Welcome to the website of Prof. Dr. Markus Retsch
My team and I work on periodic and amorphous functional nanostructures using a wide range of materials. Our predominant route towards well-defined nano- and mesostructured materials starts with the design of colloidal particles, which resemble the fundamental building blocks.
These are being assembled into two- and three-dimensional arrays, which not only adds an additional length scale of structure, but also functionality. We have developed simple, yet robust techniques to assemble colloidal spheres into ordered monolayers. Of particular interest are the optical, mechanical, and thermal properties of latex particles, hollow spheres, and plasmonic nanoparticles.
We are currently seeking a highly motivated PhD student to work on our new SFB840 project. The primary task of the candidate will be to investigate thermal transport in photoactive materials. The project entitles the development of new characterization techniques, which allow for an orientation dependent thermal transport characterization in thin films. These will be applied to a range of cutting edge photoactive materials. We will also address multifunctional properties such as the in-situ characterization of operating solar cells. This interdisciplinary project will be conducted jointly with an active collaboration with a synthetic chemistry and theoretical physics group.
If you have a keen interest in the development of new characterization techniques and to explore the interplay between light and thermal transport please send your application to Markus Retsch.