Emmy Noether Research Group SPECSY

The SPECSY group investigates solid-liquid interfaces by a combination of electronic structure modelling and experimental optical spectroscopy. The aim is to understand on an atomistic level the structure of electrochemical interfaces as a function of the potential applied to the electrode. We address the challenge to convey this information through the liquid electrolyte in a time-resolved manner by employing the highly interface-sensitive optical technique reflection anisotropy spectroscopy in electrochemical environments. The experimental spectra are then interpreted with the aid of computational spectroscopy on top of an electronic structre from density functional theory. Our approach will help to understand ion adsorption and corrosion processes in solar fuel devices and batteries.


  • 23/09/2020 Our spectrometer has finally arrived and is due to be installed the next days!
  • Ulm University is slowly getting back from the shutdown to normal operation. Therefore, we are now in the process of hiring people: There is one PostDoc and one PhD position on electronic structure modelling and computational spectroscopy as well as one PhD position on experimental spectroscopy of electrochemical interfaces. See here for more information.
  • 25/05/2020 Our paper "Band positions of anatase (001) and (101) surfaces in contact with water from density functional theory" has appeared in the Journal of Chemical Physics. DOI:10.1063/5.0004779.
  • 14/05/2020 The website of the SPECSY group is now online. Thanks to Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft for funding the group!


Funding through the Emmy-Noether programme of the German Research foundation (DFG), and the Volkswagen Foundation is gratefully acknowledged.


Dr. Matthias May
Universität Ulm
Institut für Theoretische Chemie
Lise-Meitner-Straße 16
89081 Ulm