Professor for solid state experimental physics
Physicists are often tasked with developing novel materials, concepts, and devices. Multiple industries, ranging from automotive and aerospace technology, optical technology, renewable energy, to telecommunications, medical applications, and defense, hire physicists. “Besides our problem-solving skills, especially our in-depth understanding of matter qualifies us for these jobs,” explains Jure Demsar.
A rather novel and rapidly developing discipline is nanotechnology. Physicists are taking a leading role in the development and application of novel nanomaterials such as nanotubes or layered materials (e.g., graphene) with fascinating physical properties. “Some of these materials are already revolutionizing fields such as high power batteries, solar cells, data storage devices, drug delivery, and computers,” Demsar highlights the innovation potential behind physics in these areas.
This also applies to new medical technologies, medicines, and procedures. One important factor when thinking about studying physics as a door opener to working in the technology sector should not be forgotten: Physicists usually earn more than colleagues from other fields working in these industries. More on Jure Demsar’s innovative research projects: http://www.demsar-lab.physik.uni-mainz.de/49.php