Last week 50 scientists from all over the world have gathered at BESSY II. Physicists or chemists, experimentalists or pure theoreticians. It was an interdisciplinary crowd, discussing openly and in an extraordinary friendly way about new and sometimes hypothetical processes in hybrid nanomaterials, how to model them and how to explore and characterizethem experimentally.
Freigeist fellow Dr. Annika Bande has invited to this big workshop, sponsored by Volkswagen Foundation. Together with her young team, the theoretical chemist is modelling the dynamics of electrons in semiconductor materials , which upon miniaturization give rise to so called quantum dots.
The result: Exchange and new ideas
Her goal is to make predictions which can be tested by experimentalists and thus proceed to their ultimate proof and pave the way towards application. “This workshop was a great occasion to bent one’s mind towards the different backgrounds of contributing scientists and emerge quite unforeseen new research ideas”, she said. Some of the workshop participants might come back soon for more collaboration.