Thomas Schröder appointed as new director of the Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth
Prof. Dr. Thomas Schröder | Photo: Tina Merkau
IKZ – 31.01.2018:

Thomas Schröder appointed as new director of the Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth

On February 1st, 2018 Prof. Dr. Thomas Schröder becomes head of the Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth (IKZ) in Berlin-Adlershof, Germany. Associated with the position of director is the professorship "Crystal Growth" at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Since 2013, Prof. Dr. Günther Tränkle, director of the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH), has been acting as temporary director of the institute, which has enabled the IKZ to develop into a leading centre for crystal growth in Europe and worldwide.

Thomas Schröder has held a professorship for semiconductor materials at the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus-Senftenberg since 2012 and has been head of the Materials Research Department at the IHP GmbH - Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics (IHP) in Frankfurt (Oder) since 2009. With his team he conducts modern materials research in the field of "More than Moore" silicon microelectronics. As a chemist and physicist Thomas Schröder received his PhD in the area of physical chemistry of dielectrics at Humboldt University of Berlin after a research study at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin.

The Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth researches the scientific and technological challenges of crystal growth. This ranges from basic research to industry-oriented technology development. The materials developed at the institute form the basis for modern technical applications that are used in microelectronics, opto- and power electronics, photovoltaics, optics, laser technology and sensor technology. In addition, the institute fulfils a supraregional service function that includes the provision of special crystals for research, the characterization of crystalline materials or the development of technologies for research and industry.


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