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Institute for Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry

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Nadja Bigall receives ERC starting grant

Picture of gel consisting of nanoparticles

Nadja-C. Bigall has received the ERC Starting Grant sponsored by the European Research Council. The ERC-starting grant will promote excellent and visionary research from outstanding young scientists with a total funding of up to 1.5 million euros.

The MAEROSTRUC project, funded by the ERC, is devoted to the targeted arrangement of nanoparticles (also known as gels) in order to develop ultra-pure materials with new physicochemical properties. For example, conductive material produced this way could possibly be used in batteries, as well as in touch screens and sensors or in photocatalysis.

We congratulate Ms. Bigall on winning this prestigious project!

Note: see also press release of the Leibniz Universität Hannover on February 16, 2017

Light on -pore window closed

Light opens and closes the pore windows thus modulating gas transport through a metal-organic framework membrane

Novel membranes, whose selectivity can be dynamically switched to light, have been developed by researchers at the Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry at the Leibniz Universität Hannover and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The researchers built the membranes of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) Azobenzene molecules. Depending on the irradiated wavelength, they assume a straight or an angled shape. In this way, the permeability of the membrane and the separation factor can be infinitely adjusted during the separation of gases or liquids. The researchers report in the journal Nature Communications. (DOI: 10.1038 / ncomms13872)