Research Area A
Cluster of Excellence livMatS @ FIT – Freiburg Center for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies
My project aims at the theoretical and simulative investigation of the triboelectric effect. Although charging by friction has been known for thousands of years, the underlying mechanisms of charge separation are still not understood.
The project aims to answer the question of whether charge separation via electronic effects or material transfer is responsible for triboelectricity. We work in close collaboration with experimental groups. I will conduct the calculations for my project in the framework of density functional theory (DFT). We will simulate and analyze different scenarios and use the knowledge gained to optimize the energy obtained through triboelectricity.
Prof. Dr. Michael Moseler
Dr. Michael Walter