Inorganic Materials Chemistry

From Precursor Synthesis to Advanced Materials


Job opportunities  / PHD positions  

PhD positions available  We are looking for PhDs for nanowire research as well as precursors for FEBID of superconductors.  Both projects will be carried out in close collaboration with colleagues in physics as well as solid state electronics. Take advantage of an excellent, interdisciplinary environment and join us.  
Please contact Dr. Barth in case you are interested in pursuing a PhD in either of these fields.

"EUROMAT 2023" in Frankfurt (03.-07.09.2023)   

Sven will be co-organiser of two sympossia at EUROMAT 2023.  The teams are almost complete and together we are confident that both sympossia will be a success. Deadlines, calls  etc. will be circulated in due time.  

15th July 2022

"FEBIP 2022" conference contributions   

Felix presented the comparison of FEBID and FEBID deposits using single source precursors at the 8th FEBIP workshop of the Focused-Electron-Beam-Induced-Processing.  In addition, Sven gave an invited talk  entitled "Precursors for direct-write nanofabrication with electrons" and highlighted our recent results complementing a general overview.  Many thanks to the organizers for their efforts to make FEBIP 2022 in Krakow a success.

1st July 2022

Nachrichten aus der Chemie: " Nanodruck mit Elektronenstrahlen"   

An introduction in the field of nano-printing by FEBID will be published in the July issue of Nachrichten aus der Chemie. The article can be accessed as a GDCH member here.

24th June 2022

Invited Seminar at TU Wien   

Sven will give an invited seminar in the solid state electronics department  at TU Wien.

The lecture will be entitled: "Molecule-based synthesis of inorganic Nanomaterials" and include FEBID  as well as current nanowire projects.

18th June 2022

Paper accepted for publication in Advanced Functional Materials

Congrats to our collaborator F. Porrati and all other co-authors. Our joint paper  "Highly-packed proximity-coupled DC Josephson junction arrays by a direct-write approach   has been accepted for publication in Adv. Funct. Mater..  

16th-18th May 2022

Invited talk at Cost action meeting: MultiChem2022 

Sven will present some of our recent results at the COST MultiChem2022 meeting in Boppard. The talk will be entitled: "Bimetallic precursors in focused particle-based deposition: FEBID vs. FIBID".

12th May 2022

Institute Seminar: Lund University 

Sven will give a talk in the chemistry department of Lund University.
The presentation will be entitled: "Synthesis of Inorganic Nanomaterials under Non-Equilibrium Conditions"

Meeting: Nanowireweek 2022 

Great meeting and quite a few fruitful discussions. It shows that in person meetings have benefits.
Sven presented a poster on "Metastable Ge-based nanowire materials", which is a base of our collaboration with Masiar Sistani's group including Raphael Böckle.
Photo (left to right: Masiar, Raphael and Sven)


Paper published in Nanomaterials

Our paper entitled "Vanadium and Manganese Carbonyls as Precursors in Electron-Induced and Thermal Deposition Processes" has been published in MDPI's Nanomaterials.

Invited Talk at FEBID the conference in July

Sven will give an invited talk at the 8th FEBIP workshop of the Focused-Electron-Beam-Induced-Processing. The lecture is entitled "Precursors for direct-write nanofabrication with electrons" and addresses our recent results as well as a general overview. This is the most important meeting of this community and is being held every two years since 2006.  Looking forward to a great meeting at FEBIP 2022 in Krakow.


Invited Talk at ICACC conference

Sven gave an invited talk at the International Conference and Expo on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC). The contribution is entitled "Direct-Writing of Inorganic Nanostructures" and addressed FEBID and FIBID processes. Check out Focussed Session 3 in case you have registered for the conference.

Welcome 2022

We wish visitors of your website as well as our collaborators a successful 2022.

Stay tuned, there are a few papers in the pipeline.  Hence, we will be able to share a few exciting news with you in the near future.


