Events in 2016

47th IFF Spring School 2016 on
Memristive Phenomena - From Fundamental Physics to Neuromorphic Computing

22th February - 4th March 2016
Forschungszentrum Jülich

Flyer Spring School 2016 Flyer Spring School

Events in 2015

Chinese-German Symposium: "Electronic and Memory Materials"

2nd - 3rd November 2015
Campus Melaten, RWTH Aachen University

Joint SFB 917 and JARA-FIT Workshop: "Identifying Commercial Opportunities from Emerging Science and Technology"

Speaker: Prof. Angus Kingon (Brown University, USA)

15th - 18th September 2015
Forschungszentrum Jülich

SFB 917 Seminar: "Anomalous fluctuations in real water, the search for the elusive second critical point, and possible relations to the physics of phase change memory materials"

Speaker: Prof. C. Austen Angell (Regent Professor, Arizona State University, USA)

24th July 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Walter-Schottky-Haus, RWTH Aachen University

Events in 2014

SFB 917 Seminar: "Interfaces of Dielectric Oxides"

Speaker: Prof. Andreas Klein (Technische Universität Darmstadt)

3rd December 2014, 9:00 a.m.
Modulbau, Physikzentrum der RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Workshop: "Advances in the Science and Engineering of Functional Materials"

30th - 31st October 2014
Institut fü Physikalische Chemie, RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Seminar: "Atomistic Simulations of the Phase Change Material GeTe: Insights into the fast crystallization from the interplay between structure and dynamics"

Speaker: Dr. Gabriele Cesare Sosso (Department of CHemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zurich)

23rd October 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Modulbau, Physikzentrum der RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Seminar for students: "DFT in Practice"

Prof. Stefan Blügel (PGI-1 and IAS-1, Forschungszentrum Jülich)
16th July 2014, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Modulbau, Physikzentrum der RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Lecture Series

Speaker: Dr. Jasper Oosthoek (University of Groningen)

"Structural and electrical characterization of phase-change memory line cells"
26th June 2014, 10 am
Modulbau 2, Physikzentrum der RWTH Aachen University

"TEM observation and sample preparation of phase-change line cells"
25th June 2014, 3 pm
Modulbau 2, Physikzentrum der RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Lecture Series

Speaker: Dr. Wolfgang Braun (Paul Drude Institute, Berlin)

"In situ and in vivo analysis of crystal growth by MBE using diffraction techniques"
2nd June 2014, 11:00 - 13:00
Modulbau, Physikzentrum der RWTH Aachen University

"Molecular Beam Epitaxy of phase change materials"
3rd June 2014, 10:00 - 12:00
Modulbau, Physikzentrum der RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Seminar for students

Prof. Manfred Martin (Institut für Physikalische Chemie, RWTH Aachen University)
"Mass and Charge Transport in Oxides"
13th June 2014, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Modulbau, Physikzentrum der RWTH Aachen University

Prof. Richard Dronskowski (Chair of Solid-State and Quantum Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University)
"Chemical Bonding: Extracting Chemistry from Physics"
1st July 2014, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Modulbau, Physikzentrum der RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Summer School 2014

Date: 24th - 28th April 2014
Location: Haus Overbach, 52428 Jülich-Barmen
Organizers: Prof. Dr. Joachim Mayer, Lisa Felker

Flyer Summer School 2014 Flyer Summer School


SFB 917 Seminar for students: "The phase field method and its application to simulate switching in phase change memory materials"

Speaker: Dr. Markus Apel (ACCESS e.V., Aachen)

29th January 2014, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Modulbau, Physikzentrum der RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Seminar for students: "Lattice disorder in SrTiO3 as a model material for resistive switching"

Dr. Susanne Hoffmann-Eifert (PGI-7, Forschungszentrum Jülich)
"Basics and acceptor doped titanates"
21th January 2014, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Modulbau, Physikzentrum der RWTH Aachen University

Dr. Rene Meyer (Stanford University, CA, USA)
"Donor doped titanates and redox scenarios"
21th January 2014, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Modulbau, Physikzentrum der RWTH Aachen University

Events in 2013

SFB 917 Lecture Series

Speaker: Prof. Zvi Ovadyahu (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem)

"Some aspects of Transport in Disordered Electronic Systems"
27th November 2013, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Modulbau, Physikzentrum der RWTH Aachen University

"Problems in low-temperature Quantum Transport"
28th November 2013, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Physikzentrum der RWTH Aachen University

