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Center for Functional Materials and Nanotechnology

Areas of expertise

The focus of the Center of Functional Materials and Nanotechnology are the modification and analysis of surfaces and the development of applications in the following areas of chemistry and biology:

  • Functional- and biomaterials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Surface analysis
  • Filtration technology in industrial chemistry


Opportunities for cooperation are given within the framework of research and development projects, service contracts, or Bachelor and Master theses in the areas of:

Functional- and biomaterials, nanotechnology

  • development of new modified surfaces using nanotechnology (e.g. Langmuir Blodgett technology, layer-by-layer coating)
  • development of nanofibers based membranes for filtration applications
  • application development in the field of nanotubes and meso porous silical
  • MIPs (Molecularly Imprinted Polymers) for customized absorption and sensory applications
  • encapsulation and controlled release of pharmaceutical actives using nano fibers
  • stabilization of molecules by encapsulation in nano porous materials
  • materials for light management (e.g. light collectors for solar cells)
  • development of new column materials for chromatography
  • synthesis of Janus particles and investigation of their properties

Surface analysis

  • analysis and assessment of surfaces using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM)
  • analysis of surfaces using confocal Raman microscopy
  • measurement of surface charge (zeta potential) of powder, fibers, membranes, woven and non-woven fabrics using streaming potential measurements
  • in vivo/in vitro skin penetration studies of actives

Filtration methods

  • consulting on the selection of appropriate  filtration systems and filter  aid
  • systematic analysis and selection of filter aids
  • depth filter sheets development - use of new fibers and / or inorganic materials
  • tailor-made filtration products for the specific removal of contaminations
  • services for optimizing industrial filtration processes

Special equipment

  • field emission scanning electron microscope (SEM) with EDX
  • atomic force microscope (AFM)
  • zeta potential meter
  • BET surface measurement
  • Pore size analysis
  • X-ray fluorescence spectrometer
  • confocal Raman microscopy (532, 671, 785, 1064 nm)
  • confocal Fluorescence microscopy
  • River Diagnostics Model 3510 Raman Skin Composition Analyzer
  • laboratory filtration plant
  • Jetlab system for rapid prototyping
  • electrospinning equipment for technical scale applications
  • Langmuir Blodgett technology for molecular monolayers
  • dynamic contact angle measurement


Information on current projects and publications is found under "Details".

Dr. Christian Adlhart Head of the Center for Functional Materials and Nanotechnology, Lecturer Details
Dr. Jürgen Ebert Lecturer Details
PD Dr. Dominik Brühwiler Lecturer Details
Prof. Dr. Andrei Honciuc Endowed Metrohm Professorship Details
Lukas Federer Research Associate Details
Michael Edelmann Research Assistant Details
Emmanouil Tzirakis PostDoc Details
Michael Reber Ph.D. Student Details
Yong Zen Tan Ph.D. Student Details
Nicola Zucchetto Ph.D. Student Details
Fabian Deuber Master of Science Student Details
Branislav Pavlovic Master of Science Student Details
Maria de Lourdes Aja Montes Master of Science Student