Mercator Seminars

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was not possible for the CRC 1411 Mercator fellows to perform research visits to Erlangen in 2020. In order to to nevertheless maintain a strong scientific exchange between the teams a series of seminars was established in the Fall of 2020.


Prof. Sara Skrabalak is the James H. Rudy Professor at Indiana University (IU), USA. She develops general design criteria and strategies for the synthesis of new materials from particles with controlled size distributions, crystal shape, composition and overall architecture. The assessment of structure-property correlations and the development of scalable routes to nanomaterials play a central role in her work.

The seminars are organised in a block-lecture format and will take place on zoom every Wednesday in October 2020 at 4 pm (CET) according to the calendar below.

Following each seminar session, the associated material (videos, slides etc) will be made available (see the links below). Please note that that this material is only accessible for CRC 1411 members at this course on FAU’s study-platform StudON. For access, please contact Monica Distaso.


7 October 2020
A Tutorial on Nanoparticle Synthesis: Control of Particle Size, Shape, and Composition (Video and slides)
14 October 2020
A Tutorial on the Applications of Metal Nanocrystals (Video and slides)
21 October 2020
Multimetallic Nanocrystals by Design​ for Plasmonics and Catalysis
28 October 2020
Aerosol-Assisted Synthesis of Shape-Controlled Nanocrystals

Prof. Ilja Siepmann holds the position of Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota (UMN), USA where he is the coordinator of the Nanoporous Materials Genome Center (NMGC). The focus of the center is to discover and explore microporous and mesoporous materials for separation and catalysis. Whithin this framework, Prof. Siepmann develops and applies particle-based simulations of complex chemical systems including the prediction of phase, sorption, chemical equilibria and thermophysical properties.

The seminars are organised in a block-lecture format and will take place on Zoom at 3 pm (CET) according to the following calendar:

5 November 2020
Obtaining Knowledge and Data for Separations from Molecular Simulation
6 November 2020 (3 – 4 pm)
Speaker meets PhD candidates (Q&A session) 
12 and 19 November 2020
Understanding Retention in Reversed-phase Liquid Chromatography and Size Exclusion Chromatography: Insights from Molecular Simulations
26 November 2020 (3 – 4 pm)
Speaker meets PIs (Q&A session)
3 December 2020 
Predictive Modeling of Nanoporous Materials: High-Throughput Screening, Machine Learning, and First Principles Simulations