"The Electron-Glass and Many-Body effects"
29th November 2013, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Modulbau, Physikzentrum der RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Lecture Series

Dr. Raffaella Calarco (Paul-Drude Institut für Festkörperelektronik, Berlin)
"Growth and Characterization of Epitaxyal Phase Change Materials"
5th November 2013, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Modulbau, Physikzentrum der RWTH Aachen University

Dr. Dong-Ho Ahn (Samsung Electronics, Semiconductor R&D Center, Korea)
"PRAM : The Past, the Present, and the Future"
6th November 2013, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Physikzentrum der RWTH Aachen University

Dr. Huai-Yu Cheng (Macronix International Co., Ltd., IBM/Macronix PCRAM Joint Project, New York)
"A High Performance Phase Change Memory by Material and Bottom Electrode Engineering"
6th November 2013, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Physikzentrum der RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Lecture Series

Speaker: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans Scheel (Scheel Consulting)

1. "Crystal Growth and Epitaxy Technology: Prerequisite for the Electronic Revolution in the 20th Century"
2. "Reduced or Forced Convection for Growth of Inclusion-free and Homogeneous Perowskite Crystals?"
Monday, 1st July 2013, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Walter-Schottky-Haus, RWTH Aachen University

3. "Reduced or Forced Convection for Growth of Inclusion-free and Homogeneous Perowskite Crystals? (cont.)"
4. "Epitaxy Technologies and the Control of Growth Modes for High-performance Devices"
Tuesday, 2nd July 2013, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Walter-Schottky-Haus, RWTH Aachen University

5. & 6. "Crystal Growth and Epitaxy Problems of Oxide Superconductors"
Thursday, 4th July 2013, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Forschungszentrum Jülich

7. & 8. "Crystal and Material Technology for Saving Energy and for Renewable Energy"
Friday, 5th July 2013, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Walter-Schottky-Haus, RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Seminar for students: "Photoemission: From Basics to Recent Developments"

Speaker: Prof. Claus Schneider (Peter Grünberg Institut (PGI-6), Forschungszentrum Jülich)

Thursday, 11th July 2013, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
I. Physikalisches Institut 1A, RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Seminar for students: "Phase Change Materials: Opportunities, Challenges and the Final Frontier"

Speaker: Prof. Matthias Wuttig (I. Physikalisches Institut, RWTH Aachen)

Tuesday, 18th June 2013, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
I. Physikalisches Institut 1A, RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Seminar for students: "Structure of Crystalline and Glassy Materials from the Pico- to Nanometer Scale"

Speaker: Prof. Paul Voyles (University of Wisconsin, Madison and Ernst Ruska-Centre, Forschungszentrum Jülich)

Tuesday, 14th May 2013, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
I. Physikalisches Institut 1A, RWTH Aachen University

Girl’s Day

Young women from Aachen’s secondary schools visit the physics department to do experiments and to consider physics as a career choice.

Thursday, 25th April 2013, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
I. Physikalisches Institut 1A, RWTH Aachen University

A Day in the Life of a Physics Researcher

How can you find out what’s inside a "Kinder Surprise Egg" without breaking it open? How much gold can be found within a coin? How can you look at things that are too small to see with a light microscope?

With the help of young women researchers in the physics department the 12 Girl’s Day participants were able to utilize the labs and equipment of RWTH Aachen University to answer these questions and more.


A video from the “Aachener Nachrichten” newspaper

529th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar

"Thermal Transport at the Nanoscale"

Seminar Organizer: Dr. Raphael Hermann

April 7 - April 10, 2013
Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany

2013 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

Topics relevant to the Collaborative Research Center SFB 917 are covered in the Symposium “Phase-Change Materials for Memory, Reconfigurable Electronics, and Cognitive Applications” led by Dr. Martin Salinga.

Meeting Chairs: Mark L. Brongersma, Vladimir Matias, Rachel Segalman, Lonnie D. Shea, Heiji Watanabe
Symposium Organizers: Dr. Raffaella Calarco, Dr. Paul Fons, Prof. Bart Kooi, Dr. Martin Salinga

April 1 - April 5, 2013
Moscone West, San Francisco

SFB 917 Lecture Series

Speaker: Dr. Rene Mayer (Rambus Inc.)

