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Electrons in a crystal exhibit linked and knotted quantum twists

New experiments reveal an elaborate linked quantum structure.


Everything is Topological

An international research team has discovered that topological electronic states are present in nearly every known material for every electron in the crystal configuration. Appearing this week in Science, the team’s discovery of ubiquitous band topology has motivated re-examining previous experimental data for overlooked topological features, and suggests that the century-old field of band theory should be restructured, with topology joining chemistry and geometry on equal footing.

Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel fellowship for Joshua Goldberger<br /> 

We are happy to announce that Professor Joshua Goldberger from The Ohio State University in the United States has been awarded a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel fellowship sponsored by the Humboldt foundation. This prestigious fellowship entitles him to spend a sabbatical in Germany, most of the time at our institute in the department of Solid State Chemistry. more

Quantum Materials out of Equilibrium

Maia Vergniory co-authored the feature story in Physics Today more

Spintronic goes chiral<br /><br /><br /> 

Spintronic devices are based on using the fundamental spin of electrons to carry and store information. Their use would not require charge currents for their operation and would lead to improved energy efficiency with lower power consumption, higher data processing speed and better integration of memory and logic. However, suitable materials for new spintronic implementations are needed. Their fabrication as well as analysis require state-of-the-art methods from nanotechnology. This is why researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids and the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS have launched a joint project to investigate novel materials for spintronics. The project is being funded by Sächsische Aufbaubank.

Wilhelm Ostwald Medal<br /> 

Claudia Felser receives the Wilhelm Ostwald Medal of the Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig. more

When a band falls flat: Searching for flatness in materials

International collaboration, led by DIPC and Princeton, creates a catalogue of materials that could impact quantum technologies

The interplay between Topology and Magnetism has a bright future

The new review paper on magnetic topological materials of Andrei Bernevig, Princeton University, USA, Haim Beidenkopf, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, and Claudia Felser, Max Planck Institute of Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden, Germany, introduces the new theoretical concept that interweave magnetism and topology. It identifies and surveys potential new magnetic topological materials, mentions their possible future applications in spin and quantum electronics and as materials for efficient energy conversion. more

N. Kumar + J. Gayles

Dr. Nitesh Kumar and Dr. Jacob Gayles, both former group leaders in the department of Solid State Chemistry at the Max Planck Institute of Chemical Physics of Solids will head two newly established Max Planck Partner Groups.

Farewell Qingge!

Farewell Qingge!

January 18, 2022

Dr. Qingge Mu from the Solid State Chemistry Department has left our institute in December 2021. She has taken up an associate professor position at the Institute of Physical Science and Information Technology at the Anhui University, Hefei, China. We wish Qingge all the best for her future career. more

Max Born Prize for Claudia Felser

The Max Born Prize, jointly awarded by the British Institute of Physics (IOP) and the DPG for particularly valuable and timely scientific contributions to physics, will be awarded in 2022 to Prof. Dr. Claudia Felser of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden. more

A new way to generate electricity from waste heat: using an antiferromagnet for solid devices

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany, together with collaborators at the Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati, have discovered, for the first time, a giant thermoelectric effect in an antiferromagnet. more



November 02, 2021

Dr. Yan Sun from the Solid State Chemistry Department has left our institute in October. more

Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Congratulations, Ben List and David MacMillan! more

<p style="margin: 0cm;"><span style="color: #0e101a;" lang="EN-US">Harmonious</span><span style="color: #0e101a;" lang="EN-US"> electronic structure leads to enhanced quantum materials</span></p>

The electronic structure of metallic materials determines the behavior of electron transport. Magnetic Weyl semimetals have a unique topological electronic structure - the electron's motion is dynamically linked to its spin. more

Farewell Guowei Li

Dr. Guowei Li from the Solid State Chemistry Department has left our institute this month. However, he fortunately will stay in close cooperation with members of our institute. more

<p>Claudia Felser appointed as new international member of the United States National Academy of Sciences</p>

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has appointed Claudia Felser as an International Member under the auspices of the Applied Physics Section in recognition of her outstanding and continuing research accomplishments. more

<h4>Discovery of New Solid Catalysts for Water Electrolysis</h4>

Green hydrogen - produced from water electrolysis by using sustainable electricity - is getting more attention due to its potential to be used as energy carrier as well as building block for various industrial processes. Among both half-reactions of water electrolysis, Oxygen Evolution Reaction (OER) is kinetically more challenging and it requires advances in the development of innovative electrocatalysts. more

A charge-density-wave topological semimetal

Topological materials are characterised by unique electronic and physical properties that are determined by the underlying topology of their electronic systems. Scientists from the Max Planck Institutes for Microstructure Physics (Halle) and for Chemical Physics of Solids (Dresden) have now discovered that (TaSe4)2I is the first material in which a charge density wave induces a phase transition between the semimetal to insulator state. more

<p><strong>Claudia Felser belongs to Highly Cited Researchers in Physics 2020</strong></p>

Claudia Felser, director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, is one of the mostly cited researchers in the world in the category Physics. This is apparent from the list Highly Cited Researchers for 2020 which was published by the company Clarivate Analytics. more

Topology Gets Magnetic: The New Wave Of Topological Magnetic Materials

Researchers demonstrate new high-throughput method for discovering magnetic topology more

<span class="free_area0_p8 endline itemHeadline">Topological control by tuning structural chirality</span>

Chiral crystals that have a distinct handedness have recently emerged as one of  the most exciting new classes of topological materials. An international research team from institutions in Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and China has now demonstrated that their crystal handedness directly determines how quasiparticles propagate and scatter at impurities in such materials. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, represents a significant advance towards novel chiral electronic devices. more

<p>Cherned up to the maximum</p>

In topological materials, electrons can display behaviour that is fundamentally different from that in ‘conventional’ matter, and the magnitude of many such ‘exotic’ phenomena is directly proportional to an entity known as the Chern number. New experiments establish for the first time that the theoretically predicted maximum Chern number can be reached — and controlled — in a real material. more

<div style="text-align: center;">A fresh twist in chiral topology</div>

Electrons in “chiral crystals”, solid-state materials with definite “handedness”, can behave in unexpected ways. An interdisciplinary team from research institutions in Germany and China has realized now a theoretically predicted peculiar electronic state in a chiral compound, PtGa, from the class of topological materials. The study which was published in the journal Nature Communications allows a fundamental understanding of the electronic properties of this novel semimetal. more

<p>Three Research Groups, Two Kinds of Electronic Properties, One Material</p>

An outstanding collaboration combines materials science, experimental and theoretical physics. The work paves the way to new designed materials that combine in them multiple electrical functionalities. more

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