About the Institute for
Ion Physics and Applied Physics

The focus of research at our institute is on understanding and control of complex physical interactions. The research areas range from experimental and theoretical basic research to applications, and touch besides molecular physics, bio physics, nano physics, physical chemistry and environmental physics also aspects of astro physics, plasma physics and biology.

Important topics of concern are the dynamical processes of chemical reactions and the ageing of biomolecules, interactions in laboratory and space plasmas of our solar system and galaxy, or environmental changes and the growing demand for energy on earth.

In addition to many international scientific collaborations, the institute is cooperating successfully with a range of business companies. This opens up versatile scientific and professional career oppurtunities for students in physics. Members of the institute have so far founded ten high-tech companies, which provided more than 1000 jobs.


Around 100 institute members from more than a dozen nations are working, researching, teaching and learning in our various research groups. The majority of members of the institute is employed through competitively acquired external research funding.  [More...]

External list: Personnell directory of Universität Innsbruck: Institut for Ion Physics und Applied Physics.



Head of institute:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Beyer
Address: Technikerstrasse 25/3,
6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Email: IAP@uibk.ac.at
How to get to the institute
Research groups
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Beyer Chemical Physics
  Univ.-Prof. Dr. Armin Hansel Environmental Physics / IMR
  Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Kendl Nonlinear Dynamics & Complex Systems
  Univ.-Prof. Dr. Paul Scheier Nano-Bio-Physics
  Univ.-Prof. Dr. Roland Wester Molecular Systems
  Assoz. Prof. Dr. Stephan Denifl Inelastic Electron Scattering
  Assist. Prof. Dr. Milan Ončák
Computational Photophysics
  Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Probst Numerical Chemistry
Associated group
Prof. Dr. Armin Wisthaler (University of Oslo)
Atmospheric Chemistry
Emeriti Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Tilmann Märk
Rektor  / Nano-Bio-Physics Group
  em. o.Univ.Prof. Dr. Erwin Hochmair
Applied Physics
  Ao. Univ.-Prof. i. R. Dr. Roman Schrittwieser Experimental Plasma Physics
Doctoral programmes FWF DK  "Atoms, Light and Molecules"
  EU MSCA DP "Dynamics of Complex Continua"


• FLD: list of recent scientific publications at the institute (since 2010):  List from UIBK research documentation.

• External list (ULB) of electronic theses (and some other publications) at the institute:  diglib.uibk.ac.at.


50 Years of "Institut für Ionenphysik und Angewandte Physik" (2017)

1967 - 2017: 50 Jahre Institut für Ionenphysik und Angewandte Physik:  [pdf Datei 5,5 MB]

Nachlese:  Festakt  (5. Oktober 2017)

Intranet:  Fotogalerie (lesbar nur mit einem Account der Universität Innsbruck)


  • Öffentlich alimentierte Grundlagenforschung – warum überhaupt?
    Prof. Dr. Drs. h.c. mult. Helmut Schwarz, Präsident der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung

  • Vom universitären Forschungsprojekt zum global verbreiteten aktiven Medizinprodukt
    Univ.-Doz. Dr. DDr. h.c. mult. Ingeborg Hochmair, CEO und CTO der MED-EL und Ehrensenatorin der Universität Innsbruck
Nachlese: Wissenschaftliches Symposium (6. Oktober 2017)


  •  Jana Roithova, Prag:  Ion spectroscopy in a cold trap 
  • Matthias Lezius, München: Optical clocks and frequency combs in space 
  • Sylwia Ptasinska, Notre Dame:  Towards a comprehensive picture of a dissociative electron attachment process 
  • Jens Juul Rasmussen, Kopenhagen:  Plasma physics – from fundamentals to fusion
  • Wolf Geppert, Stockholm:  Anions - from the lab to the stars 
  • Armin Wisthaler, Oslo:  PTR-MS – a success story in atmospheric chemistry 



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