SFB 1073 Atomic scale control of energy conversion
Welcome to the 2nd Funding Period of the CRC 1073
The overarching goal of the CRC 1073 is to understand and control the elementary steps of energy conversion in materials with tunable excitations and interactions. Our studies focus on new materials systems and conversion routes that are highly promising for future applications in energy conversion and storage, but are at an early stage of scientific discovery. Thus, the CRC is a knowledge-driven research initiative in the area of the physical and chemical sciences that contributes to the microscopic understanding of excitations, relaxation, thermalization and conversion steps down to the atomic scale.
In order to gain control of the elementary energy conversion steps, we work with materials systems, where excitation spectra and excitation interactions can be tuned by materials design or by active control, i.e. complex oxides, heterostructures, and molecular metal complexes. Three different types of elementary conversion steps are selected, along which we have aligned our projects in three topical areas (A,B,C) so that they form an entire conversion chain: Control of dissipation (A), conversion of optical excitations (B), and photon- and electron driven reactions (C). In the first CRC period, we have developed a number of highly advanced atomic-resolution, ultrafast and spectroscopic methods and have applied them to CRC model systems. In combination with a variety of theoretical techniques, this has provided remarkable insights into the mechanisms controlling elementary steps of energy conversion in tunable systems.
In the second CRC period starting in July 2017, we will focus on materials and control tactics that show the highest potential for gaining understanding and control. The long term goal of the CRC is developing control tactics to steer energy conversion via tunable excitations and interactions and finally to use our understanding of successful control tactics to offer scientific guidelines for the engineering of new energy conversion solutions.