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When Tobias Meng, 38, sits down at his desk, he begins to calculate. Using pen and paper, he delves into the world of the smallest particles – and finds big effects. The young father designs revolutionary quantum materials, which promise for example to conduct electricity without loss, or to store gigantic quantities of information – basic bricks for the high technology of the 21st century.

In his research, Meng uses a Nobel Prize-winning approach: topological physics. It is currently the most important topic in condensed matter physics and helps to understand the inner workings of complex quantum materials. Topological materials are particularly robust and can protect sensitive quantum states from disturbances.

In recognition of his outstanding scientific achievements, Tobias Meng receives the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize 2022 from the DFG and the BMBF. In their statement, Meng is praised for his groundbreaking research in topological physics and topological quantum materials. Meng has worked on a wide range of topics including superconductivity, strongly correlated systems, transport phenomena, and quantum computing, and uses a wide range of methods.

Professor Matthias Vojta, Chair of Theoretical Solid State Physics at TU Dresden and co-spokesperson of the ct.qmat Excellence Cluster, compliments Meng on his work: “I am always impressed by Tobias Meng’s creativity in combination of different methods and theoretical concepts. in his research. He is clearly one of the best early career theoretical physicists in Germany, and also highly visible internationally.

“The Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize is wonderful recognition for the work that my team and I have done over the past few years. We take it as an encouragement to learn more about topological quantum materials! comments Meng, who heads the Emmy Noether “Quantum Design” research group at TU Dresden’s Institute for Theoretical Physics. In 2021, Meng additionally received approximately one million euros in funding for a collaborative project with colleagues from the University of Luxembourg. Meng studied physics in Karlsruhe and Grenoble and obtained a doctorate from the University of Cologne. After research stays in the United States and Switzerland, he joined TU Dresden in 2014, where the Cluster of Excellence ct.qmat started in 2019.

Since 1977, the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize has been awarded annually by the DFG and the BMBF in recognition of outstanding early career achievement, this year to ten researchers. The Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize is considered the most important award for early career researchers in Germany. A total of 155 researchers from all scientific disciplines were nominated this year.

The award ceremony will take place on May 3rd2022 in Berlin and will be streamed live.

Center of Excellence ct.qmat
The center of excellence ct.qmat–Complexity and Topology in Quantum Matter is a joint research collaboration between Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg and Technische Universität (TU) Dresden since 2019. More than 270 scientists from 34 countries and four continents carry out research on topological quantum materials that reveal surprising phenomena under extreme conditions such as high temperatures, high pressures or strong magnetic fields. If it becomes possible to exploit these unusual properties under ambient conditions, they will provide the basis for revolutionary quantum chips and new types of technological applications. The cluster of excellence is funded within the framework of the excellence strategy of the federal and state governments – as the only cluster in Germany that crosses the borders of the federal states.


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