Confirmation: New Project No.2

The DFG grants funding of a PhD project focused on " Synthesis and Transport Phenomena of Nanocale, Metastable Solid Solutions and the Formation of Functional Heterostructures".
The research consortium includes M. Sistani (TU Wien) and M. Huth (Goethe University Frankfurt) who will also work on the topic in the frame of our joint DACH project. More details will be shared in the near future.

In case you are interested in working on topic No.1 or No.2  as a PhD student, please contact S. Barth via email.


First Domino has fallen: New Project No.1

The DFG will fund a PhD  project focused on "Site-Selective Growth and Characterization of Nanocale Superconductors". We will distribute the call for applications soon.
The research will be carried out in close collaboration with M. Huth's group who will also work on this topic with an additional PhD. More details will be shared in the near future.


Paper published in Journal of  Applied Physics 

Our joint perspective paper entitled "Living up to its potential - Direct-write nanofabrication with focused electron beams" has been published in the Journal of Applied Physics.


Paper published in ACS Appl. Mater. Interf. 

Our paper entitled "Direct writing of cobalt silicide nanostructures using single-source precursors" has been pubished in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. New precursors have been tested for applications in FEBID and the electronic properties of the deposits have been determined.  Congrats to Felix on his first paper as first author!


Invited lecture at the NanoNet-Workshop 

Sven will give an invited talk at Nanonet-Workshop in Dresden. The talk is entitled  "Ge-based Nanowires with Metastable Composition: Hyper-Doping and Alloy Formation"

Lecture "Synthesis and Applications of Inorganic Nanomaterials"

The lecture will be held at Goethe University Frankfurt during the winter semester and is accompanied with exercices.
Students at GUF will find more information in the corresponding description published in OLAT

September 2021

EUROMAT 2021: Sympossium on Nanowires

We thank all contributors for their interest and the submission of abstracts. Symposium A3 on “Nanowires and Nanotubes: From Growth Phenomena to Devices” will be
 part of the  EUROMAT 2021 . The online event will take place as planned September 12-16, 2021.

 Check for  updates of the program:  

August 2021

New group member

Paula Metschan decided to join our group. Her master thesis will be focused on nanowire synthesis.  We are looking forward to exciting results in the near future.

18th May 2021

Research Highlight published  on our recent Nanotechnology paper

A reserach highlight related to our paper "Ge Quantum Wire Memristor" has been published on the advances in engineering webpage. The article can be downloaded here.

14th March 2021

Paper accepted for publication in Appl. Phys. Lett. 

A collaborative paper entitled "Spin-wave eigenmodes in direct-write 3D nanovolcanoes" has been accepted for publication in Applied Physics Letters. 

EUROMAT 2021: Sympossium on Nanowires

We are organizing  symposium A3 on “Nanowires and Nanotubes: From Growth Phenomena to Devices
as part of the  EUROMAT 2021 be held September 12-16, 2021 in Graz, Austria.
This will be a great opportunity to present your research and meet your peers.  
Do not miss the opportunity to present your work at EUROMAT 2021 and
submit your abstract, until    

February 28, 2021


14th October 2020

New Review on precursors in FEBID Processes

In this collaboration with Michael Huth, we are trying to bridge the more chemical oriented experiments reported in literature with the actual FEBID process in order to entangle the complex process on the surface. This overview should provide a didactive introduction in the field and some inspiration for the design of new precursors, while being supportive to practitioners in the field. The paper is entitled "Precursors for Direct-Write Nanofabrication with Electrons" and will be published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry C. The review can be downloaded here.

23rd June 2020

Paper published in IOP's Nanotechnology

A collaborative paper with A. Lugstein's group the electric behaviour of very thing Ge NWs has been acceped for publication in IOP's journal Nanotechnology. The paper is entitled "Ge Quantum Wire Memristor" and can be downloaded here.

