The research of the Department of Surfaces and Interfaces is focused on the exploration of new material properties related to surface, interface, and size effects in nanomaterials. A wide range of objects is studied, including ultra-thin layers of metals, oxides, or ceramics, furthermore nanoparticles, mono- and bi-metallic nanostructures, carbon-based nanomaterials, mesoporous structures, and hetero-interfaces. All studies are based on a thorough multi-scale investigation of the growth, structure and composition of the materials, as well as the characterization of their structural and physical properties.
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The research fields of the department cover the study of Carbon-Based Nanomaterials, Functional Nanostructured Materials, the development of 3D Electron Tomography, the analysis of ultrafast Magnetization Dynamics, Spin Precession, Magnetoelectricity, the assessment of the physical properties of nanoscale and sub-nanoscale Molecules and Magnetic Materials. Atomistic Simulations and Electronic Band Structure Calculations developed by the theory team allow gaining further insight of fundamental growth mechanisms and electronic structure.