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:
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