"Introduction to Defect Chemistry"
Monday 4th March, 3 p.m.
Institut für Werkstoffe der Elektrotechnik 2, RWTH Aachen University

"Tunnel RRAM"
Wednesday 6th March, 9 a.m.
Forschungszentrum Jülich

"Ferro-Resistive RAM"
Wednesday 6th March, 10 a.m.
Forschungszentrum Jülich

Workshop: "Surface layer of multinary oxides"

Organizers: Prof. Dr. C. Schneider (FZ-Jülich), Prof. Dr. K. Szot (FZ-Jülich)

Tuesday, 19th February 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Forschungszentrum Jülich

SFB 917 Seminar: "Infrared near-field microscopy for high-resolution imaging of dielectric properties"

Speaker: Benedikt Hauer (Institute of Physics (IA), RWTH Aachen University)

Tuesday, 5th February 2013, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Institut für Kristallographie, RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Seminar: "Non-isothermal Mass/Charge Transport in Mixed Ionic Electronic Conductor Oxides"

Speaker: Prof. Yoo (WCU Hybrid Materials Program, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, Korea)

Tuesday, 29th January 2013, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Institut fü Physikalische Chemie, RWTH Aachen University

RWTHtransparent 2013

The SFB 917 has a booth at this exhibition which is open to the public.

Friday, 25th January 2013, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Seminar for students: "Dynamic Interactive Processing in the Biological Neuronal Network"

Speaker: Prof. Sonja Grün (Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, Computational and Systems Neuroscience, FZ Jülich)

Wednesday, 23rd January 2013, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
I. Physikalisches Institut 1A, RWTH Aachen University

"Karriere und was noch?"
Seminar with individual coaching for graduate researchers in GRKs and SFBs

Sponsored by the Office of Equal Opportunity for Graduate Programs and Collaborative Research Centers

Organization: Ulrike Brands (RWTH Aachen University) and Dr. Maike Süthoff (goING GmbH & Co. KG, Aachen)

Monday 21st January 2013, 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
RWTH Aachen University


Events in 2012

SFB 917 Seminar: "Fundamentals of Redox-Based Memristive Switching"

Speaker: Prof. Rainer Waser (IWE, RWTH Aachen University and Peter Grünberg Institut, FZ Jülich)

Wednesday, 5th December 2012, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
I. Physikalisches Institut 1A, RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Seminar: "Eisenverunreinigungen in oxydischen Kristallen"

Speaker: Dr. Rytz (Forschungsinstitut für mineralische und metallische Werkstoffe (FEE), Idar Oberstein)

Tuesday, 4th December 2012, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Forschungszentrum Jülich

SFB 917 Lecture for students: "Defects in bulk oxides and interfaces - characterization techniques"

Speaker: Dr. Gennadi Bersuker (Sematech)

Tuesday, 20th November 2012, 9:30 a.m.
Walter-Schottky-Haus, RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Seminar: "Modelling of processes in RRAM cells"

Speaker: Dr. Gennadi Bersuker (Sematech)

Monday, 19th November 2012, 10:30 a.m.
Walter-Schottky-Haus, RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Lecture for students: "Defects in bulk oxides and interfaces - basic understanding"

Speaker: Dr. Gennadi Bersuker (Sematech)

Monday, 19th November 2012, 9:30 a.m.
Walter-Schottky-Haus, RWTH Aachen University

"Karriere und was noch?"
Seminar with individual coaching for graduate researchers in GRKs and SFBs

Sponsored by the Office of Equal Opportunity for Graduate Programs and Collaborative Research Centers

Organization: Ulrike Brands (RWTH Aachen University) and Dr. Maike Süthoff (goING GmbH & Co. KG, Aachen)

Friday 16th November 2012, 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Seminar: "Metallic Glasses - at the cutting edge of metals research"

Speaker: Dr. Evan Ma (John Hopkins University/Baltimore)

Tuesday, 13th November 2012, 11:00 a.m.
I. Physikalisches Institut 1A, RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Seminar: "Structural evolution and electrical property changes in amorphous Ge2Sb2Te5"

Speaker: Dr. Evan Ma (John Hopkins University/Baltimore)

Monday, 12th November 2012, 11:00 a.m.
I. Physikalisches Institut 1A, RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Seminar: "Epitaxial phase-change materials: synthesis, amorphization, recrystallization"

Speaker: Dr. Raffaella Calarco (Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik, Berlin)

Friday, 9th November 2012, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
I. Physikalisches Institut 1A, RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Seminar: "Searching for Disorder in Order"

