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Petro Feketa receives the KiNSIS' Early Career Award 2021

Oct 04, 2021

Fekete erhält PreisFor the second time the members of KiNSIS have now awarded the “Early Career Award” for young, talented and interdisciplinary working researchers. This year, Dr. Petro Feketa from the research group "Automation and Control" of Professor Thomas Meurer at the Institute of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology receives the award, which is endowed with 5,000 euros. Regina Scherließ, deputy KiNSIS spokesperson, presented the award at this year's retreat of KiNSIS, which took place September 28-29, 2021, at the Nordsee Akademie in Leck. Feketa thanked the KiNSIS Board and presented his research and future plans to the participants on-site. (Read more)

Melanie Schnell receives Barbara Mez-Starck Prize for pioneering work in structural chemistry and molecular physics

Sep 09, 2021

DESY researcher Melanie Schnell has received this year's International Dr. Barbara Mez-Starck Prize. The DESY Lead Scientist and also professor at Kiel University and member of KiNSIS was honoured for her outstanding studies of structural changes in water complexes with increasing amounts of water molecules as well as for her pioneering investigations of enantiomers and the separation of these chirally different molecules, as the jury announced in Ulm. The award ceremony took place on 29 August during the 27th Colloquium on High-Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy in Cologne. Read more

Smart plaster could accelerate the healing of chronic wounds

Aug 26, 2021

BildCirculatory disorders, diabetes or lying in the same position for extended periods can all lead to chronic wounds that do not heal. There are hardly any effective treatment options. Rainer Adelung and the team of his working group Functional Nanomaterials from Kiel University, together with colleagues from the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH), Harvard Medical School, USA, and Dankook University in South Korea, has developed a wound patch with enhanced healing functions which can be individually adapted for each patient. The 3D-printed patch has antibacterial properties, supplies the wound with oxygen and moisture, and supports the formation of new tissue. The properties are activated and controlled by irradiation. The scientists from materials science and medicine recently presented their concept in the scientific journal Advanced Functional Materials, where it featured as the cover story. Read more

First LabVisit gives "magical" insights into Anorganic Chemistry

Aug 26, 2021

Lab VisitWhat are doctoral researchers from other disciplines working on? What methods and experiments do they use, what are their challenges and are there perhaps even links with your own research? The LabVisits of the KiNSIS Young Academy want to give insights into the lab and work of different research groups. For the first LabVisit on August 13, 2021, Huayna Terraschke, Junior Professor of Photoactive Inorganic Nanomaterials, opened some doors of Inorganic Chemistry and showed a piece of "magic" with her luminous nanoparticles.

The Lab Visits are part of the KiNSIS Young Academy and open to all PhD students and interested parties. They are scheduled to take place once a month following a joint lunch. The next Lab Visit is planned for September 2021 at the Physikzentrum, Leibnizstraße. Everybody who would like to participate in the Lab Visits and/or the lunch or would like to invite to their own lab: Please find all information in the OLAT group of the Young Academy.

Prestigeous award of the American Physical Society for Michael Bonitz

Aug 05, 2021

Michael BonitzFor his ground breaking research in the field of Warm Dense Matter Professor Michael Bonitz from the Institute for Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics of Kiel University (CAU) receives the John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research 2021. With this award the American Physical Society (APS) every year recognizes a particular recent outstanding achievement in plasma physics research. This year, the citation reads "For developing Monte Carlo methods that overcome the fermion sign problem, leading to the first ab initio data for an electron gas under warm dense matter conditions." Bonitz shares this award with his former Ph.D. students Dr. Tim Schoof (Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron, DESY), Dr. Tobias Dornheim (Center for Advanced Systems Understanding, CASUS, Görlitz), and Dr. Simom Groth (McKinsey & Company), as well as Prof. Dr. William Matthew Colwyn Foulkes (Imperial College London), Dr. Fionn D. Malone (QC Ware), and Dr. Travis Sjostrom (Los Alamos National Laboratory). The award consists of $5,000 and an allowance for registration and travel to the Division of Plasma Physics Annual Meeting. Read more

Exchanging ideas across disciplines: First KiNSIS Young Academy Day July 9

Jul 16, 2021

KYADOn Friday July 9th, 2021, the first KiNSIS Young Academy Day took place at the Audimax at Kiel University. Doctoral researchers from the fields of chemistry, electrical engineering, life science, materials science and physics had the chance to present their research to each other, besides discussing different methods and perspectives. In addition to oral presentations, the 22 participants discussed possible interfaces and synergies by pinning their research topics and methods to a board, visualizing possible connections between them. Read more

