Research Area B
Institute of Physical Chemistry
University of Freiburg
Phone: +49 761 203 6173
Fax: +49 761 203-6189
Project: AFM based characterization of fuel-driven materials
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thorsten Hugel
Life is far from equilibrium: It is fuelled by constant energy dissipation, which is regulated via a feedback mechanism. Active and adaptive molecular systems use chemicals to fuel their structures in a dissipative steady-state. Once the energy is spent, the system relaxes and returns to the ground state. This results in transient steady states with unusual dynamics, adaptability and autonomous system lifetimes. My objective is to use an atomic force microscope (AFM) to characterize non-equilibrium materials systems across time and length scales.