Functional Interfaces in Physics and Chemistry
Natural SciencesPhysical sciencesChemical sciences

The graduate school brings together doctoral candidates from the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society and the physics and chemistry departments of the universities of Berlin (FU, TU, and HU) and Potsdam. It combines the expertise of several strong research groups, thereby creating a unique opportunity for foreign and German students in terms of cutting-edge research and a thorough training in the methods, concepts, and theoretical basis of the physics and chemistry of interfaces.


The school deals with the specific physical and chemical properties of solid interfaces and surfaces that are crucial both from a fundamental scientific viewpoint and in terms of improving their performance in various applications like heterogeneous catalysis, organic light-emitting diodes, and magnetic data storage. The research encompasses a large variety of complex interfaces between organic/inorganic or metallic/insulating substrates and aims at a microscopic understanding of their physical and chemical properties by combining state-of-the-art experimental techniques (e.g. electron diffraction, scanning tunneling microscopy, femtosecond laser spectroscopy) and theoretical approaches (e.g. density functional theory and quantum chemistry).

The school provides international doctoral candidates with an ideal atmosphere for conducting cutting-edge research in modern interface science and for obtaining a thorough training in the underlying experimental and theoretical methods.

Freie Universität Berlin Technische Universität Berlin Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Prof. Dr Martin Wolf Dr Tobias Kampfrath

physics and chemistry of interfaces, heterogeneous catalysis, organic light-emitting diodes, magnetic data storage

Contact Information

Prof. Dr Martin Wolf
Dr Tobias Kampfrath
Department of Physical Chemistry
Fritz-Haber-Institut der MPG
Faradayweg 4 - 6
14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 841 35101
calls and deadlines vary
Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Universität Potsdam