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New ideas for information technology: CRC at Halle university receives 10 million euros from DFG

Nummer 136/2015 vom 24. November 2015
The third round for cutting-edge research in nanoscience: The collaborative research centre (CRC) 762 “Functionality of Oxide Interfaces” at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) will receive 10 million euros in funding for a further four years from the German Research Foundation (DFG). MLU’s partners are the University of Leipzig and the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle.

The CRC's researchers are developing new nanostructures that consist of only a few atomic layers of an oxide. They can be combined with a few atomic layers of a metal or another oxide. The interface determines the nanostructure's properties - which can be completely new. The aim: to develop new ideas for information and storage technology.

"The expert consultants at DFG have announced that CRC 762 has achieved international visibility as a centre for oxide interfaces. We are very proud of this!" says CRC spokesperson Professor Ingrid Mertig.

CRC 762 was established in 2008 and is part of MLU's core scientific area "nanostructured materials". It also receives support from the State of Saxony-Anhalt. The CRC will receive around 2.5 million euros annually between 2016 and 2019 and all 21 proposed subprojects will be funded. Connected to this is the financing of 37 positions including 29 PhD students. A total of 95 staff members work in the CRC. Humboldt Professor Stuart Parkin, the developer of today's modern hard drives, is set to head two subprojects.

During the previous funding period, participating scientists published more than 300 articles in international journals, including three papers in the renowned journal "Nature". An important discovery by the CRC was published in 2013 in "Nature" that subsequently made headlines around the world: the discovery of two-dimensional oxide quasicrystals by Professor Wolf Widdra and his team.

 

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