The Max Planck-EPFL Center serves as a forum for cooperative research by bringing together scientists of the Max Planck Society (MPS) and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). In joint projects scientists of the Center explore novel scientific aspects of (bio)molecular nanostructures at the interface between physics, chemistry, engineering and life sciences. The Center also creates new educational opportunities for students and young scientists.
The Max Planck-UBC-UTokyo Center for Quantum Materials provides a forum for interdisciplinary cooperation between physicists, chemists, and materials scientists working in the field of quantum phenomena in complex materials. The diverse collaborative projects of research groups within the Max Planck Society of Germany, the University of British Columbia in Canada, and the University of Tokyo in Japan include the synthesis and exploration of novel d- and f-electron compounds exhibiting symmetry breaking phenomena such as magnetism, orbital ordering and superconductivity; the investigation of the properties of surfaces and interfaces in correlated materials, ranging from catalytic activity to electronic reconstructions; the refinement and application of advanced spectroscopic methods such as spin-resolved ARPES, resonant x-ray reflectivity and high-resolution RIXS; and the theoretical study of strongly correlated and low-dimensional quantum systems.