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Optical Condensed Matter Physics

The aim is to identify, understand, and control the nature of various physical phenomena and functionalities of condensed matter systems. We approach this problem using a variety of linear and non-linear optical techniques and by developing microscopic models to describe the observed phenomena.



The research group Optical Condensed Matter Physics is part of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, a research institute within the Faculty of Science and Engineering of the  University of Groningen.

The University of Groningen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), was founded in 1614 and is the second oldest in the Netherlands. With its 6500 employees, it houses ~30000 students (incl. 3750 international students) and 1500 PhD students, 48% of whom are international. It belongs to the top 100 research universities in the world and is a member of the distinguished international Coimbra Group of European universities.The University of Groningen is in the top 3 of European research universities in the fields of Material Sciences and Chemistry.

The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials (founded in 1970 as the Material Science Centre) which is ranked as the 9th (1st in Europe) best materials research institute based on publication impact. Its approximately 250 physicists, chemists, and biologists work together on fundamental leading-edge research in materials science. In the national evaluation in 2010 the Zernike Institute was ranked "exemplary".

University of Groningen
Faculty of Science and Enginering
Zernike Institute for Advanced Physics


Our group participates in the SEPOMO network
Supported and co-funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Programme, the SEPOMO network focusses on research on efficient photovoltaic devices.


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Feb 1, 2018
OCMP welcomes Benedito Raul as a PhD student. Benedito will be participating in the SEPOMO project.

Jan 15, 2018
OCMP welcomes Nong Van Hoang as a PhD student. Nong will be participating in the SEPOMO project.

Jan 1, 2017
As from Jan. 1st, 2018, Maxim Pchenitchnikov is appointed as group leader of our research group. Congratulations Professor !

Oct 20, 2017
OCMP congratulates collaborator Ana Cunha (from the group of Thomas Lacour Jansen) with her successful defence of her PhD.

Sept 15, 2017
Oleg Kozlov successfully defended his PhD defence. Congratulations Oleg !!

Sept 1, 2017
OCMP welcomes Jan Hidding into our group. For the coming year Jan is going to do his master research with us.