A great stir around light

Jul 06, 2021

Bild aus dem Unizeit-ArtikelWhether solar cells, sensors or storage elements: materials with completely new properties could push forward future areas from renewable energies to life sciences and quantum computers. Physicist Nahid Talebi wants to develop the special microscopes needed for this and reports about her research in the current Issue of Kiel University's Magazine "Unizeit", released on July 3rd, 2021. Read more

Mathis Klette from the Plasma Technology Group wins HIPIMS 2021 Student Prize

Jun 24, 2021

Mathis KletteAt the Eleventh International Conference on Fundamentals and Industrial Applications of HIPIMS 2021 that took virtually place from 16 to 18 June 2021 in Sheffield / UK, Mathis Klette, Doctoral researchers in the Plasma Technology group of Holger Kersten won a student prize for his work "Measurement of momentum transfer in ion beam sputtering". His experimental investigations deal with the development and use of a highly sensitive interferometric force probe for the measurement of momentum transfer in the sputtering of metal surfaces. By precisely determining the angle-resolved distribution of the resulting forces by particles sputtered and reflected at the target in the so-called sputter plume, Mathis Klette was able to gain important information for the experimental verification of corresponding codes for the simulation of sputtering processes.


Innovative battery systems from Kiel at the digital Hannover Messe 2021

Apr 14, 2021

Innovative battery systems play a key role in electromobility and energy supply. Long-life batteries that store more energy and are quickly rechargeable could significantly improve the charging infrastructure for electromobility. In power grids, storage options can compensate for irregularities in energy feed-in or consumption. In order to develop battery systems for these versatile requirements, scientists at Kiel University (CAU) are working on sustainable storage materials such as silicon and highly efficient semiconductor technologies such as silicon carbide or gallium nitride. In the Laboratory for Reliable Battery-Assisted Energy Conversion (BAEW-Laboratory), which opened in 2020, researchers from materials science and power electronics are developing and testing novel battery systems, also in cooperation with companies. The BAEW laboratory was funded by the state of Schleswig-Holstein with around two million euros. Until April 16th, it will be presented within the digital Hannover Messe at the CAU part of the joint stand "Schleswig-Holstein as a pioneer of the energy transition" of the Wirtschaftsförderung und Technologietransfer Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (WTSH). More information

Due to its particularly high energy density, with the storage material silicon electric cars could cover significantly longer distances than before, or cell phones could be charged within a few minutes. "But until now, the semiconductor material was too sensitive to be used on a large scale in rechargeable batteries; at the latest, it broke during charging," says Dr. Sandra Hansen, PostDoc at the Chair of Functional Nanomaterials and head of the BAEW laboratory. The materials scientist has developed a targeted micro-level structuring method that allows silicon anodes to withstand these stresses. "In combination with sulfur cathodes, they achieve two to three times higher energy density, up to 90 percent shorter charging times and 20 percent lower weight," Hansen added. As part of a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, she has further developed the concept and cost-effective production of the novel batteries with the company RENA Technologies GmbH.

In the BAEW laboratory at the Faculty of Engineering the chairs of Functional Nanomaterials and Power Electronics are now working closely together to transfer the new battery systems into application. Together, they want to test and optimize the efficiency and service life of the individual storage components as well as the entire battery system. "By bringing together findings from materials science with power electronics, we can advance innovative storage concepts and also create added value for our respective research areas," emphasizes Professor Marco Liserre, head of the Chair of Power Electronics. In addition to a facility for developing particularly high-performance battery cells, the lab's equipment also includes a climate chamber in which batteries can be tested under extreme temperature and humidity conditions for use in solar and wind farms (on- and offshore), electric vehicle chargers, autonomous underwater vehicles or photovoltaic systems.

The BAEW laboratory also offers companies the opportunity to develop competitive technologies for a sustainable energy and mobility transition in cooperation with the scientists - some inquiries from regional, national and international companies have already been received. In addition to research, the lab is firmly integrated into university teaching. Sustainable aspects such as lithium recycling, raw material scarcity and alternatives are also discussed in projects with school students. "In this way, we can communicate cutting-edge research results from a school to a doctoral level to get the next generation excited about the STEM field," says Hansen.

"The BAEW lab combines research, teaching and technology transfer in an ideal way and thus strengthens not least the region of Schleswig-Holstein," summarizes Professor Rainer Adelung, holder of the Chair of Functional Nanomaterials. "The interdisciplinary collaboration advances technical research, processes from basic research are brought close to series production in application, and we counteract the shortage of engineers in the region."

