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Center for Materials Research (LaMa) Justus Liebig University (JLU) Giessen

The Center for Materials Research (ZfM/LaMa) is a cross-departmental institution of the Justus Liebig University Gießen, which is open to all JLU groups working in the field of materials science. The Center for Materials Research supports and networks these JLU groups, coordinates materials science research and promotes teaching in the field of materials science. The work is focused on the development of cooperative research projects, their coordination and the establishment of a sustainable network with external academic and industrial partner institutions.

Functional Nanomaterials & Functional Composite Materials for Optoelectronics

The two groups, lead respectively by Prof. Bernd Smarlsy and Dr. Teresa Gatti, are active in the preparation, functionalization and processing of different functional nanomaterials, ranging from nanoparticles and 2D materials to porous architectures and thin films. The large expertise in physico-chemical characterization supports the ”on demand” controlled production of these functional species targeting different fields of application that include energy conversion and storage, catalysis and optoelectronics.


Teresa Gatti

principal Investigator

Teresa Gatti holds a Master Degree in Chemistry from the University of Bologna, Italy (2008) and a PhD in Materials Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy (2014). After postdoctoral activities at the Department of Chemical Sciences of the University of Padova (Italy), since 2019 she holds a Junior Research Group Leader position at the Center for Materials Research of the Justus Liebig University Giessen (Germany). Her research interests cover the production, processing and application in optoelectronic devices of different emerging semiconducting materials, with special attention to species based on non-critical elements and featuring low-environmental impact.

Bernd Smarsly


Bernd Smarsly studied chemistry, mathematics and physics at University of Marburg (Germany), followed by doctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Potsdam, Germany), supervised by Prof. M. Antonietti, until 2001. In 2002 and 2003 he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, USA. From 2003 to 2007 he was group leader at MPI of Colloids and Interfaces. Since 2007 he is full professor of physical chemistry at Justus Liebig University Giessen (Germany). His research interests cover mesostructured metal oxides and carbon materials, especially the development of novel scattering techniques for material characterization.

Felix Boll


Felix Boll studied Materials Science at the Justus Liebig University Giessen (Germany), completing a Double Degree Master Program with the Kansai University (Osaka, Japan) in 2020. During his master thesis he worked under the supervision of Prof. Bernd Smarsly (Giessen) and Prof. Hiromitsu Kozuka (Kansai) on the development of mesoporous metal oxide films through sol-gel approaches and on the functionalization of their internal pores with ultra-thin layers of a second metal oxide employing atomic layer deposition. He started his PhD in 2021 working on the LIGHT-CAP project with the supervision of Dr. Gatti and Prof. Smarlsy, focusing on the construction of porous scaffolds based on semiconducting 2D and 0D materials to be employed as photoelectrodes in innovative photo-capacitor architectures.

Matteo Crisci


Matteo Crisci studied Chemistry at the University of Padova. During the Master he spent 4 months at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (Norway) with the Erasmus + program and other 4 months at the Justus Liebig University Giessen (Germany) with the Erasmus Traineeship program. In Giessen he also carried out a part of his Master thesis, co-supervised by Dr. Teresa Gatti (Giessen) and Prof. Silvia Gross (Padova), working on the production of 2D metal oxide inks through liquid phase exfoliation (LPE). Since 2021 he is a PhD student in Giessen under Dr. Gatti’s supervision, working on the LIGHT-CAP project. His research activities focus on the production of semiconducting 2D materials via LPE and on their chemical functionalization, to modulate optoelectronic properties and enable better colloidal stability in the inks or solution processing for the generation of solid-state architectures based on them.

Thomas Leichtweiss


Thomas Leichtweiss studied physics at JLU, completing a PhD in solid-state physics under the supervision of Prof. B. K. Meyer. He then carried out research activities in the group of Prof. J. Janek working on interfaces in solid state batteries. Since 2016, he is the LaMa coordinator for research, sustaining the center for many activities connected to collaborative research projects.