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Hi everyone! I defended my thesis two weeks ago and got my certificate yesterday, so I'm Dr. Felix Kling now ;-)
My thesis is about diffusion and structure formation of molecules on calcite(104) in ultra-high vacuum probed with NC-AFM. Since the work isn't published yet (neither parts in journals not the whole thesis), I can't tell you all the details, but if you are interested, I'll write if parts of it or the complete thesis are published :-)
When the thesis is published, I would like to get a link to it.
OK, I'll post it :-) Will take some time, more than 4 papers will be written with material from the thesis, so probably in 1-2 years it's public :-). However, I'll post the papers when they are ready to create some excitement ;-)
Herzlichen Glückwunsch Felix.
Auf dem Photo sieht man mich übrigens nach dem obligatorischen Besteigen der Pferdeskulptur auf dem Campus nach der Verteidigung ;-)
Any pretty pictures from the NC-AFM?
By Felix Kling
thank you :-)
here's an image while cooling the microscope stage with liquid helium
I was thinking of pictures taken with the NC-AFM not of the NC-AFM, but this is also really cool :-)
Always amazes me how 'ad hoc' those things tend to look. More like something someone assembled in their garage than a state of the art scientific instrument, but looks can be deceiving!
Ah, sorry, of course :-) here's an image of an interesting molecule. Can't tell any details yet ;-)
Btw., the instrument is an Omicron VT-AFM XA, so it's a commercial system made by a company from Taunusstein, Germany
>here's an image of an interesting molecule. Can't tell any details yet ;-)
Cool! What's the magnification on that, or rather how far across is it from one side of the image to the other?
>Btw., the instrument is an Omicron VT-AFM XA, so it's a commercial system made by a company from Taunusstein, Germany
Not something you can order from Newegg though ;-)
Very cool. The rivets give it that steampunk look though, like the inside of a vintage submarine.
this is something like 35*35 nm², so molecular resolution. Note that these structures self-assemble, which is quite fascinating :-)
the submarine comparison is quite fair, it's basically the same concept (little pressure inside, large outside)
So that one in the middle would about 7 nm in length? Yeesh. Even a Cesium atom is only 0.5 nm across. There appears to be two 'peaks', like two atoms lined up together in a row. I wonder what they could be? How well can you control their self-assembly? So many questions..
By Felix Kling
These are small molecules, the size of one molecule in the image depends on the interaction with the tip and is usually a bit larger depending on the tip apex (~1-2 nm). We can't control the self-assembly that much, it is more like try and error, although we can change molecule properties by molecule functionalisation. Still, we are far away from being able to tell for sure what structure a certain molecule will form.
The self-assembly is very interesting--could this potentially lead to self-replication, given the correct conditions?
Basically molecular self-assembly happens due to the interaction between single molecules that leads to interesting structures. However, self-replication and so on is usually something connected to DNA and so on and requires much more complex molecules. What we study is on a basic level, although this is indeed one of the principles that are key for understanding the origin of life.
So what is your promising end to all this? Do Pharmacological research using multi-stranded DNA and RNA microarrays (like I even know what it is I'm referencing) to find new drugs?
I'm not sure what "promising end" means, but I guess it means what I will do: Well, I'm taking a break at the moment and won't continue with this scientific stuff. Don't know what I do after the break :-)
If it's about the practical use of what I did in my thesis: This is not about application, it is more fundamental research. Can't imagine any use for it ;-)
If there was a way to make a soap bubble inside another filling the inside space exactly so that each bubble inside the next completely filled it without merging into any proceeding bubble boundries how many bubbles could I make if I started with a bubble 1 cm/3 diameter and ended with a bubble 1 nm/3 in diameter? Also on a side note what would be the pressure surrounding this 1nm/3 bubble?
Why would a diameter be cubic? Or even square for that matter? Did you mean volume?
This question has a lot of problems.
For one, soap bubble walls don't get under 1 nm, the lower bound that I've seen is 10 nm. If I lower the separation between walls to fit in more bubbles to some very small number say 1 nm and keep the temperature constant, the pressure on the inside of its parent bubble becomes enormous, far more than enough to burst the bubble. What's more is that the necessary pressure for the inside bubble would have to be enormous as well, and thus the walls would experience an enormous amount of pressure on both sides, squeezing them until they popped for sure.
If the bubble were to expand it would have to be known by how much and the pressure of the inner bubbles calculated accordingly. This quickly turns into nightmare calculations, and even so you'd never get walls that close without breaking the parent bubble.
If you just want some pure mathematical treatment, how many bubbles fit with walls of say 10 nm, and separated by 1 nm, then 563954 bubbles would fit inside a 1 cubic centimeter bubble volume, leaving a remaining volume of 5575.28 cubic nm, a long way from the 1 cubic nanometer figure.
The pressure could probably be calculated with a stipulation like, the inside/outside pressures of any bubble increase by whatever is required to maintain the bubble's volume, and the temperature remains constant. That would be quite magic, but would allow some function to be made where n bubbles could just be plugged in.
I guess I'm just not sure what the question is supposed to be asking. Where did this question come from? Why did it say 1 cm^3 as a 'diameter' at first? What is the context?
Just my own imagination. It was more of a thought experiment gone wrong I guesx
You have quite the imagination! With a few modifications that becomes a reasonably contemplatable but still nightmare problem that would keep some forum like physicsoverflow going for weeks.
Starts to feel like navier-stokes
equations or something. I was afraid you had pulled it from a putnam exam or knew there was some devilish trick to it.
I knew it! Felix build the worlds most accurate still. Best moonshine ever!
Some more images (receiving the hat and kissing the Gutenberg statue (part of the ceremony after the defense))
By the way you have an uncanny resemblance to ....?!
do I? That could explain the screaming teenagers ;-)
> do I? That could explain the screaming teenagers ;-)
Yeah! ...Well, that might be more due to them coming in contact to the liquid helium. But still, you do come very close to resembling John, especially if you were a tad more thinner in the face. No doubt about.
you look so young. I always thought you were in your 40's.
oh, ok, I'm 28 :-)
but I guess it's a good thing if you thought I'm older ;-)
You look so smart! congrats.
Congrats. Now can fix yellow/grey teeth!
hehe :-) that's from a apicoectomy, the filling gets some black colour with time. One can take the tooth out and bleach it, but there is no medical indication and bleaching may damage the tooth substance. So I'm not sure if I should do anything about it. And I always have the feeling dentists just want to make money, so if there's a dentist in this forum reading it, he may give me an advise ;-)
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