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Research in the Materials Theory group uses a combination of first-principles and phenomenological theoretical techniques to study the fundamental physics of novel materials that have potential technological importance. Projects combine development of new theoretical methods, application of the methods to existing materials, design of new materials with specific functionalities and subsequent synthesis of the “designer materials”. Specific materials classes of interest are:

  • Transition-metal-oxides with “strong correlations”, in which the behavior of each electron explicitly influences that of the others.
  • Contra-indicated multifunctional materials, which combine multiple, technologically desirable functionalities that tend not to co-exist.
  • Multiferroics, which are simultaneously ferromagnetic, ferroelectric and ferroelastic and/or ferrotoroidic.
  • Materials with multiple coupled or competing instabilities, which in turn show strong responses to electric or magnetic fields or strain.

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Andriani Keliri has been granted the INSPIRE potentials, MARVEL Master's Fellowship

We are happy to announce that our Master student Andriani Keliri has been granted the INSPIRE Potentials – MARVEL Master's Fellowship. The INSPIRE fellowships aim to empower excellent female students to conduct their Master's thesis research in a laboratory belonging to the NCCR MARVEL on Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials . Read more 


We have a strong commitment to teaching at all levels. In addition to the Bachelor and Master courses, members of the Materials Theory group offer exciting BSc and MSc theses as well as Masters projects. Contact us!

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Bachelor Curriculum 2020

Nicola Spaldin's blog about the new Bachelor Curriculum 2020

Materials Theory | Youtube

View the Materials Theory playlist. Both movies for teaching and highlights from our research.

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