Functional materials are materials that possess particular native properties and functions of their own which includes magnetism, ferroelectricity, piezoelectricity, and storage functions. Our group investigates these materials by means of experiments, simulations and theoretical models and focuses on both fundamental research as well as applications. We aim to exploit the material properties for real live applications like magnetic sensors and neutron diffraction gratings.

Research: From microscopic symmetry properties of crystals to the improvement of industrial magnetic sensors for speed measurements in automotive applications. Learn about our interests in the research section and have a look at our list of publications.

Open positions: Interested in working in our group? Have a look at our open positions for Bachelor, Master, or PhD students.


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Our paper on magnetic vortex sensors that we proposed for low-noise sensing was published in Nature Electronics.


Our paper on 3D printing of magnets with variable magnetic compound fraction has been selected as one of the top 100 physics papers in 2017.


Jürgen Klepp comments on a new and more flexible neutron interferometer design relying on the moiré effect in APS - Physics.


On March 1, Dieter Suess was appointed associate professor for functional materials at the University of Vienna.


Our recent paper on front line dynamics of ferroelastic domain walls has been selected as editors suggestion on Physical Review Materials.

Wilfried Schranz

Our new paper on heat assisted recording has been selected as featured article by the Journal of applied physics.

Olivia Muthsam
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