The digital presentation of the BAEW Laboratory at the joint booth of the WTSH


Dr. Ing. Sandra Hansen
Chair of Functional Nanomaterials

Prof. Dr. Rainer Adelung
Chair of Functional Nanomaterials

Prof. Dr. Marco Liserre
Chair of Power Electronics

KiNSIS Young Academy has started

Mar 26, 2021

Organisational teamThe KiNSIS Young Academy was launched with a kick-off meeting on 22 March 2021. The programme "by doctoral researchers for doctoral researchers" wants to support to doctoral researchers in the nano and surface sciences and foster the exchange between them, for example to find cooperation partners for their own research topics. The first events are already starting in the summer semester, and additional support for the organisational team is always welcome. Read more

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


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

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

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


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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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). More information

Dual success for Kiel University and its priority research area KiNSIS

Dec 09, 2020

Nano labAs the German Research Foundation (DFG) announced on Friday, 27 November 2020, it is funding the new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1461 "Neurotronics: Bio-inspired Information Pathways" at Kiel University with around 11.5 million euros. In addition to that, the DFG is extending the CRC 1261 “Magnetoelectric Sensors: From Composite Materials to Biomagnetic Diagnostics”, which started in 2016, by a further four years and approximately 13.5 million euros. The interdisciplinary large-scale research projects on bio-inspired information processing and on magnetic field sensors in medical diagnostics are both located at KiNSIS at Kiel University. The commitments thus strengthen the nanoscience and surface research in Northern Germany and set the course for the future scientific orientation of the biggest university of the state of Schleswig-Holstein. 

"This is a great success for both research networks and Kiel University. The dual commitment of the DFG is clear testament of the top-level research that has been established across different disciplines - congratulations to all the researchers and partner institutions involved", said Professor Simone Fulda, President of Kiel University. "Both major projects offer exciting potential for the future at the interfaces of engineering, biology, and medicine and are important pillars of the foundation of our research in the next round of the German Excellence Strategy," continued Fulda.

Press release Kiel Univerisity, 27.11.2020


Oct 04, 2021

Marco Liserre is one of the Highly Cited Researchers 2020

Feb 12, 2021

Marco Liserre(26.11.2020) Once a year, the "Web of Science Group" of the US company Clarivate Analytics analyses the importance of scientists in view of their citation rates. Researchers whose work is cited particularly frequently by their peers are considered to be especially important and influential in their field. The "Highly Cited Researchers" ranking lists researchers who have contributed to several of the top one percent of the most cited publications in their field in the last decade. In 2020, this included 6,167 people, including KiNSIS member Marco Liserre, Professor of Power Electronics at the Faculty of Technology. From Kiel University (CAU), Ralf Baron, Günther Deuschl, Axel Hauschild, Stefan Rose-John and Stefan Schreiber, all from the Faculty of Medicine, also received awards. Read more

Video of the EU project COSMICS shows the research about "spintronics"

Feb 05, 2021

The international research project COSMICS "Concepts and Tools in Molecular Spintronics" is investigating how magnetic molecules can be used, for example, to develop new types of microelectronic components. Next to the working group "Scanning Tunneling Microscopy" of Professor Richard Berndt from Kiel University, five other European partners are involved in the consortium, including universities and research institutions from France, Spain and Denmark. Together with a Danish software company, scientists from physics, theoretical physics and chemistry want to develop a programme to predict the properties of such components. It will be used for both scientific and industrial research. The project will be funded by the European Union from 2017 till 2022 within the framework of the Horizon 2020 research programme with around 3.8 million euros. In their new video, the partners present the "COSMICS" project and the research field of molecular spintronics. It combines molecular electronics, in which molecules serve as components of electronic devices, and spintronics, which uses the electrical and magnetic properties of electrons to process and store information. More information

Prestigeous award of the American Physical Society for Michael Bonitz

Aug 05, 2021

Michael BonitzFor his ground breaking research in the field of Warm Dense Matter Professor Michael Bonitz from the Institute for Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics of Kiel University (CAU) receives the John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research 2021. With this award the American Physical Society (APS) every year recognizes a particular recent outstanding achievement in plasma physics research. This year, the citation reads "For developing Monte Carlo methods that overcome the fermion sign problem, leading to the first ab initio data for an electron gas under warm dense matter conditions." Bonitz shares this award with his former Ph.D. students Dr. Tim Schoof (Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron, DESY), Dr. Tobias Dornheim (Center for Advanced Systems Understanding, CASUS, Görlitz), and Dr. Simom Groth (McKinsey & Company), as well as Prof. Dr. William Matthew Colwyn Foulkes (Imperial College London), Dr. Fionn D. Malone (QC Ware), and Dr. Travis Sjostrom (Los Alamos National Laboratory). The award consists of $5,000 and an allowance for registration and travel to the Division of Plasma Physics Annual Meeting.

