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Doctorate Program

Structure, Reactivity and Properties of Oxide Materials

Bayreuth Univ. (lead management); in cooperation with: Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research


Degree: Doctorate Degree

Duration of study: 3 years

Place of study: Bayreuth

Requirements: Diploma oder Master of Science

Language of instruction: English

Oxides are the most important inorganic substances in nature and have numerous industrial applications. They exist in a wide variety of chemical compositions, crystal structures, and synthesis paths. The study of oxides is both an intellectual challenge as well as being a practical necessity for modern society, and consequently provides an outstanding basis for the training of excellent researchers in the sciences.

In this doctorate program, we focus training and research on the connection between crystal structure, texture, reaction kinetics, and physical-chemical properties. For research methods we combine unconventional synthesis methods at extreme temperatures and pressures with state-of-the-art analytical methods. These approaches are combined with computer simulations, ranging from the atomic to the macroscopic scale.

Through the institutes involved, the doctorate program offers excellent research facilities, complementary expertise in basic and applied material research, a commitment to capitalize on the synergies of their complementary expertise, and international contacts to leading research institutes world wide. Traditional methods of research are complemented by a dissertation committee that advises the students, as well as by the exchange of students among the participating partners and with collaborating institutes. The research effort is further complemented by a training program for the students that encompasses specially designed classes, weekend seminars, short courses, and soft skill development, including scientific writing, ethics, and team work.

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Micaela Longo

Prof. Dr. Hans Keppler

Funded by:
  • Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts;
  • Elite Network of Bavaria:
  • January 1, 2005 - December 31, 2012

Oxide materials are an exciting topic for present-day technologies as well as for our understanding of