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Impressive Testimony to the Tremendous Diversity of Nanomembrane Research

At the second Annual Meeting of the Research Center MAIN at Chemnitz University of Technology, approximately 80 researchers discussed current trends in nanomembrane research

On September 26, 2023, on the occasion of the second Annual Meeting of the Research Center for Materials, Architectures and Integration of Nanomembranes (MAIN) at Chemnitz University of Technology (TUC), about 80 scientists, students, members, affiliates, and representatives of cooperating institutions and companies came together at the central scientific institution of Chemnitz University of Technology. Their subject of discussion was current trends and issues of nanomembrane research. 

Four keynote presentations by MAIN scientists and 28 poster contributions - the majority of which were presented by postgraduate students from the 16 MAIN research groups - offered fascinating insights into this technologically highly innovative field of research and provided an opportunity to engage in conversation and explore new topics along the disciplinary boundaries of materials science. The event took place in a hybrid format. 

In the first of the four keynote lectures, Prof. Dr. Sibylle Gemming, holder of the Professorship of Theoretical Physics of Quantum Mechanical Processes and Systems at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Chemnitz University of Technology, addressed the question of what challenges may arise when performing simulations of the formation, modification and application of nanomembrane-like structures and what answers have already been found in the interdisciplinary "ecosystem" at the Research Center MAIN in terms of theoretical concepts. 

Prof. Dr. Georgeta Salvan, Principal Investigator of the MAIN Research Group Magneto-Optics and Deputy Spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Center/Transregio (SFB/TRR) "Hyperpolarization in Molecular Systems" (HYP*MOL) — which was recently acquired jointly with the University of Leipzig — presented the large scientific collaborative project and addressed particularly viable links to other research directions at the Research Center MAIN. 

Prof. Dr. Dietrich R. T. Zahn, head of the Professorship of Semiconductor Physics at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, took his audience on a journey into the colorful world of semiconductor nanocrystals that, in the shape of quantum dots, exhibit a variety of interesting spectroscopic properties as well as great application potential as quantum dot light-emitting diodes or solar cells. Zahn's particular focus was on environmentally benign chemical approaches to the fabrication and study of these materials. 

Finally, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Wunderle, head of the Professorship of Materials and Reliability of Microsystems at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at Chemnitz University of Technology, presented approaches and challenges in thermal-mechanical reliability characterization of system-integrated micro- and nanostructures at ultra-low temperatures. 

"The event gave an impressive testimony of the tremendous diversity of research work around nanomembranes and related material structures at the MAIN Research Center of Chemnitz University of Technology and the high scientific quality of the results," summarized Prof. Oliver G. Schmidt, Scientific Director of the Central Scientific Institution MAIN. 

(Author: Dr. Thomas Blaudeck / Translation: Brent Benofsky)

Matthias Fejes

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