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History of the Crystallographic Department
In the year 1964
the Kristallographisches Institut der
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg" was founded and became part of the Earth Sciences faculty.
The institute's original address was Hebelstr. 25 (see figure on the right).
Prof. Dr. Siegfried Haussühl (1964 to 1966),
Prof. Dr. Rudolf Nitsche (1968 to 1988) and
Prof. Dr. Klaus W. Benz (1988 to 2003),
Prof. Dr. Arne Cröll is chairman of the
institute since 2003. The department for general and
analytical crystallography was headed by
Prof. Dr. Volker Krämer from 1969 to 2006.
In 2002 the Earth Sciences Faculty of the university was liquidated and the
Kristallographisches Institut (together with the
Mineralogisch-Geochemisches Institut and the Geologisches Institut) was assigned to the
Fakultät für Chemie und Pharmazie, the name of which was then changed into
Fakultät für Chemie, Pharmazie und Geowissenschaften.
In spring 2005, the institute moved to Hermann-Herder-Str. 5.
In 2008, the "Kristallographisches Institut", the "Mineralogisch-Geochemisches Institut",
and the "Geologisches Institut" of the university were merged into the "Institut für Geowissenschaften".
The main interests of the crystallographic department presently are:
The growth and characterization of single crystal semiconductor
materials under terrestrial and space conditions,
the simulation of material and heat transport in metal-
and semiconductor-melts, and
the synthesis, structure analysis and chrystal chemistry of new
ternary and multinary compounds.