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The growing ability to assemble materials and devices at the nanoscale that is, at the level of individual atoms and molecules, is expected to profoundly change the way we live. Many distinctive and potentially useful phenomena and properties emerge as size approaches the nanoscale level. These include the transport properties (momentum, energy, and mass) that extend from a continuum description to an atomic or molecular description. Similarly, the optical, electronic, magnetic, and chemical properties extend from a classical to a quantum description. By manipulating matter on a nanometer scale and taking advantage of changes in these physical properties, it will be possible to develop nanoscale devices and materials that provide new capabilities, tools, and technologies.


The Research School supports excellent young scientists on their way to a doctorate or PhD degree with a stipend covering all normal living expenses. Participants will be selected on a competitive basis. Successful candidates may expect interesting interdisciplinary research surroundings and additional training in the form of lectures, workshops, laboratory training and special seminars. English is the teaching language in all courses and is also spoken in the laboratories.


The International Max Planck Research School for Science and Technology of Nanostructures is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, the Physics Institute of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg and the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials.

It is supported by the Max Planck Society and the Land Saxony-Anhalt.

The IMPRS students are currently organizing a workshop in Oct 2013 about Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Please have a look at the separate workshop website for more informations like registration dates, invited speakers and program.




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