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Start left, N. Rivas, S. Gopalakrishna, O. Aouane, A. Sukhov, S. Bogner, M. Zellhoefer,C. Hartnagel, V. Haag, D. Jung, J. HartingStart left, N. Rivas, S. Gopalakrishna, O. Aouane, A. Sukhov, S. Bogner, M. Zellhoefer, C. Hartnagel, V. Haag, D. Jung and J. Harting.
Copyright: A. Kraus / HI ERN

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Research

The central challenge about thin liquid films and their conversion into solid films is how to tailor their microstructures, which influence the electronic, optical, and mechanical properties. For example, the relation between the microstructure, the functional properties of the thin films and the process variables in the printing process is currently not sufficiently understood for the manufacturing of a printed solar cell and for electrochemical systems. For this reason the theoretical activities of this research group link fundamental scientific research with the well-defined application of mass-printing highly efficient electrochemical systems and solar cells. Based on the fundamental physical and chemical properties of the used materials and processes, an in-depth understanding of structure-property and process-structure relationships shall be developed. Thus, modeling and simulation of the structure formation processes during printing, drying and post-processing will address the following aspects:

  • Wetting and spreading of liquids, dispersions or emulsions during printing by means of thin film equations and mesoscale simulation methods
  • Rheological models of highly filled dispersions adapted to shear rates in the printing device
  • Statistical mechanics of the dynamic evolution of interactions between the building blocks – molecules and nanoparticles – which determine the thin-film rheology via aggregation and self-organization
  • Heat and mass transfer coupled to structure formation processes during deposition and drying including the important issue of crack formation
  • Effect of post-processing in various environments on defect states

    A. Sukhov, M. ZellhöferA. Sukhov, M. Zellhöfer
    Copyright: A. Kraus / HI ERN

Modeling and simulation of structure-property relationships of thin films

Once predictive models of structure-property and process-structure relationships for thin film formation have been developed, mathematical optimization is used as the tool for developing highly efficient printing processes. The predictive models are supposed to be validated by cooperating with the experimental groups (e.g. at the Energiecampus Nürnberg).

Recent Publications

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Hydro‐micromechanical modeling of wave propagation in saturated granular crystals
International journal for numerical and analytical methods in geomechanics 43(5), 1115 - 1139 () [10.1002/nag.2920] OpenAccess  Download fulltext Files  Download fulltextFulltext by OpenAccess repository BibTeX | EndNote: XML, Text | RIS

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How antagonistic salts cause nematic ordering and behave like diblock copolymers
The journal of chemical physics 150(6), 064912 - () [10.1063/1.5085660] Embargoed OpenAccess  Download fulltext Files  Download fulltextFulltext by OpenAccess repository BibTeX | EndNote: XML, Text | RIS

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Effect of temperature difference between channel walls on the heat transfer characteristics of nanoscale-confined gas
International journal of thermal sciences 137, 13 - 25 () [10.1016/j.ijthermalsci.2018.11.015] BibTeX | EndNote: XML, Text | RIS

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Editorial for the Special Issue “DSFD 2017”
Computers & fluids 179, 670 - 671 () [10.1016/j.compfluid.2018.11.027] BibTeX | EndNote: XML, Text | RIS

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How antagonistic salts cause nematic ordering and behave like diblock copolymers
The journal of chemical physics 150(6), 064912 () [10.1063/1.5085660]  Download fulltext Files BibTeX | EndNote: XML, Text | RIS

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Effect of temperature difference between channel walls on the heat transfer characteristics of nanoscale-confined gas
International journal of thermal sciences 137, 13 - 25 () [10.1016/j.ijthermalsci.2018.11.015] Embargoed OpenAccess  Download fulltext Files  Download fulltextFulltext by OpenAccess repository BibTeX | EndNote: XML, Text | RIS

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Modeling of capillary-driven flows in axisymmetric geometries
Computers & fluids 178, 132 - 140 () [10.1016/j.compfluid.2018.08.024]  Download fulltext Files BibTeX | EndNote: XML, Text | RIS

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Editorial: 26th International Conference on Discrete Simulation of Fluid Dynamics
Computers & fluids 179, 670-671 () [10.1016/j.compfluid.2018.11.027]  Download fulltext Files BibTeX | EndNote: XML, Text | RIS

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Electrokinetic droplet transport from electroosmosis to electrophoresis
Soft matter 14(47), 9571 - 9576 () [10.1039/C8SM01788C] OpenAccess  Download fulltext Files  Download fulltextFulltext by OpenAccess repository BibTeX | EndNote: XML, Text | RIS

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Pytim: A python package for the interfacial analysis of molecular simulations
Journal of computational chemistry 39(25), 2118 - 2125 () [10.1002/jcc.25384] OpenAccess  Download fulltext Files  Download fulltextFulltext by OpenAccess repository BibTeX | EndNote: XML, Text | RIS

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