Nanostructured Inorganic Materials

The introduction of defined nanostructures in materials can improve their properties or even create entirely new properties. In the group we deal with two different types of nanostructured inorganic materials. One focus are mesoporous silicates and metal oxides, which are created by solg-gel and templating strategies. The other are metal nanoparticles made by colloidal synthesis. For both material classes of substances, the nanostructuring greatly increases the surface-to-volume ratio. This makes these materials predestined for all applications in which surface (atoms) play a role, mainly catalysis. In a number of projects, e.g. in the UniSysCat Cluster of Excellence, we are therefore researching nanostructured materials as catalysts, among other things for electrocatalytic water splitting or the conversion of CO2 into valuable chemicals.