Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research
Scientific Profile and Research Program
The Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research conducts materials research for future applications, e. g., in information technology and for energy conversion. To this end we make use of the various possibilities offered by our Ion Beam Center (IBC) for synthesis, modification, and analysis of thin films and nanostructures. The analyzed materials range from semiconductors and oxides to metals and magnetic materials. They are investigated with the goal to optimize their electronic, magnetic, optical as well as structural functionality. They are investigated with the goal to optimize their electronic, magnetic, optical as well as structural functionality. This research is embedded in the Helmholtz Association’s program “From Matter to Materials and Life”.
Facilities and Cooperations
The Ion Beam Center (IBC) with 40 experimental stations has a long-time experience in the fields of ion implantation, ion-beam modification, and ion-beam analysis. This expert knowledge is offered to a large national and international user community (Flyer: IBC details).
Furthermore, we are in charge of the experimental stations at the Free-Electron Lasers FELBE. We coordinate the EU-I3 project CALIPSOplus CALIPSOplus - Convenient Access to Light Sources Open to Innovation, Science and to the World.
The Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research particularly supports young scientists. An Emmy Noether Group funded by DFG and led by Dr. Helmut Schultheiss works since 2014 on "Spin waves bridging Spintronics and Photonics". In addition two Helmholtz funded young investigator groups were led by Dr. Alina Deac (2014 - 2018) and Dr. Shengqiang Zhou (2011 - 2016). The latter is now heading the Department “Semiconductor Materials”.
Coordination of EU Cooperative Projects
- RADIATE (2019-2022), Coordinator: Prof. Jürgen Fassbender
- CALIPSOplus (2017-2021) Coordinator: Prof. Manfred Helm
- IONS4SET (2016-2020) Coordinator: Dr. Johannes von Borany
The Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research is currently engaged in three Helmholtz funded network projects.
The International Helmholtz Research School for Nanoelectronic Networks (IHRS NanoNet) is led by Dr. Artur Erbe. It is a structured doctoral programme promoting the education of the next generation of scientists in molecular electronics.
In addition, the Institute is engaged in the Helmholtz Energy Materials Characterization Platform (HEMCP) and in the Helmholtz Energy Materials Foundry (HEMF).
The Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research is very active in technology transfer.