Kristallogrpahie & Geomaterialforschung


Junior Professor Ella M. Schmidt

Research Interests

  • Disordered crystalline structures
  • Diffuse scattering
  • X-ray, neutron and electron diffraction
  • Simulation of disordered structures
  • Evolution of order in crystalline materials
  • Material formation processes

Short CV

Since 02/2022 Junior Professor for Crystallography and Geomaterials Research at the Faculty of Geosciences, University of Bremen, Germany
09/2019 - 10/2021 Postdoctoral research associate funded by the European Research Council at Oxford University, United Kingdom.
Group Leader: Prof. Dr. Andrew L. Goodwin
11/2015 - 08/2019 PhD with summa cum laude
"Disorder models from reciprocal space analysis in single crystal diffuse scattering".
Advisor: Prof. Dr. R. Neder, Friedrich-Alexander Universität (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.


  • Ohm prize by the Departement of Physics, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • PhD award by the Staedtler Stiftung
  • Scholarship by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and Art for the `Realisation of Equal Opportunities for Women in Research and Teaching.
  • Faculty award for women in science of the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg.


10. Schmidt, E. M., Thomas, S., Bulled, J.M., Minelli, A. & Goodwin, A.L. (2022) Interplay of thermal diffuse scattering and correlated compositional disorder in KCl1–xBrx. Acta Crystallographica Section B, 78(3): (7 pages),
9. Schmidt, E. M., Bulled, J. M. & Goodwin, A.L. (2022) Efficient fitting of single-crystal diffuse scattering in interaction space: a mean-field approach. IUCrJ, 9(1), 21-30.
8. Hua, X., Allan, P. K., Gong, C., Chatter, P. A., Schmidt, E. M. et al. (2020) Non-equilibrium metal oxides via reconversion chemistry in lithium-ion batteries. Nature Communications, 12, 1-11.
7. Berlinghof, M. Langer, S., Harreiß, C., Schmidt, E. M. et al. (2020) TCrystal- Structure of the Active Layer of the Small Molecule Organic Photovoltaic Material DRCN5T:PC 71 BM Before and After Solvent Vapor Annealing. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, 235, 15-28.
6. Schmidt, E. M. & Neder, R.B. (2019) The interpretation of broad diffuse maxima using superspace crystallography. Physical Review B, 100, 054201.
5. Schmidt, E. M. & Neder, R.B. (2017) Diffuse Single Crystal Scattering corrected for Molecular Formfactor Effects. Acta Crystallographica, A73, 231-237.
4. Schiener, A., Schmidt, E., Bergmann, C., Seifert, S., Zahn, D., Krach, A. & Magerl, A (2017) The formation of CdS quantum dots and Au nanoparticles. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, 232, 39-46.
3. Zobel, M., Windmüller, A., Schmidt, E. M., Götz, K. Milek, T., Zahn, D. & Neder, R.B. (2016). The evolution of crystalline ordering for ligand-ornamented zinc oxide nanoparticles. CrystEngComm, 18, 2163-2172.
2. Krüger, B., Schmidt, E. M. & Mecke, K. (2016). Spectral properties of unimodular lattice triangulations. Journal of Statistical Physics, 163, 514-543.
1. Krüger, B., Schmidt, E. M. & Mecke, K. (2015). Unimodular lattice triangulations as small-world and scale-free random graphs. New Journal of Physics, 17(2), 023013.

Invited Presentations

  • 08/2021 25th Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • 12/2019 Asian Crystallography meeting, Singapore.
  • 10/2019 77th Annual Pittsburgh Di raction Conference, Oak Ridge, USA.
Updated on 13.05.2022 by Chr. Vogt/ E. M. Schmidt, FB 05, Universität Bremen