The Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI) is dedicated to the discovery and interpretation of new phenomena in condensed matter, the development of novel materials and functional structures at the nano- and quantum-scale as well as innovation in experimental and theoretical methods. Our research places emphasis on potential long-term applications in information technology and related fields. A special focus lies on quantum materials, quantum computing and neuromorphic computing.

Focus of our Research


Quantum Computing

We are working together with partners from science and industry to build a European quantum computer in Jülich.


Quantum Materials

We research quantum materials with the aim of using them for storing and processing information in the medium or long term.


Neuromorphic Computing

We are researching a computational approach modelled on the human brain at all the necessary levels, from materials to circuit design and system integration.

News and Events

Projektkoordinator Prof. Rainer Waser vom Forschungszentrum Jülich und der RWTH Aachen

Neuromorphic Computing on the Road to Application

The aim of the NEUROTEC project is to develop hardware and algorithms for highly efficient computers modelled on the human brain, and so to lay the foundations for new value creation in the Rhineland region. The collaborative project coordinated by Forschungszentrum Jülich is now entering its second funding phase, with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) allocating it a total of around €36 million in funding for the next five years.


PGI Colloquium - Hybrid event: Prof. Dr. Alexander Gray,
Temple University, Philadelphia, USA

Emergent phenomena at complex-oxide interfaces have become a vibrant field of study in the past two decades due to the rich physics and a wide range of possibilities for creating new states of matter and novel functionalities for potential devices. Electronic-structural characterization of such phenomena presents a unique challenge due to the lack of direct yet non-destructive techniques for probing buried layers and interfaces with the required Ångstrom-level resolution, as well as element and orbital specificity.

Selected Projects and Cooperations


Building a European Quantum Computer

A European quantum computer with 50 to 100 superconducting qubits is to be developed and operated on our campus within the EU's Quantum Flagship Project OpenSuperQ. Scientists from across the world will have open access to it.


Robust Components for Quantum Computing

In the Excellence Cluster “Matter and Light for Quantum Computing” (ML4Q) we aim, together with the universities of Cologne, Aachen, and Bonn, to develop new computing and networking architectures using the principles of quantum mechanics.


Neuro-inspired Artificial Intelligence Technologies

The new project “Neuro-inspired artificial intelligence technologies for the electronics of the future” combines existing internationally recognized scientific competences to enable the development of innovative "Beyond von Neumann" concepts to be decisively pursued using energy-efficient components.


New Approaches in Information Technology

In the research alliance JARA, section JARA-FIT, we contribute to creating the basis for the information technology of the future.


JARA-Center for Simulation and Data Science (JARA-CSD)

Within the framework of the JARA-CSD research alliance, we make the use of data analysis and HPC systems accessible to a broad spectrum of scientific users and create new opportunities for cutting-edge research.