Past Events


livMatS Special Colloquium

  • 10.06. – Prof. Konishi Satoshi
    Ritsumeikan University
    Soft microfinger robot for active tactile sensing

livMatS Colloquium

  • 05.06. – Prof. Peter Seeberger
    Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces
    Carbohydrated-Based Material Science

  • 15.05. – Dr. Anita Roth-Nebelsick
    State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart
    Models and Reality in Biomimetic Research

  • 24.04. – Prof. Raphael Wittkowski
    University of Münster
    Acoustically propelled microparticles: From fundamentals to applications

  • 17.04. – Prof. Thomas Potthast
    University of Tübingen
    Sustainable Development, Medicine and Ethics: Topoi of health in individual, collective and planetary constellations, and their implications

  • 10.04. – Prof. Jan Zeman
    Czech Technical University (Prague)
    Wang Tiles for Modular Architectured Materials: Design, Fabrication, and Self-Assembly

  • 28.02. – Dr. Thomas Hermans
    IMDEA Nanoscience Institute (Madrid)
    Controlling self-assembly by chemical fuels and light

  • 14.02. – Dr. Evan Sprijt
    Radboud University
    Assembly at the surface of biomolecular condensates

  • 07.02. – Prof. Eli Zysman-Colman
    St. Andrews University
    Design of multi-resonance thermally activated delayed fluorescence materials for organic light-emitting diodes and light-emitting electrochemical cells

Core Lectures

  • 12.06. – Dr. Olga Speck
    Biomimetics, bioinspiration, biomimicry, life-likeness. What do they have in common and how do they differ?


livMatS Special Colloquium

  • 26.06. – Prof. Marc Hillmyer
    University of Minnesota
    Polyester copolymers for sustainable high-performance thermoplastic elastomers and plastics

  • 01.06. – Prof. Markus Gallei
    Universität des Saarlandes
    Stimuli-responsive polymer architectures as optical sensing materials and smart membranes

  • 19.05. – Prof. Robert Shepherd
    Cornell University
    Embracing complexity for enduring and adaptive, organic robots via autonomous materials

  • 13.02. – Prof. Tevis Jacobs
    University of Pittsburgh
    The mechanical and functional properties of nanoscale contacts

livMatS Colloquium

  • 13.12. – Dr. Sukho Song
    EMPA Lab for Sustainability Robotics
    Soft Robots Meet Bioelectronic Interfaces: Deployment of an electrocorticography system assisted with a soft robotic actuator

  • 06.12. – Prof. Serim Ilday
    Ruhr Universität Bochum
    A conceptual mapping of the uncharted, far-from-equilibrium territories

  • 08.11. – Prof. Job Boekhoven
    TU München
    Active droplets: phase separation regulated by chemical reactions

  • 13.09. – Prof. Chris Ober
    Cornell University
    Extreme UV Patterning for Fast Electronics: Making materials vanish with nm-scale precision

  • 19.07. – Prof. Rein Ulijn
    City University New York
    Peptide-based Complex Supramolecular Systems

  • 05.07. – Prof. James Kermode
    Warwick School of Engineering
    Multiscale and data-driven methods for the simulation of material failure

  • 24.05. – Prof. Dr. Michael Mastalerz
    Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
    Shape-persistent organic cages – from fundamental understanding to new materials

  • 03.05. – Dr. Naomi Nakayama
    Imperial College London
    What determines biological shape? A case of the dandelion pappus

  • 26.04.David Labonte
    Imperial College London
    Behavioural biomechanics in leaf-cutter ants

  • 01.03. – Dr. Claudia Bonfio
    University of Strasbourg
    Towards the emergence of modern cells

  • 22.02. – Prof. Hatice Mutlu
    Mulhouse Materials Science Institute
    Tailor-made functional polymeric materials: Quo Vadis?

  • 11.01. – Prof. Lucio Isa
    ETH Zürich
    Sliding or rolling? Characterizing single-particle contacts


Core Lectures

  • 17.05. – Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rühe


livMatS Special Colloquium

  • 11.11. – Prof. Alison Dunn
    University of Illinois
    Soft Surface Layers on Swollen Gels Mediate Their Contact and Sliding Mechanics

  • 26.09. – Prof. Hala Zreiqat
    University of Sydney
    Novel Engineered synthetic approaches to Innovative BioEngineering

  • 13.06. – Prof. Andres Arrieta
    Purdue University
    Bioinspired Programmable Structures

livMatS Colloquium

  • 14.12. – Dr. Giulio Ragazzon
    University of Strasbourg
    What are molecular ratchets and how we might use them

  • 07.12. – Prof. Claudia Fleck
    Fracture and fracture avoidance in biological and bioinspired systems

