© University of Freiburg - Sandra Meyndt
The sculpture "Transform" by artist Daniel Widrig in the FIT building, Freiburg © Sandra Meyndt / University of Freiburg
Botanic Garden Freiburg © University of Freiburg - almaxero
Aerial view of the Botanic Garden Freiburg © almaxero / University of Freiburg
livMatS Pavilion in the Botanic Garden Freiburg
Cooperation of the Universities of Freiburg and Stuttgart: The "livMats Pavilion“ in the Botanic Garden Freiburg. © Robert Faulkner/IntCDC, University of Stuttgart

Materials Systems of the Future

The vision of the Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS) is to combine the best of two worlds – nature and technology. livMatS develops life-like materials systems inspired by nature. The systems will adapt autonomously to their environment, harvest clean energy from it, and be insensitive to damage or recover from it.

The purely technical, but behaviorally quasi-living materials systems that are being developed in livMatS meet people's demands for future-oriented environmental and energy technologies. Research into the acceptance and social relevance of these autonomous systems and their sustainability are thus important components of development.

To turn this vision into reality, livMatS has assembled a team composed of researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines such as energy research, biomimetics and microsystems engineering and combines them with sustainability research, psychology and philosophy.



Download our flyer here: livMatS vision and research program (PDF)