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International PCAM School Computer simulation of advanced materials

Lomonosov Moscow State University
16 – 21 July 2012

First European doctorate awarded

Dr. Christian Maibohm has received the first European doctorate, the "Doktor Communitatis Europeae". At his home institution, NanoSYD at the University of Sourthern Denmark (Odense, Denmark), he worked on novel nanophotonic materials. He also stayed for six months at the University of Oldenburg in the group of Katherina Al-Shamery.
For further information see the press release (in German).

Gunther Wittstock new director of the Center of Interface Science 

Interview with Katharina Al-Shamery about the book "European Women in Chemistry" (Video, 3:46)


Talks by G. Denuault (Southampton, England, 11.4.2011, 17 c.t.) and S. Mátéfi-Tempfli (Naumur, Belgium, 18.4.2011, 17 c.t.) in W3 1-156 (Oldenburg)

Interview with Katharina Al-Shamery about the upcoming book "Moleküle aus dem All" (Video, 2:58, in German)


Frankfurter Buchmesse 7.10.2010
Wiley-VCH (publication year 2011)

Editor: Katharina Al-Shamery

Thorsten Dittmar
Manfred Eigen
Elmar Jessberger
Horst Klump
Dirk-Henner Lankenau
Uwe Meierhenrich
Armen Mulkidjanian
Jesco v. Puttkamer
Martin Quack
Manfred Reetz
Erich Runge
Henry Strasdeit
Wolfram Thiemann

Link to further information on the subject "Chemical Evolution"


Scholarships for European Doctorate

8 PhD studentships in materials science, starting on January 2011 for 36 months (salary about 1200 Euro per month), are available at the Department of Materials Science of the State University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy).
Further details can be found here.

European PhD

CIS is now member of the european network PCAM (physics and chemistry of advanced materials).
Students working at CIS can obtain a european PhD in binational collaborations.
Further details can be found here.

Poster award for Christine Derks (AG Neumann)

During the Wilhelm und Else Heraeus Physics School „Nanoscaled Oxides – Big Opportunities in Small Structures“ in Bad Honnef (2.- 8. August 2009) a best poster award has been given to the Osnabrück PhD student Christine Derks (AG Neumann) for her presentation „Electronic Structure of REScO3 (RE = Nd, Sn, Gd, Tb, Dy)“.

A Collaboration with a Long Lifetime: Radcliffe Fellow Katharina Al-Shamery and Harvard Chemistry Professor Cynthia Friend

For a full report on the collaboration between the CIS scientist and a Harvard Chemistry Professor see this Radcliffe report.

Danish honory professorship

Prof. Dr. Katharina Al-Shamery, physical chemist at the University Oldenburg, has been awarded with an honory professorship for chemically functionalized interfaces and nano-structured materials of the Faculty of engineering of the University of Odense (Denmark).

For further information see the press release (in German) 

Manfred Eigen-Nachwuchswissenschaftlergespräche 2009 "Chemical Evolution" organised by the CIS

The Deutsche Bunsengesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie has announced that the second Manfred Eigen-Nachwuchswissenschaftlergespräche will take place at the Hanse-Wissenschafts-Kolleg in Delmenhorst. The topic is "Chemical evolution" and the date is 4. - 6. February 2009. More information can be found on the conference page.

APS Outstanding Referee

Prof. Dr. Martin Holthaus, theoretical physicist at the University Oldenburg, has been honored as Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society. The highly selective award program recognizes scientists who have been exceptionally helpful in assessing manuscripts for publication in the APS journals.

For further information see the announcement of the APS

Invitation to Harvard

Prof. Dr. Katharina Al-Shamery, physical chemist at the University Oldenburg and director of the Center of Interface Science, has been invited to Harvard. The scientist specialised in nano materials belongs to a group of 50 internationally renowned personalities in research, industry and culture who have been selected as fellows at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study of Harvard University.

For further information see the press release (in German) 

New associated centers

Nano Center South (NanoSYD)

The Nano Center South (NanoSYD) ( has been founded beginning of 2007 at the new premises of the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in Sønderborg at the German/Danish border. NanoSYD concentrates the nanotechnological activities at SDU, focusing on nanophotonics, nano- and microstructure formation, nano-integration, organic electronics and photonics, mathematical modeling as well as laser materials treatment. 

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