Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Mathematisch-Naturwissen­schaft­liche Fakultät - Advanced Materials

Graduate School "Advanced Materials"

The graduate school “Advanced Materials” offers doctoral students in the interdisciplinary research field of novel materials and systems for electronic and optoelectronic structured support to attain excellent professional qualification and competent assistance for their career development.

Investigating modern and emergent functional materials with up to now inaccessible optical, electronic, mechanical, and chemical properties is part of the long-term strategic development for the Department of Physics and the Department of Chemistry. In addition to basic analysis, the materials will be evaluated with regard to their applicability in electronic, optoelectronic and renewable-energy converting devices and their technological implementation will be initiated. The complex physical and chemical properties of particular materials as well as their capabilities and constraints are subject of current research and development and will remain so in the long term.

The graduate school therefore focuses on the close interaction between physics and chemistry, experiment and theory, as well as fundamental and application-related aspects during the interdisciplinary education with new research approaches. The establishment of the graduate school is consequently a natural but essential component of the long-term strategic development concept. Comprehensive specialist and multidisciplinary offers, coordinated supervision as well as international cooperation will guide doctoral students towards excellent research and professional qualification.


Graduate School "Advanced Materials": First admission of members

This April, the Graduate School "Advanced Materials" (GS-AM) admitted 22 doctoral students as members, from HU Berlin, FU Berlin, TU Berlin, and Potsdam Universität. The mission of GS-AM is to provide superior qualification for doctoral students across Berlin and Potsdam, in research on modern and emerging advanced materials for optics, electronics, and optoelectronics, as well as in transferable skills.

The research projects of our students are devoted to unraveling fundamental and applied aspects of 3D and 2D inorganic semiconductors, organic semiconductors, and their hybrids. During the current period of reduced access to the universities, GS-AM offers online-courses by professional trainers, on topics such as scientific writing/presentation, project management, and scientific leadership. We all hope that meeting in person will become possible eventually, but for the time being digital instruments are our key for interaction.

The next term of applications to GS-AM will be in the fall of 2020.

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