Scientific Excellence | 20 Institutes, 5 Disciplines

At the locations of Stuttgart and Ulm there is a particularly high density of expertise and outstanding up-and-coming scientists, something which is evidenced by numerous science prizes and highly remunerative funding programs:

  • 1 SFB: Transregio21
  • 5 Leibniz prizes (German Research Foundation)
  • 2 Humboldt professors
  • 2 Max-Planck prizes (Max-Planck Society)
  • 7 ERC Grants (European Research Council)
  • 1 ERC Synergy Grants (European Research Council)
  • 4 IQST fellows are among the scientists most cited worldwide
  • 2 IQST fellows are members of the Academy of Sciences
  • 2 IQST fellows received Zeiss Research Award 2016

At the Center for IQST, the synergy between materials research and quantum technology is being significantly strengthened at a variety of levels. Each partner brings in its specific competences and research focus areas. 

Ulm University

One strong focus of the research activities at Ulm University is in developing new concepts for quantum sensing and quantum metrology.  In particular the efforts are concentrated on developing quantum sensors of biological processes with resolving powers at the protein length scales. The research is stimulated and supported by the new Center for Quantum Bio-Science (ZQB) located in an innovative research building built on campus @ Ulm University that should help to transfer quantum physics to biomedical research. In 2019 the new DLR research institute of Quantum Technolgies (DLR-QT) was founded also on campus @ Ulm University. The aim of the DLR -QT is to develop precision instruments for space applications based on quantum technologies and, in close cooperation with industry, to bring them to prototype maturity.

University of Stuttgart

The ideas for new sensors and new materials developed at ZQB and the MPI-FKF will be implemented into new quantum devices at the Center for Applied Quantum Technologies (ZAQuant) at the University of Stuttgart.  ZAQuant is a one of a kind building in which physicists and engineers will work together under the same roof, literally embodying  the new discipline ‘Quantum Technology’.  Prototype research carried out at ZAQuant can push industrial applications of quantum technologies forward.   

Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research

The Max Planck Institute for solid state research houses many of the world’s leading experts in material science.  The research concentrates on not only understanding the interactions of electrons (Fermi particles) in complex quantum systems, but also on the synthesis of new nanostructured materials with specialized quantum properties.  These ground-breaking quantum materials could be used for realizing precise sensors and the next generation of electronics.