Project PLASMA-SPIN Energy

Developing a German-Ukrainian Core of Excellence

November 01, 2021

The situation in Ukraine has taken dramatic dimensions. Day to day new pictures and videos reach us, showing the war in Ukraine with all of its destructive consequences. Our project partners are located in Kharkiv, which is being heavily attacked. Hopefully, they remain safe and we wish them all the strength they need in these difficult days. We hope for the establishment of peace and respectful and peaceful coexistence.

Statement by the President of the Max Planck Society - Martin Stratmann on the war against Ukraine


With the unilateral funding program “Establishing German-Ukrainian Excellence Centers (CoE) in Ukraine”, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is supporting the establishment of excellent German-Ukrainian working groups in Ukraine, thereby expanding bilateral research and development expertise on a sustainable basis.

PLASMA-SPIN Energy started in November 2021 and is one of twelve selected projects.

Under the partnership between the V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University and the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, a new working group - the Core of Excellence (CoE) - will be established in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Within the CoE, a combination of the fields of Spintronics and Advanced Plasma technology is planned, using the strengths of both partners. The focus is on the investigation of atomically engineered thin film materials, new plasma technologies and energy-efficient nanoscale devices. The CoE gives an opportunity for talented Ukrainian junior scientists to earn a doctorate or work as postdocs under excellent research conditions and with strong partners.

End of October 2022 the project applies for a follow-up grant for a 48-month implementation phase.

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MPI and Karazin University
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