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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Heena Inani successfully defended her PhD thesis on 27 May 2021.


Gregor Leuthner successfully defended his PhD thesis on 12 May 2021.


Manpreet Kaur joined the Susi group on 2 April 2021.


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