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DFG to fund three new research units
Date:7/17/2013

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The Research Unit "Multifunctional Changes to Materials and Energy" is concerned with heat engines which can produce or absorb mechanical work, heat and chemicals as required. With energy transition a major objective, energy conversion and storage are more important than ever. However, processes to date are designed for one type of energy only. For example, engines only convert the chemical energy of fuel into mechanical work. The Research Unit seeks to use engines to produce high-quality basic chemicals as a "by-product". This would allow fuels to be used more effectively and also superfluous energy to be stored in the form of such chemicals. (Spokesperson: Professor Dr. Burak Atakan, University of Duisburg-Essen)

Molecules encounter surfaces and settle on them -- this is the process being investigated by the "funCOS -- Functional Molecular Structures on Complex Oxide Surfaces" Research Unit. Researchers from the areas of chemistry, physics and materials science will use selected systems to analyze the binding properties of larger molecules on oxide surfaces on an atomic scale. They have at their disposal a number of sophisticated experimental methods which have recently allowed new insight into this area, which has received little research to date. The primary goal is to create a knowledge-based design of molecule-oxide interfaces and thus acquire fundamental knowledge for future generations of semi-conductors and catalytic converters. (Spokesperson: Professor Dr. Jrg Libuda, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg)


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Contact: Marco Finetti
marco.finetti@dfg.de
49-228-885-2230
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
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