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Max-Planck-Institut für Mikrostrukturphysik

Scientific Profile

Experimental and theoretical research carried out at the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics is primarily focussed on solid state phenomena that are determined by small dimensions and surfaces and interfaces. The investigations concentrate on establishing relations between the magnetic, electronic, optical, and mechanical properties of solids and their microstructure. Thin films and surfaces are investigated as well as nanocrystalline materials, phase boundaries and defects in bulk crystals. The results of the research will provide the necessary information for creating new and improved functional or structural materials in application areas such as sensorics, opto- and microelectronics.’


The Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics was founded in 1992 as the first institute of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in the eastern part of Germany. The institute consists of two experimental departments (I and II) and the theory department. A new laboratory building for the experimental departments, including also workshop facilities and a hall for special experiments, were put into use in September 1997. Two other buildings were reconstructed and are available since the beginning of 1999. A new guest house of the institute was opened already in 1995.



Max-Planck-Institut für Mikrostrukturphysik



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