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Dominik Dworschak
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Dominik Dworschak
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====== Applied Interface Physics ====== ====== Applied Interface Physics ======
- ** Group of Prof. Markus Valtiner ** 
 + ** Group of Prof. Markus Valtiner **
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Our research focuses on the broad areas of adhesion, friction as well as interfacial forces and their utilization for making better energy-saving, energy efficient, cheaper, long lasting smart materials for application in structural and functional materials. We are also interested in dynamic interaction forces, single molecular interactions and soft matter physics in confined spaces. Our aim is to gain insight into the fundamental interactions in complex interfacial processes, and to translate fundamental science into knowledge-based design of better and novel structural and functional materials for technological applications. We are in particular interested in: Our research focuses on the broad areas of adhesion, friction as well as interfacial forces and their utilization for making better energy-saving, energy efficient, cheaper, long lasting smart materials for application in structural and functional materials. We are also interested in dynamic interaction forces, single molecular interactions and soft matter physics in confined spaces. Our aim is to gain insight into the fundamental interactions in complex interfacial processes, and to translate fundamental science into knowledge-based design of better and novel structural and functional materials for technological applications. We are in particular interested in:
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  * Corrosion and reactivity in confined spaces (crevice corrosion, SCC)   * Corrosion and reactivity in confined spaces (crevice corrosion, SCC)
  * Structuring of ionic liquids and solutions of ionic liquids at charged and uncharged interfaces   * Structuring of ionic liquids and solutions of ionic liquids at charged and uncharged interfaces
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 +====== Recent work ======
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 +===== FEATURED: Optimizing multiple beam interferometry in the surface forces apparatus: Novel optics, reflection mode modeling, metal layer thicknesses, birefringence, and rotation of anisotropic layers (open access article) =====
 +{{:interface:rsi.2019.90.issue-4.largecover.jpg?150 |Cover RSI}}
 +Multiple beam interferometry (MBI) evolved as a powerful tool for the simultaneous evaluation of thin film thicknesses and refractive indices in Surface Forces Apparatus (SFA) measurements. However, analysis has relied on simplifications for providing fast or simplified analysis of recorded interference spectra. Here, we describe the implementation of new optics and a generalized fitting approach to 4 × 4 transfer matrix method simulations for the SFA. The newly developed optical layout for SFA, which greatly simplifies operation, introduces reference beams, allows recording of reflection and transmission mode spectra, and minimizes potential systematic errors in experiments and analysis. This approach greatly simplifies SFA experimentation and analysis and opens SFA for new and exciting opportunities, including metamaterials, multilayered anisotropic layers, layers of rotating anisotropic layer, as well as chiral layers. FREE DOWNLOAD from [[https://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/1.5085210|Rev. Sci. Instr.]].
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 +===== In situ nano- to microscopic imaging and growth mechanism of electrochemical dissolution (e.g., corrosion) of a confined metal surface =====
 +{{:interface:aip_pub_01.png?150 |Crevice corrosion}}
 +Reactivity in confinement is central to a wide range of applications and systems, yet it is notoriously difficult to probe reactions in confined spaces in real time. Using a modified electrochemical surface forces apparatus (EC-SFA) on confined metallic surfaces, we observe in situ nano- to microscale dissolution and pit formation in well-defined geometries in environments relevant to corrosion processes. Read more in [[http://www.pnas.org/content/114/36/9541|PNAS]].
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 +===== One molecule at the time: Probing surface-to-molecule bonds - Bias and work dissipation (Open access article) =====
 +{{:interface:aip_rw_fig2.png?150 |Workfluctuations and free energy estimator convergence}}
 +The capabilities of Atomic Force Microscopes and Optical Tweezers to probe unfolding or surface-to-molecule bond rupture at a single-molecular level are widely appreciated. Our recent results provide new insights into stability and work dissipation mechanisms at adhesive interfaces at the single-molecular level, and offer important design and analysis aspects for single-molecular surface-to-molecule experiments. Want to know more? Read our article (OPEN ACCESS) in this [[http://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b02844|Langmuir]] special issue.
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====== Group news ====== ====== Group news ======
 +==== 'Current event' ====
 +{{:interface:currentbachelorettes.jpg?120 |}} Our electrochemistry department got new members: With Sonja Scherhaufer and Valentina Wieser we welcome our first Bachelor students.
 +Valentina will work on the electrochemical version of our Surface Force Apparatus (SFA) under the supervision of William. Sonja does electrochemical characterization of dopamine and other catechol derivates, supported by Laila. Welcome!
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 +==== PhD students +1, Austrians +1 ====
 +{{:interface:uliramach.jpg?90 |}} With Ulrich Ramach joining we widen our research more to the bio direction. In his PhD Uli wants to gain insights into ion channels and proteins for biosensing. His work is done in collaboration with [[https://cest.at/|CEST]].
 +Welcome Uli!
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 +==== New faces in the group ====
 +{{:interface:flo.jpg?90 |}}{{:interface:adelr.jpg?90 |}} We are happy to welcome two new persons among us. Florian Feldmann is doing his PhD with both us and the company [[https://www.doerken-mks.de/en/|Dörken MKS]]. He will characterize corrosion protection coatings based on zinc lamellae. Adél Racz is doing her PhD at the [[https://www.energia.mta.hu/en|Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Energy Research]] and doing a scholarship with the [[https://oead.at/en/|OeAD]]. She brought Carbides produced by radiation to characterize their tribologic properties. \\
 +Welcome Flo and Adél!
