The MPI for Microstructure Physics, the Martin Luther University and the Fraunhofer Institute are the three institutions forming the International Center for Nano-Systems. They are located in walking distance from each other and propose excellent facilities for materials exploration, characterization, modeling, and nano-device fabrication.
Institutions of the International Center for Nano-Systems
Max Planck Institut of Microstructure Physics
The Max Planck Institut of Microstructure Physics (MPI-MSP) currently consists of three Departments.
The Theory Department develops sophisticated computational methods to describe and predict materials properties, and how such properties can be changed in a controlled way by varying external parameters, such as pressure, chemical composition, or temperature. In this manner one can learn how to engineer and predict the mechanical, optical, and electronic properties of materials that can be designed and synthesized in the laboratories of the MPI and MLU.
The focus of the Experimental Department I at MPI is basic research on magnetic materials at reduced dimensionality, including magnetic surfaces, thin films, wires, and dots.
The primary scientific goal of the Department on Nano-Systems from Ions, Spins and Electrons (NISE) is to develop micro- and nano-structuring tools in order to fabricate materials with multiple functionalities. The research capabilities include methods to fabricate nanowires and nanotubes, micro- and macroporous silicon and nanoporous alumina as well as functional oxides.
Martin Luther University Halle
The Martin Luther University Halle (MLU) has a long tradition in the investigation of functional solid interfaces and over the last years has focussed especially on functional oxide interfaces with a strong emphasis on multiferroic coupling, and semiconductor interfaces for photovoltaics. The various contributing groups are linked via a Collaborative Research Centre on Functionality of oxide interfaces (SFB 762). A variety of deposition methods and systems are available at the MLU and the MPI-msp, including single chamber laser deposition, a laser MBE cluster for deposition on ultraclean surfaces as well as evaporation or sputtering under UHV conditions including STM characterisation. This network of fabrication and characterisation is accompanied and supported by theory groups at the MLU which complement and strongly interact with those at the MPI-msp mentioned above.
Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems
At the high end of the supply chain the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS) characterizes, simulates, and evaluates the behavior of materials, components, and systems under the influence of external forces in different environments. It works with companies and public agencies to develop solutions that improve the safety, reliability, durability, and functionality of technical components and systems, thus making them more cost-effective, energy-efficient, and economical with natural resources.