Functional Interfaces, Leibniz-IPHT, Jena, Germany

Biophotonics serves as the link to all research activities at the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology’s (Leibniz-IPHT). In line with its motto “Photonics for Life”, the scientists at Leibniz-IPHT are investigating biophotonic processes and advanced fibre laser systems to address issues in the fields of medicine and health sciences.

Three focal points in research are fibre optics and laser systems, photonic detection, and biophotonics. IPHT is involved in research, development and translation into innovative application-oriented systems at the interface of these areas.

The institute was founded in 1992 and has been performing top, world-renowned research ever since. On January 1, 2014, Leibniz-IPHT became a member of the Leibniz Association, jointly supported by the Free State of Thuringia and the federal government. IPHT employs 330 people.

The research department Functional Interfaces at IPHT investigates light-driven processes in molecularly functionalized surfaces. To achieve this goal the department combines material’s design and advanced optical characterization. The characterization aims at deciphering both (local) molecular structure at the surfaces and interfaces and the ultrafast kinetics and structural changes in photoactive surfaces, which are at the core of devices for light-energy conversion. A specific focus of the department in the recent past has been the combination of electrochemical methods, e.g. chronoamperometry and cyclovoltammetry, with (non-linear) optical spectroscopy. This combination of experimental approaches allows us to detail the photoinduced processes in molecular intermediates of complex electron transfer chains. Currently, the department advances its the toolbox of advanced spectroelectrochemical methods towards methods being sensitive to molecular structure and molecular structure changes at interfaces, i.e. time-resolved vibrational sum-frequency generation, and the structure and structural fluctuations of solvents, i.e. two-dimensional IR-absorption spectroscopy.

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Contact person – Prof. Dr. Benjamin Dietzek

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As per COFUND guidelines, fellowship programmes will be based on individual-driven mobility, i.e., researchers will be able to freely choose a research topic fitting their individual needs.

The subject of the research project is expected to contribute to European competitiveness and to be in the general field of Photonics and/or its applications. Within these limitations, applicants can freely choose both their research topic and their host organisation, in the spirit of the ‘European Charter for Researchers’.