Maria Ritter


PhD student
The University of Melbourne

Title of PhD: In-situ Monitored Growth of Semiconducting Clusters and Nanoparticles
Supervisors: Prof. Stephan Förster (University of Bayreuth), Prof. Paul Mulvaney (University of Melbourne)

Maria is a candidate of the joint PhD program the University of Bayreuth and the University of Melbourne, supervised by Prof. Stephan Förster (Germany) and Prof. Paul Mulvaney (Australia). Her research aims to study the nucleation and growth process of semiconductor quantum dots and develop a synthetic route for preparing clusters and nanoparticles of well-defined sizes and structures. All major factors such as precursor concentration, temperature, stabilizing ligands and cosolvents, the temporal evolution of nanoparticles and the optical properties during the formation process needs to be investigated. Diverse physical and chemical properties can be tuned as consequence of the quantum-confinement effect.

BSc (Chemistry), University of Bayreuth, Germany (2011)
MSc (Polymer Science), University of Bayreuth, Germany (2014)

Research themes:
Synthesis and formation of colloids and polymers
Nanocomposites and their application