Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

2022: Call for papers | Special issue on a 90-year journey towards light from the intramolecular universe

Serving as the guest-editors, Dai Zhang just launched this special issue at the journal 'Light:Advanced Manufacturing' with Dr. Hai Bi, Jihua Laboratory. More details at:

The submission deadline to ensure inclusion in the special topic is August 31, 2022.

With this special issue ‘Nanospectroscopy, nanooptics and nanofabrication’, we wish to highlight the rapid experimental and theoretical advances of this burgeoning interdisciplinary field, as well as to provide an account of its peculiar challenges and future prospects. Advances in understanding the fundamental mechanisms of optical resolution at the nanometer and Angstrom regime, novel simulation methods, and applications of these fundamental mechanisms are the main components. Furthermore, this special issue aims at promoting novel fabrication techniques which allow to reproduce the nano- or pico-scale environment for the near-field confinement, which deem to improve or open up enormous new horizontal of the research topics in the field of nanooptics, nanospectrosopy and picospectroscopy.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to

  · New techniques and theories related to the tip-enhanced optical spectroscopy

  · New techniques and theories related to the near-field confinement and excitation dynamics

  · Novel technologies for ultrahigh-precision nano-fabrication

  · Light-matter interactions in the nanometer, and quantum regimes

2017: Taiwan-Germany Workshop: Ultrafast laser spectroscopy and high-resolution optical imaging of plasmonics and molecular systems

The workshop is supported by the Institutional Strategy of the University of Tübingen (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, ZUK 63).

Organized by PD Dr. Dai Zhang, Prof. Alfred J. Meixner, Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, MNF, University of Tübingen

Prof. Shi-Wei Chu, Department of Physics, National Taiwan University


This workshop will bring together the expertise from National Taiwan University and Eberhard Karls University in the regard of investigating interactions between light and complex systems with nanometer spatial and ultrafast temporal resolutions. The strategic goals are

  1. to strengthen the existed scientific contacts between the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry of EKUT and the Department of Physics of National Taiwan University;
  2. to pursue more comprehensive and multidisciplinary collaborations between EKUT and National Taiwan University. The workshop will impact on improving the international visibility of EKUT.

2016: Training school on Raman and correlative surface analytics on carbon nanomaterials

Organized by Claus Burkhardt, Manuel Martina and Pranoti Kshirsagar at NMI Reutlingen, as well as Ronny Löffler, Markus Turad, Dai Zhang, Monika Fleischer and Anke Horneber, Center LISA+, University of Tübingen


2014: The first annual conference of the COST Action MP1302 Nanospectroscopy

Organized by Monika Fleischer, and Dai Zhang at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany


2013: 538 WE-Heraeus Seminar: Light at the Nanotip: Scanning near-field optical microscopy and spectroscopy

Organized by Monika Fleischer, and Dai Zhang at Physics center Bad Honnef, Germany


2012: 11th International conference on hole burning, single molecule and related spectroscopies: science and applications

Organized by AG Meixner/Zhang at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany