The IPM RAS was founded in 1993 on the basis of the Solid State Physics Division of the Institute of Applied Physics RAS.
IPM RAS is aimed at the fundamental investigations in the fields of surface physics, physics of solid state nanostructures, high temperature superconductors and soft X-ray optics as well as technology and applications of thin films, surfaces, interfaces and multilayer structures.
The IPM RAS staff numbers 255, among them about 100 scientists (17 Doctors of Sciences and 66 Candidates of Sciences (Ph.D.), 11 State Prize winners).
The IPM RAS facilities include high-quality research and technological equipment. 9000 m2 specialised laboratory building was brought into service. It offers specially protected clean rooms, deionized water supply, air conditioning, layout of gas and other service facilities.
IPM RAS has close ties with Nizhny Novgorod State University: over 20 staff members also hold teaching positions at the University and, in particular, occupy 2 Chairs with facilities both at the University and at IPM.