The research group Physics of Nanostructured Materials (group speaker Jani Kotakoski) is part of the research focus Complex Nanoscale Matter of the Faculty of Physics. The group studies the fundamental physics of novel materials under dimensional constraints as well as novel low-dimensional materials. This includes investigations of their formation, structural evolution and of the physics of their unique properties. Multiscale phenomena of metals, alloys and polymers with micro/nanocrystalline structures, as well as carbon nanostructures including graphene membranes are in the focus of research. The research group comprehensively tackles structure-property relationships, physical mechanisms of complex defect configurations and their interactions. Systems far from thermodynamic equilibrium including micro/nanocrystalline, disordered and glassy structures are investigated. The three research focuses of the group are Complex Systems and Hybrid Materials, Amorphous and Nanocrystalline Materials.

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Manuel Längle successfully defended his PhD thesis on 26 March and will continue his work at PNM as a postdoctoral researcher, starting 1 April, 2024.


Carsten Speckmann received the best poster award at the 36th International Winterschool on Electronic Properties of Novel Materials (IWEPNM) in...


On 1 March 2024 Jana Dzíbelová joins PNM as postdoctoral researcher.

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Novel opportunities in quantum technology and condensed matter physics opened by noble gas atoms confined between graphene layers.


Atoms bind together by sharing electrons. The way this happens depends on the atom types but also on conditions such as temperature and pressure. In...


Properties of materials are often defined by imperfections in their atomic structure, especially when the material itself is just one atom thick, such...