  • 23.11. – Dr. Anne Berthold
    ETH Zürich
    Scarcity Perception & Technology Acceptance

  • 16.11. – Prof. Rainer Herges
    Christian Albrechts Universität zu Kiel
    Switchable Molecular Magnets

  • 09.11. – Prof. Dr. Hendrik Dietz
    Technische Universität München
    Virus traps and other molecular machines of the future

  • 26.10. – Prof. Henry Dube
    Friedrich-Alexander Universität
    Indigoid chromophores: A platform for light responsive nanosystems and molecular machines

  • 19.10. – Prof. Rafal Klajn
    Weizmann Institute of Science
    Electrostatic self-assembly of nanoparticles into static and out-of-equilibrium materials

  • 22.07. – Dr. Mathias Lebihain
    Ecole des Ponts Paristech
    Crack propagation in 3D: disorder, dissipation, and dynamics

  • 20.07. – Dr. Marco Tamborini
    TU Darmstadt
    The Elephant in the Room: The Biomimetic Principle in Bio-Robotics and Embodied AI

  • 13.07. – Dr. Guilhem De Hoe
    University of Manchester
    Circularity in Plastics: From Biodegradable Elastomers to Mechanical Recycling

  • 06.07. – Dr. Dibyendu Das
    Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata
    Dynamic Supramolecular Systems under Non-equilibrium conditions

  • 01.06. – Prof. Mark Rutland
    KTH Royal Institute of Technology
    In touch with surface interactions – from ionic liquids to tactile perception

  • 27.04. – Prof. Ali Dhinojwala
    University of Akron
    Role of Surface Roughness in Adhesion and Friction and How Nature Tackles this Challenge

  • 13.04. – Prof. Steve Beeby
    University of Southhampton
    Triboelectric Mechanical Energy Harvesting

  • 30.03. – Dr. Luiza Teixeira-Costa
    Harvard University Herbaria
    Adaptability skills for future climates: learning from parasitic flowering plants

  • 16.03. – Dr. Stephen Schrettl
    University of Fribourg
    Supramolecular Approaches toward Functional Polymer Materials

  • 02.03. – Dr. Christoph Schweizer
    IWM Fraunhofer
    On the future role of digital knowledge bases/expert systems for production and fatigue life prediction of metallic materials

  • 09.02. – Dr. Marc Willinger
    ETH Zürich
    Oscillatory Dynamics at Catalytically Active Interfaces Studied by Multi-Scale Operando Electron Microscopy

  • 19.01. – Prof. Pedro Reis
    Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
    A Virtual lab tour of the Flexible Structures Laboratory at EPFL



  • 30.08Writer's Studio: Golden Day
  • 16.08Writer's Studio: Golden Day
  • 09.08Writer's Studio: Golden Day
  • 02.08Writer's Studio: Golden Day
  • 21.07Writer's Studio: July 21st Golden Day
  • 12.07Writer's Studio: Writing Standout Cover Letters and Resumes
  • 04.07Writer's Studio: July 4th Golden Day
  • 13.05Workshop "Eigenschaften und Recycling von Polymeren / Polymers properties and recycling" (Schüler Ingenieur Akademie)
  • 28.04Writer's Studio: Golden Days

Architektur Forum Freiburg

The livMatS Pavilion in the Botanical Garden of the University of Freiburg was presented on the occasion of the Architektur Forum Freiburg on March 18.


livMatS Special Colloquium

  • 02.12. – Prof. Alfred Nordmann
    TU Darmstadt
    The Enhancement of Material Nature

livMatS Colloquium

  • 20.10. – Prof. Silvia Vignolini
    University of Cambridge
    Biomimetic colour engineering from nature to applications

  • 13.10. – Prof. Daniel Lacks
    Case Western Reserve University
    Contact Electrification – why is something seemingly so simple so poorly understood?

  • 06.10. – Prof. Beverley Glover
    University of Cambridge
    Development of petal nanoscale ridges that scatter light and influence animal behaviour

  • 22.09. – Prof. Andreas Ernst
    University of Kassel
    Acceptance of environmentally relevant new technologies and materials

  • 15.09. – Prof. Vasiliki Tileli
    Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne
    Liquid-phase transmission electron microscopy for probing electrochemical-induced processes

  • 21.07. – Prof. Marc Desmulliez
    Heriot Watt University
    Computer-aided biomimetics: methodology to search for meaning in data and measurements

  • 14.07. – Prof. Petr Novak
    ETH Zürich
    Battery Materials and Their Operando Characterization

  • 23.06. – Prof. Philippe Poizot
    University of Nantes
    Organic host materials for innovative rechargeable batteries

  • 09.06. – Prof. Alfred Crosby
    University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Polymer Gels for Autonomous Motion and Mesoscale Assembly

