Theory of Condensed Matter


The department Theory of Condensed Matter (part of Institute of Molecules and Materials) aims to predict and explain the properties of condensed matter, ranging from structural and dynamical properties of the atomic lattice, to topological and interaction phenomena of the electrons. To this end we utilise and develop advanced mathematical frameworks and state-of-the-art numerical approaches including quantum field theory descriptions, neural network and machine learning concepts, ab initio calculations, and their combinations.


interlayer plasmon polarons

Discovery of interlayer plasmon polarons in Graphene/WS2 Heterostructures

Scientists from IMM, Aarhus Univ., Carnegie Mellon Univ., Lawrence Berkeley Nat. Lab. and Naval Research lab., revealed the presence of a single graphene layer can alter the electronic properties of WS2 through interlayer Coulomb interactions.

Artificial molecules

Breakthrough: scientists develop artificial molecules that behave like real ones

Scientists from the Radboud University have developed artificial molecules that resemble real organic molecules. A collaboration of researchers simulated the behaviour of real molecules by using artificial molecules.

Illustration of local anodic oxidation of graphene

Ultra-clean graphene controls electronic transport in Quantum Hall effect

The quantum Hall effect, observed in two-dimensional electron systems when subjected to low temperatures and strong magnetic fields, plays a crucial role for the development of new two-dimensional electron systems in general.


Research of the Theory of Condensed Matter department is centred around three main research directions.

Layered Materials

The array of 2D materials, initiated by graphene, continues to expand, including semiconductors and superconductors. Through comprehensive research methods, scientists explore their properties for potential uses in devices like capacitors, optoelectronic devices, or magnetic memory devices.

Correlated Systems

Understanding correlation phenomena from many-body interactions, like electron-electron or electron-phonon interactions, on a realistic material level is challenging. We aim to solve this by integrating high-level field theories with advanced ab initio frameworks.

Spintronics and Quantum Transport

Spintronics manipulates spins in magnets, and quantum transport investigates charge flow in small, low-temperature devices. A new class of 2D magnets has merged these fields, leading to several discoveries.


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Would you like to do your internship at Theory of Condensed Matter? Please get in touch for more information. A few examples of relevant subjects are:

  • Fluctuating Membranes: Renormalisation Group Approaches to Freestanding Two-Dimensional Materials
  • Electrons Roaming in Fractional Dimensions
  • Spintronics in Two-Dimensional Conducting Dirac Ferro- and Antiferromagnets
  • Quantum Transport, Spin Transfer, Damping, and Chiral Interactions in Two-Dimensional Ferromagnets
  • Magnetic Exchange Interactions Out of Equilibrium

The research group offers various Bachelor's and Master's courses. The group is closely involved in the Bachelor's Mathematics and Physics and Astronomy and the Master's specialisations of Physics and Astronomy.


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Nobelprijs 2010

Nobel Prize for Physics 2010

In 2010, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, then both associate professors at Radboud University, received the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery of graphene. They explored the special properties of the material at the Nijmegen High Field Magnet Laboratory and received indispensable help from Mikhail Katsnelson, theoretical physicist and now head of department of Theory of Condensed Matter.

Nobel Prize for Physics 2010

Academic staff

Below are the professors, associate professors and assistant professors of Theory of Condensed Matter. Head of the department is Prof. Mikhail Katsnelson. 

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Contact information


Huygens building

Heyendaalseweg 135
6525AJ Nijmegen
+31 24 365 29 81
Postal address
Postbus 9010
Contact person
B.C. Eijgenraam (Belinda)