A common theme underlying the projects in Parkin’s department is the creation of atomically engineered materials with novel properties. These artificial materials are created by the deposition of atomically thick thin films using techniques ranging from molecular beam epitaxy, pulsed laser deposition, magnetron and ion beam sputtering to atomic layer deposition.
The ultimate goal of molecular electronics is the design of electronic devices where the basic units, such as transistors, are single molecules. On the theoretical side, the generic task is to calculate the current-voltage (IV) characteristics of systems consisting of a single molecule sandwiched between two semi-infinite metallic leads. In the Theory Department we follow two different approaches to describe the transport properties of single molecules.
The International Center for Nano-Systems (ICNS) goes far beyond a simple visitor program by funding collaborative research programs involving the unique resources developed in Halle with the Humboldt award from Prof. Dr. Stuart Parkin. [more]
The IMPRS-STNS exploits the successful research network between the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, the Martin Luther University and the Fraunhofer IMWS, to carry out research into novel atomically engineered materials for nano-systems which tackles grand societal challenges in the fields of information technology and sustainability. [more]