The Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI) is dedicated to the discovery and interpretation of new phenomena in condensed matter, the development of novel materials and functional structures at the nano- and quantum-scale as well as innovation in experimental and theoretical methods. Our research places emphasis on potential long-term applications in information technology and related fields. A special focus lies on quantum materials, quantum computing and neuromorphic computing.

Focus of our Research


Quantum Computing

We are working together with partners from science and industry to build a European quantum computer in Jülich.


Quantum Materials

We research quantum materials with the aim of using them for storing and processing information in the medium or long term.


Neuromorphic Computing

We are researching a computational approach modelled on the human brain at all the necessary levels, from materials to circuit design and system integration.

News and Events

Prof. Dr. Frank Wilhelm-Mauch

Joining Forces for Europe’s Quantum Computers

Forschungszentrum Jülich is strengthening its quantum research. The arrival of Frank Wilhelm-Mauch at Jülich will provide fresh impetus for the development of a European quantum computer. Since October 2018, he has coordinated the OpenSuperQ project as part of a large-scale quantum initiative at European level. The central aim of the OpenSuperQ project is to build a European quantum computer at Forschungszentrum Jülich – the first of its kind at this level and a global leader among comparable systems.

Spring School 2020

51st IFF Spring School - Quantum Technology

Imagine what we would know - or better: would not know - about the structure and dynamics of microscopic systems if scientists such as Albert Einstein (Nobel Prize 1921), Niels Bohr (Nobel Prize 1922), Werner Heisenberg (Nobel Prize 1932), Erwin Schrödinger, Paul Dirac (Nobel Prize 1933) and many others would not have imagined and formalised quantum mechanics.

Selected Projects and Cooperations


Building a European Quantum Computer

A European quantum computer with 50 to 100 superconducting qubits is to be developed and operated on our campus within the EU's Quantum Flagship Project OpenSuperQ. Scientists from across the world will have open access to it.


Robust Components for Quantum Computing

In the Excellence Cluster “Matter and Light for Quantum Computing” (ML4Q) we aim, together with the universities of Cologne, Aachen, and Bonn, to develop new computing and networking architectures using the principles of quantum mechanics. More


Neuro-inspired Artificial Intelligence Technologies

The new project “Neuro-inspired artificial intelligence technologies for the electronics of the future” combines existing internationally recognized scientific competences to enable the development of innovative "Beyond von Neumann" concepts to be decisively pursued using energy-efficient components.


New Approaches in Information Technology

In the research alliance JARA, section JARA-FIT, we contribute to creating the basis for the information technology of the future. More


JARA-Center for Simulation and Data Science (JARA-CSD)

Within the framework of the JARA-CSD research alliance, we make the use of data analysis and HPC systems accessible to a broad spectrum of scientific users and create new opportunities for cutting-edge research. More