REALM: Research of Exotic Actinide and Lanthanide Materials

It is well-known, that unconventional solid-state materials not only contribute to our fundamental understanding of physical and chemical principles, but also drive our technological advances. Further progress is often impeded by the fact that many fundamental questions regarding underlying mechanisms of magnetism and superconductivity remain unanswered. Theoretical efforts have certainly contributed to the overall advancement of the field. However, significant breakthroughs are often inspired by experimental discoveries of new strongly correlated systems.

In particular, the majority of solid-state materials, which show exotic properties – such as unconventional superconductivity and complex magnetic orders – include lanthanide and actinide elements. Unfortunately, when it comes to the discovery of such materials, it is nearly impossible to predict their physical properties or even evaluate their synthesis feasibility using computational means. To address this challenge, the first research direction of the Research of Exotic Actinide and Lanthanide Materials (REALM) group is the design of new solid-state compounds. The REALM group will utilize the expertise of three fields – inorganic chemistry, material science, and solid-state physics. By using empirical knowledge, stemming from a meticulous analysis of various actinide- and lanthanide-based materials, we plan to identify trends that result in intriguing chemical and physical properties.

The second effort of the REALM group is to advance the quality of the existing systems. Unfortunately, the majority of known crystalline compounds are full of imperfections on the micro-scale as well as at the atomic level – for example strain, dislocations, impurities, and stoichiometric deviations. Very frequently, intrinsic properties of a given materials are masked by such imperfections, resulting in conflicting reports and inconsistent characterization, stalling scientific progress. This is particularly important for actinide- and lanthanide-based strongly correlated systems, as their ground states are typically very fragile with respect to imperfections and impurities. The REALM group will use cutting-edge experimental techniques such as high-temperature and high-pressure synthesis, as well as micro-scale structuring in order to obtain and study previously unattainable compounds and materials of exceptional purity.

The work of the REALM group will provide deeper insights into the fundamental origin of magnetism and superconductivity, pushing us one step closer to unlocking their full application potential.



The list of relevant publications can be found here.

The REALM group works in strong collaboration within MPI CPfS as well as with researchers from all over the world.

If you are interested in learning more about our projects ​or working with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch! 



Humboldt Research Fellowship for Nazar Zaremba

Congratulations to Nazar Zaremba, who has been awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship in the REALM research group! more

Junior award from the European Rare Earth and Actinide Society for Eteri Svanidze<br /> 

Congratulations to Eteri Svanidze, who was awarded the 7th ERES Junior award from the European Rare Earth and Actinide Society (ERES) for “her talented contributions to the solid-state chemistry and physics of f-elements“. The award was presented at ICFE-11, which was held in Strasbourg (France) last August.

Congratulations to Laura Agnarelli for the successful completion of her PhD thesis!

During her PhD studies, Laura focused on the investigations of intermetallic compounds containing Be and Mg with late transition metals with the aim to find new semiconductors. more

Prime Minister of Saxony 
L. H. Tjeng, M. König, MP M. Kretschmer, E. Svanidze

Representatives of MPI CPfS attend the Summer Party of the Prime Minister of Saxony Michael Kretschmer.


Eteri Svanidze

The Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation awards funding through the Plus 3 Perspectives program to Dr. Eteri Svanidze, group leader of the REALM group at MPI CPfS. Through this highly coveted program, she will receive independent funding, which is aimed at supporting outstanding junior group leaders during their first appointment. more

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  • Dana Galstian, visiting summer student in 2023.
    Currently, Dana is a student at the Semper Gymnasium in Dresden.
  • Orest Pavlosiuk, visiting postdoctoral fellow in 2023.
    Currently, Orest is Researcher at the Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Science (Poland).
  • Kristian Witthaut, visiting student in 2022.
    Currently, Kristian is a graduate student at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany).
  • Paul Dill, visiting summer student in 2022.
    Currently, Paul is a student in Pestalozzi-Gymnasium in Dresden.
  • Martin Juckel, postdoctoral fellow 2019-2021.
    Currently, Martin is a Researcher at the Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany).
  • Primoz Kozelj, postdoctoral fellow 2019-2021.
    Currently, Primoz is an Assistant at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).
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