Complex Nanoscale Matter

This key research area deals with basic research on the physics of low-dimensional materials and their hierarchical and hybrid structures. These "advanced materials" are the scientific basis for future, innovative technologies that are of importance for sensor technology, nano- and optoelectronics and biotechnology.

One- and two-dimensional materials show a variety of new phenomena and quantisation effects, which are caused by this dimensional restriction along individual spatial directions. Ultimately, the macroscopic properties of the materials also change significantly. State-of-the-art methods are used and continuously improved for their production, examination and modification, including microscopic and spectroscopic methods as well as charge transport and scattering experiments. In the process, quantum correlations are determined experimentally, the atomic structures are analysed precisely and modified specifically.

In the research on bio- and hybrid materials, hierarchical structures are investigated on different length scales and analysed spectroscopically. The overall goal is the production and targeted functionalisation of such "advanced materials" with tailored structural, electronic, optical and transport properties.

A large network of national and international partners with collaborations within the framework of research programmes as well as industrial partners enables us to carry out application-oriented projects in addition to intensive fundamental research.


Dynamics of Condensed Systems »
Speaker: Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Herwig PETERLIK
Administration: Yvonne Simon

Electronic Properties of Materials »
Speaker: Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Thomas PICHLER
Administration: Eva Deutsch, Annemarie Simlinger

Physics of Functional Materials »
Speaker: Assoz. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Dieter SÜSS, Privatdoz.
Administration: Dipl.-Ing. Sabine Elvira Vranckx Herrera

Physics of Nanostructured Materials »
Speaker: Assoz. Prof. Dr. Jani KOTAKOSKI
Administration: Regina Pinter