The Paul Drude Institute for Solid State Electronics (PDI), established in 1992, carries out research in materials science and solid state physics with special emphasis on low-dimensional systems in nanostructured semiconductors. The unique properties of low-dimensional systems are strongly influenced by the structural and energetic peculiarities of interfaces. Therefore, by intentionally adjusting the nature and distribution of internal interfaces in a static and dynamic way, the mechanical, optical, electronic, and magnetic properties of nanostructured solids can be tuned over a wide range by means of materials engineering at the atomic level.
The scientific and technogical competencies of the institute are provided by four departments. The main research topics are managed as core research areas, in which scientists, engineers and technicians from the four departments collaborate for a certain period.
Details on the research activities at the institute can be found in the lists of publications and our annual reports, which are available for download. A brief summary of selected latest scientific results is selected for our recent scientific highlights.