Our cluster keeps growing! We are pleased to welcome two very talented young scientists:
Dr. Johanna Eichhorn and Dr. Dominik Bucher.

The research of Johanna Eichhorn aims at understanding solar energy conversion reactions and interfacial charge transport of semiconductor-based multilayer photoelectrodes. To understand fundamental performance limitations at relevant length scales, an important aspect is the characterization of material properties und stability under realistic operation conditions and at the nanoscale. The results could benefit the realization of efficient and stable photoelectrodes for solar energy conversion.

After finishing her PhD in physics at TU München, Johanna Eichhorn spent nearly five years as a PostDoc at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA). In September 2019 she came back to the TU Munich for a position as project scientist in the group of Prof. Ian Sharp at the Walter Schottky Institute. Since last year, the physicist is Member of the Young Academy (“Junges Kolleg”) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and junior research group leader.

Dominik Bucher uses defects in diamond (NV-centers) as quantum sensors for NMR spectroscopy on the nano- to microscale. His research group works at the unique interface between quantum sensing and (bio)chemistry with interdisciplinary approaches from applied quantum physics, chemical synthesis and biophysics. The over goal is to perform NMR spectroscopy on smallest length-scales – from nanoscience and surfaces to microfluidics and single-cell biology.

The chemist studied at the Technical University of Munich, where he obtained his M. Sc. degree in 2010. He did his PhD in biophysics at the LMU in the Zinth and Carell labs, where he used ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy to monitor UV-induced damaging processes in DNA. After that, he became interested in the new developments of quantum sensing and its applications in chemical and life sciences and he joined the group of Ronald Walworth in the Harvard Physics Department. During this time, he developed a new NMR technology for microscopic volumes and femtomole detection limit. In spring 2019 he started his independent career as a junior group leader at the Technical University supported by the Emmy Noether program of the DFG. (Source TUM)