On these pages I want to introduce details about my scientific work.


In 1999 I started to study Chemistry at the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD). In the following years my interest for Physical Chemistry and particularly for magnetic resonance spectroscopy grew stronger. I graduated in February 2005 (German diploma) on the preparation and EPR characterization of endohedrally and paramagnetically doped fullerene peapods N@C60@SWNT and N@C70@SWNT (Diploma thesis in German language: "Präparation und EPR-Untersuchung von endohedral paramagnetisch dotierten Fulleren-Peapods N@C60@SWNT und N@C70@SWNT"). The diploma studies have been carried out in the group of Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter Dinse at the Eduard-Zintl-Institut für Anorganische und Physikalische Chemie at TUD.

I started my doctoral studies in the same group in March 2005. After three years of intense research I was able to submit my thesis "Electromagnetic properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes investigated by microwave absorption" and graduate as Ph.D. (German Dr.-Ing.) in June 2008.

Since January 2009 I am working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There I am working on time-domain (pulsed) dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP). The funding for this stay is generously provided by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) within a research fellowship (grant CO802/1-1).

Topics of research

During my studies I examined single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) and the related intercalation compounds with fullerenes (i.e., the so-called peapods) using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy [1-9]. I also synthesized the peapod material using endohedral fullerenes N@C60 und N@C70 as paramagnetic spin-probes [1-3,6,7]. Besides EPR, I also applied different analytical methods, for example non-resonant microwave absorption [4-6,8,9], high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), thermogravimetry (TG), differential thermal analysis (DTA), high-perfomance liquid chromatography (HPLC), and magnetometry [6].

I also contributed to the solution of several actual problems in Chemistry by applying modern EPR. These problems include the dissolving of the structure of Cu(II)-hemicarcerand compounds [10], the investigation of the electronic and spin properties of a Co(II)-tetraphenylporphyrin-C60 diade and their derivatives [11], and also theoretical work regarding the analysis of 14N-HYSCORE spectra [12].


[1] B. Corzilius, A. Gembus, K.-P. Dinse, F. Simon, and H. Kuzmany: Carbon nanotubes investigated by N@C60 and N@C70 spin probes, in: Electronic Properties of Novel Nanostructures, eds. H. Kuzmany, J. Fink, M. Mehring, and S. Roth, AIP Conference Proceedings 786, Melville, New York, 2005, S. 291-295.
[2] B. Corzilius, A. Gembus, N. Weiden, and K.-P. Dinse: Preparation and EPR characterization of N@C60-based peapods, in: Electronic Properties of Novel Nanostructures, eds. H. Kuzmany, J. Fink, M. Mehring, and S. Roth, AIP Conference Proceedings 786, Melville, New York, 2005, S. 317-320.
[3] B. Corzilius, A. Gembus, N. Weiden, and K.-P. Dinse: EPR characterization of catalyst-free SWNT and N@C60-based peapods, Phys. Status Solidi B 243, 3273-3276 (2006), DOI: 10.1002/pssb.200669115.
[4] B. Corzilius, K.-P. Dinse, J. van Slageren, and K. Hata: Low-temperature anomaly of microwave absorption and ac susceptibility of single-wall carbon nanotubes: Bulk superconductivity and weak ferromagnetism, Phys. Rev. B 75, 235416 (2007), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.75.235416.
[5] B. Corzilius, S. Agarwal, K.-P. Dinse, and K. Hata: Electron paramagnetic resonance and non-resonant microwave absorption of single wall carbon nanotubes, Phys. Status Solidi B 244, 3890-3895 (2007), DOI: 10.1002/pssb.200776175.
[6] B. Corzilius, K.-P. Dinse, and K. Hata: Single-wall carbon nanotubes and peapods investigated by EPR, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 9, 6063-6072 (2007), DOI: 10.1039/b707936m.
[7] B. Corzilius, P. Jakes, N. Weiden, S. Agarwal, and K.-P. Dinse: EPR investigation of N@C70 in polycrystalline C70 and single wall carbon nanotubes, Mol. Phys. 105, 2161-2168 (2007), DOI: 10.1080/00268970701724990.
[8] B. Corzilius, K.-P. Dinse, and K. Hata: Probing the electronic properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes with resonant and non-resonant microwave absorption, Physica E 40, 2327-2332 (2008), DOI: 10.1016/j.physe.2007.09.017.
[9] B. Corzilius, K.-P. Dinse, K. Hata, M. Haluška, V. Skákalová, and S. Roth: SWNT probed by multi-frequency EPR and nonresonant microwave absorption, Phys. Status Solidi B 245, 2251-2254 (2008), DOI: 10.1002/pssb.200879574.
[10] A. Gembus, B. Corzilius, R.-A. Eichel, K.-P. Dinse, S. Immel, D. Stumm, M. Flauaus, and H. Plenio: Electron paramagnetic resonance structure investigation of copper complexation in a hemicarcerand, J. Phys. Chem. B 110, 15012-15020 (2006), DOI: 10.1021/jp062158x.
[11] J. Dannhäuser, W. Donaubauer, F. Hampel, M. Reiher, B. Le Guennic, B. Corzilius, K.-P. Dinse, and A. Hirsch: Sigma-donor and pi-acceptor stacking interactions in a trans-2-linked C60-cobalt(II)tetraphenylporphyrin diad, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 45, 3368-3372 (2006), DOI: 10.1002/anie.200504383.
[12] B. Corzilius, E. Ramić, and K.-P. Dinse: HYSCORE analysis of nitrogen hyperfine interactions, Appl. Magn. Res. 30, 499-512 (2006), no DOI.