The Center of Smart Interfaces conducts a remarkable amount of excellent interdisciplinary research. Typically, the core results, figures and messages are distilled and distributed through a variety of public media, such as journal and conference papers, presentations and seminars.
However, the great bulk of work happens behind the scenes. Images, simulations, and visualizations are produced, discussed and debated, but are only visible to colleagues and collaborators. With our calendars, we invite you to take the opportunity to view some of the fascinating images that arise as the group explores the many and diverse research areas and methods that are part of CSI.
This is what our research looks like to us.
Thank you to all who have participated and shared their research images.
CSI Interim Report 2011
The Interim Report 2011 of the Center of Smart Interfaces gives an overview of the research projects and achievements since its founding in 2007, offers an outlook of the ideas for the coming years and introduces the team and research environment of the Cluster of Excellence of the TU Darmstadt.
Would you like us to send a print version of the CSI Interim Report 2011?
Simone Eisenhuth, M.A.
In our flyer (only in German) you can find a short summary of our reserach work at the Center of Smart Interfaces and our contact dates and location.
“The optically accessible engine”
How does research look like at the CSI?
In order to deliver insights into our diverse research areas, the first research movie of the Center of Smart Interfaces “The optically accessible Engine” (English version coming soon) has been produced.
How do scientists from different research groups work together at the CSI? With which questions do they deal with and which methods are applied?
With “The optically accessible engine” the fields of research of the Institute Reactive Flows and Diagnostics (RSM)of Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Dreizler and of the Group Electrochemistry and Nanocatalysis of Dr. rer. nat. Bernhard Kaiser are being introduced as an example.
DFG-Movie for the Excellence Initiative “Smart Interfaces”
On behalf of the German Research Foundation (DFG) research videos introducing all 85 projects of the Excellence Initiative have been produced.
This is the contribution of the Cluster of Excellence 259, the Center of Smart Interfaces (CSI).
All projects are provided at the DFG Video Portal on the Excellence Initiative.
Flyer of our research groups
- Comutational Physical Chemistry (CPC): Prof. Dr. Nico van der Vegt
- Drag and Circulation Control (DCC): Dr.-Ing. Bettina Frohnapfel und Dr.-Ing. Sven Grundmann
- Mathematical Modeling and Analysis (MMA): Prof. Dr. Dieter Bothe
- Nano- and Microfluidics (NMF): Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Steffen Hardt
- Reactive Flows and Diagnostics (RSM): Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Dreizler
- Experimental Interface Physics (EIP): Dr. rer. nat. Elmar Bonaccurso
Endlich Licht im Motor
TU forschen: Smart Interfaces
Center of Smart Interfaces is subject of the autumn issue of the TU science magazine “forschen”
It is not every day that a scientist gets the opportunity to present his work to a wide general audience, which made the opportunity for the members of the Excellence Cluster “Smart Interfaces” to contribute to this issue even more attractive. Regardless of your background – student, graduate, faculty or friend of the TU Darmstadt, we are delighted to introduce you into the realm of fluid interfaces, a topic which is not always easy to describe, but which influences our daily lives greatly.
Although much of this research is very fundamental in nature, the authors of this issue have attempted to bridge the gap to practical applications and we hope that you as a reader also recognize some of those everyday occurences where fluid interfaces are a determining factor.
At the same time such an issue offers the possibility to report about the developments and structure of the Excellence Cluster “Smart Interfaces”. With four professorial appointments, three honrary professorships, a new building in record time and over 60 employees, the Cluster is beginning to take on its final form.
For everyone involved it is an exciting time. With five faculties and four external institutes the challenge is to define and implement common research goals and produce tangible results in a short time period. The fact that we are well on our way to meeting this challenge is due to the efforts and cooperation of many different people – the researchers, the employees of the Cluster, the university administration – all of which were able to keep up the fast pace in the build-up phase. But also the excellently educated students from TU Darmstadt deserve special mention, without whom the many doctoral positions at the Cluster could never have been filled in such a short time. And herein lies the true roots of excellence!
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Cameron Tropea
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- Editorial and table of contents
- C. Tropea: Smart Interfaces: A Cluster of Excellence at the TU Darmstadt
- N. van der Vegt, F. Müller-Plathe: Interfaces on the Molecular Scale
- A.L. Yarin, T. Gambaryan-Roisman, C. Steffes: Nanofibers: Relating the Development of Faster Computers and Cancer Treatment
- E. Abele, B. Fröhlich, P. Groche, C. Müller: Smart Interfaces – Microscopic Polymaths
- I. Roisman, A. Lembach, D. Vollmer, H.-J. Butt: Smart Interfaces – Superhydrophobic Surfaces
- B. Kaiser, B. Gobaut, W. Jaegermann: Water: Energy Source of the Future?
- P. Stephan, S. Hardt, C. Kunkelmann, N. Schweizer, A. Sielaff: Heat Transfer: Boiling Eggs and Cooling Computer Chips
- T. Kania, B. Schilder, P. Stephan, S. Hardt, A. Dreizler: Battery Dead – Solution Ahead?!
- A. Dreizler, J. Brübach: Laser Spectroscopy for Boundary Layer Investigations
- D. Bothe, R. Farwig, M. Hieber, S. Ulbrich: Mathematics Makes Interfaces Smarter
- B. Frohnapfel, J. Jovanovic: Bringing Turbulences Under Control
- S. Grundmann, A. Duchmann, K. Barckmann, A. Kurz: Plasma – The Fourth State of Matter
- B. Lambie, M. Sachäfer, T. Bein, H. Hanselka: The Interaction of Structure and Fluid
TU9 Information Booklet
As a member of the TU9 association of the major Technical Universities in Germany the TU Darmstadt is presenting itself in the new information booklet (only in German) with the exemplary Master degree program Mechanical Process Engineering, the Center of Smart Interfaces as an example for top level research and with the Graduate School of Computational Engineering.
Spiegel Online Movie
On the occasion of the 50th ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign in May 2009 in Bordeaux, France, Spiegel Online shot a movie about the student Christina Weickgenannt who works on her bachelor thesis for Andreas Lembach at the institute SLA/CSI focussing on “Droplet Impact on Porouse Media” and attended the parabolic flights.
Other team members involved were Marcia Urban (student), Michael Heyse (technician at NAW) and Prof. Rödel (Material Sciences).
In the issue of the winter term 08/09 paper of the student representatives at the department of Mechanical Engineeriung “Pladdfeder” you can find an interview with Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Dreizler, one of the professors of the department of Mechnical Engineering and of the Center of Smart Interfaces (Institute of Reactive Flows and Diagnostics), as well as an article with some introductory information about the CSI.
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