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Science Festival

Science Festival

Oct 26, 2020
How do you make a microchip? How does the immune system work? And what is it about pinecones that inspires scientists? The annual S…
Carbon Storage from the Lab

Carbon Storage from the Lab

Oct 05, 2020
Peatlands with their huge diversity of peat moss species store about 30 percent of the earth’s soil carbon. This means they store r…
Wounded, Sealed, Healed

Wounded, Sealed, Healed

Sep 23, 2020
Plants have developed efficient mechanisms that protect them from external influences: For example, if their tissue shows cracks, c…
100 Years of Macromolecular Chemistry

100 Years of Macromolecular Chemistry

Sep 18, 2020
100 years ago, the German chemistry professor Hermann Staudinger was the first to describe the then completely unknown substance cl…
The Answer in Micro-droplets

The Answer in Micro-droplets

Sep 11, 2020
Thanks to complex signaling processes, the human body is able to react to its environment: When a stimulus hits a cell, it converts…
Four Centuries in Images and Text

Four Centuries in Images and Text

Sep 10, 2020
More than a key location for researchers, instructors, and students, the garden is a favorite with the public as well. This year, t…
How Microparticles Come Together

How Microparticles Come Together

Sep 01, 2020
Molecular structures such as microtubules control essential functions in the cell, such as cell division or locomotion. The scaffol…
Falk Esser Wins Second Place in the International Bionic Award

Falk Esser Wins Second Place in the International Bionic Award

Aug 25, 2020
Dr. Falk Esser from the Plant Biomechanics Group and the cluster "Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials…
Close Proximity that Generates Energy

Close Proximity that Generates Energy

Aug 11, 2020
It is not possible to look between two surfaces that are touching each other, which is why the microsystems engineer Prof. Dr. Lars…
Keeping an Eye on Global Challenges

Keeping an Eye on Global Challenges

Jul 31, 2020
More than 100 registered participants met for the newest webinar of the Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Materials Sys…
Ingo Krossing Appointed as a Member of the Leopoldina

Ingo Krossing Appointed as a Member of the Leopoldina

Jul 21, 2020
Prof. Dr. Ingo Krossing from the Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry at the University of Freiburg was…
Finding Words for the Space Between Nature and Technology

Finding Words for the Space Between Nature and Technology

Jul 20, 2020
Plastics in the oceans, chemical toxins in groundwater and other evidence of human activity are omnipresent in what’s now known as …
Living Machines 2020: Registration for the Conference has Started

Living Machines 2020: Registration for the Conference has Started

Jul 08, 2020
Understanding the principles of natural systems and the communication between living and artificial sytems to develop groundbreakin…
Virtually Captured

Virtually Captured

Jun 23, 2020
The Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) takes only 100 milliseconds to trap its prey. Once their leaves, which have been tra…
Transatlantic Cooperation in Challenging Times

Transatlantic Cooperation in Challenging Times

Jun 19, 2020
What effects does the corona crisis have on transatlantic cooperation? How do researchers work together in these challenging times …
How the Giant Sequoia Protects Itself

How the Giant Sequoia Protects Itself

Jun 17, 2020
The giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) has developed effective strategies to protect itself against external influen…
A Small, Sharp Eye

A Small, Sharp Eye

Jun 08, 2020
Trained muscle molecules – In the excellence cluster livMatS - Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems, P…
Living Materials Partnership Begins Virtually

Living Materials Partnership Begins Virtually

Jun 04, 2020
Faculty members from Penn State and the University of Freiburg met and shared their work in two joint webinar sessions on May 27 an…
Volkswagen Foundation Supports University of Freiburg Chemist

Volkswagen Foundation Supports University of Freiburg Chemist

May 25, 2020
The Volkswagen Foundation is backing Prof. Dr. Anna Fischer of the University of Freiburg’s Institute of Inorganic…
Intelligent Aircraft Wings Could Save Fuel

Intelligent Aircraft Wings Could Save Fuel

May 14, 2020
Components no bigger than a particle of dust: the unit cells developed by micromechanic Prof. Dr. Chris Eberl at Freiburg’s Cluster…
A Boost for Post-doctoral Qualification

A Boost for Post-doctoral Qualification

May 11, 2020
Success for biologist Dr. Linnea Hesse: togehter with geographer Dr. Carola Fricke, she has been …
Programming with the Light Switch

Programming with the Light Switch

May 05, 2020
In the development of autonomous systems and materials, self-assembling molecular structures controlled by chemical reaction networ…
Helmholtz Prize for Freiburg microsystems engineers

Helmholtz Prize for Freiburg microsystems engineers

Apr 09, 2020
A research team led by Prof. Dr. Peter Woias, microsystems engineer and member of the cluster of excellence li…
Help from the 3D Printer

