© University of Freiburg - Sandra Meyndt
The sculpture "Transform" by artist Daniel Widrig in the FIT building, Freiburg © University of Freiburg - Sandra Meyndt
Botanic Garden Freiburg © University of Freiburg - almaxero
Aerial view of the Botanic Garden Freiburg © University of Freiburg - almaxero

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 novel, bioinspired materials systems, which adapt autonomously to their environment and harvest clean energy from it.

The purely technical, but behaviorally quasi-live materials systems 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 currently 80 researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines such as energy research, biomimetics and microsystems engineering and combines them with sustainability research, psychology and philosophy.


In 2020, the University of Freiburg and livMatS will host the 9th edition of the "Living Machines" conference.

Online registrations will open soon!


Find a more comprehensive summary of the vision of livMatS here: The Vision of livMatS