Motivation and objectives

The main goal of the network is to help sustain and raise the quality of the doctoral program at Aalto SCI, both scientifically and educationally.

CMMP will offer a comprehensive networking opportunity in condensed matter and materials physics. Young researchers will learn about a wide variety experimental characterization and fabrication techniques, complemented by training in the latest first principles and atomistic simulation methods. The school’s main objectives are to:

  • Provide a fertile environment for the education of graduate students, and allow them to place their research into the context of national and global efforts in similar fields.
  • Identify the strong national areas in condensed matter and materials physics, and support their development.
  • Increase the flow of ideas and expertise between the member groups.
  • Provide an avenue for the interaction of the member groups with leading groups from outside Finland through networking events.
  • Integrate the active participation of member groups in international networks with the school, offering greater collaboration and development opportunities to graduate students.

Main Research Areas

  • Energy and electronic materials
  • Graphene and carbon nanomaterials
  • Solid-liquid interfaces
  • Materials design
  • Nanophysics
    • Transport at nanoscale and in mesoscopic devices
    • Quantum technologies
    • Information at nanoscale: quantum and thermodynamical
    • The physics of novel materials: graphene, carbon nanotubes, magnetic nanoparticles and structures, topological materials
    • Nanomechanics
    • Hybrid systems and devices
    • Complex and many-body processes: dissipation and self-organization
    • Atomically-controlled materials

Key Scientific Methods and Techniques

  • Electronic structure calculations
  • Atomistic modelling and simulations
  • Multiscale modelling
  • Coarse graining
  • Statistical mechanics
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • Positron Spectroscopy
  • Atomic layer deposition, molecular beam epitaxy
  • Cryogenic techniques: Dilution-Refrigerator Cooling, Adiabatic Demagnetization
  • Microwave measurement techniques
  • Theory of open quantum systems
  • Measurement and theory of quantum correlations/entanglement

Operational plan

At its heart, the network must improve the quality of scientific education PhD students receive while strengthening the contacts between member groups. The network will focus its resources in several key areas:

  • Fostering stronger collaborations between members of the network by supporting medium to long-term exchange visits for students. These focus on a clear scientific goal that can be achieved during the period of exchange.
  • The members have a long and active history in organizing events within Finland and network will be a critical mechanism in maintaining and expanding this activity. We will support network events in two categories:
    • Training workshops designed to provide direct education for students in specific tools and techniques particularly relevant to a large part of the member groups. This includes more general skills such as presentation and scientific writing.
    • Networking events that bring together global experts and national leaders in condensed matter and materials physics on a focused set of topics. These events will provide ample opportunities for students to interact with the experts in their field and also amongst each other.
  • Supporting participation in international meetings of particular importance to students of member groups.