The DPHYMS is composed of four clusters containing a total of 14 laboratories.


Theory and Materials Modelling

Theoretical Chemical Physics 





The TCP group develops novel methodologies bringing the quantum-mechanical level of insight to large and complex systems by combining first-principles quantum methods, machine learning, coarse-grained statistical approaches, as well as developing novel mathematical and computational techniques.



Lead by Prof. Alexandre Tkatchenko

Theoretical Solid-State Physics




the macroscopic properties (such as colour, hardness, electrical and thermal conductivity) of materials are determined by the movement of  atoms and electrons on the microscopic scale...



Lead by Prof. Ludger Wirtz

Complex Systems and Statistical Mechanics





The CSSM group develops statistical methods to describe the dynamics and thermodynamics of complex systems operating far-from-equilibrium. These include open quantum systems, biochemical reaction networks and electrical circuits. We are particularly interested in characterizing the trade-offs between energetic dissipation, speed, precision and accuracy of processes such as energy conversion, information processing and computation.  


Lead by Prof. Massimiliano Esposito

Theory of Mesoscopic Quantum Systems





The TMQS group investigates quantum phenomena at mesoscopic scales, with a particular focus on nonequilibrium transport, topological  materials and low-dimensional systems, using both analytical and numerical methods.



Lead by Prof. Thomas Schmidt


Soft & Living Matter

Physics of Living Matter





"The Physics of Living Matter Group looks at LIFE, or as we put it, Living In Fluctuating Environments, usinga cross-disciplinary approach that  bridges the physics of FLOW (matter & information) and FORM (geometry, order & topology) to uncover biological FUNCTIONS (behavior & traits) in microbial systems.We apply principles of Soft and Active Matter Physics and Modelling techniques to understand how microbes like bacteria, archaea and algae adapt to changes in their environment." 


Lead by Assistant Prof. Anupam Sengupta

Experimental Soft Matter Physics





The ESMP group explores ordered nano-/microscale self-assembly in liquid crystals and colloids, and the phenomena it gives rise to on  macroscopic scale, often optical or mechanical. Research foci range from fundamental physics to interdisciplinary application opportunities.  With microfluidics and electrospinning we produce droplets, shells and cylinders, to study the impact of curved soft confinement in unconventionalgeometries, often with fluid–fluid interfaces.


Lead by Prof. Jan Lagerwall

Physics of Advanced Materials





The Laboratory for the Physics of Advanced Materials (LPM) applies macroscopic experimental techniques to investigate thermal and  mechanical properties of matter. The group has active research programs in Brillouin spectroscopy, rheology and ultra-fast calorimetry of  complex fluids, polymers and composites.                     




Lead by Dr. Jörg Baller                                                

Crystals and Nanomaterials



Lead by Dr. Giusy Scalia


Photovoltaics & Semiconductors

Laboratory for Photovoltaics (LPV) 





At the laboratory for photovoltaics (LPV) we work on understanding the fundamental functioning of semiconductors in solar cells. We prepare materials in a controlled way and employ optoelectronicmeasurements of the electronic structure of materials and of the energy balances in thin film devices. Ouraim is to improve the efficiency of thin film solar cells.



Lead by Prof. Susanne Siebentritt

Laboratory for Energy Materials (LEM)




The Laboratory for Energy Materials studies the physical and chemical reactions occurring during semiconductor synthesis in order to understand the resulting opto-electronic properties. The laboratory investigates new semiconductor materials, and new methods for earth abundant and low energy synthesis of solar cells. Currently it is researching small and semi-transparent solar cell devices.



Lead by Associate Prof. Phillip Dale

Scanning Probe Microscopy




Scanning Probe Microscopy methods are ideal to study the properties of functional materials on the nanoscale. Within the SPM laboratory, technologically  relevant semiconductors such as for example halide perovskites, Cu(In,Ga)Se2 and 2D materials are synthesized and analyzed with different  scanning probe and luminescence techniques. We develop new analytical tools and deposition methods to understand how surface and interface properties  can be tuned to enhance the performance of functional devices.



Lead by Associate Prof. Alex Redinger

Spectroscopy of Complex Materials

The NanoMagnetism Group





The research of the Michels group is centered around the technique of magnetic small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). Experimental,  theoretical, and simulation work is carried out in order to understand and develop the fundamentals of magnetic SANS. Studied materials  include Nd-Fe-B magnets, Mn-Bi rare-earth-free magnets, Heusler-type alloys, nanocomposites, magnetic nanoparticles, and steels.



Lead by Associate Prof. Andreas Michels

Multifunctional Ferroic Materials





The Multifunctional Ferroic Materials group (MFM) is devoted to experimental investigations of crystalline matter by means of solid state  spectroscopy methods, with a particular focus on new and original phase transitions, excitations, coupling phenomena, or active tuning of  material properties.




Lead by Prof. Jens Kreisel and Assistant Prof. Maël Guennou

Ultrafast Phenomena in Condensed Matter





The Ultrafast Condensed Matter Physics (UCMP) aims at the investigation of fundamental phenomena occurring in matter at ultrashort  timescale. For this reason, we develop innovative ultrafast systems and techniques with the ultimate goal to understand and control how light  interacts with matter to unveil the microscopic origin of the properties of materials that are of high technological interest.




Lead by Prof. Daniele Brida