In the last decades a large fraction of the technological progress in the world around us has been related to (micro)electronics techniques. This development based on inorganic semiconductors and noble metals caused drastic demand for these materials, which is not long-term sustainable, and one of the possible alternatives is the use of organic and degradable materials in electronics. Organic semiconductors and 2D materials have received substantial attention in recent years, motivated by their respective attractive electronic and optical properties. The most famous representative of the 2D (two-dimensional) materials is graphene, for the discovery of which the Nobel prize was awarded in 2010. Research in this area progresses fast, and we can see first application results, for example OLEDs (organic light emitting diodes), in cell phones. My research project aims to study the interface of organic semiconductors (OSCs) with 2D materials with particular emphasis on in-situ and real-time experiments. The interfacing of OSCs with 2D materials is expected to lead to not only further attractive functional properties, but also to substantially impact the growth and structure and hence the electronic and optical characteristics of OSCs.
Dr. Martin Hodas
I was born in Bratislava and received my MSc in Physics at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. In 2012 I have started my PhD study at the Institute of Physics of Slovak Academy of Sciences on the topic “In-situ study of thin film growth by X-ray scattering”. During my PhD study I participated in several international collaborations such as the European project M-ERA.NET XOPTICS, an experiment on FLASH at DESY led by Prof. Dr. Markus Drescher and six months of internship in Prof. Dr. Frank Schreiber’s group at the University of Tübingen. I have completed my doctorate in 2016. After moving to the University of Tübingen, I was awarded my Alexander von Humboldt research fellowship for postdoctoral researchers in the group of Prof. Dr. Frank Schreiber.