Energy Research



14th July 2015:

Congratulations! The proposal DIABASE “Highly sensitive diamond and carborundum nano-sensors and bio-markers with NIR optical addressability”, submitted under the ERA.Net RUS Plus initiative has been selected for funding. Project partners are: Würzburg / Germany (as Coordinator), Ulm and Stuttgart / Germany, Moscow and St. Petersburg / Russia, Vienna / Austria, Krakow / Poland, Tallin / Estonia, Turku / Finland.


21st May 2015:

Congratulations to Katrin Anneser, ZAE Bayern and EP6. Her project "Development of an energy efficient solar energy storage system based on a printed solar cell and supercapacitor" will be funded by Deutsche Bundesumweltstiftung (DBU).


19th May 2015:

Our new publication on room-temperature single-emitters based on spin centers in SiC: The work entitled "Engineering near infrared single photon emitters with optically active spins in ultrapure silicon carbide" has been accepted for publication in Nature Communications. Have a look at the preprint at arXiv:1407.7065.


11th May 2015:

The German Research Council (DFG) established a new Research Training Group (GRK2112) Molecular Biradicals: Structure, Properties and Reactivity, in which EP6 is participating. See also the press release of the University of Würzburg (in German).


7th September 2014:

'Essentials of Energy Technology' - Sources, Transport, Storage, Conservation - the newest book publication by Jochen Fricke and Walter Borst was recently highlighted in Energy Technology 2, 660 (2014), Physik in Unserer Zeit 45 (5), 254 (2014) and Physik Journal 13 (6), 54 (2014). Energy Technology sums it up the following: "The authors filled the book's intended scope systematically, quite thoroughly and clearly: as conceived and executed it is one of the most useful text-books of modern energy technologies now in print."


26th August 2014:

Nanotechnology features an interview with Vladimir Dyakonov in their 'Highlights From 25 Years' web page to honor his contribution to ground-breaking work, published in Nanotechnology vol. 15 in 2004 with the title 'Influence of nanomorphology on the photovoltaic action of polymer-fullerene composites'. The paper will also remain free-to-read for the rest of the year.


2nd July 2014:

We congratulate Hannes Kraus for winning the prestigious DAAD Postdoctoral P.R.I.M.E. Fellowship. His research project, titled "Silicon Carbide Atomic Scale Spin Center Radiation Engineering - SiC ASPIRINE" aims at developing a solid state maser that works at room temperature. He will stay as a PostDoc for one year in the group of Dr. Takeshi Ohshima at the Semiconductor Analysis and Radiation Effects Laboratory, at JAEA in Japan, Takasaki. See also the press release of the University of Würzburg (in German).


24th January 2014:

Triplet excited states in single wall carbon nanotubes were for the first time experimentally observed using spin-sensitive experimental techniques. Read more in the recent Nature Photonics issue. See also the press release of the University of Würzburg (in German).


20th January 2014:

Solid-state quantum microwave emitters based on silicon vacancies in silicon carbide at room temperature were reported in Nature Physics. See also the press release of the University of Würzburg (in German).


16th January 2014:

Fullerene heterodimers could be the next big thing for advancing the performance of fullerene acceptors in OPV. Our recent work on this new class of molecules has been published in Advanced Energy Materials. These heterodimers exhibit different conformations in solution and solid films that change the fullerenes' electronic coupling. This leads to charge localization on one of the two fullerenes (solution) or delocalization over both fullerenes (film), as shown using multifrequency electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR) and theoretical modeling. The enhanced electron delocalization is essential in terms of breaking up the light-induced initially Coulomb bound charge carrier pairs into free charges.
UPDATE Our paper made it to the cover of Volume 4, Issue 7.


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