Perspectives on Switchable Systems and Materials for Smart Electronics

Since 2015 the EU-funded Integrated Training Network "iSwitch" has been bringing together some of the leading European research groups at the interface of chemistry and physics to train the next generation researchers on the the emerging topic of smart electronics. The final symposium of the network organized by Prof. Stefan Hecht and Prof. Norbert Koch, both members of IRIS Adlershof, will highlight key achievements and discuss future perspectives in this burgeoning area of research.

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Distinguished Professor Rich Spontak visits IRIS Adlershof

Distinguished Professor Rich Spontak from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering of North Carolina State University visits IRIS Adlershof from November 05th to December 02nd as a guest professor of the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung within the project Experimental Systems. Professor Spontak’s focus areas in research are polymer morphology and phase stability, multifunctional and nanostructured polymers, blends and networks, and the application of microscopy techniques to polymer science and engineering. On November 19th, he will speak at an IRIS seminar on "Designing selective membranes from the ground-up: A Polymer Scientists Playground".


New BMBF junior research group “Diamond Nanophotonics for On-Chip Quantum Technology” as part of the BMBF Quantum Future funding

Since October Dr. Tim Schröder has been forming a junior research group on “Spin-defect centers in nanophotonic circuits for quantum information processing” at the Physics Department of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His group will be funded by a five-year BMBF project “Diamond nanophotonics for on-chip quantum technology” within the framework of the program Quantum Futur. Before his return, Dr. Schröder who finished his doctoral studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2012 spent the last four years as a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA) and two years as an assistant professor at the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI, Denmark) where he worked on hybrid integrated photonic systems to control individual spin-based quantum memories in diamonds and gallium arsenide. His research was awarded the Carl Ramsauer Prize and has been funded by a Feodor Lynen scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and a Marie Sklodowska Curie fellowship from the European Union. At Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Dr. Schröder will continue to work on these topics while taking advantage of the resources that  IRIS Adlershof has to offer. For example, he will collaborate closely with the nano optics research group of Prof. Oliver Benson who is also an IRIS member.

The overall scientific goal of the project “Diamond Nanophotonics for On-Chip Quantum Technology” is to combine defect centers in diamonds and nanophotonic structures into compact, hybrid on-chip modules and then to demonstrate their operational interconnections, which will be a crucial step towards quantum information processes based on optically active solid state materials. Defect centers that interconnect with high rates form the basis for quantum networks, which can be used for remote quantum communication or complex quantum computing. IRIS Adlershof wishes Dr. Schröder much success in obtaining these goals and is looking forward to a fruitful collaboration.



Outstanding Berlin Science: Seven excellence clusters for the Berlin University Alliance

Seven Cluster of Excellence in the Excellence Strategy of the Federal Government and the Länder approved for the Berlin University Alliance. Members of IRIS Adlershof participate in the following clusters as PIs:

Matters of Activity: Image Space Material - A new culture of material
(Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe, Prof. Matthias Staudacher)

MATH+  - How Berlin mathematics is shaping the future (Prof. Michael Hintermüller)

Unifying Systems in Catalysis (UniSysCat) - How to Understand and Utilize Networks in Catalysis
(Prof. Stefan Hecht, Prof. Christian Limberg)

We congratulate the participating researchers and look forward to a good cooperation!