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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Imagine a world in which electricity could flow through the grid without any losses or where all the data in the world could be stored in the cloud without the need for power stations.  This seems unimaginable but a path towards such a dream has opened with the discovery of a new family of materials with magical properties. more

Chiral topology is the new frontier in the field of quantum matter. In the recent study, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden discovered new fermions beyond the concept of the conventional Weyl, Dirac or Majorana fermions in chiral crystals. The new findings promises vast opportunities for future quantum applications. more

Once thought rare, strangely behaving substances called "topological materials" are in fact quite common, a finding that bodes well for their potential use in future electronics. An international team of researchers has assembled an online catalogue, based on the periodic table, to make it easy to design new versions of these unusual materials. more

76 Max Planck scientists among the most highly cited researchers 2018 more

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Claudia Felser was awarded with the James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials for the year 2019. more

Materialien nach Maß

October 16, 2018

Marmor, Stein und Eisen bricht, aber Quantenmaterialien nicht - 
Exzellenzcluster ct.qmat der Universitäten Dresden und Würzburg more

Electrons go with the flow

October 05, 2018

Hydrodynamic electron flow can only be observed in high-purity quantum materials. An international team of members from the IBM Research Laboratory Zurich, the University of Hamburg and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids has now found signatures of electron hydrodynamics in the semimetal tungsten diphosphide. The results were published in the journal Nature Communications. more

We are very pleased to announce that in this year Johannes Gooth’s 2017 paper in Nano Letters on “Ballistic One-Dimensional InAs Nanowire Cross-Junction Interconnects” was selected by the committee. more

In a recent study, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden have performed a comprehensive study of thermoelectric and thermomagnetic properties of polycrystalline Weyl semimetal NbP. more

The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids welcomes the physicist Dr. Johannes Gooth, who will build and manage his Max Planck Research Group from the beginning of October. more

Magneto-transport experiments of GdPtBi show anomalous Hall effect, chiral anomaly effect and non-zero Berry phase which establish the properties of Weyl physics. All these properties are independent of crystallographic directions. This study confirm that magnetism plays a major role in creating Weyl Fermions via exchange splitting of bands in GdPtBi. more

Heusler, Weyl and Berry

August 20, 2018

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute Chemical Physics of Solids have written a review paper about magnetic topological materials in the family of Heusler compounds. The review explains the connection between topology, symmetry and magnetism at a level suitable for undergraduate students in physics, chemistry and materials science with a basic knowledge of condensed matter physics.   more

The Alexander von Humboldt foundation has selected Kathryn Arpino for a Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers. more

Topology is a global aspect of materials, leading to fundamental new properties for compounds with large relativistic effects. The incorporation of heavy elements give rise to non-trivial topological phases of matter, such as topological insulators, Dirac and Weyl semimetals. The semimetals are characterized by band-touching points with linear dispersion, similar to massless relativistic particles in high energy physics. more

The Yearbook 2018 of the Max Planck Society is online. more

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

Since the beginning of the year, Claudia Felser has been a member of the Leopoldina. more

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