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The Quantum Sound of Metals

July 16, 2018
The Yearbook 2018 of the Max Planck Society is online. [more]
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Satya Narayan Guin receives a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

April 03, 2018
The Alexander von Humboldt foundation, Germany, awarded Satya a Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers. He is currently working as a postdoc with Prof. Claudia Felser. [more]
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Leopoldina: Claudia Felser

March 23, 2018
Since the beginning of the year, Claudia Felser has been a member of the Leopoldina. [more]
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GDCh: Claudia Felser

February 16, 2018
Structural changes have occurred with the new year in the „Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker“, the society for German Chemists: Professor Felser is now the new head of the research group for solid-state chemistry and material research.  [more]
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Charge Order and Electron Localization in a Molecule-Based Solid 

January 20, 2018
Charge ordering in cationic mixed-valence compounds is of crucial importance for materials science. The prototypic example for a transition from a charge-disordered  to a charge-ordered state has been magnetite, Fe3O4, where Evert Verwey  observed a sudden jump in resistivity near -150°C. In the journal Science Advances now a research team of scientists from Germany and Slovenia reports a Verwey-type charge-ordering transition in a different class of mixed-valence compounds which is composed of negatively charged dioxygen molecules. [more]
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Ultraclean metal-like conductivity in semimetallic WP2

November 27, 2017
Ultraclean metals show high conductivity with a high number of charge carriers, whereas semiconductors and semimetals with low charge carriers normally show a low conductivity. This scenario in semimetals can be changed if one can protect the carriers from scattering.  [more]
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The Iron Age: about the understanding of the new iron-based high-temperature superconductors and related compounds

November 24, 2017
In the new iron-based superconductors (FeSC), superconductivity occurs close to an antiferromagnetic phase. This indicates that correlation effects may be important in these materials. Theoretical calculations predict that different from cuprates, besides the on-site Coulomb interaction also the on-site Hund exchange interaction plays an important role in the correlation effects of FeSCs. This would mean that a completely new state of correlated matter has appeared which has been termed “Hund’s metal”. [more]
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Robust Bain distortion in the premartensite phase of a platinum-substituted Ni2MnGa magnetic shape memory alloy

October 23, 2017
The premartensite phase of shape memory and magnetic shape memory alloys is believed to be a precursor state of the martensite phase with preserved austenite phase symmetry. The thermodynamic stability of the premartensite phase and its relation to the martensitic phase is still an unresolved issue, even though it is critical to the understanding of the functional properties of magnetic shape memory alloys. [more]
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Bit data goes anti-skyrmions

September 01, 2017
Today’s world, rapidly changing because of “big data”, is encapsulated in trillions of tiny magnetic objects – magnetic bits – each of which stores one bit of data in magnetic disk drives.   A group of scientists from the Max Planck Institutes in Halle and Dresden have discovered a new kind of magnetic nano-object in a novel material that could serve as a magnetic bit with cloaking properties to make a magnetic disk drive with no moving parts – a Racetrack Memory – a reality in the near future. [more]
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Dr. Enke Liu honored with National Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholars

September 01, 2017
The National Natural Science Foundation of China honors Dr. Enke Liu, a Humboldt research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, with the 2017 National Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholars for his great contribution to magnetic phase transitions. This scholarship serves as a substantial bolster to the young talents in China. [more]
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Topological Quantum Chemistry

July 20, 2017
Researchers find path to discovering new topological materials, holding promise for technological applications. [more]
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IBM Scientists Observe Elusive Gravitational Effect in Solid-State Physics

July 19, 2017
Previously thought to only occur in the early stages of the universe and within neutron stars and black holes [more]
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PETMEM Meeting

June 22, 2017
The PETMEM consortium met at MPI-CPfS Dresden on the 15th and 16th of June 2017 for the Month-18 consortium meeting. [more]
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Prof. Claudia Felser receives her second ERC Advanced Grant

April 11, 2017
With this prestigious grant of the European Research Council, Claudia Felser and her team will study single crystals of topological materials and their physical properties. She will receive more than two million Euros over a period of five years. Using this grant, they plan to engineer this new class of quantum materials via the synthesis of high quality single crystals and tune their topological phase transitions, transport properties and surface states by the application of electric and magnetic fields and high pressure. To further boost topological science in Europe, a single crystal platform will be established within the project. The institute sincerely congratulates Claudia Felser on this success! [more]
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Ajaya K. Nayak appointed Assistant Professor at the School of Physical Science, National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, India

March 31, 2017
Ajaya K. Nayak has been working in the group of Prof. Claudia Felser since 2011. Recently, he has been appointed as an Assistant Professor at the "School of Physical Science, National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, India". In the new institute, he will be continuing his research on skyrmions and other related topics in collaboration with Prof. Felser. [more]
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Symposium on Heusler compounds as hardmagnetic materials

