Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Dr. Nathalie Kunkel

Liebig Group: Development of novel rare earth doped materials for optical applications

Chair of Inorganic Chemistry with Focus on Novel Materials



Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Nathalie Kunkel (*1986) studied chemistry at the Saarland University and obtained her diploma in 2010 (degree with honours). After completing her PhD in 2014 (summa cum laude) and a short postdoctoral stay at Leipzig University, she moved to the IRCP, Chimie-ParisTech (Materials for Photonics and Opto-Electronics), Paris, France as a postdoctoral fellow. There she worked mainly in the fields of high resolution laser spectroscopy and materials for quantum information technology (funded by the DFG). In October 2016 she started to establish a junior research group at the Technical University of Munich, supported by a Liebig fellowship of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie.


Dr. Nathalie Kunkel is interested in the development of novel rare earth doped materials for optical applications. Rare earth doped materials play an important role in different applications, such as solid state lighting, plasma screens, sensors, lasers, filters and in quantum information technology. In our group hydrides, mixed anionic hydride halides and borohydrides are studied. Next to X-ray and neutron diffraction, our main characterization methods are photoluminescence and thermoluminescence spectroscopy. During our investigations a detailed understanding of the relations between structure and optical properties is developed.


- Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (2015)

- Dr. Eduard-Martin-Award for PhD, Saarland University (2015)

- Wilhelm-Klemm-Award of University Foundation Münster for the PhD thesis (2015)

- Award of the Hardt Foundation for the PhD thesis, Saarland University (2014)

- Doctoral scholarship of the Landesgraduiertenförderung Saarland (2011)

Key Publications (all publications)

Kunkel, N., Sontakke, A., Kohaut, S., Viana, B., Dorenbos, P: „ Thermally simulated luminescence and first-principle study of defect configurations in the perovskite-type hydrides LiMH3:Eu2+ (M = Sr, Ba) and the corresponding deuterides “. J. Phys. Chem. C, accepted.


Kunkel N., Bartholomew J., Welinski, S, Ferrier, A., Ikesue A., Goldner P: „ Dephasing mechanisms of optical transitions in rare earth doped transparent ceramics, “.Phys. Rev. B.: Condens. Matter Mat. Phys. 2016; 94(18), 184301(1-9).


Kunkel N., Bartholomew J., Binet L., Ikesue A., Goldner P: „High resolution optical linewidth measurements as a materials characterization tool“. J. Phys. Chem. C. 2016; 120 (25): 13725-13731.


Kunkel N., Ferrier A., Thiel C. W., Ramírez M. O., Bausá L. E., Cone R. L., Ikesue A., Goldner P: „Rare earth doped transparent ceramics for spectral filtering and quantum information processing“. Appl. Phys. Lett. Mat. 2015; 3: 096103-7.


Kunkel N., Meijerink A., Kohlmann H.: „ Bright yellow and green Eu(II) luminescence and vibronic fine structures in LiSrH3, LiBaH3 and their corresponding deuterides “. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2014; 16 (10): 4807-4813.