Quantum Materials and Collective Phenomena

We develop and use scattering methods to determine structural and magnetic order and excitations in novel quantum-, nano- and functional materials in order to achieve an understanding of macroscopic properties and functionalities. Challenging scientific problems are the drivers of our work developing new instruments, right through to designing novel high brilliance neutron sources.

Head: Prof. Dr. Thomas Brückel

Focus of our work

GISAXS on highly ordered monolayers


JCNS 2 is strongly focused on cutting-edge research on various quantum materials, including single-phase nanoparticles and hetero-structures of quantum materials using scattering methods.

PPMS Dynacool with dilution refrigerator at JCNS 2


JCNS 2 is actively involved in operating and building various neutron instruments at large-scale facilities such as ESS and MLZ - Garching. We are also equipped with excellent in-house facilities to produce and characterize single-crystal and thin-film samples.

HBS, Schematic diagram


High brilliance accelerator-based neutron source project, HBS, aims to develop and establish a unique infrastructure for neutron analysis (imaging methods and scattering) to be used in a multitude of scientific disciplines.

Lab tours during IFF spring schools

Education and Outreach

We carry out academic teaching at Universities and training for the next generation of neutron scientists via the IFF Spring School and the JCNS laboratory courses.

News and Events

Neubauten Garching

New Labs and Workshops Officially Opened for Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ)

Jülich/Garching, 22 October 2020 – Every year, up to 1,200 visiting scientists from all over the world come to the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) in Garching to perform measurements on its FRM II research neutron source. The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Forschungszentrum Jülich, which is a cooperation partner of MLZ, are now expanding the research capacities of the world’s most versatile neutron source with two new buildings, which will provide 4,500 m² of space for laboratories, offices, and workshops. The buildings have now been officially opened with a (virtual) ceremony.


MLZ Conference: Neutrons for Life Sciences

The MLZ Conference 2021 “Neutrons for Life Sciences” will bring together experts in neutron scattering methods with users from life sciences to review techniques and provide the opportunity for the community to discuss current limitations, new capabilities, and future developments.



High Brilliance Neutron Source

A conceptually novel accelerator-based neutron source.


Quantum Materials

Investigation of the static and dynamic properties of complex quantum materials.

Neutron scattering facility at FRMII, Garching

Neutron Methods

Development of methods and operation of instruments for neutron scattering.