The MPI-FKF is one of the largest institutes in the Max Planck Society. It comprises eight research departments and a number of independent research groups with a total of about 500 employees (60% of whom are scientists). Research at the MPI-FKF focuses on the physics and chemistry of condensed matter with two broad thrust areas: complex materials and nanoscale science. In both areas, electronic and ionic transport phenomena are of particular interest. Close interaction and cooperation between physicists and chemists, experimentalists and theorists at all levels is an essential element of the Institute culture.