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Research Group "Festkörperphysik, TU Graz"
(Dr. Robert Schennach)

Head of the research group:
Last name:Schennach
First name(s):Robert
Title (leading):Dr.
Institution:Graz University of Technology
Organizational unit:Institut für Festkörperphysik
Street address:Petersgasse 16/2
Postal code:8010
Assignments to Research Areas:
Research area(s):
  • Solid State Physics
  • Surfaces, Boundaries and Thin Films
Assignments to Fields of Work According to the Austrian System of Science Areas:
Field(s) of work:
  • Chemical physics (103006)
  • Solid state physics (103009)
  • Surface physics (103020)
Data Acquisition:
Date of the data acquisition:19.11.2012
Data acquisition period:from: 2007   up to including: 2012
Research Group at the Time of the Data Acquisition:
Scientific group members:
8 Persons
DI Stefan Diebald
DI Frederik Weber
DI Albrecht Miletzky
DI Wolfgang Fischer
Sebastian Rohm
DI Otto Scheibelhofer
DI Christian Ganser
Patrice Kreiml
Percentage project-funded:100
Scientific Output in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
H-index of the group head:12
Number of publications:35
Five most important publications:
  1. Weirum G, Kratzer M, Koch HP, Tamtögl A, Killmann J, Bako I, Winkler A, Surnev S, Netzer FP and Schennach R, Growth and desorption kinetics of ultrathin Zn layers on Pd(111), J Phys Chem C, 113 9788 (2009)
  2. Weirum G, Barcaro G, Fortunelli A, Weber F, Schennach R, Surnev S and Netzer FP, Growth and Surface Structure of Zinc Oxide Layers on a Pd(111) Surface, J Phys Chem C 114 15432 (2010)
  3. Schennach R, Hirschmugl C, Gilli E and Tysoe WT, A New Method for Performing Polarization-Modulation Infrared Reflection-Adsorption Spectroscopy of Surfaces, Appl Spect, 63 (3) 369 (2009)
  4. Schmied FJ, Teichert C, Kappel L, Hirn U and Schennach R
    Joint strength measurements of individual fiber-fiber bonds - an atomic force microscopy based method
  5. Fischer WJ, Hirn U, Bauer W and Schennach R
    Testing of individual fiber-fiber joints under biaxial load and simultaneous analysis of deformation
  • Optische Anordnung für Ellipsometrie 2009P00069 AT / E_0269_04_09
  • PRIZE 2009 Award
Projects and Funding Granted in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
Competitive projects:
  • FWF:
    Adsorption und Reaktion von Molekülen auf Metalloberflächen
    Laufzeit: 2003 - 2007; Mittel: 213 kEuro
  • FWF:
    Reaktivität und Struktur von heterogenen Katalysatorsystemen
    Laufzeit: 2006 - 2010; Mittel: 268 kEuro
Project-funded institutes:
  • CDG:
    CD-Labor für Oberflächenphysikalische und chemische Grundlagen der Papierfestigkeit
    Laufzeit: 2007 - 2014; Mittel: 2000 kEuro
Research Topics:
Current research topics:
  • Papierfestigkeit unter Vakuumbedingungen
  • Papieroberflächen
  • Infrarotspektroskopie von dünnen Schichten
  • Infrarotspektroskopie von Papierproben
Future topics (next 5 years):
  • Methodenentwicklung zur Messung der Relativen gebundenen Fläche in papier
  • Oberflächenuntersuchungen von Elektrodenoberflächen in situ
  • Modifikation von Papierfasern
  • Papier als Werkstoff in Elektronik und Sensorik
Teaching and Research Mobility in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
Doctor's theses:
5 doctor's theses
  1. G. Weirum: Structural investigation of zinc-palladium and zinc oxide-palladium model catalyst surfaces
  2. P. Singnurkar: RAIRS measurements of simple molecules on nanostructured surfaces
  3. H.P. Koch: Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of the Interaction of simple Molecules with Rhodium, Copper and Palladium/Zinc Surfaces
  4. L. Kappel: Development and application of a method for fiber-fiber bonded area measurement
  5. E. Gilli: Entwicklung von Analyseverfahren für Faser Bindungen in Papier
Diploma and master theses:
4 theses
  1. F.Weber: Reactions of methanol on Pd(111), Pd/Zn and Pd/ZnO-surfaces
  2. M. Djak: Untersuchung von Cellulose-Hemicellulose Filmen auf Si/SiO2 Substraten mittels polarisationsmodulierter Fourier-Transformations-Infrarotspektroskopie
  3. E. Gilli: IR spectroscopic investigations on the chemical surface properties of cellulose fibers
  4. F. J. Schmied: Characterization of cellulose type I and type II fibers using Atomic-Force Microscopy
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