The research stages in detail: the powder from the grinding bowl (middle) is packed into a capillary, then melted in the sample holder of an X-ray diffractometer (left).
Source: BAM, Image: Michael Danner
Her way is mechanochemistry. Two substances are ground together and she checks what happens at the crystalline and molecular level. Does a synthesis take place immediately, in two minutes or 20?
Two powders are put into a mortar, ground together briefly and a new substance emerges. Mechanochemistry enables new compounds to be produced by the energy released during grinding.
An X-ray diffractometer. The Ph.D. student praises "the optimal technology backdrop". Everything is supervised by experts, each measurement supported by experienced researchers.
Franziska Fischer’s has so far undertaken 1040 synthesis experiments in the laboratory and found 15 new co-crystals.