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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The migration of carbon atoms on the surface of the nanomaterial graphene was recently measured for the first time. Although the atoms move too...


The Austrian Society for Electron Microscopy awarded the Fritz-Grasenick Prize 2021 to Stefan Noisternig.


Jani Kotakoski appointed full professor starting on 1 March 2022


Diana Propst successfully defended her MSc thesis on 28 February 2022.


On 1 February 2022 Clara Kofler joins PNM for an internship in the Kotakoski group.


On 1 February 2022 Harriet Åhlgren rejoins PNM to work in the new FWF-funded project QUEEN granted to Jani Kotakoski.