Research

We are mainly interested in carbon (and hybrid) nanomaterials, including nanodiamonds, carbon dots, carbon nitrides or titanium carbides (MXene). We are applying synchrotron-based soft X-ray spectroscopies, infrared spectroscopy and laser-based time-resolved spectroscopies to probe electronic and chemical processes occuring on these materials, in particular in liquid environment.

Several topics are currently investigated in our group:

NDs microjet

Hydration induces modification of the carbon K edge XAS signature of nanodiamonds.

Spectro NDs

Spectroscopy methods used to probe water hydrogen bond network.

DIACAT_solarFuel

Carbon materials may be used to produce solar fuels in the future.

Funding

Our research is supported by third-party fundings, including:

  • Freigeist Fellowship from the Volkswagen Foundation (No. 89592, 08/2015-07/2020).
  • DIACAT (EU Horizon 2020 FET Open, Grant Agreement No. 665085, 07/2015-06/2019).
  • DAAD PhD Scholarship (10/2016-09/2019).
  • Humboldt postdoctoctoral Fellowship (06/2013-05/2015).