Speaker: Dr. Paul Fons (National Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Japan)

Friday, 9th November 2012, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
I. Physikalisches Institut 1A, RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Seminar: "Crystal growth front instabilities in GeSb films and electrical and structural characterization of PRAM line cells"

Speaker: Prof. Bart Kooi (Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen)

Thursday, 8th November 2012, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
I. Physikalisches Institut 1A, RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Seminar: "Detection and identification of vacancy-related defects in materials using positron annihilation spectroscopy"

Speaker: Prof. David Keeble (Carnegie Laboratory of Physics, University of Dundee)

Thursday, 4th October 2012, 11:00 a.m.
I. Physikalisches Institut 1A, RWTH Aachen University

"Einflussreich werden - Wirksam sein"
A workshop for junior professors and postdocs

Sponsored by the Office of Equal Opportunity for Graduate Programs and Collaborative Research Centers

Organization: Dr. Gudrun Henne (RWTH Aachen University) and Dr. Constance Schrall (Viveka International, Berlin)

Wednesday 12th September 2012, 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
RWTH Aachen University

Lecture Series "Electrons and Disorder"

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Seva Gantmakher (Institute of Solid State Physics, Moscow)

Prof. Gantmakher is the author of an excellent textbook titled "Electrons and Disorder in Solids". He has graciously accepted our invitation to give a series of talks at our institute. His lectures cover subjects which are essential to the collaborative research group SFB 917.

The lecture series:

1. Electrons in metals (overview and important definitions)
2. Strong disorder in standard metals
3. Quantum corrections to conductivity
4. Localization and metal-insulator transitions
5. Conductance of 1- and quasi 1D-systems
6. Scaling hypothesis
7. Scaling hypothesis applied to 2D and 1D systems

Target audience: Graduate students, Postdocs, junior scientific researchers
13th - 26th July 2012
I. Physikalisches Institut 1A, RWTH Aachen University


We are grateful to Prof. Gantmakher (first row, center). His talks fostered lively exchanges amongst students, researchers and teaching staff alike.

NATURE Conference - Frontiers of Electronic Materials

Scientific organization committee:

Joerg Heber (Nature Materials, UK)
Darrell Schlom (Cornell University, USA)
Yoshi Tokura (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Rainer Waser (RWTH Aachen University & FZ Jülich (JARA), Germany)
Matthias Wuttig (RWTH Aachen University & FZ Jülich (JARA), Germany)

17th to 20th June 2012
Eurogress Conference Centre in Aachen

Resistive Switching (SYRS) Symposium

76th Annual Meeting of the DPG and DPG Spring Meeting
Condensed Matter Section (SKM)

Organisation: Dr. Regina Dittmann (FZ-Jülich) and Dr. Sibylle Gemming (HZ Dresden-Rossendorf)

25th - 30th March 2012
TU Berlin

SFB 917 Seminar: Resistive switching and related phenomena in polycrystalline GeV4S8-type Mott insulators

Speakers: Marie-Paule Besland and Etienne Janod (CNRS, Nantes, France)

Thursday, 22nd March 2012, 10:30 a.m.
Forschungszentrum Jülich

SFB 917 Seminar: Charge-transfer reactions and metal-insulator transitions - a link between the view from physics and the view from chemistry

Speaker: Marisa Medarde (Paul-Scherrer Institute)

Friday, 2nd March 2012, 9:00-10:45 a.m.
Forschungszentrum Jülich


Events in 2011

SFB 917 Seminar: Methodologies to Study the Scalability and Physics of Phase Change Memory devices

Speaker: Rakesh G. D. Jeyasingh (Departments of Electrical Engineering and Chemistry, Stanford University)

Wednesday, 21st September 2011, 11 a.m.
I. Physikalisches Institut 1A, RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Seminar: Anion and cation diffusion in titanate perovskites

Speaker: Dr. Roger de Souza (Physical Chemistry of Solids, RWTH Aachen University)

Wednesday, 31st August 2011, 1:30 p.m.
Walter-Schottky-Haus, RWTH Aachen University

SFB 917 Seminar: Odd Rectification, Hysteresis and Switching in Solid State Devices based on Mixed Ionic Electronic Conductors

Speaker: Prof. Ilan Riess (Physics Department, Technion-IIT, Haifa, Israel)

Tuesday, 23rd August 2011, 4:15 p.m.
Institut fü Physikalische Chemie, RWTH Aachen University

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