  • 19.05. – Dr. Thang Vo-Doan
    University of Freiburg
    Insect-machine Hybrid Robot: From locomotion control to future applications

  • 12.05.Elena Vazquez
    Penn State University, USA
    Design strategies for responsive architecture using smart materials

  • 05.05. – Prof. Khalid Salaita
    Emory University, USA
    Beyond the central dogma: Repurposing nucleic acids as force sensors, actuators, and motors

  • 28.04. – Prof. Paul Thagard
    University of Waterloo Ontario
    The Cognitive Science of Climate Change

  • 21.04. – Prof. Stefan Hiermaier
    University of Freiburg
    SCHARF project: Multiscale analysis of robust material systems with integrated functionalities

  • 14.04. – Prof. Gerald Urban
    University of Freiburg
    Microelectronics for Life: Project PROMYS - a joint project of the German strategic research initiative ForLab

  • 31.03. – Dr. Margret Wohlfahrt-Mehrens
    Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW)
    Materials development for lithium ion batteries – From particle design to full cell operation

  • 10.03. – Prof. Maximilian Fichtner
    Helmholtz Institut Ulm
    New materials for electrochemical storage - from post Li-ion to post Li systems

  • 03.03 – Prof. Song Jin
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Solar Flow Batteries: Integrated Solar Energy Conversion and Redox Flow Battery Systems

  • 17.02. – Prof. Dr. Steve Albrecht
    TU and Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin
    Highly Efficient Monolithic Tandem Devices with Perovskite Top Cells

  • 10.02. – Prof. Dr. Mark Miodownik
    University College London
    Towards Self-repairing Cities

  • 27.01. – Prof. Thomas Bein
    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
    Optoelectronic Processes in Covalent Organic Frameworks

  • 13.01. – Prof. Yan Yao
    Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston
    Next-generation Batteries for Electric Vehicles and Stationary Storage


  • 09.12.Writer's Studio Workshop: Covering the Cover Letter
  • 11.06.Writer's Studio: Hacking the Abstract
  • 08.04.Writer's Studio: Meet the Editors
  • 11.02.Writer's Studio Workshop: "K.I.S.S. - Keep it Simple, Scientists!


livMatS Special Colloquium

livMatS Colloquium

  • 16.12. – Prof. Tobias Schröder
    University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
    Understanding the Role of Emotion in Innovation Diffusion and Acceptance of Technology

  • 02.12. – Prof. Dr. Pol Besenius
    Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
    Multidomain Peptide Assemblies for the Design of Adaptive Supramolecular Polymers and Synthetic Vaccines

  • 21.10. – Prof. Nicolas Spencer
    ETH Zürich, Switzerland
    Polymer brushes on gels: Imitating the lubricious properties of cartilage

  • 15.07. – Dr. Thomas Pfohl
    University of Freiburg
    Soft microfluidics: From high-throughput trapping of nano-objects to coupled fluidic networks for transport, adaption and self-regulation

  • 08.07. – Dr. Severin Vierrath
    University of Freiburg
    Tailoring the interfaces of electrochemical energy systems for storage and conversion

  • 01.07. – Dr. Dorothea Helmer
    University of Freiburg
    Superhydropholic and switchable materials for the study of wetting behaviour

  • 24.06. – Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald
    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Judgments on relevance in sustainability assessments. Expert judgments, best guess, and gut feeling

  • 27.05. – Prof. Dr. Bastian Rapp
    University of Freiburg
    Next generation 3D Printing: The emergence of enabling materials (Online Colloquium)

  • 22.04. – Prof. Dr. Patrick Dondl
    University of Freiburg
    Optimization of Additively Manufactured Polymer Scaffolds for Bone Tissue Engineering (Online Colloquium)

  • 11.03. – Dr. Ulf Hahnel
    University of Geneva, Switzerland
    Psychological Dimensions of Future Renewable Energy

  • 19.02. – Prof. Dr. Michael Engel
    Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
    Self-Organization of Building Blocks into Functional


Virtual Materials Day 2020 - Convergence of Materials and Life

The University of Freiburg and Penn State University presented the the research of the Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems (LiMC²) in a virtual conference on the occasion of the Materials Day.

Science Days Digital

Researchers from the excellence cluster livMatS participated in the Science Days Digital from October 19 to November 29.

Living Machines 2020 online conference

The University of Freiburg and livMatS hosted the 9th edition of the Living Machines conference.


livMatS Special Colloquium

livMatS Colloquium


  • 10.10.2019: Exhibition Opening "Baubionik - Biologie beflügelt Architektur"
    On display until 22 March 2020, WaldHaus Freiburg
    Download the exhibition flyer for more information.