Positions

Bachelor and Master Projects

We study dynamical processes in condensed matter, which form a basis for complex technological and biological functions. For these studies of molecular dynamics, we combine experimental approaches, in particular, NMR studies, with computational approaches, e.g., MD simulations.

Currently, bachelor and master projects are available in the following fields:

How do proteins work?

We investigate protein-solvent mixtures. The goal is to characterize the protein and solvent dynamics as well as their interplay. In this way, we intend to develop a microscopic understanding of biological functions.

What alters polymer dynamics?

We study chain-like molecules of various lengths so as to ascertain the crossover from a molecule to a polymer, in particular, the onset of polymer-specific dynamics. Moreover, we address the question in which way a presence of ions or interfaces, as found, e.g., in polymer nano-composite electrolytes, alters polymer dynamics.

How do nano-confinements affect the properties of liquids?

We ascertain how confinement to nanoscopic spaces affects the structure, dynamics, and phase behavior of liquids. Such understanding is of enormous relevance in nanotechnology.

How does electric current flow in lithium ion batteries?

We analyze the mechanism for charge transport in materials for lithium ion batteries. In particular, we ascertain which effects limit the electric conductivity and, thus, technological applications of lithium ion condcutors.

Methods?

In all projects, NMR experiments or MD simulations can be performed. In some cases, dielectric spectroscopy can be applied.

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