Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids

Max Planck Institut, Nöthnitzer Str. 40, 01187 Dresden
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids   link
Location: Dresden
Affiliation: Max Plank Society

The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids is dedicated to the discovery of new materials with unusual properties. To this end, researchers must have a fundamental understanding of the interrelations between the atomic structure, chemical bonding, electron states and the properties of a compound. The key research focus of the Institute is compounds of different metals. Chemists and physicists as well as experimental and theoretical scientists use state-of-the-art instruments and methods to investigate how the chemical composition, configuration of atoms and external forces affect the behaviour of electrons. It is these that are responsible for the magnetic, electronic and chemical properties of the compounds, and thus for their potential use as materials. 

Research Focus

  • Chemical Metals Science
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Solid State Physics
  • Physics of Correlated Matter


Physics - Jul 16
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 Communications, represents a significant advance towards novel chiral electronic devices.
Physics - Jul 10

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.

Physics - Jun 11

That visible light holds the character of a wave can be demonstrated in simple optics experiments, or directly witnessed when rainbows appear in the sky.

Materials Science - Apr 28

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.

Physics - Mar 19

Non-centrosymmetry is a fascinating topic because crystalline materials with chiral crystal structures exist in two enantiomorphic forms i.e. with different absolute structures which are in many respects identical but show different handedness.

Physics - Jun 17

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 allows a fundamental understanding of the electronic properties of this novel semimetal.

Chemistry - Jun 8

Al2Pt for oxygen evolution reaction in water splitting: a strategy for creating multi-functionality in electrocatalysis The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources strongly depends on an availability of effective systems for energy conversion and storage.

Physics - Apr 27

The oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is the rate-limiting step for renewable-energy technologies, such as direct solar, water splitting, rechargeable metal-air batteries and regenerative fuel cells to meet the requirement of rapidly increasing global energy demand.

Physics - Mar 16

Electronic correlations give rise to a plethora of interesting phenomena and phases, including magnetism and superconductivity.

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