Chair of Applied Physics participates in new research training group

Logo of the research training group "Planar Carbon Lattices"

The new Research Training Group (RTG) 2861 of TU Dresden and FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg combines innovation and interdisciplinarity in research and education in the field of planar carbon lattices (PCL). It is one of eleven Research Training Groups nationwide that have currently been approved by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the next five years. The speaker is Thomas Heine, Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at TU Dresden, deputy speaker is Janina Maultzsch, Chair of Experimental Physics at FAU.

With the Research Training Group 2861, the universities of TU Dresden and FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg are launching a joint initiative for the comprehensive training of scientists in the still relatively young but rapidly developing field of planar carbon lattices (PCL). This new class of materials are atomically precisely ordered materials whose basal plane forms a 1D or 2D lattice, for example graphene nanoribbons or 2D polymers. PCLs combine the chemical variety of planar molecular building blocks with the structural diversity of 2D lattices, making it possible to produce materials with virtually any properties from carbon, entirely without the use of toxic, rare, or noble elements. Thomas Heine, Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at TU Dresden and speaker of the RTG explains, “The RTG 2861 benefits from the complementary infrastructure and expertise of the TUD and FAU sites. We are creating a unique combination between synthetic chemistry, condensed matter physics, and materials science and aim to jointly explore and synthesize new PCLs using experimental and theoretical methods. These could find future applications in quantum materials, optoelectronic or electrochemical devices of the next generation.”

Due to the rapid development and interdisciplinary nature of the field, so far there is no standard approach to research-based PCL education. The RTG aims to build this needed standard through an interdisciplinary research and qualification program that combines chemistry, physics and materials science. Janina Maultzsch, professor of experimental physics at FAU, is the deputy speaker of the RTG 2861. She describes the training concept as follows: “We will develop open-access online lectures and tutorials for beginners and advanced students and intend to publish an open-access textbook on PCLs. Research and education at two sites will be facilitated by a virtual research environment combining digital teaching with online tools for sharing information and research data.”

Another important component of the RTG are broad diversity measures, which, on the one hand, aim for a 50% share of female doctoral researchers and, on the other hand, focus on the promotion of young talents from developing countries. “I am particularly pleased about the commitment of FAU and TUD, which each provide a preparatory scholarship for students from developing countries. In conjunction with our open science program, we hope to enable international talent to enter top science,” explains speaker Thomas Heine.

Media contact:

Prof. Thomas Heine
Speaker GRK 2861
TU Dresden
phone: 0351 463 37637

Prof. Janina Maultzsch
Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik
Local speaker GRK 2861
FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
phone: 09131 85-27073