Institute of Physical Chemistry

Contact data

Address: Pfaffenwaldring 55, 70569 Stuttgart

Telephone: (0711) 685-64491 and 685-64451


Prof. Dr. Emil Roduner

Contact persons

Prof. Dr. Emil Roduner ; Telephone: 0711-685-64491

Prof. Dr. F. Gießelmann; Telephone: 0711-685-64460

Prof. Dr. C. Stubenrauch; Telephone: 0711-685-64470

Fields of activity

  • Investigation of structure, kinetics and dynamics of organic radicals in liquid solution, in the solid, and in the gas phase by means of electron spin resonance (including ENDOR) and muon spin resonance. Dynamics of organic adsorbates on catalytic surfaces, in particular in zeolites, transients of heterogeneous catalysis, isotope and solvent effects in chemical kinetics. Degradation of fuel cell membranes.
  • Structure and dynamics of liquid crystals investigated by X-ray scattering (SAXS, WAXS), polarizing microscopy, dielectric (10 Hz – 1 GHz) and optical (UV/VIS, ORD) spectroscopy; thermodynamics and statistics of phase transitions; electrical and optical properties of liquid crystalline materials, electro-optic effects, pyro-, ferro-, and antiferroelectricity in liquid crystals.
  • Study of the correlation between single interfaces, liquid films, and foams by measuring surface tension, surface rheology, disjoining pressure curves, and foam properties (foamability, foam stability, drainage). Synthesis of new materials (intermetallic nanoparticles and polymers) via templating processes; use of microemulsions as nanoreactors for enzymatic catalysis; structure analysis of complex fluids (liquid crystals, microemulsions, gels) via small angle X-Ray scattering (SAXS), small angle neutron scattering (SANS), NMR (self-diffusion measurements), light scattering (SLS, DLS, DWS) and transmission electron microscopy.


Electron spin resonance spectroscopy with ENDOR, Differential thermoanalysis, Microcalorimetry, FT-IR-and Raman-Spectroscopy, GC-MS product analysis, X-Ray scattering (WAXS, SAXS – Bruker Nanostar), UV/VIS- and ORD-spectroscopy, coupled AFM-Raman-microscopy, polarized Raman-spectroscopy, dielectric spectroscopy (10 Hz – 1 GHz), polarizing microscopy, as well as electro-optical and thermo-analytical methods.
Light scattering (SLS, DLS, DWS) and transmission electron microscopy.

Target groups

All groups interested in basic research and developments in physical chemistry, chemical industry, biochemical industry, material science, petro-chemistry, biomedicine, environmental agencies.