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Head: Assist. Prof. Dr. Igor Muševič

  • Force Spectroscopy and Brewster angle ellipsometry at the interfaces of complex fluids, like liquid crystals and macromolecules, on solid surfaces.
  • Casimir force in soft condensed matter systems.
  • Atomic Force Microscopy and Spectroscopy of different soft condensed matter systems with Molecular recognition using Force Spectroscopy.
  • Physics behind the deposition of nanoparticles onto polymer surfaces.
  • Phase transitions in free standing films of ferroelectric and antiferroelectric liquid crystals. Optics of birefringent modulated structures. Dynamics of ferroelectric and antiferroelectric liquid crystals near phase transitions.
  • Investigations of surface structures of a series of transition-metal di-, tri- and terachalcogenides using scanning tunneling microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, low-energy electron diffraction, Auger spectroscopy and metal deposition by means of a Knudsen source.
  • Study of nucleation, growth processes and manipulation at the atomic level, which represents the basis for a controlled fabrication of metallic nanostructures.
  • Synthesis, structural and physical characterization of inorganic micro and nanotubes with special emphasis on their electrical, mechanical and optical properties.
  • Investigations of nanoparticles and metal oxides for their potential application in industry.

AFM image of TiO2 nanopartices on mica.