March 24, 2017
The symposium was organized by a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems in Halle, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials in Freiburg. The goal of the symposium was to present and to discuss current concepts and latest advancements of Heusler compounds as hardmagnetic materials with participation of industrial partners. [more]
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Weyl semimetals split water

March 24, 2017
Catalysis significantly affects our way of life. Catalysis plays an important role in many biological and technological processes.  For example, the world’s food supply is based on a famous catalytic process – the Haber Bosch process, that converts hydrogen and nitrogen into ammoniac which is then used as the central ingredient for fertilizers.  Gaining improved understanding of catalysis at the fundamental level of atomic orbitals, chemical interactions, energetics and symmetry is a very active field in chemistry. [more]
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Sanjay Singh leaving for the School of Materials Science and Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-BHU), Varanasi, India

February 13, 2017
Sanjay Singh has been working as a group leader in the Solid State Chemistry department of Prof. Claudia Felser. He has joined as an assistant professor in the School of Materials Science and Technology at the Indian Institute of technology (IIT-BHU), Varanasi, India. He will be actively collaborating with Prof. Claudia Felser and his colleagues in MPI-CPfS. [more]
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Binghai Yan leaving for the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

February 10, 2017
Binghai Yan has been working as a group leader in the solid-state chemistry department of Prof. Claudia Felser since 2012. In Feb 2017 he is appointed as an assistant professor in the department of condensed matter physics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. In the new institute, he will continue his theoretical research on emerging topological materials, not least in cooperation with the Felser group. [more]
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Alexander von Humboldt fellow Emilia Morosan joins Solid State Chemistry group of MPI CPfS

February 02, 2017
Emilia Morosan is a professor of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, and Materials Science and Nanoengineering at Rice University. Her research focuses on the design and synthesis of new compounds with unconventional electronic and magnetic ground states, with particular interest in superconductivity, local and itinerant electron magnetism, heavy fermions, quantum phase transitions and more. [more]
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Discovery of tip induced superconductivity in Weyl semimetal

January 25, 2017
A Weyl semimetal is a topologically non-trivial phase of matter that hosts mass-less Weyl fermions, particles that remained elusive for more than 80 years since their theoretical prediction by the German mathematical physicist Hermann Weyl in 1929, but discovered experimentally only in 2015. [more]
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The ever expanding family of topological materials: multiple Dirac cones established in LaBi

January 18, 2017
Scientists from the Max Plank Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden have explored the electronic structure of LaBi and have observed the existence of three Dirac cones: two that coexist at the corner and one at the center of its Brillouin zone. Thus, they have unambiguously proven the topological character of LaBi.   [more]
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MPI-CPfS participates in the speedCIGS project funded by BMWi

November 17, 2016
The solid state chemistry (SSC) department of MPI-CPfS takes part in the speedCIGS project which its main aims is to speed up the manufacturing process of solar cells based on Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS). The project is funded by Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. MPI-CPfS collaborates in this project by performing computer simulation to support the experimental findings of other partners from industry and research institutes. [more]
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Julie Karel leaving for Monash University

September 26, 2016
Dr. Julie Karel (Solid State Chemistry Department) has accepted a tenure-track position in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, commencing November 2016. [more]
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Press Release: Transparent Conducting Oxide Induced by Liquid Electrolyte Gating

September 20, 2016
Professor Parkin and his group, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, the Technical University in Chemnitz and the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center in Taiwan, discovered that highly conducting transparent oxide films can be formed by electrolyte gating thin films of tungsten oxide, WO3, that are insulating as initially prepared. [more]
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Press Release: Room-temperature tetragonal non-collinear Heusler antiferromagnet Pt2MnGa

September 13, 2016
In a recent study, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden demonstrated a non-collinear antiferromagnetism in a tetragonal Heusler compound Pt2MnGa with a high ordering temperature making room temperature applications feasible. [more]
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Dr. Sanjay Singh awarded with Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam award 

August 23, 2016
Dr. Sanjay Singh was awarded “Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam award” for his excellent research work in the field of Science and Technology by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh state government on the occasion of 70th Independence day (15th August 2016) of India. The award carries one Lakh INR.   [more]
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Press Release: Unconventional quasiparticles predicted in conventional crystals

July 22, 2016
An international team of researchers has predicted the existence of several previously unknown types of quantum particles in materials. The particles — which belong to the class of particles known as fermions — can be distinguished by several intrinsic properties, such as their responses to applied magnetic and electric ... [more]
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Press Release: Anomalous Hall effect in non-collinear antiferromagnets

June 07, 2016
As materials with zero net magnetic moment, antiferromagnets have been generally believed not to display any anomalous Hall effect. Nevertheless, scientist from the MPI for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden and MPI of Microstructure Physics, Halle have experimentally demonstrated that the antiferromagnetic compound Mn3Ge displays a very large anomalous Hall effect. [more]
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