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Solid state physics and chemistry

Rapid developments in current and future technologies require that relevant physical phenomena are understood and engineered on the atomic level. Two examples are provided by silicon CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) technology and catalysts.

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Materials science

Materials can act as technology enablers and offer solutions to global challenges and industrial progress. There is an increasing requirement for applications, which provide a challenge for the development of new materials. Prototypical examples of new technologies that require the highly precise examination of atomic structures are found in energy research, e. g. for improvements in energy efficiency or the realisation of new energy conversion and storage technologies.

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Soft matter

New chemical methods and technologies enable the synthesis of molecular and polymeric nanomaterials with novel functionalities. Applications range from structural materials and electronic switching elements to catalysts and biocompatible materials. All high spatial resolution characterisation methods face challenges when they are applied to such materials because of potential damage.

Life sciences

Two areas that are tackled in the life sciences are the determination of the three dimensional architectures of complex molecular structures and the determination of the structures of biological cells and their components.

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