News from May 24, 2013
The Collaborative Research Center 658 "Molecular Processes in Switches at Surfaces" will get funded for another four years (third funding period) by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG).
The Collaborative Research Centre 658 "Elementary processes in molecular switches at surfaces" investigates molecular switching processes driven by external excitations in well defined molecular systems at solid surfaces. We focus on reversible conformational changes of individual molecules and ensembles leading to measurable changes of functional (e.g. optical, electronic or magnetic) properties of the system. Our focus on elementary processes includes investigation of all individual steps, physical parameters and interactions which induce and influence the process of molecular switching. Research in the SFB 658 is based on various complementary methods from synthesis of molecular systems, characterization of structural and electronic properties by quantitative surfaces sciences techniques and theoretical modelling. The long-term goals are to develop novel functionalities, like cooperative switching processes, and criteria for applications in molecular functional devices.