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Dr. Ricarda Opitz
Head of Division | Deputy Secretary General
Resarch Infrastructures
Leibniz Association
Chausseestraße 111
10115 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 / 20 60 49 - 57

Growth and fundamentals of oxides for electronic applications

Leibniz ScienceCampus Berlin

Oxides are among the materials with the widest tunability of physical properties. Spanning insulators, semiconductors, metallic conductors and superconductors, magnetic materials, ferro-/antiferro- and other dielectrics, oxides are a materials class with high potential for a new generation of electronic devices and energy applications with outstanding properties.

The Leibniz ScienceCampus Growth and Fundamentals of Oxides (GraFOx) for electronic applications fuses the excellent individual activities and competences on oxides in five Berlin-based partner institutions. To fully harness their application potential, the oxides are synthesized to highest material quality and thoroughly investigated with regards to their surface structure, microstructure as well as their optical and optoelectronic properties. For a fundamental understanding the experiments are underpinned by intensive theoretical work. Initially, the sesquioxides In2O3, Ga2O3 and Al2O3 as well as their alloys are the main focus of our work while the more complex and versatile class of perovskites, e.g. SrTiO3, LaAlO3, BaSnO3 will increasingly be addressed.

Our material and results will be used towards the development of tunable UV detectors, power electronics, and memory devices through associated partners.


Prof. Dr. Henning Riechert
Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik (PDI)
Tel.: +49 30 / 20377 365



Leibniz Institutes:
Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik (PDI), Berlin
Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung (IKZ), Berlin

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Technische Universität Berlin

Further partner:
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft