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Qiwei Hu

PhD student / Doktorand

Institute of Physical Chemistry
Albertstraße 21
79104 Freiburg


Phone: +49 761 203-6173
Room:  01.004 Flachbau




The triboelectric effect describes the phenomenon that when two dissimilar contacting materials are in motion against each other, charges are separated due to a difference in their electron-affinity. However, for insulators, it is unclear whether electrons, ions or material fragments transfer during contact. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is a very versatile and powerful method for investigating the physical origins of this effect for organic materials or combinations of organic materials with metal. Characterizing the surfaces of different materials before and after contacting with AFM-based methods can help us understand the relation between surface properties and triboelectric behavior. This includes topographic characterization as well as the detection of surface charges and work functions using the Kelvin probe method.

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 About me:
•    Since 06/2019: PhD student in the group of Prof. Dr. Hugel
•    10/2015 – 01/2018: M.Sc. in Materials Science at University of Stuttgart, Germany.
Topic of master thesis: Electrochemomechanically and humidity responsive bi-layer actuators
•    09/2011 – 07/2015: B.Eng. in Polymer Material and Engineering at Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China.
Topic of bachelor thesis: Synthesis and characterization of pyridyl benzoxazines