Charge and Spin Transport in Non-Metallic Systems and Confined Geometries

August 24-29, 2014 in Mainz (Germany)

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Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz

Institute of Physics

Staudinger Weg 7

55128 Mainz

Lorentz room, 5th floor, room 05-127

Campus map with location of Institute of Physics (circled in blue)

Confirmed Speakers

  • D. Andrienko, MPI for Polymer Research, Mainz
  • K. Asadi, MPI for Polymer Research, Mainz
  • P. Blom, MPI for Polymer Research, Mainz
  • A. Candini, CNR, Instituto Nanoscienze, Modena, Italy
  • M. Cinchetti, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • A. Erbe, Helmholtz Center Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany
  • S. Gemming, Helmholtz Center Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany
  • G. Güntherodt, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • R. Janssen, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • M. Kläui, University of Mainz, Germany
  • T. Komeda, Tohoku University Sendai, Japan
  • B. Koopmans, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • F. May, BASF SE Ludwigshafen, Germany
  • T. Mikolajick, NaMLab Dresden, Germany
  • J. Repp, University of Regensburg, Germany
  • U. Scherf, University of Wuppertal, Germany
  • G. Schmidt, University of Halle, Germany
  • J. Sinova, University of Mainz, Germany
  • D. Turchinovich, MPI for Polymer Research, Mainz
  • D. Ucko, Physical Review Letters, USA
  • B. van Wees, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • H. van Zant, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


  • Synthesis of conducting polymers and organic molecules
  • Charge and Spin Transport in organic materials from DC to THz
  • Magnetotransport effects in organic materials and graphene
  • Low dimensional charge and spin transport
  • Single molecule electronics and transport across point contacts
  • Transport in semiconducting nanowiresand organic nanostructured elements
  • Transport and recombination in disordered organic semiconductors Organic (opto)electronic devices and organic photovoltaics
  • Primer on scientific Publishing

Scientific Focus

The summer school aims at highlighting the current state of investigations on the charge and spin transport in non-metallic organic and inorganic materials as well as in confined geometries. This school will present the research activities on the transport phenomena over the past decade from an experimental and theoretical point of view. Charge and spin transport in non-metallic materials is a challenging and interdisciplinary field. This is due to the wide variety of transport regimes, the crucial role played by defects, chemical environment, thermal fluctuations, mesoscopic and microscopic morphology of the material. The electronic states themselves can be delocalized (bandlike or small polaron models), strongly localized (hopping models, or large polaron) or dynamically localized by the adiabatic coupling with the nuclear structure and the surrounding environment (DNA, Liquid Crystals). Important challenges involve the understanding, and also the improvement of electronic transport in these materials. Thus, an interdisciplinary approach spanning from synthetic chemistry to condensed matter physics will be required. Progress in the field requires increased communication between the physics community studying these phenomena either theoretically or using model systems, and the materials chemistry community.


The goal of the summer school is to bring together scientists working in different areas related to this topic and to promote the exchange of ideas between different research communities. In particular this school aims at bridging hard and soft condensed matter. With this, it tries to achieve a key goal of the Graduate School MAINZ to support activities that involve both hard and soft matter and transport is a key example, where for instance strongly correlated hard matter spin and charge injectors are used in combination of polymers and other soft materials that can exhibit favorable properties such as long spin lifetimes and photo-activity.


The program starts on August 24, 2014 at 6 p.m. with a welcome reception (finger food and drinks)

Registration is on Monday Aug 25 from 8:30 9:15 a.m.

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Target Audience

Interested international Master and PhD students as well as postdocs

Social Program

The summer school includes a group excursion to Oppenheim. Oppenheim is famous for wine cultivation and for its underground labyrinth. The excursion will include a short city tour, a visit of the labyrinth and walk through the vineyards. Afterwards participants will enjoy food at one of the local restaurants.


We have reserved hotel rooms at local hotels at different rates available between August 24 and August 29, 2014. You will receive further information during the registration. Reservation and booking has to be made by yourself after the registration. Please contact hotels directly.


Costs include the program, coffee breaks, lunch and the excursion. The cost for external participants does not include Eventbrite fees. Evenbrite will charge you additional 9,75€ (for Early bird registration) or 15,75€ (for normal registration).Costs have to be paid upon registration. Cancellation is not possible and will result in full charge of the cost.Note that accommodation is billed by the hotel seperately!

Early bird (until June 30, 2014): 150€

Normal (until August 1, 2014): 250€

Members of Graduate School MAINZ: Paid by Graduate School MAINZ, please register as MAINZ PhD student!

Invited Speakers: Covered by organizers and donors, please register as Invited Speaker!


Please click here for registration.

Registration has closed on August 1, 2014


Dr. Mark Bajohrs/ Ms. Iris Berber

Tel. +49 6131 39 24345