mercator Fellow

Jan 28, 2020

Eckhard Quandt and Richard D. JamesCeramics are considered by most researchers to be far too brittle to serve as shape memory materials. With the support of a high-risk Reinhart Koselleck-Project of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Professor Eckhard Quandt, from Kiel University and Professor Richard D. James from the University of Minnesota believe that this conventional wisdom may be unjustified. Now Quandt has won a Mercator Fellowship of the DFG for James to expand on this work. The internationally renowned expert on shape memory materials will work on the project as a Mercator Fellow for a total period of one year. Together they want to drive further the development of new materials for other applications in medicine, industry and energy.

CAU press release, January 28, 2020

Humboldt Foundation award winner Nian X. Sun coming to Kiel University

Jan 28, 2020

Nian X. Sun16.12.2020. Professor Nian X. Sun from the Northeastern University in Boston, a winner of the Humboldt Research Award granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, is coming to Kiel in the summer of 2020. The scientist working at the interface of material science and electric engineering is internationally regarded as lead in the field of magnetoelectric materials, which can be used in applications such as innovative sensors. Sun was nominated for the award for his outstanding achievements in research and teaching. Award winners are invited to spend time cooperating on a research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany. Sun will spend approximately one year researching new magneto electronic materials for magnetic field sensors and their application in the Collaborative Research Centre 1261 "Magnetoelectric Sensors: From Composite Materials to Biomagnetic Diagnostics". With the Humboldt Research Award, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation recognises scientists who have had a significant impact on their own discipline. The prize is valued at €60,000.

Press release of Kiel University, 16.12.2019

International research consortium COSMICS discusses at Kiel University

Sep 30, 2019

Group pictureA fundamental understanding of new smart functional molecules and concepts to use them for developing new components for electronic devices – that are the main aims of the project COSMICS “New Concepts and Tools in Molecular Spintronics”. On September 25 and 26, 2019, the international consortium met at Kiel University for the first time. The project brings together six teams of physicists and chemists from across Europe, including universities and research organisations from France, Spain and Denmark, and Kiel University from Germany. Together with a software development company they want to develop a modelling platform around molecular spintronics and general concepts for efficient strategies to greatly optimize the magneto-transport properties of materials and devices. The platform shall stimulate fundamental as well as applied and technological research and facilitate the emergence of new key enabling technologies. The project has been funded through the EU's HORIZON 2020 research programme with approximately 3.8 million Euro. The funding period is four years.

CAU press release from September 30, 2019 (English)

CAU-Pressemitteilung vom 30.09.2019 (Deutsch)

New members of KiNSIS

Jul 26, 2019

newAt the general assembly of this summer term the members of KiNSIS decided about the admission of new members. On May 10th, the following new members were welcomed

  • Janka Held-Feindt, Department of Neurosurgery, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel. Held-Feindt is the leader of the project P8 „Neuroimplants for glioblastoma therapy“ within the Graduiertenkolleg 2154 „Materials for Brain“.
  • Huayna Terraschke, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry (Department of Chemistry), Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Terraschke was appointed for the tenure track professorship for Photoactive Inorganic Nanomaterials
  • Stephan Wulfinghoff, Institute for material science, Faculty of Engineering. Wulfinghoff was appointed for the KiNSIS-professorhsip for „Computational Materials Science“ in August 2018.


Kieler Woche: International Guest Talks from the Nano Sciences

Jul 18, 2019

TalkIt it the largest summer festival in Northern Europe: During the “Kieler Woche” scientists from all over the world are invited to present their research topics at the campus of Kiel University – next to the sailing competitions and entertaining events. The talks are open to the public. This year members of KiNSIS member Prof. Olaf Magnussen, Prof. Rainer Herges and Prof. Lorenz Kienle invited two colleagues and long-time cooperation partners from the nano sciences covering the fields of physics, chemistry and material sciences. On June 25 Prof. Dr. Ion Tiginyanu, Technical University of Moldova gave a talk at the Faculty of Engineering entitled „New Avenues for Exploration and Applications of Gallium Nitride and related materials“. In the Audimax Philippe Allongue of École Polytechnique Palaiseau, Paris talked on June 25 about “Electrochemical approaches to control the magnetism of ultrathin films” and on June 26 about “Photoswitching kinetics of photochromic molecules immobilized on silicon surfaces”.

Rainer Herges awarded with the Rudolf-Gompper-Memorial-Lecture

May 17, 2019

Awarding KOPO LectureProf. Dr. Rainer Herges, Spokesperson of the CRC 677 “Function by Switching“ received the Rudolf-Gompper-Memorial-Lecture. The professor for Organical Chemistry was honoured for his research on functional pi-systems, especially the spin switches and molecular machines. Herges is already the 8th winner of this renowed award, that reminds of the German organic chemist Rudolf Gompper. The scientific committee of the Conjugated Oligomers and Polymers Conference (KOPO) awards the prize every two years to outstanding scientist that contributed to the field of organic conductive materials and conjugated polymers on an international level. Herges gave the lecture related to the award on May 8th 2019 during the Conference KOPO in Bad Honnef, organized by the University of Bonn.  

New spokepersons elected

May 14, 2019

New group of spokespersonsOn May 10th the general assembly of KiNSIS elected three new spokespersons. As of now Prof. Dr. Jeffrey McCord (Nano Engineering) and Prof. Dr. Kai Rossnagel (Nano Physics) represent the interests of the core research area KINSIS. Prof Dr. Norbert Stock (Nano Chemistry) is new deputy spokesperson next to Prof. Dr. Ingolf Cascorbi (Nano Life Science) who was elected in 2017 and will remain in office for one more year. After the regular termination of their second term  Prof. Dr. Rainer Adelung (Nano Engineering), Prof. Dr. Olaf Magnussen (Nano Physics) and Prof. Dr. Felix Tuczek (Nano Chemistry) left the group of spokespersons, thanked by the members. They had been spokespersons of the fourth core research area of Kiel University. The group of spokespersons is elected by the KiNSIS members for a term of three years. Re-election is possible.

Nano Science from Kiel at Hannover Messe

May 14, 2019

Hannover MesseFrom April 1-5 2019 several working groups of the core research area KiNSIS presented their projects at the Hannover Messe. The international audience from industry, science and politics showed great interest in the exhibits and talks of seven projects from nano science. At the booth of Kiel University, hall 2, research and technology, the scientists gave an insight into current application orientated in the field of energy, coating and joining technologies and life sciences. 

All projects at the booth of Kiel University

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