The Department of Condensed Matter (DMC) of the Institute of Physics carries out experimental and theoretical research on the structural and physical properties of matter in its condensed state.
In the Department, experimental and theoretical research is carries out experimental and theoretical research on the structural and physical properties of matter in its condensed state such as the structural and crystallographic analysis of materials by X-ray and electron diffraction, as well as the study of the structural properties of nanometric materials, unidimensional systems, thin films and biomaterials. We also study the optical, thermal, electronic, mechanical and magnetic properties of materials, the production and characterization of thin films of conductive molecules, as well as the design and synthesis of transparent conductive contacts and thin films with potential applications in energy saving areas are studied. In the field of nanostructures, in addition to the structure and synthesis of nanoparticles, high mechanical performance cements with mineral nanoparticles are being studied.
The analysis of the physicochemical properties of materials of biological and mineralogical origin, and the synthesis of new materials and multi-functional materials based on transition metal oxides, are also carried out at the DMC.
Studies and applications of environmental radiation, environmental dosimetry, environmental radiological contaminants in water, air, soil and food, nuclear trace methodology in solids, thermoluminescence, interaction of ionizing radiation with materials, are among the activities carried out at the DMC, as well as the study of nuclear electronic instrumentation and applications. The DMC also provides support for the synthesis, production and characterization of various materials to other departments, institutions and companies in the country.