People at the Max Planck Graduate Center for Quantum Materials

 Fellows

Prof. Ali Alavi
Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart

Research topics:
  • development of ab initio methods for treating correlated electronic systems, including quantum chemical and quantum Monte Carlo methods
  • many-body perturbation theories
  • superexchange antiferromagnetic coupling in cuprates
  • spin chemistry of Fe-porphyrns
  • development of time-dependent methods, i.e. time-propagation of correlated electronic systems using a stochastic propagation technique, inspired by the ground-state FCIQMC method
Prof. Andrea Cavalleri
Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter

Research Topics:
  • physics of strongly correlated electron systems
  • light induced superconductivity
  • control of magnetism and of correlated-electron (Mott) insulators
  • nonlinear THz spectroscopy of Quantum Materials
  • Dirac Carrier dynamics
Prof. J.C. Séamus Davis
University of Oxford, UK; University College Cork, Ireland; Cornell University, USA

Davis Group research concentrates upon the fundamental physics of exotic states of electronic, magnetic and atomic quantum matter. A specialty is development of innovative instrumentation to allow direct atomic-scale visualization or perception of the quantum many-body phenomena that are characteristic of these states.

Research Topics:
  • electronic liquid crystals
  • Cooper-pair density wave states
  • monopole and spin liquids
  • magnetic topological insulators
  • Cu/Fe high-Tc superconductors
  • viscous electron fluids
  • macroscopic quantum mechanics
  • quantum microscope development
Prof. Claudia Draxl
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin

Research topics:
  • artificial intelligence methods for materials science
  • molecular switches on surfaces
  • optoelectronic excitations at inorganic/organic interfaces
  • organic semiconductors
Prof. Claudia Felser
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden

Research topics:
  • Heusler compounds with X2YZ with L21 and XYZ with C1b structure type
  • topological insulators, Weyl semimetals, new Fermions
  • thermoelectric materials, topological catalysis
  • non-centrosymmetric superconductivity
Prof. Yuri Grin
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden

Research topics:
Main research interest is chemistry and physics of intermetallic compounds, in particular:

  • development of new preparation methods, in particular using the redox reactions
  • analysis of chemical bonding, in particular using quantum chemical techniques in position space
  • thermoelectric materials
  • chemical catalysis on intermetallic compounds.
Prof. Bernhard Keimer
Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart

Research topics:
  • structure and dynamics of quantum materials
  • unconventional superconductivity
  • metal-oxide interfaces and heterostructures
  • interplay of spin-orbit coupling and correlations
  • development of new spectroscopic methods
Prof. Klaus Kern
Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart

Research topics:
  • nanoscale science and technology with a focus on the bottom-up paradigm
  • atomic scale phenomena
  • molecular engineering & photonics
  • quantum materials & devices
  • quantum sensing
  • quantum dynamics
  • nano-bio interfaces
Prof. Bettina V. Lotsch
Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart

Research topics:
  • discovery of new functional solids by combining solid-state chemistry, molecular chemistry, and nanochemistry
  • 2D materials and heterostructures
  • photo(electro)catalysis
  • topological materials
  • electrochemical energy storage
  • stimuli-responsive photonic nanostructures
Prof. Andrew P. Mackenzie
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden

Research topics:
  • low temperature ordered states
  • interacting electron mesoscopics
  • thermodynamic and transport measurements on interacting electron systems
Prof. Jochen Mannhart
Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart

Research topics:
  • exploring interfaces in complex electronic materials to create and understand new electronic systems, materials, and novel physical phenomena; investigating them for applications
  • synthesizing complex oxide heterostructures on the atomic scale, studying the effects of lateral confinement on the nanometer scale to create lower dimensional, complex electronic systems
  • understanding, designing, and using electronic properties of correlated electron systems
  • exploring basic properties of matter on the atomic scale by using scanning probe techniques
Prof. Walter Metzner
Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart

Research topics:
  • quantum many-body theory
  • strongly correlated electrons
  • unconventional superconductivity
  • topological quantum matter
Prof. Roderich Moessner
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden

Research topics:
  • theory of quantum materials:
  • collective phenomena
  • new kinds of order 
  • quantum dynamics
Prof. Stuart Parkin
Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Halle

Research topics:
  • spintronics
  • nano-photonics
  • topological materials
  • neuromorphic devices
Dr. Mariana Rossi
Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin

Research Topics:
  • biomolecular structure
  • bio and organic interfaces to inorganic materials
  • H-bonded systems
Prof. Angel Rubio
Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Hamburg

Research topics:
  • new exotic states of matter out of equilibrium: Topological materials
  • QED-Chemistry and Materials
  • fundamental aspects of Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory and Many-Body Perturbation Theory
  • strong light-matter interactions and Optimal control Theory
  • electronic and Thermal transport
  • nanostructures: 2D materials, nanotubes
  • code development: development of the first principles open-sorce project octopus
Prof. Vahid Sandoghdar
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen

Research topics:
  • photon-phonon interactions in organic materials
  • plasmonics
  • single-molecule quantum optics
  • bio-photonics
Prof. Matthias Scheffler
Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin

Research Topics:
  • ab initio thermodynamics and statistical mechanics
  • many-body electronic-structure theory and electron-phonon coupling
  • electronic and thermal transport
  • nuclear quantum effects in materials
  • artificial intelligence methods for materials science
Prof. Hidenori Takagi
Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart

Research topics:
  • novel superconductors - discovery and mechanisms
  • exploration of quantum spin liquids
  • charge liquids on geometrically frustrated lattices
  • pioneering novel electronic phases induced by spin-orbit interaction
  • high performance thermoelectric materials
Prof. Liu Hao Tjeng
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden

Research topics:
  • electronic structure of strongly correlated systems
  • metal-insulator and spin-state transitions, orbital physics
  • transition metal oxides and rare-earth/uranium intermetallics
  • MBE-grown oxide thin films and topological insulator interfaces
  • development of new synchrotron-based x-ray spectroscopies
Prof. Jörg Wrachtrup
University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart

Research topics:
  • quantum spintronics
  • nanoscale quantum sensing
  • quantum information processing
  • solid state quantum optics
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