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Collaborative Initiative for Excellent Research

The aim of the initiative is to gain knowledge on "Cooperative Effects in Homo- and Heteronuclear Complexes (3MET)". In total 19 projects will be funded by the DFG. In three major sections cooperative effects will be studied on

(a) magnetism,

(b) synthesis and catalysis and

(c) optical properties and spectroscopy.

Possible applications include switchable magnets, highly selective catalysts and functional materials for optical applications.

To gain knowledge groups of two universities will collaborate on this new and hitherto not fully understood research area. First the young and ambitious TU Kaiserslautern and seconf the approved excellent KIT. The collaboration will be performed employing multiple disciplines and departments from a broad range of research areas in experimental and theoretical chemistry which are extended by groups with expertise in experimental and theoretical physics.


State-funded Research Program

The state research unit „Nanostrukturierte Katalysatoren – Systeme für den Rohstoffwandel“ (NanoKat) provides a strong contribution for the development of a research area with a high social and economic impact in Rheinland-Pfalz. The central scientific focus of NanoKat is laid on the consequences of the ongoing changes of the raw material basis in chemistry. In this context, we are investigating how renewable raw materials can be converted into basic chemicals for industrial processes without splitting them into small building blocks such as CO, CO2, H2, H2O, etc.. On the other hand, alternative carbon sources such as propane and butane have emerged on the market due to the application of new exploration processes. In NanoKat we are seeking for efficient ways of functionalizing such substrates.

Research Center




This state-funded research center investigates the interaction of light, spin (magnetism) and matter using various approaches to address basic, technically relevant, and technologically-oriented questions in physics, chemistry, biology, and material sciences. The strategic objective of OPTIMAS is to further expand the nationally and internationally recognized research structure and education at TU Kaiserslautern, with a focus on the interdisciplinary fields of photonics, spintronics, and molecular/magnetic functional materials including nano-structures.

OPTIMAS is represented by members of the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, and Mechanical and Process-Engineering. Also involved are the Nano-Bio-Center of TU Kaiserslautern, the Institute for Composite Materials Ltd. (IVW), the Institute for Surface and Film Analysis (IFOS) and the Fraunhofer Group TeraTec.