Dr. Monica Distaso

Lehrstuhl für Feststoff- und Grenzflächenverfahrenstechnik (LFG)


    HaberstraĂźe 9a
    91058 Erlangen
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  • Raum: 00.804

Information zur Person

Special Issue

Research Interests:

  • Development of in situ analytical and spectroscopic techniques for understanding particle formation: classical vs non-classical crystallization
  • Design of metal oxide nanocomposites for optical applications (mesocrystals)
  • Synthesis, characterization and film formation of multicomponent semiconductors (CIGS(e), CZTS(e)) and hybrid lead-free perovskite for photovoltaic applications
  • Sustainable chemistry: activation of small molecules, fixation of carbon dioxide, design of low environmental impact processes

PhD Thesis:

  • “Low environmental impact synthetic methodologies. Carbonic acid diesters and carbon dioxide as substitutes for phosgene” University of Bari, Italy, May 2006.

Master Degree in Inorganic Chemistry. Thesis:

  • “Synthesis and characterization of Copper and Zinc complexes with fluorinated ligands to use as catalysts in supercritical carbon dioxide” University of Bari, Italy, March 2002.

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Winter Semester - Basics in Nanotechnology - Compulsory Course for Chemical Engineering Masters and Diploma students (I semester)
  • Summer Semester - Nanotechnology of Disperse Systems Elective Supplementary Course for Chemical Engineering Masters and Diploma students (II Semester)

Former and current Bachelor students:

  • Sebastian Eberhardt "Characterization of ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by microwave irradiation in different experimental conditions“ – Erlangen 2010
  • Martin Kaiser "Characterization of calcined and not calcined Metal Oxide/PVP nanocomposites“ – Erlangen 2011
  • Anna Papachtschjan "Synthesis of alfa-Fe2O3 mesocrystals as a new class of inorganic pigments“ – Erlangen 2012
  • Yikalo Tecle "Characterization of photoluminescence properties of ZnO nanoparticles in combination with PVP after annealing at different temperatures“ – Erlangen 2014
  • Robin Link “Qualitative In Situ TrĂĽbungsmessung bei der Synthese von Zinkoxid-Mesokristallen unter solvothermalen Bedingungen” – March 2016
  • Vanessa Lautenbach "Electrostatic stabilization of goethite particles" - current work

Former and current Master students:

  • Ruth Wernet "Scalability aspects of the synthesis of ZnO/PVP nanocomposite structures under solvothermal conditions“ – Erlangen 2010
  • Amirmasoud Mohtasebi "Synthesis and Characterization of nanostructures based on hematite mesocrystals“ – Erlangen 2012
  • Martin Kaiser "Stirring Characterization of a tank reactor equipped with In Situ spectroscopic techniques for monitoring nanoparticle formation“ – Erlangen 2014
  • Benjamin Seemann "Multigram lab-scale synthesis of hematite nanoparticles and their formation mechanism“ – Erlangen 2014
  • Naeem Saddiqi “Formation of CZTS nanoparticles under solvothermal conditions” – Erlangen 2015
  • Eric Ethevenaux "Heterogeneous growth of hematite particles" - current work


  • “Metal oxide nanocomposites for UV protection” Application Number WO2011/058155 deposited at international Bureau on 29th November 2010. Inventors: Berndt Sachweh; Wieland Koban; Wendel Wohlleben; Wolfgang Peukert; Robin Klupp Taylor; Monica Distaso.
  • “Metal island coatings and method for synthesis” Application Number WO2011/057937 deposited at international Bureau on 12th November 2010. Inventors: Wieland Koban; Wolfgang Peukert; Robin Klupp Taylor; Monica Distaso; Huixin Bao; Serhiy Vasylyev.

Selected Publications:

Selected presentations to congresses:

  • M. Distaso, W. Peukert “Synthesis of Hematite nanorods mesocrystals via Oriented Attachment: an In situ and Ex situ reaction mechanism study” – Symposium SS: Nanocrystal Growth via Oriented Attachment and Mesocrystals formation at Material Research Society (MRS) San Francisco USA , April 21st-25th, 2014 (Talk)
  • M. Distaso, M. KlaumĂĽnzer, M. Mackovich, E. Spiecker, W. Peukert “Oriented Attachment in the formation of ZnO twin-nanostructures” – Symposium SS: Nanocrystal Growth via Oriented Attachment and Mesocrystals formation at Material Research Society (MRS) San Francisco USA , April 21st-25th, 2014 (Talk)
  • R. Ahmad, M. Distaso, M. Brandl, T. Akdas, H. Azimi, C. Brabec, R. Hock, W. Peukert “Facile synthesis and characterization of Cu2ZnSnS4 in nanoparticulate form: a challenging material” – Symposium E: Earth Abundant Inorganic Solar Energy Conversion at Material Research Society (MRS) San Francisco USA , April 21st-25th, 2014 (Poster)
  • M. Distaso, W. Peukert “Hierarchical organization of CuS nanorods synthesized under solvothermal conditions” Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry of Supramolecules and Assemblies, Il Ciocco, Barga (LU), Italy 19th June – 24th June 2011
  • M. Distaso, O. Zhuromskyy, F. Seifrt, R. Klupp Taylor, U. Peschel, G. Leugering, W. Peukert “Synthesis of “invisible nanostructures” and simulation of the optical properties” Core-To-Core Meeting - 23rd November 2010 - Kyoto, Japan
  • M. Distaso, R. Klupp Taylor, M. Voigt, W. Peukert “Hydrothermal synthesis of ZnO/PVP morphology with controlled morphology” Euromat 2009, Glasgow, 8th September
  • M. Distaso, L. Manna, R. Cingolani “Seeded Growth of CdSe/CdS branched structures using magic size CdSe nanocrystals as seeds” Trends in Nanoscience 2009, Kloster Irsee, 28th February – 4th March; Book of Abstracts p. 94