The experimental research spans from surface characterization, nanomaterials synthesis and characterization to functional device fabrication and measurements. Surface plasmon Resonance (SPR), Scanning probe microscopy (AFM, STM, SICM), Raman, XPS, SEM/TEM, novel ultrafast spectroscopy are some of the experimental techniques in use.
The theory group has research activities involving investigations of materials in terms of structural electronic and magnetic properties including interesting systems such as transition metal compounds, surfaces and metal-semiconductor interfaces. The major tools used in research are a variety of computational techniques that can solve many-electron systems efficiently using quantum mechanics. The goals are to explain material properties such as superconductivity, to understand the energetics of phase transformations, and to explore new materials with potential applications.