Paul Drude Institute for Solid State Electronics
Hausvogteiplatz 5 - 7
10117 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 / 203 77 - 481
Fax: +49 30 / 203 77 - 515

Paul Drude Institute for Solid State Electronics

The Paul Drude Institute for Solid State Electronics (PDI) carries out research in materials science and solid state physics with special emphasis on low-dimensional systems in nanostructured semi-conductors. The unique properties of low-dimensional systems are strongly influenced by the structural and energetic properties 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 using materials engineering at the atomic level. The main fabrication technique is molecular-beam epitaxy.

The research is carried out in interdisciplinary core research areas. At present, the six core research areas are:

  • Ferromagnet-semiconductor hybrid structures,
  • Control of elementary excitations by acoustic fields,
  • III-V nanowires for optoelectronics,
  • Intersubband emitters: GaAs-based quantum-cascade lasers,
  • Nanoanalytics,
  • Nanofabrication.

The PDI is involved in a variety of cooperative research projects with universities and other research institutions on a national and international level. The director of the PDI holds a joint appointment as a professor at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


Prof. Dr. Henning Riechert

Administrative Director (Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.):
Dr. Manuela Urban

Local Administration and Public Relations:
Dr. Carsten Hucho