Prof. Dr. André Studart
Prof. Dr. Jennifer L.M. Rupp
We investigate engineering approaches for the fabrication of artificial complex materials that combine some of the exquisite structural features found in natural biological materials like bone, seashells and trees with the wealth of chemical compositions available for the manufacture of synthetic materials.
The group of Electrochemical Materials investigates metal oxide materials for applications in computer memories, logics, energy storage and conversion.
Interfaces, Soft Matter and Assembly
Prof. Dr. Lucio Isa
Magnetism and Interface Physics
Prof. Dr. Pietro Gambardella
We investigate the behavior of micro and nanoparticles, or colloids, under confinement at the interface between two fluids (e.g. air-water or oil-water).
Our group investigates magnetic phenomena in thin films and nanometer-sized systems with tailored structural and electronic properties. In particular, we are interested in the question of how the microscopic interplay of structure, bonding, and interface effects determines the magnetic and electrical properties of metal multilayers and hybrid metal-organic heterostructures, from the bulk limit down to single molecules and single atoms on surfaces.
Prof. Nicola Spaldin
Prof. Dr. Laura Heyderman
Research in the Materials Theory group uses a combination of first-principles and phenomenological theoretical techniques to study the fundamental physics of novel materials that have potential technological importance.
Our research is directed towards novel magnetic thin film and nanoscale systems, which we investigate with the large scale facilities at PSI.
Metal Physics and Technology
Prof. Dr. Jörg Löffler
Multifunctional Ferroic Materials
Prof. Dr. Manfred Fiebig
The Laboratory of Metal Physics and Technology (LMPT) carries out research and teaching in areas ranging from basic science to technology, mostly in metals-related fields.
In our group we investigate materials where strong coupling between electrons leads to novel types of ordering processes of its spins and charges. Our scope is to study the fundamental physics of these materials with an interest in basic research as well as in their technological potential.
Prof. Markus Niederberger
Prof. Dr. Ralph Spolenak
The focus of our research is directed towards the development of wet-chemistry routes to functional inorganic and organic-inorganic materials covering all length scales from the nm to the cm range. Based on a modular approach, we first synthesize different types of particles with control over crystallinity, size, shape and surface properties.
The Laboratory for Nanometallurgy carries out research in the field of thin films, in which at least one critical dimension is in the nanometer regime and significantly influences the behavior of materials. These dimensions can be external as well as all coating applications or reflect some important internal length scale like the grain size or the precipitate spacing in alloys.
Prof. Dr. Joost VandeVondele
Prof. Dr. A. Dieter Schlüter
Our research focus is to enable modeling at the nanoscale to study systems with impact on our sustainable energy future as well as systems of fundamental importance.
The research interest of the Polymer Chemistry Group is mainly within the field of synthetic chemistry, directed primarily towards the creation of structurally novel linear polymers, highly branched dendronized polymers and sheet-like polymers.
Prof. Dr. Hans Christian Öttinger
Soft and Living Materials
Prof. Dr. Eric Dufresne
Our main interests are the theory of simplification and some illustrative and relevant applications of the general ideas and concepts. In more technical terms, we are dealing with various aspects of coarse-graining, bridging scales, irreversible dynamic systems, and nonequilibrium statistical thermodynamics.
Soft materials encompass the bulk of living tissues and are widely used as engineered materials, ranging from personal care products to electronic-paper displays. Soft materials are also great model systems for fundamental experiments in condensed matter physics, thanks to their accessible length and time scales.
Prof. Dr. Jan Vermant
Surface Science and Technology
Prof. Nicolas Spencer
The Soft Materials group investigates the fundamentals and engineering challenges with soft materials. The latter embrace a wide variety of materials, ranging from colloids to polymers and surface-active materials such as phospholipids.
The Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology (LSST) is involved in research in numerous areas of surface science and technology with a special focus on surface modification and analysis, applications in tribology, development of advanced surface-analytcal and in sito sensing techniques.