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Built on 40 years of experience

More than 40 years of Jülich competence in solid state physics, thin films, surface and interface physics and material sciences have been combined in the Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI).

Two theoretical and seven experimental divisions of the former Institute of Solid State Research (Institut für Festkörperforschung, IFF) and of the former Institute of Bio- and Nanosystems (Institut für Bio- und Nanosysteme, IBN), which emerged from the Institute of Surface Research and Vacuum Physics (Institut für Grenzflächenforschung und Vakuumphysik, IGV) and the Institute of Thin Film and Ion Technology (Institut für Schicht- und Ionentechnik, ISI), have joined forces and together they have set up the Peter Grünberg Institute.

PGI is named after Peter Grünberg, who was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2007 with Albert Fert. The two scientists were honoured for discovering the giant magnetoresistance effect which is used in millions of computer hard drives today and led to the emergence of the field of spintronics. The Peter Grünberg Institute builds on the recipe for success created by the famous scientist.

The institute is linked to RWTH Aachen University through the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA) sections “Fundamentals of Future Information Technology (FIT)” and “High Performance Computing (JARA-HPC)”.