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Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

The Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) Jena is one of the oldest European universities, having been founded in 1558. The fields of optics and photonics are at the heart of research, education and industry in Jena, leading to Jena’s high international reputation as the “City of Light”.

With respect to materials research there are three institutes hosted by the FSU, which belong all to the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, while the OSIM belongs to the Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences as well:

  1. Institute of Condensed Matter Theory and Solid State Optics (IFTO)
    The Institute of Condensed Matter Theory and Solid State Optics (IFTO) is known as a center for the development of theoretical and numerical methods and their application in condensed matter/materials science, linear and nonlinear optics, and plasmonics. Among the IFTO, the Botti group has expressed profound interest in joining the PCAM activities.) Institute of Solid State Physics (IFK)
  2. The Institute of Solid State Physics (IFK) covers various aspects of solid state research, including organic thin films, inorganic semiconductor nanowires, surface science, ion beam physics, solar cells, and low temperature physics. There is also a group of Laboratory Astrophysics and Cluster Physics.
    Among those topics, the Fritz group seems to be especially suited to contribute to and participate in PCAM, and has also initiated the application from Jena University.More information about the Fritz group can be found here.
  3. Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research (OSIM).
    Research at OSIM spans a wide range of subjects, investigations can be roughly grouped into the following areas:

    • glass and glass ceramics, optical materials
    • metals and alloys
    • polymers, soft matter
    • biomaterials and biomedical engineering
    • ceramics
    • composite materials
    • surface processing, laser technology

    Information on the doctoral program in materials science and solid state physics at the FSU Jena and the regulations which are standardized in the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy can be found here.


Prof. Dr. Torsten Fritz

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany