The Institute of Physics currently houses 12 research groups and one junior research group conducting fundamental and applied research in the area of Interfaces and nanostructured materials, Soft matter/biophysics and Photovoltaics.
Research at the Institute of Chemistry is conducted in 13 work groups as well as one junior research group, and is geared towards the faculty research foci Nanostructured Materials, Functional Solid Interfaces, Photovoltaics, and Renewable Energies, as well as Chemistry of Biorelevant Substances.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM characterizes, simulates and evaluates the behaviour 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. This helps the region, Germany and Europe to compete on the global market.
Director Prof. Dr. Claudia Felser. In general the material class under investigations - Heusler compounds with X2YZ with L21 and XYZ with C1b structure type – show the same broad variety of properties comparable to the perovskites, including topological insulators, Kondo behaviour, non-centrosymmetric superconductivity and conventional, tunable magnetic properties, non-collinear magnetism, semiconductivity, magnetoresistance effects, Li-ion-conductivity and other physical properties. Different to the perovskites only a few groups mainly in Germany and Japan are working on this class of materials. However many companies such as Hitachi, IBM, Toshiba, Toyota etc. have research activities based on this material class.[more]
Alexander von Humboldt Prof. Dr. Jairo Sinova. As a condensed matter theory group we are interested on physical phenomena of many body systems in which the behavior of the collective system is quite different and unique from the behavior of its individual components. Condensed matter physics is a vast field of physics which provides endless opportunities. Our group has focused over the past few years on the subfield of spintronics and mesoscopic electronic transport. These fields study the effects coupling the spin and charge degrees of freedom of the electron has on bulk properties of materials as well as transport and optical phenomena. Some of our main contributions to this field are related to spin Hall effects and diluted magnetic semiconductor physics. New avenues are always opening ahead, with novel and unforeseen connections to other points of views and topics.