State-of-the-art complementary experimental methods such as atomic resolution scanning and transmission electron microscopy and scattering with synchrotron radiation are applied. A new aberration-corrected ultra-high vacuum scanning transmission electron microscope with versatile extensions for in-situ experiments is installed. In addition to its experimental know-how, the research group successfully develops physical models to clarify the experimental results. The scientific expertise and the special research methods developed by the group are utilized to achieve micro/nanostructured materials with tailored mechanical, magnetic and thermoelectric properties.