Hard Condensed Mattervan der Waals-Zeeman Institute

About the HCM cluster

Hard Condensed Matter is one of three experimental physics research clusters within the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute.

We investigate the physics behind new quantum materials, aiming to understand and make use of their unexpected and exciting properties.


Our research is conducted in collaboration with a large number of groups, in Europe and wordlwide.

Through the appointment of two external professors, we are happy to have strong ties with the FOM Institute AMOLF and the PULSE institute at SLAC in Stanford.

Research Programme

The research of the HCM cluster is characterized by the application of modern spectroscopic, microscopic and magnetotransport probes to investigate the electronic, magnetic and optoelectronic properties of novel quantum materials.

Semiconductor nanocrystals, topological insulators, transition metal oxides and unconventional superconductors are the main systems studied, also with an eye to potential applications in nanophotovoltaics and low-energy spintronics.




At the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute for experimental physics, scientists perform research in the areas of quantum gases & quantum information, hard condensed matter, and soft matter. The WZI is a division of the Institute of Physics.


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The Institute of Physics (IoP) comprises all physics research at the University of Amsterdam.

It was founded in January 2011 as a merger of the institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam (ITFA), the Institute for High Energy Physics (IHEF), and the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute for experimental physics (WZI).