The six main research areas at CENIDE structure the scientific expertise of the more than 70 working groups thematically—but they are by no means to be understood as exclusive.

Dynamic processes in solids

The dynamics of elementary excitations in solids, on surfaces or in nanoparticles or nanostructures are being investigated with the highest time resolution at CENIDE. Structural excitations, phase transitions, transient heating and cooling are traced with electron or ray diffraction with time resolution of a few 100 femtoseconds.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Marika Schleberger

Gas-phase synthesis of nanomaterials

The synthesis of nanoparticles in the gas phase enables the manufacture of ultra-clean customised materials in scalable processes. CENIDE investigates gas phase processes extensively – based on the mechanistic observation of gas phase chemistry, the interaction of particles with molecules and particles with particles.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Christof Schulz


Catalysis plays an important role on the one hand in the chemical industry, because more than 80% of all chemical products are made in catalytic processes, and on the other hand for new applications in energy conversion and storage, e.g., in fuel cells. Within CENIDE, the synthesis and characterization of highly active, selective and stable nanomaterials for heterogeneous catalysis is in the focus.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Stephan Schulz

Magnetic materials

In the field of magnetism, the real focus at CENIDE is on the production and highly specific characterisation of new materials and hybrids from the microscopic to the macroscopic length scales and on ab-initio modelling.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Heiko Wende

Nanomaterials for health

Biomaterials are natural or artificial substances in contact with biological systems. CENIDE is involved in the investigation of this interaction between materials, surfaces, particles, and macromolecules.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Schlücker

Functional materials for energy applications

In the field of NanoEnergy technology, CENIDE has been tackling the question of how nanomaterials can be used profitably for energy technology, especially in the field of energy conversion and energy storage. For this purpose, the state-of-the-art NanoEnergieTechnikZentrum (NETZ) research building – boasting a total area of around 4000 m2 – has been built to ensure the continued success of this fundamental work.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Christof Schulz