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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Gudrun Pötzelberger successfully defended (with distinction) her MSc thesis on 30 March 2021.


Three students of the Kotakoski group finished their master's studies in the period of July – October 2020.


Doctoral College Advanced Functional Materials: Fully funded PhD positions at the University of Vienna


A team of international researchers including members of the group Physics of Nanostructured Materials has succeeded in producing aluminium with a...


The identification of new chemical bonds is crucial for the design of new material structures. A team led by Jani Kotakoski at the University of...


Researchers from Aalto University and the University of Vienna have published the article "Graphene substrate improves the conductivity of carbon...