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The physicists of the Department of Chemistry and Physics of Materials provide introductory and advanced physics based teaching, which make up a fundamental part of the courses in Engineering, Chemistry and Physics of Materials, Biology and Geology. Following the Humboldt principle we aim to combine teaching and research involving students right from the beginning. We provide both experimental and theoretical expertise in physics highlighted by three core research topics: Solid State Physics, Raman Spectroscopy, and Biological Physics. 

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Solid State Physics

Materials are employed in a broad spectrum of applications ranging from electronic devices via solar cells to catalysts. In electronic transport and chemical reactions the properties and processes on the atomic scale matter. The group investigates electronic properties, optical excitations, and  chemical interaction using first principles modeling within the framework of density functional theory and many body perturbation theory and complimentary experiments. Recentlly our research has been focused on doping of semi conductors, realisation of quantum bits and sensors by defects in semiconductors, and adsorbate systems at the surface of solids.

Raman Spectroscopy

The group mainly investigates and characterises condensed matter and liquid phases  of both organic and inorganic materials using Raman spectroscopy and other characterization techniques.

Biological Physics

The research group, biological physics, is focussed on understanding how physical principles and phenomena influence biological systems and the environment. There are two major research themes, one directed towards understanding the physics of morphogenesis and the other on the interactions of living systems with radiation. This work requires strong collaborations between biologists, physicists, materials scientists, mathematicians and other disciplines.