1st April 2020

Review published in Chemistry of Materials

A rather extensive review on "metastable group IV nanostructures" has been published in Chemistry of Materials. The comprehensive literature survey compares different approaches and the materials obtained. Our paper can be downloaded here:
Metastable Group IV Allotropes and Solid Solutions: Nanoparticles and Nanowires

25 December 2020

New Paper published in Mircomachines

A paper has been published in Michromachines during the christmas period. The study is entitled: “Temperature-Dependent Growth Characteristics of Nb- and CoFe-Based Nanostructures by Direct-Write Using Focused Electron Beam-Induced Deposition"

9th December 2019

MRS Fall Meeting 

Sven gave a talkat the MRS Fall Meeting in Boston. In addition, the conference was a welcome chance to catch up with some long time friends and collaborators from Austria, Germany, Spain etc..  For instance, the Lugstein group including Alois, Masiar and Max posing for a joint picture.

6th November 2019

Talk at Leipzig University

Sven gave a talk in the inorganic chemistry colloquium presenting results on synthesis of nanoscaled materials under non-equilibrium conditions.

16th October 2019

Paper published in Appl. Phys. Lett.

A collaborative paper with A. Lugstein's group on Al exchange and plasmonics in Al NWs has been published in APL. The paper is entitled: 'Nanoscale aluminum plasmonic waveguide with monolithically integrated germanium detector'

23th September 2019

Invited Talk at the "Nanowire Week 19"

Sven will give an invited talk at the Nanowire Week 19 in Pisa. Looking forward to meet many colleagues working in this field and to attend intersisting/inspiring  lectures. Sven will talk about "Ge-based Nanowires with Metastable Composition: Hyper-Doping and Alloy Formation"

September 2019

Michael joins K. Dick's group at Lund University

Michael Seifner will start his postdoc in Kimberly Dick-Thelander's group. We wish him all the best for his endevour in Sweden. Looking forward to future papers dedicated to in situ TEM investigations.

8th July 2019

2nd Paper in 2019 accepted for publication in ACS NANO

Our latest paper on the growth and characterisation of GeSn NWs entitled "Epitaxial Ge0.81Sn0.19 Nanowires as Nanoscale Mid-Infrared Emitters"  has been accepted for publication in ACS Nano. An excellent collaborative effort with J.E.M. Haverkort's group. Congratulation to Michael as first author!

3rd May 2019

New Paper accepted in ACS NANO

A collaborative paper with Michael Huth's group has been accepted for publication in ACS Nano. A study on 3D writing of superconducting material. The paper can be downloaded here:
Crystalline niobium carbide superconducting nanowires prepared by focused ion beam direct writing

2nd May 2019

New Paper published: Crystal Growth & Design

Our latest paper on Ga incorporation in Ge nanowires dependent on the growth conditions has been published in ACS's journal Crystal Growth & Design. Another great collaborative effort with A. Lugstein's group. The paper can be downloaded here:
"Drastic Changes in Material Composition and Electrical Properties of Gallium-seeded Germanium Nanowires”

We will relocate to Frankfurt soon

We have been successful in aquiring funding from the DFG. Sven has been accepted for funding in the frame of the "Heisenberg Programme". In addition, Felix Jungwirth will continue working in the group and start as a PhD student. We are looking forward to close collaboration with M. Huth's group and other groups with interest in similar topics. It is a pleasure to work in this highly interdisciplinary field of materials chemistry/science.

9th January 2019

New Paper accepted in Sensors & Actuators

Excellent start of the new year. A collaborative paper with several groups contributing "Electron Beam Lithography for contacting single nanowires on non-flat suspended substrates"  has been accepted for publication in  Sensors & Actuators B.  The study was led by our long term collaboration partner A. Romano-Rodiguez.
The paper can be downloaded here:  Link to the Paper

26th-30th November 2018

MRS Fall Meeting in Boston

Sven and Michael presented our work on metastable Ge-based materials in two talks during the week. We had a very good time of scientific exchange with colleagues in the field.  Moreover, former MSc student Lukas Hrachowina gave an interesting talk related to his work on single nanowire PV conducted in Lund.  The MRS meeting was a great platform to chat with active and new collaborators and also good friends from different parts of the world.