Dr. Matthias Krause

Head Nanomaterials and Transport
Phone: +49 351 260 3578

Nanocomposite Materials


Our topical group is working on application-relevant and fundamental topics of thin film research. One focus consists in the development of solar-selective coatings for solar thermal power plants. These coatings have to demonstrate solar selectivity and high temperature stability. They might be applied in the next generation of solar power plants and hence, contribute to manage the energy transition. Another main activity in application-relevant research fields are dry-lubricant coatings, which are important in the context of sustainable energy and material use.

Basic research of our group is dedicated to scalable processes for the fabrication and structuring of 2D materials. Examples are metal-induced crystallization of carbon and nanostructure formation in thin carbon and silicon films. For our research we are using a cluster tool, which comprises a unique combination of in situ processing and analysis techniques.

Scheme Nanocomposite Materials

Research Topics

  • Solar selective coatings for the energy transition: design, in situ characterization & modification, and environmental testing
  • Analysis of tribological coatings for combustion engines, aerospace applications and cutting tools
  • In situ processing and analysis of thin films, 2D materials and nanocomposites
  • Ion-induced pattern formation during thin film growth


  • 2021, 15th July: Successful defense of the PhD thesis entitled “Mechanism and directionality of nickel-induced crystallization of amorphous carbon” by Daniel Janke at TU Bergakademie Freiberg
  • 2020, 22nd Jan: Premio Jóvenes Investigadores del Instituto de Materiales de Alicante –IUMA– (4th Young Researchers Prize of the IUMA) for Dr. Aurelio Garcia-Valenzuela

Running Projects

2020-2023 DFG, KR 2876/2-1 TRIGUS - Tribologisch induzierte Grenzflächen- und Strukturveränderungsprozesse in Trockenschmiersystemen unter definierten Atmosphären 

Completed Projects

2016-2020 Helmholtz Energy Materials Foundry (HEMF) “Structure formation and analysis of absorber coatings for solar thermal electricity generation“
2015-2018 H2020 RISE EU project "Framework of Innovation for Engineering of New Durable Solar Surfaces (FRIENDS2)"
2014-2017 BMBF-Project 05K13OD1, Verbundprojekt 05K2013 - Teilprojekt 2 „Development and setup of an in situ tribology, RBS and Raman experiment - modification and analysis of tribological coatings
2013-2015 R&D Agreement, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf and Abengoa Research S.L., Seville, Spain "In situ Ellipsometry and Emissivity Measurements of Solar Selective Coatings at Elevated Temperatures
2012-2016 Framework Collaboration Agreement between the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf and Abengoa Research S.L., Seville, Spain Development of common research activities for Concentrated Solar Power

Selected publications (since 2018)

  • R. Escobar-Galindo, M. Krause, K. Niranjan, H. Barshilia,
    Solar selective coatings and materials for high-temperature solar thermal applications,
    in Sustainable Material Solutions for Solar Energy Technologies, Elsevier, 2021, ISBN 9780128215920
  • M. Krause, J. Sonnenberg, F. Munnik, J. Grenzer, R. Hübner, A. Garcia-Valenzuela, S. Gemming,
    Formation, structure, and optical properties of copper chromite thin films for high-temperature solar absorbers,
    Materialia 18, 101156 (2021)
  • E. Guillén, M. Krause, I. Heras, G. Rincon-Llorente, R. Escobar-Galindo,
    Tailoring Crystalline Structure of Titanium Oxide Films for Optical Applications Using Non-Biased Filtered Cathodic Vacuum Arc Deposition at Room Temperature,
    Coatings 11, 233 (2021)
  • D. Janke, F. Munnik, J. Julin, R. Hübner, J. Grenzer, C. Wüstefeld, S. Gemming, D. Rafaja, M. Krause,
    Directionality of metal-induced crystallization and layer exchange in amorphous carbon/ nickel thin film stacks,
    Carbon 159, 656 – 667 (2020)
  • F. Lungwitz, R. Escobar-Galindo, D. Janke, E. Schumann, R. Wenisch, S. Gemming, M. Krause,
    Transparent conductive tantalum doped tin oxide as selectively solar-transmitting coating for high temperature solar thermal applications
    Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 196, 84-93 (2019)
  • E. Schumann, R. Hübner, J. Grenzer, S. Gemming, M. Krause,
    Percolated Si:SiO2 Nanocomposites: Oven- vs. Millisecond Laser-Induced Crystallization of SiOx Thin Films
    Nanomaterials 8, 525 (2018)
  • R. Wenisch, F. Lungwitz, D. Hanf, R. Heller, J. Zscharschuch, R. Hübner, J. von Borany, G. Abrasonis, S. Gemming, R. Escobar-Galindo, M. Krause,
    Cluster tool for in situ processing and comprehensive characterization of materials at high temperatures
    Analytical Chemistry 90, 7837-7842 (2018)
  • R. Escobar-Galindo, E. Guillén, I. Heras, G. Rincón-Llorente, M. Alcón-Camas, F. Lungwitz, F. Munnik, E. Schumann, I. Azkona, M. Krause,
    Design of high-temperature solar-selective coatings based on aluminium titanium oxynitrides AlyT1-y(OxN1-x). Part 2: Validation and durability tests at high temperatures
    Sol. Energy Materials and Solar Cells 185, 183-191 (2018)
  • I. Heras, E. Guillén, F. Lungwitz, G. Rincón-Llorente, F. Munnik, E. Schumann, I. Azkona, M. Krause, R. Escobar-Galindo
    Design of high-temperature solar-selective coatings based on aluminium titanium oxynitrides AlyTi1-y(OxN1-x). Part 1: Advanced microstructural characterisation and optical simulation
    Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 176, 81-92 (2018)


Dr. Matthias Krause

Head Nanomaterials and Transport
Phone: +49 351 260 3578