The International Max Planck Research School for Chemistry and Physics of Quantum Materials (IMPRS-CPQM) started in January 2016 and is currently funded for an initial six years. In IMPRS-CPQM, the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany, formally collaborates with two universities - Technische Universität Dresden and the University of St Andrews (Scotland) - to offer an internationally leading PhD programme in the field of materials chemistry and physics.
The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids comprises four departments working on Solid State Chemistry, Chemical Metal Science, Physics of Quantum Materials, and Physics of Correlated Matter, respectively, and two Max Planck Research Groups focussing on Physics of Unconventional Metals and Superconductors and Physics of Microstructured Quantum Matter. While all departments and research groups have their own distinct research profile, a collaborative approach is commonly used to perform research at the boundaries of solid state chemistry and condensed matter physics.
The Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) is one of eleven German universities that were identified as a “university of excellence”. It has about 37,000 students and 8000 staff members, among them more than 500 professors.
The Department of Physics at TU Dresden is one of the ten strongest physics departments at universities in Germany, with respect to research, internationality and student application numbers. Condensed matter physics in particular shapes the profile of the department since 13 out of 20 faculty members and junior professors are working in this discipline.
The Department of Chemistry and Food Chemistry covers all relevant fields of chemistry. Among the research groups of 17 internal and 8 external faculty members, inorganic solid-state and materials chemistry is covered in its fundamental as well as applied aspects by two full professors, one associate professor and three junior scientists.
Although small, with approximately 7000 students, the University of St Andrews is one of the UK’s foremost ancient universities, having celebrated its 600th anniversary in 2013. It is a highly international institution with a reputation for quality; it has the highest ratio of undergraduate applications to available places of any university in the UK, and the highest proportion of non-UK students.
The Condensed Matter Physics Group forms part of the university’s School of Physics and Astronomy, one of the UK’s strongest physics departments (with a ranking of joint second in the UK in the latest Research Assessment Exercise). It brings expertise in theoretical condensed matter physics, surface physics, topological protection and non-equilibrium states that are an ideal complement to research strengths in Dresden.