Prof. Dr. Carolin Schmitz-Antoniak
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Prof. Dr. Carolin Schmitz-Antoniak

Professor for Instrumental Analytics / Applied Surface Physics

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Short CV

  • since 07/2021 Professor for Instrumental Analytics/Applied Surface Physics, TH Wildau, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences; Degree programme director Physical Technologies and Energy Systems (B.Eng.) since 09/2022
  • 02/2014 - 06/2021 Head of Helmholtz Young investigator's Group "Borderline Magnetism" for five years, then Principal Investigator (permanent position), Jülich Reserach Center, Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI-6: Electronic Properties)
  • 04/2017 - 06/2021 Lecturer ("Privatdozentin"), Free University of Berlin, Department of Physics
  • 04/2014 - 03/2017 Lecturer ("Privatdozentin"), University of Duisburg-Essen, Faculty of Physics
  • 03/2014 Habilitation (Experimental Physics), University of Duisburg-Essen
  • 01/2008 - 12/2013 Assistant Professor ("Akademische Rätin a.Z."), University of Duisburg-Essen, Department of Physics
  • 12/2007 Doctorate (Physics), University of Duisburg-Essen
  • 05/2004 Diploma (Physics), TU Braunschweig

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  • Gottschalk-Diederich-Baedecker award (2015)
  • Dale Sayers Award of the International X-Ray Absorption Society IXAS (2012)
  • EU short-term scientific mission within the framework of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology Programme (2012)
  • Feodor Lynen fellowhip of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation (2010-2011)
  • PhD award of Sparkasse Duisburg (2008)
  • PhD award of the University of Duisburg-Essen (2008)
  • Award for outstanding student’s achievements („Braunschweiger Bürgerpreis für herausragende studentische Leistungen") (2003)

TeachingOpen areaClose area

TH Wildau

  • Structure of Matter
  • Surface Technologies
  • Micro-/Nano-Engineering
  • Semiconductor Technology / Surface Analysis (compulsory elective)
  • Electron Beam Microanalysis (compulsory elective)
  • Optics and Photonic at Large Scale Facilities (compulsory elective)

Previous lectures at other universities (selection)

  • Magnetic Nanoparticles: Fundamentals and Applications (FU Berlin 2017-2019)
  • Magnetism in Energy Research (U Duisburg-Essen, 2015-2017)
  • Basics of Magnetism (U Duisburg-Essen, 2012-2016)

ProjectsOpen areaClose area

  • 2021 - 2023 European Union under the programme for Infrastructure for Research, Development and Innovation (InfraFEI) of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF): Infrastucture for metallic surface optimisation and characterisation (InfraMOCha) 
  • 2014 - 2019 Helmholtz Association: Young Investigator's Group "Borderline Magnetism"

  • 2014 - 2018 European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST): "EUSpec - Modern Tools for Spectroscopy on Advanced Materials", Member of the Management Committee

  • 2010 - 2011 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship for PostDocs; Topic "Synthesis and characterisation of Fe/Bi core/shell nanoparticles"

  • 2009 - 2012 German Research Foundation (DFG): Project "Tailoring magnetic properties of spinel nanoparticles by silica coating: Importance of surfaces and interfaces" (H. Wende, C. Antoniak, W. Keune, University of Duisburg-Essen)

  • 2002 - 2003 European Space Agency (ESA) and Novespace: 6th Student Parabolic Flight Project; Team "Jelly Gryphon" to investigate planetary eigen oscillations

ResearchOpen areaClose area

Main research topics

Structural, electronic and magnetic investigations of

  • nanoparticles
  • molecular systems
  • thin films

using spectroscopy with synchrotron radiation such as analysis of X-ray absorption fine structure (XANES), magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and linear dichroism (XLD, XMLD) as well as extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS)

Further research activities

  • Density functional theory (SPR-KKR, ORCA) for metallic materials and molecular systems as well as XAS/XMCD/X(M)LD simulations for electronically localised systems based on Hartree-Fock theory (CTM4XAS, Quanty)
  • Investigations of magnetisation dynamics by ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) on magnetic nanoparticles and thin films; FMR investigations on coupling phenomena in multilayer systems as well as electron spin resonance (ESR) on oxide systems
  • Synthesis of metallic and oxidic nanoparticles (wet-chemical synthesis and gas-phase condensation)

Details are available on our research group website Instrumental Analytics/Applied Surface Physics

PublicationsOpen areaClose area

Metrics (as at 02.2024)

  • H index = 23; total citations > 1700 (Google Scholar)
  • 55 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 3 review articles (2 of them invited), 2 book chapters
  • 30 invited talks

10 selected articles

  • Intramolecular crossover from unconventional diamagnetism to paramagnetism of palladium ions probed by soft X-ray magnetic circular dichroism - Commun. Chem. 3, 96 (2020); doi:10.1038/s42004-020-0327-9; OPEN ACCESS
  • Polyoxopalladates as Prototype Molecular Hydrogen Uptake Systems and Novel In situ Hydrogen Detectors on the Nanoscale - Eur. J. Inorg. Chemistry 2019(3-4), 448 (2019); doi:10.1002/ejic.201800972; OPEN ACCESS
  • Suppression of the Verwey Transition by Charge Trapping - Ann. d. Phys. 3, 1700363 (2018); doi:10.1002/andp.201700363; OPEN ACCESS
  • Reversed ageing of Fe3O4 nanoparticles by hydrogen plasma - Scientific Reports 6, 20897 (2016); doi:10.1038/srep20897; OPEN ACCESS
  • X-ray absorption spectroscopy on magnetic nanoscale systems for modern applications - Reports on Progress in Physics 78, 062501 (2015); doi:10.1088/0034-4885/78/6/062501
  • Electric in-plane polarization in multiferroic CoFe2O4/BaTiO3 nanocomposite tuned by magnetic fields - Nature Comm. 4, 3051 (2013); doi:10.1038/ncomms3051; OPEN ACCESS
  • A guideline for atomistic design and understanding of ultrahard nanomagnets - Nature Comm. 2, 528 (2011); doi:10.1038/ncomms1538; OPEN ACCESS
  • X-ray absorption measurements on nanoparticle systems: self-assembled arrays and dispersions - J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 43, 474007 (2010); doi:10.1088/0022-3727/43/47/474007
  • Forcing ferromagnetic coupling between rare earth metals and 3d ferromagnetic films - Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 156402 (2010); doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.156402
  • Enhanced orbital magnetism in FePt nanoparticles - Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 117201 (2006), Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology; doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.97.117201

All publications

Memberships and committeesOpen areaClose area

  • Beamtime Selection Panel of SOLARIS Synchrotron (since 2023)
  • Beamtime Selection Panel of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility ESRF (2017-2021)
  • Editorial Board Member at Scientific Reports, SpringerNature (since 2016)
  • Elected member of the User Committee Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (Synchrotron Radiation Source BESSY II and Neutron Source BER II, 2014-2017)
  • Management Committee in the European network Modern Tools for Spectroscopy on Advanced Materials: a European Modelling Platform (2014-2018)
  • Equal Opportunities Officer of the Faculty of Physics, University of Duisburg-Essen (2010-2013)
  • Reviewer for international journals: Nature Materials, Journal of Applied Physics, Applied Physics Letters, Physical Review Letters, Journal of Physics C&D, Advanced Science, ...
  • Reviewer for the German Research Foundation (DFG), Icelandic Research Fund (IRF)

Memberships in professional associations

  • German Physical Society (DPG)

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Office consultation hour 2023.24

Tue 11.00-12.00h and by arrangement


Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Field of Activity

Instrumental Analytics/Applied Surface Physics