Warme Dense Matter denotes and exotic state of Matter at extreme pressure and low to moderate temperatures, as they occur in the interior of stars and planets as well as in the core of the Earth. Similar extreme conditions are also being produced in the laboratory, with high power lasers and free electron lasers, such as the European XFEL between Hamburg and Schenefeld  (Schleswig-Holstein). There different materials are being heated, compressed, or strongly excited. The theoretical description of these states of matter is very difficult, because many effects such as the Coulomb interaction of the charged particles, quantum and spin effects of the electrons, and strong excitation have to be taken into account simultaneously. As a consequence, well established theories and computer models fail.

During the past ten years the Kiel plasma physicists, together with their partners from the U.K. and the U.S., achieved a breakthrough. They developed novel quantum Monte Carlo simulations the combination of which ultimately made it possible to accurately predict the behavior of the electrons under all relevant conditions. The computed data have already been incorporated into more complex simulations, such as density functional theory simulations -- the main workhorse in the modeling of atoms, molecules and solids. Moreover, during the last three years, the researchers were able to make numerous theoretical predictions regarding the optical, transport and collective electronic properties, of warm dense matter, the verification of which is subject of future experiments. The scientific works of the team received already more than 1000 citations and many prizes for young researchers.

Dornheim, Groth, SchoofDr. Tim Schoof, meanwhile a research scientist at DESY Hamburg in the area Research with  photons/Scientific Computing), in his Ph.D. thesis in the group of  Professor Michael Bonitz, achieved the first numerical implementiation of the novel Configuration Path Integral Monte Carlo approach (CPIMC) and its application to the uniform electron gas. This work laid the basis for the success of the research team. Dr. Simon Groth, now a consultant at McKinsey & Co., continued the CPIMC developments in his Master thesis and Ph.D thesis in the  group of Michael Bonitz. Dr. Tobias Dornheim, presently a research scientist in the area of warme dense matter at the Center for Advanced Systems Understanding, Görlitz, developed, in his Ph.D thesis in the group of Michael Bonitz, Permutation Blocking Path Integral Monte Carlo and various original solutions for the Ab initio computation of thermodynamic properties of warm dense matter. More recently he has developed numerous additional innovative concepts which include the computation of the dynamic structure factor, the local field correction and the linear and nonlinear density response of the electron gas which have significantly advanced the field of warm dense matter.
(Photo: Dr. Tobias Dornheim (left), Dr. Simon Groth, Dr. Tim Schoof. (C) CASUS/privat)

Selected original publication:

  • T. Schoof, M. Bonitz, A. Filinov, D. Hochstuhl, and J.W. Dufty, Configuration Path integral Monte Carlo, Contrib. Plasma Phys. 51, No. 8, 687-697 (2011)
  • T. Dornheim, S. Groth, A. Filinov and M. Bonitz, Permutation blocking path integral Monte Carlo: A highly efficient approach to the simulation of strongly degenerate non-ideal fermions, New J. Phys. 17, 073017 (2015)
  • T. Schoof, S. Groth, J. Vorberger, and M. Bonitz, Ab initio thermodynamic results for the degenerate electron gas at finite temperature, Phys. Rev. Lett.115, 130402 (2015)
  • T. Dornheim, S. Groth, T. Sjostrom, F. D. Malone, W.M.C. Foulkes, and M. Bonitz, Ab initio Quantum Monte Carlo simulation of the warm dense electron gas in the thermodynamic limit, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 156403 (2016)
  • S. Groth, T. Dornheim, T. Sjostrom, F. D. Malone, W.M.C. Foulkes, and M. Bonitz, Ab initio Exchange-Correlation Free Energy of the Uniform Electron Gas at Warm Dense Matter Conditions, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 135001 (2017)
  • T. Dornheim, S. Groth, J. Vorberger, and M. Bonitz, Path Integral Monte Carlo Results for the Dynamic Structure Factor of Correlated Electrons: From the Electron Liquid to Warm Dense Matter, Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 255001 (2018)
  • T. Dornheim, J. Vorberger, and M. Bonitz, Nonlinear Electronic Density Response in Warm Dense Matter, Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 085001 (2020)
  • Overview article: T. Dornheim, S. Groth, and M. Bonitz, The Uniform Electron Gas at Warm Dense Matter Conditions, Phys. Rep. 744, 1-86 (2018)


Press release of Kiel University, 4.8.2021

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