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JARA – Jülich Aachen Research Alliance

Focusing Expertise - Shaping the Future
In the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA), RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich pool their outstanding expertise in five research sections, a JARA-Center and four

JARA-Instituts.These common efforts open up new research opportunities and facilitate projects that would not be attainable for either of the partners on their own. Furthermore, their attention is always focused on the grand challenges facing society.


Porphyrin complexes have great potential for their use in future sensors and data storage devices. An international scientific team has now developed a model system to design such devices with unique functions and improved performance by stabilizing and controlling the spin and oxidation states in the complexes with nanoscale precision. JARA-FIT member Prof. Claus M. Schneider was among others involved in the research.

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String structures are frequently found in nature, but the fact that they also appear on a nanoscale in alloys of iron and germanium was previously new. An international team around the two JARA-FIT scientists Prof. Stefan Blügel and Prof. Rafal Dunin-Borkowski has now been able to detect string-like structures of nanomagnetic vortices, so-called skyrmions. The new physical phenomenon could be a possible basis for innovative concepts in information technology.

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At the DGM Day in early September, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V. (DGM) awarded its prestigious prizes. The DGM Prize 2021 was awarded to JARA-ENERGY scientist Prof. Sandra Korte-Kerzel. With this award, the society honors Korte-Kerzel's contributions to materials science and engineering.

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