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.