|Henrichs, Leonard Frederic (ESR6)
University of Leeds
Institute for Material research
LS2 9JT UK
My Name is Leonard Frederic Henrichs and I am ESR 6. I am from Germany and right now I am working on my Phd-Thesis at the Institute for Materials Research at the University of Leeds, England.
After completing my Abitur (equivalent to A-levels) in Siegen, I started studying Chemistry at the University of Bonn, Germany where I obtained a broad knowledge and practical experience in synthesis (solid-state, reaction under inert gas, sol-gel, CVD) and characterization (X-ray diffraction, spectroscopy, electron microscopy) of materials. During a specialization course on surface-chemistry, hosted by Prof. Dr. K. Wandelt, I gained first experiences in scanning probe techniques. He also supervised me during my Diploma-thesis at the research-center “caesar“ (associated with Max Planck society) in Bonn. Here, I mainly used transmission electron-microscopy (TEM) and atomic-force microscopy (AFM) to characterize suitable thin metal- and carbon-films for a new phase-contrast system for TEMs.
I see myself as a physico-chemist with main interests on analytics especially on nano-characterization like electron microscopy and scanning probe microscopy. I am fascinated by unexpected and unconventional properties of materials, whose physical origins are complex and yet unknown. Experiments with creative and innovative design are most appealing to me. Moreover, I am intrigued by the ever more emerging prospect of automation of experiments and data analysis with various scripting and mathematical software, which I am currently using for my research.
I think research can only be truly successful but also most enjoyable, when a number of people work together on scientific problems, which is why teamwork and collaboration are crucial to me.
In my private life, my wife and my two children are most important for me and I spend most of my spare time with them. I enjoy relaxing while playing the guitar or singing. Apart from science, I have many other interests amongst which history and sports are probably the two most prominent. I also take pleasure in working in groups and organizing for example when I was Chair of the Young Chemists Forum (JCF)-Bonn of the Society of German Chemists (GDCh).