In order to contribute to the elaboration of an homogeneous research community in reunited Germany, the Senate of the Max Planck Society founded a new institute in Dresden in March 1995. The vocation of the Max Planck Institute for the Chemical Physics of Solids (MPI CPfS) is the experimental investigation of intermetallic phases displaying new chemical and physical properties.
The founding director and director of the Research Field Solid-State Physics since July 1996 is Prof. Dr. Frank Steglich. The director of the Research Field Inorganic Chemistry since May 1998 is Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Kniep. Since April 2001 Prof. Dr. Yuri Grin appointed to the director of the Research Field Chemical Metals Science. Four scientific divisions (Research Fields) as well as 6 closely interrelated research groups (Competence Groups) and a theory group will work together at the institute in its mature phase.
The contruction began in 1997 after completion of the planning phase. Total costs for the institute´s new building amount to approximately 40 million Euro. The construction was completed by the mid 2000 and now 150 of planned 250 employees - i.e. scientists, technicians, administrators and students - work in the institute with 8000m2main work space.
Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Physik fester Stoffe
Further information: http://www.cpfs.mpg.de/