Karl-Sebastian Mandel

Karl-Sebastian Mandel

Karl Mandel did his BSc in Earth Sciences at the Technical University Munich and the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Germany. His BSc thesis was carried out on the synthesis of Sulfosalts at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich and the Paris Lodron University in Salzburg, Austria. He continued with a MSc in Materials Science, major Nanomaterials, at the University of Ulm, Germany.

The current project in Nicole Grobert`s group will be his final thesis for the MSc degree and is supported by scholarships of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and Evonik Industries.

The project will be carried out on basis of the necessity of producing CNTs of uniform structure and hence uniform properties. It is still a big challenge that the CNT production has to face despite the fact of 20 years of intense research in this field. Catalyst particles, necessary for CNT growth, play an extremely important role in the formation of CNTs, for example, the nanotube diameter is mainly dictated by the catalyst particle size. Hence, the idea of this project is to engineer dedicated nanosized catalyst particles and to analyze what kind of particles might be promising to achieve uniform CNTs.

The project is carried out in cooperation with the Leibniz-Institut fur Neue Materialien, Saarbrucken, Germany and the University of Ulm, Germany.