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Research in HNF

The HNF has no own research projects, but supports the users at the implementation of their works. An abstract of the users and their research can be found in the subsequent list.


Theoretical Nanoelectronics (PGI-2)

The quantum mechanical nature of matter is the basis of all functioning of electronic devices, and can be the basis of a new form of information processing.

Scanning Tunneling Hydrogen Microscopy

Quantum Nanoscience (PGI-3)

We investigate the physics and chemistry of surfaces and interfaces, focussing in particular on their nanostructure and their functionality.


Quantum Materials and Collective Phenomena (JCNS-2/PGI-4)

We develop and use scattering techniques to understand the structural and magnetic order, fluctuations and excitations in magnetic systems and in highly correlated electron systems at the atomic level.


Microstructure Research (PGI-5) / Physics of Nanoscale Systems (ER-C-1)

Development of new procedures for understanding material properties on the atomic level with a special focus on ultrahigh resolution electron microscopy techniques.


Electronic Properties (PGI-6)

We explore the interrelations between electronic structure and physical properties like magnetism and magnetic phenomena, e.g. by applying synchrotron radiation techniques.


Electronic Materials (PGI-7)

We do research together with our partner institute at RWTH Aachen University for the nanoelectronic of the future. For this, we investigate electronic phenomena in oxides and electronically active organic molecules.


Semiconductor Nanoelectronics (PGI-9)

The institute investigates fundamental problems in semiconductor physics and in semiconductor materials.


JARA-Institute Green IT (PGI-10)

We develop novel devices and architecture concepts for merging logic and storage components on computer chips. The institute bring together expertise from physics, nanotechnology and electrical engineering in Jülich and Aachen in order to combine ultra-low power logic with novel energy-efficient memristive devices at the nanometer-scale.


JARA-Institute Quantum Information (PGI-11)

Our institute pursues a diverse set of topics that further our theoretical understanding of electronic systems and devices at nano- and atomic scales, and the application of these small quantum systems to new forms of information processing.


Mechanobiology (IBI-2)

IBI-2 is dedicated to the experimental study of the mechanobiology of living cells of animal and human origin. Our work focuses on the interplay of molecular architecture and mechanical properties, the interaction of cells with substrates and neighbouring cells, as well as the recognition and processing of mechanical signals by cells. These issues are of the utmost importance fro the production of biofunctional materials ("tissue engineering") and for the understanding of many physiological and pathological processes such as the development of the central nervous system, tissue degeneration in cadiovascular or skin diseases, and tumrourigenesis. For this research, modern methods of cell biophysics and molecular cell biology are applied and, if necessary, further developed.


Bioelectronics (IBI-3)

Our research is focused on bioelectronics, a field of research in the convergence of biology and electronics. In particular, we exploit biological materials and biological architectures for information processing systems and new devices which can be used as sensors, actuators, and biomedical devices. A key aspect is the interface between biological materials and electronics.

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Materials Science and Technology (ER-C-2)

We aim at providing an atomic level understanding of fundamental physical properties of structural and functional materials. Applications range from modern steels to novel computer memories and include low-dimensional materials as well as hybrids between hard and soft matter. Interdisciplinary activities focus on materials for energy harvesting, storage and conversion.

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Research cryomicroscopy

Structural Biology (ER-C-3)

We study the structural biology of essential cellular processes using electron cryo-microscopy (cryo-EM) as our central experimental tool.

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