The Helmholtz Young Investigators Group "Borderline Magnetism" started in 2014 and is funded by the Helmholtz association. Our research focusses on
novel magnetic materials at the nanoscale. In particular we investigate the influence of surface modifications and tuned
valencies to tailor the electronic and magnetic properties.
In addition to the common ferromagnetic materials like the 3d transition metals Fe, Co, Ni and their alloys and oxides, we explore the magnetism of the 4d metals, which are already at the border to ferromagnetism in the bulk material. Most of our experiments are performed at the synchrotron radiation source HZB-BESSY II.
Owing to close interdisciplinary collaborations with groups in chemistry, material science, and theoretical
physics, we have the possibility to prepare nanoscale systems for various applications and understand their
element-specific properties from a theoretical perspective which only recently have become possible using world-leading
This combination may open new ways for a microscopic design of magnetic nanoparticles.