The activity of the Laboratory of Physics of Complex Matter (LPMC) covers a broad range of topics. In all the cases, whether it concerns superconductivity, movement of dislocations or living cells, the common denominator is complexity.
The lab provides a single crystal growth facility with nano-sized to macroscopic samples, synthesizing more than 100 different compounds. Through studying the basic physical properties of novel electronic materials like cuprate or pnictide superconductors, organic kagome lattices, low-dimensional conductors, graphene, magnetic semiconductors or anatase single crystals, one of our goals beyond the exciting physics they reveal, is to learn how one can improve the materials quality.
Research groups in LPMC
Novel electronic materials and nanoscale science (NN)
Group leader: Prof. László Forró
The research group consists of scientists with interdisciplinary backgrounds (physics, chemistry, engineering, biology). Our research activity is divided into three projects: Novel electronic materials: strongly correlated electronic systems. The understanding of the physical properties is important to develop new electronic devices. Nanoscale science: The aim is understanding and controlling the materials chemistry and physics of nanostructures. Biostructures: This subject is a natural continuation of our activity on carbon nanotubes and fullerenes. The obtained knowledge and experimental techniques elaborated by working on carbon materials we apply them to biostructures. The main tools are ESR, AFM, Photonic Force Microscope and infrared spectroscopy.
Our research is funded by the Advanced Investigator Grant of the European Research Council.
Competence in research of electronically advanced materials (CREAM)
Group leader: Prof. Davor Pavuna
The speciality of CREAM is the elaboration and analysis of high quality bulk single crystals, thin films heteroepitaxy and nanostructured materials for advanced research and for emerging technologies. The emphasis is set on new and complex materials for potential applications that present challenging questions in basic sciences.
Mechanical spectroscopy of materials (GSM)
Group leader: Dr.Daniele Mari
Our mission is to develop technology and science in the field of material physics, applying our 30-year experience in mechanical spectroscopy and complementary techniques. We support industry in the development and characterization of new materials. We develop our instruments with skilled technical staff. We investigate the physical basis of the mechanical behavior of materials.