New Carbonization Concepts
The greatest obstacle for the use of ecologically sustainable electronic products and chemical processes is often the difficult access to sustainable resources. To fill such sustainability gaps in future industrial processes we explore new methods for the production of functional materials for electronic processes. Functional carbon nanomaterials are among the most promising materials for a range of future applications in electronics, optoelectronics, or catalytic systems. On the industrial scale, however, their application is inhibited by tedious and expensive preparation processes and a lack of control over the material parameters.
On the way from the initial condensation of biomolecules towards functional devices a multitude of reactions leads to a broad palette of functional units within such carbon nanomaterials. Therefore, we pursue the goal of understanding such complex reaction sequences and identifying targeted synthesis protocols towards functional compounds. Precise preparation methods, such as microwave and laser-assisted synthesis help to investigate and understand complex carbonization processes, on the one hand, and to tailor highly functional carbon-based materials for electronic applications, on the other.