Chemistry allows the synthesis of ca. 1023 atomically precise copies of a given molecule, making it the ultimate method of nanofabrication from the "bottom up" perspective.
At the INT, in close collaboration among groups in synthetic, physical and theoretical chemistry and physics, we now develop functional molecular nanosystems by iteration of simulation, synthesis, purification, property measurement and device testing. The molecules often involve magnetic or optoelectronic function. Examples include single molecular magnets, electroluminescent organic molecules, photoswitchable organometallic species or inorganic-organic core-shell nanoparticles for medical applications.
Synthesis of metalloid, intermetalloid and hybrid clusters
Molecules that bridge the gap between molecular function and devices
Synthesis of semiconductor cluster molecules in a bottom-up approach and characterization of their structure and properties
Understanding structural and electronic properties of nano-scaled systems
Using ion trapping techniques to study intrinsic photophysical properties of isolated chromophores
Devloping a versatile biomimetic strategy for the design of high-affinity artificial receptors
Interplay of electronic and nuclear spins of magnetic molecules and itinerant electrons of electrodes
Polyoxometalates represent a large class of discrete polynuclear metal-oxo anions with potential applications in catalysis, medicine, magnetism, and material science.
Understanding and predicting biomolecular structure in order to understand the biological functions and mechanisms of disease