Materials- and Nanophysics Researcher Community (MATENA)

Projekti: Tutkimuksen arviointi 2011


The mission of MATENA is to carry out research in timely key issues of atom-level materials physics at the highest international level and to train students in research. An essential part of the research is development of new ion beam and x-ray methods and their interlinking via atomistic simulations. The cornerstone of the activity is a close integration of research and educational efforts. The research is closely linked to collaboration with international large-scale facilities, such as ESRF, CERN and ITER. The work undertaken by the experimentalists and computational scientists covers a wide range, e.g. nanostructured semiconductors, carbon-based materials nanotubes and graphene, metals, and biomaterials.

The equipment acquired mostly with research project based funding has enabled creation and implementation of original and versatile research program in materials and nanophysics. The research has resulted in new information on various physical processes, development of better methods for preparation of nanomaterials and their characterization, and development of new materials.

The studies include thin film characterization and related novel method development, photonics applications in silica, properties of novel semiconducting materials (CERN/ISOLDE), first wall materials in fusion energy research (ITER), and electronic structures of inorganic and biomaterials (ESRF). Atom-level computer simulations have complemented the experimental work.

Postgraduate students are selected by applications only. Each student has a responsible supervisor appointed among the professors or senior researchers. A detailed study and research plan is required in the beginning of the postgraduate studies and the progress is followed continuously. Young researchers have important roles in all projects of MATENA. The broad contacts to the international community provide excellent possibilities for young scientists to advance their research careers. They have the possibility to gain experience by working in international research groups at foreign laboratories.

Responsible person: Jyrki Räisänen, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science

Participation category: 1
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