Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS)

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

Prof. Dr. Malte Behrens has accepted the call for the W3 Professorship for Inorganic Solid State Chemistry at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and has startet at CAU on September 1, 2020. He is succeeding Professor Wolfgang Bensch, who will retire at the end of the summer semester. Previously, Behrens worked at the University of Duisburg-Essen, having completed his chemistry studies and Phd at the CAU in 2006. Afterwards he did research at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, and in 2013 he habilitated at the TU Berlin. His research interests include heterogeneous catalysis, nanostructured solids and chemical energy storage. (Photo: Frank Preuss)

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Fabio Caruso took up the W1 professorship with tenure track in Theoretical Physics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences on March 1, 2020. He is the head of the "Computational Solid-state theory group". Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Humboldt University Berlin and the University of Oxford/UK. He completed his master's degree in Theoretical Physics in Milan/Italy and received his doctorate at the Fritz Haber Institute Berlin in 2013. His research interests include Theoretical Spectroscopy, Many-body interactions and Ultrafast dynamics.  

Prof. Dr. Marco Liserre is Full Professor holding the Chair of Power Electronics at the Faculty of Engineering at Kiel University since 2013. Before he has been Professor in reliable power electronics at Aalborg University (Denmark) and Associate Professor at Bari Polytechnic, where he also received the MSc and 2002 the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering. His current research interests include power electronics applications in renewable energy and smart grid technologies and reliable power electronics.

Dr. Alexander Vahl works as a post-doc in Professor Franz Faupel's research group "Multicomponent Materials". His research focuses on the synthesis of nanocomposited based on nanoparticles with a particular interest of applications as memristive devices, sensors and in neuromprohic engineering.

Photo (from left): Malte Behrens, Fabio Caruso, Marco Liserre and Alexander Vahl. 

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  • 12:00: KiNSIS Colloquium: Dynamical Networks - A Primer (Hermann Kohlstedt, Chair of Nanoelectronics, CAU)
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  • 16:15: Nanooptics in the electron microscope (Prof. Dr. Mathieu Kociak, Université Paris Sud, France)
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  • 16:00: Multiscale modeling of magnetorheological elastomers: From magneto-mechanical actuators to magneto-electric sensors (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marc-André Keip, Uni Stuttgart)
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  • 16:15: What can we “learn” from atoms? (Prof. Alexander Ako Khajetoorians, Radboud University, Netherlands)
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  • 17:00: Translational Breath Research for Clinical Diagnosis and Therapeutic Monitoring (Pablo Sinues, University of Basel)
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  • 16:15: Inaugural lecture: Theory and simulation of strongly correlated plasmas and dense matter (Dr. Hanno Kählert, ITAP, CAU)
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  • 16:00: Nanoscale Self-assembly and Electrical Function (Marc Tornow, TU Munich)
  • 17:00: Leben auf Exoplaneten? 1. Akt (Prof. Dr. Ruth Schmitz-Streit, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang J. Duschl, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lüning)
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