Hybrid nanostructures of inorganic nanoparticles and carbon fibers

Published on March 2, 2015

This video should give an insight into the basics of synthesizing nanostructured hybrid materials composed of two different classes of materials, in this case carbon and functional inorganic nanoparticles.


These materials are of high interest for current research as they combine the benefits of both material classes. It is usually quite challenging to achieve intimate contact of different materials on the nanometer scale. Non-wovens containing carbon fibers and inorganic nanoparticles can be promising materials for applications in battery systems, sensors and photocatalysis.

Smarsly Group | Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Germany

Prof. Dr. Bernd M. Smarsly studied chemistry, physics and mathematics at the University of Marburg (Germany) until 1998. In 2001 he received his Ph.D. at the University of Potsdam for his work on small-angle x-ray scattering performed at Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Potsdam). After a postdoctoral stay at Univ. of Albuquerque (New Mexico, USA) he was working as project leader at Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces. Since 2007 he has been working as a full professor for Physical Chemistry. His research interests focus on the synthesis and characterization of nanoscaled oxides and carbons, as well as the further development of characterization techniques using x-ray scattering and diffraction.

Pascal Vöpel and Christoph Seitz are PhD students in the working group of Prof. Dr. Smarsly. Pascal Vöpel’s research is focused on nanoparticle growth mechanisms and the advancement of the electrospinning technique. Christoph Seitz’s research deals with the nanostructuring of materials based on transparent conductive oxides.


Kanzler, C.H.; Urban, S.; Zalewska-Wierzbicka, K.; Hess, F.; Rohrlack, S.F.; Wessel, C.; Ostermann, R.; Hofmann, J.P.; Smarsly, B.M.: “Electrospun Metal Oxide Nanofibres for the Assessment of Catalyst Morphological Stability under Harsh Reaction Conditions” J. ChemCatChem. 2013, 5(9), 2621–2626, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201300301.

Ostermann, Rainer; Zieba, Roman; Rudolph, Melanie; Schlettwein, Derck; Smarsly, B. M.: “Electrospun antimony doped tin oxide (ATO) nanofibers as a versatile conducting matrix” J. Chem Commun. 2011, 47 (44), 12119-12121, DOI: 10.1039/c1cc13724g.

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