2 succesful PhD defenses in 2021

On October 29th our colleague Henning Runge succesfully held his defense on "Growth, single-particle, and ensemble X-ray diffraction from model catalysts under operando reaction conditions". Our colleague Steffen Tober (pictured) followed suit in December 2021, successfully defending his PhD thesis on "Near-Surface Iron Cation Transport in Magnetite". Congratulations and every success and happiness in the future!

Innovative ideas for the energy carrier of the future

An innovative approach could turn nanoparticles into simple reservoirs for storing hydrogen. An article on how and which possibilities this is offering has been published in Winter 2021. For more information, click here or read the article.

The palladium nanoparticles (green) are stabilised by a core of iridium (red). Hydrogen can accumulate on their surface like a kind of chocolate glaze - and can be released again by heating. Credit: DESY, Andreas Stierle

Single Alloy Nanoparticle X-Ray Imaging during a Catalytic Reaction

Unprecedented view of a single catalyst nanoparticle at work

After the publication of their groundbreaking article on how the chemical composition of the surface changes under catalytic reaction conditions in Science Advances some of the authors gathered to celebrate. For more information go to the article in Science Advances or look here.

from left to right: Ivan Vartaniants, Andreas Stierle, Young Yong Kim, Thomas F. Keller

Dancing Molecules

Marcus Creutzburg as head author and fellow scientists have published an article on Heterogeneous adsorption and superstructure formation of organic molecules on an iron oxide surface in cooperation with colleagues from the TU Hamburg. For the first time the collective arrangement of organic acid molecules on an iron oxide surface at the atomic level has been deciphered. The article has received wide recognition and is mentioned on DESY news. It is a result of the TUHH’s Collaborative Research Centre 986 “Tailor-Made Multiscale Material Systems (M3)” of which the DESY NanoLab is a partner.

CORAERO project: stopping viruses spreading

The NanoLab represented by Heshmat Noei is participating in a Helmholtz Association project to overcome the Covid-19-pandemic within the project CORAERO - "Airborne Transmission of SARS Coronavirus - From Fundamental Science to Efficient Air Cleaning Systems". CORAERO focuses on researching and preventing virus transmission through aerosols and droplets. Click here for more information on this project.



DESY NanoLab researcher, Heshmat Noei, studies virus inactivation on photocatalysts in the framework of the CORAERO project, financed by the Helmholtz Call for Pandemic

Communications Chemistry has just informed us that Elin Grånäs' image for the article Role of hydroxylation for the atomic structure of a non-polar vicinal zinc oxide’ has been found striking and is featuring as a banner on their journal hompage
The Article has been published in January 2021.

Cover of the ACS Catalysis, Volume 10, 22, November 2020. Drawing by Mike Wagstaffe for the newly accepted article "Ultrafast Real-Time Dynamics of CO Oxidation over an Oxide Photocatalyst", copyright by ACS Catalysis. For more information scroll down to New NanoLab Publications

NFFA-Europe will become PILOT for new schemes of Research Infrastructure: NEP (NFFA-Europe-Pilot) in Spring 2021

In the past the DESY NanoLab has succesfully participated in the European research project nanoscience foundries and fine analysis (NFFA) which succesful links the unique competences of specialized academic laboratories with the larger national and international institutes and the combined usage of the large scale analytical facilities. We are happy to announce that NFFA-NEP, a follow-up pilot project, has been approved in which the DESY NanoLab will also join and support international research with its team and facilities.


DESY Strategy Board DSF has approved and will fund Corona-related Research Project

DSF Corona Call

The NanoLab is thrilled to announce that the DESY Strategy Board DSF has approved Dr Heshmat Noei's proposal "How does TiO2 clean air from Corona Virus?" as scientifically very attractive and fitting the call.

Heshmat is overseeing the NanoLab spectroscopy laboratory and will use its facilities for this important inquiry. We congratulate Heshmat and wish her lots of success with her research!

Jean-Marie Lehn und Klaus von Klitzing-Preis 2020 for the best Master thesis in Nanoscience at Hamburg University

We are very happy to announce that our colleague Helena Gleißner has received this price for her master's thesis on Photoinduced CO Oxidation on N-doped TiO2.

Helena is currently one of our PhD students at the NanoLab.


Degrees at the NanoLab

Despite the Corona virus and all induced restrictions and limitations we are happy to announce that two NanoLab colleagues have succesfully defended their PhD theses in May 2020.
Congratulations from the whole team and all the best of luck and success for their future!

In addition in May as well as in June 2020 Alexander Meinhardt and Erik Beck have successfully defended their Master thesis' - in a virtual seminar too.
We wish them best of luck and success for the future and their next professional steps likewise.

Marcus Creutzburg and Guilherme Dalla Lana Semione celebrating their successful disputations.

CXNS (Center for X-ray and Nano Science)

The new CXNS is under construction. We are looking forward to moving into our new facilities by spring 2021 and to using state of the art research laboratories in short walking distance to the large scale light sources on the DESY compound.