Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS)

Ruprecht Haensel Laboratory

RHL As a joint research facility of Kiel University and the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, the Ruprecht Haensel Laboratory combines state-of-the-art instruments and methods of nanoresearch, makes new developments available to international cooperation partners and, with joint appointments, ensures that teaching in the field of nanoscience and surface physics is strengthened in a research-oriented manner. More 

The experimental stations of the Ruprecht Haensel Laboratory developed in Kiel and operated at DESY include the instruments LISA and ASPHERE. Investigating the motion of atoms at liquid interfaces over many time scales is the field of application of the X-ray diffractometer LISA. It enables atoms to be excited with a high-power laser in order to study in detail, for example, the biochemical processes at cell membranes by scattering short X-ray pulses. The photoelectron spectrometer ASPHERE is used for questions concerning the understanding and production of new high-tech materials. By filming the behaviour of individual electrons, it is possible, for example, to study and optimise in detail tailor-made quantum materials with novel electronic properties or the course of chemical reactions.

The new Centre for X-Ray and Nano Science (CXNS, currently under construction, completion expected for 2021) will house the Ruprecht Haensel laboratory on the DESY campus in the future. Hereby the Ruprecht Haensel laboratory will be excellently integrated into the DESY infrastructure with its high-intensity X-ray sources PETRA III, FLASH, European XFEL, and it will thus serve as a central interface between the research activities of Kiel University and DESY.

Photo: Heiner Müller-Elsner/DESY


Prof. Dr. Kai Rossnagel
Kiel University, Institute for Experimental and Applied Physics
Phone: 0431/880-3876


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  • all day: KiNSIS Colloquium: KiNSIS Benchmarking (Prof. Dr. Malte Behrens, Inorganic Solid State Chemistry, CAU)
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  • 16:15: Quantum carpets: A tool to observe decoherence (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schleich, University Ulm)
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  • all day: NanoTech Poland 2021
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  • 16:00: Toward an objective assessment of mobility in clinical and daily activity assessments (Arash Atrsaei, EPFL)
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  • all day: NanoTech Poland 2021
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  • 16:15: Femtosecond science on-chip: Capturing light-induced anomalous Hall currents in graphene (Dr. James McIver, Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter)
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  • 17:00: Chemie in unterschiedlichen Dimensionen - von Molekülen über supramolekulare Aggregate zu optoelektronischen Bauteilen (Prof. Dr. Arne Lützen, Uni Bonn)
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  • 12:30: KiNSIS Transfer Lunch: Dr. Mindaugas Bulota, Head of National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre, Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania „Technology transfer practices and success cases at KTU"
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  • 16:15: The present and future of ESA's science program (Prof. Dr. Günther Hasinger, Director of Science, ESA)
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  • 16:00: CRC 1461_006
  • 17:00: Leading beyond Chemistry: Research and Development at Evonik Industries AG (Dr. Felix Müller, Evonik Industries AG)
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  • 16:15: Plasma 2020 – The US National Academies Decadal Assessment of Plasma Physics: Overview and Future Research Opportunities (Prof. Dr. Mark J. Kushner, University of Michigan)
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