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 +==== Carnival 2019 ====
 +{{:interface:carneval.jpg?200 |}} According to an order by the institute director we dressed up for Carneval today. Since some parts of our group used to live in Düsseldorf in the past (which is one on Germany's hotspots in this matter) it was easy for us to comply with that rule. Krapfen complemented the atmosphere.
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 +==== Group Retreat in Slovakia ====
 +{{:interface:group_retreat_bratislava_2019.jpg?220 |}}5th floor of Freihaus is less crowded these days since we are on our group retreat in the rural part of Bratislava, Slovakia. Apart from rich discussions about our current and future research we also enjoy the time together on walks and sports. Thanks to Laura, who took over the organisation of our trip!
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 +==== Group is getting more austrian ====
 +{{:interface:julia_joining.jpg?80 |}} We are happy to welcome our new group member Julia Appenroth. She is working on single-molecule adhesion and on scaling it up to peptide-based mussel glue mimics. She will collaborate with our colleagues at both [[https://cest.at/|CEST]] and [[https://www.jku.at/|JKU Linz]]. Welcome to our group!
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 +==== TU Ball preparations ====
 +{{:interface:ball_preparation_2019.jpg?200 |}} Under the critical eyes of our dancing teacher Kai Schwenzfeier we were able to improve our skills in moving feet and body to music.
 +Apart from minor injuries the class was quite successful and the group is looking forward to dance all night long at the upcoming [[http://www.tu-ball.at|TU Ball]].
 +See you there!
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 +==== PhD for Claudia ====
 +{{:interface:claudia_dottoressa.jpg?200 |}} Claudia Merola successfully defended her dissertation about corrosion in confinement. Thanks to her we understand the corrosion of nickel and its alloys much better. Apart from being a hardworking PhD student Claudia also served as our Teambuilding Commissioner. Thank you for that! \\
 +Ti auguriamo il meglio per il tuo avvenire!
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 +==== Max finishes Master ====
 +{{:interface:max_l_master_2019-01.png?120 |}} Congratulations to Max Lengauer, who succesfully defended his master's thesis recently. He helped us to develop model lipid bilayer systems under high adhesion. As our gourmet manager he always had a good nose for fancy cuisine. We wish him well for his future studies!
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 +==== PhD support from industry ====
 +{{:interface:gastelle_joining.png?90 |}} We are happy to welcome our new PhD student Gastelle Tiétcha, who just recently joined our group. She works on coatings for corrosion protections. Her PhD is conducted in close collaboration with Dörken MKS from Herdecke, Germany. Welcome, Gastelle!
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 +==== First Project Student ====
 +{{:interface:christian_cupak.png?90 |}} Christian Cupak supports our group as a project student. He is going to build up a device for measuring adhesion used for characterizing e.g. biological adhesives. Welcome to the AIP group!
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 +==== Inaugural Lecture ====
 +{{:interface:inaugural_lecture.png?240 |}} With his inaugural lecture Univ.Prof. Dr. Markus Valtiner officially started teaching at Vienna University of Technology.
 +In front of interested colleagues, industry and university representatives, friends and family he gave an pleasing overview of his groups research activities.
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==== AIP group vs. Particles 1:0 ==== ==== AIP group vs. Particles 1:0 ====
{{:interface:getting_ready_for_clean_room.jpg?180 |}} Many of our experiments we do require special awareness of contaminations. After an intensive clean room training we started to tidy our lab and make it ready to be run as a clean room. The motto is: Don't give dust a chance. {{:interface:getting_ready_for_clean_room.jpg?180 |}} Many of our experiments we do require special awareness of contaminations. After an intensive clean room training we started to tidy our lab and make it ready to be run as a clean room. The motto is: Don't give dust a chance.
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-====== Recent work ====== 
-{{:interface:aip_pub_01.png?150 |Crevice corrosion}} 
- ===== In situ nano- to microscopic imaging and growth mechanism of electrochemical dissolution (e.g., corrosion) of a confined metal surface ===== 
-Reactivity in confinement is central to a wide range of applications and systems, yet it is notoriously difficult to probe reactions in confined spaces in real time. Using a modified electrochemical surface forces apparatus (EC-SFA) on confined metallic surfaces, we observe in situ nano- to microscale dissolution and pit formation in well-defined geometries in environments relevant to corrosion processes. Read more in [[http://www.pnas.org/content/114/36/9541|PNAS]]. 
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-{{:interface:aip_rw_fig2.png?150 |Workfluctuations and free energy estimator convergence}} 
-===== One molecule at the time: Probing surface-to-molecule bonds - Bias and work dissipation ===== 
-The capabilities of Atomic Force Microscopes and Optical Tweezers to probe unfolding or surface-to-molecule bond rupture at a single-molecular level are widely appreciated. Our recent results provide new insights into stability and work dissipation mechanisms at adhesive interfaces at the single-molecular level, and offer important design and analysis aspects for single-molecular surface-to-molecule experiments. Want to know more? Read our article in this [[http://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b02844|Langmuir]] special issue. 
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