Michael Dürr is a Professor of Physics at the Institute of Applied Physics at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany. He received his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Munich, Germany for an experimental work on the adsorption dynamics of hydrogen on silicon surfaces which he conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching and at Columbia University, New York. After his PhD, he spent several years in industry (Sony Materials Laboratories in Stuttgart, Germany and Atsugi, Japan) with focus on research and development of hybrid and organic photovoltaic cells.
At his current position, he leads a research group specialized on experiments on the reaction dynamics on surfaces. These activities include the reactions of organic molecules on semiconductor surfaces and how to control such reactions in order to use them for a controlled organic functionalization in semiconductor technology (“more-than-Moore”).
Cluster-surface interactions and their applications in cluster-based mass spectrometry represent the second major research activities in his labs. They cover a wide range of methods and topics from fundamental studies of the desorption and ionization mechanisms to the application of cluster-induced desorption/ionization for (real-time) analysis of biomaterial and the further development of cluster-based desorption/ionization mass spectrometry techniques and apparatus.
In Michael’s laboratories, you can find a variety of surface analytical techniques such as scanning tunneling microscopy, photoelectron spectroscopy, and molecular beam techniques, and of course several mass spectrometers designed for cluster-induced desorption/ionization mass spectrometry.