About the Physical Properties of Materials Group
We synthesize complex oxides in ceramic, single-crystalline or thin film form in collaboration with the Solid State Chemistry and the Mesoscopic Systems Groups (LMX, NUM), and with the Spectroscopy of Novel Materials Group (LSC, SYN). We characterize their magnetic and electronic properties using a broad palette of laboratory techniques (DC magnetization, AC susceptibility, electric resistivity, heat capacity) at temperatures ranging from 460 mK to 800 K. We operate and maintain one MPMS and two PPMS devices that we use alone, or in combination with external devices and home-made inserts for dielectric, pyroelectric, and ferroelectric measurements.
We make extensive use of the neutrons, x-rays and muon large scale facilities at PSI, where we use mostly diffraction, but also spectroscopy and imaging techniques. This fosters synergies with other groups at the Research with Neutrons and Muons and Photon Science Divisions. We have also interdisciplinary collaborative projects with the Energy and Environmental Research Division.
Our key research areas are:
- Multiferroic materials
- Complex oxides at the boundary between itinerant and localized behaviour
- Energy materials
Our ultimate goal is to make the link between the crystal structure and the physical properties with the aim of establishing design principles leading to materials exhibiting novel phenomena and improved functional properties.