Crystallography and Geomaterials

Prof. Dr. Ella Schmidt

2015 MSc and
2019 PhD in physics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

2019-2021 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford

Professor in Bremen since 2022

Research areas:
Disorder in crystalline materials, X-ray and neutron diffraction, simulations of disordered materials.

We investigate the atomic structure of crystalline materials. The combination of experimental methods and simulation-based analysis approaches helps us to understand complex materials. We are inspired by naturally occurring atomic structures in geomaterials to understand the relationship between short- and longrange ordering phenomena, structure-property relationships, host-guest interactions, and formation processes of distinct materials.

Studied materials:
We are interested in crystalline materials with complex local atomic structures. This includes minerals occurring in the earth´s crust as well as synthetically produced compounds, especially microporous materials (zeolites and metal-organic frame-works) and mullitetype compounds.


Powder and single crystal diffraction (at variable temperatures) with X-rays, neutrons and electrons; thermal analysis; crystal growth; molecular modeling with force fields; density functional theory calculations; qualitative and quantitative phase analysis


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