Help from the 3D Printer

Apr 06, 2020
In times of the corona pandemic, protective clothing is in short supply in hospitals, retirement homes and doctors' practice. A tea…
Application Deadlines Extended

Application Deadlines Extended

Mar 27, 2020
livMatS strives to promote excellent young researchers and support gender equality in research. For this reason, the clust…
Incentives for Academic Talent

Incentives for Academic Talent

Mar 09, 2020
The University of Freiburg will receive start-up funding of 100,000 euros for its “Freiburg Rising Stars Academy” concept, a total …
First livMatS Colloquia in 2020

First livMatS Colloquia in 2020

Feb 19, 2020
On February 19th 2020, the livMatS Colloquium enters a new round. It will start with a lecture by physicist Prof. Dr. Mich…
Orientation for Academic Careers

Orientation for Academic Careers

Feb 05, 2020
How does good scientific practice look like? What role does the diversity of people play for cooperation in everyday research? And …
Conscious Energy Use and Savings

Conscious Energy Use and Savings

Jan 30, 2020
How can you get people to behave in a more energy-efficient way? Dr. Michael Stumpf from the Department of Psychology at the Univer…
Rainer Grießhammer Receives the Federal Cross of Merit

Rainer Grießhammer Receives the Federal Cross of Merit

Jan 17, 2020
At an official ceremony, Edith Sitzmann, Finance Minister of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, awarded the Cross of Merit of …
Hans Zappe appointed Editor-in Chief for SPIE journal

Hans Zappe Appointed Editor-in Chief

Jan 08, 2020
Prof. Dr. Hans Zappe, Principal Investigator of livMatS, has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the SPIE Journal of Micro/N…
Metal-free Energy Storage

Metal-free Energy Storage

Dec 17, 2019
Whether they contain lead, lithium or cobalt, when batteries are dead the toxic metals usually end up in the environment. In many c…
Consolidator Grant for livMatS member

Henning Jessen Receives Consolidator Grant

Dec 10, 2019
The chemist Prof. Dr. Henning Jessen has received a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The ERC Consolidat…
Cultivating a Culture of Collaboration

Cultivating a Culture of Collaboration

Dec 02, 2019
The members of the Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous materials systems (livMatS) met for the fi…
4.5 Million Euros for Programmable Materials

4.5 Million Euros for Programmable Materials

Nov 18, 2019
The Carl Zeiss Foundation has selected the research cluster “Interactive and Programmable Materials” (IPROM) of the University of F…
Call for Papers for

Call for Papers for "Living Machines"

Nov 08, 2019
The University of Freiburg and the Cluster of Excellence livMatS will host the 9th edition of the international Living Mac…

New Paper Published

Oct 21, 2019
Prof. Dr. Henning Jessen has published a new paper on recent developments and perspectives in the synthesis of Cyclotriphosphate in…
Nature as a Role Model

Nature as a Role Model

Oct 10, 2019
The Cluster livMatS presents its research in the special exhibition “Baubionik – Biologie beflügelt Architekt…

New Publication

Sep 17, 2019
livMatS PI Prof. Dr. Henning Jessen and livMatS doctoral researcher Alexander Ripp have published a new paper on …
The Artificial Trap

The Artificial Trap

Aug 12, 2019
Inspired by biology, Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck recreates natural functional principles with artificial materials. In most cases, the s…
Materials of a New Era

Materials of a New Era

Aug 09, 2019
In 2000, the Chemist Paul J. Crutzen and the biologist Eugene Stoermer diagnosed a new geological era: the Anthropocene. According …
Exchange Beyond Disciplinary Borders

Exchange Beyond Disciplinary Borders

Aug 01, 2019
How can one’s own research be explained in three minutes? Junior researchers of the Cluster of Excellence “Living, Adaptive and Ene…
Combining forces for Materials Research

Combining Forces For Materials Research

Jul 24, 2019
Two research sites, one shared vision: the University of Freiburg and the USA’s Pennsylvania State University will in future be coo…
Greek Delegations Visits FIT

Greek Delegation Visits FIT

Jul 16, 2019
A delegation from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with its president Prof. Dr. Pericles A. Mitkas and vice rector Prof. Dr…
Perfect Marks for Freiburg

Perfect Marks for Freiburg

May 10, 2019
Four subjects of the University of Freiburg have taken part in the current ranking of the Centre for Higher Education, CHE-Ranking …
Traffic Control of Cells

Traffic Control of Cells

Mar 25, 2019
Cells in the human body can display remarkable differences in their behaviour depending on the mechanical properties of the tissue …
New Position for Andrea Kiesel

New Position for Andrea Kiesel

Feb 04, 2019
Andrea Kiesel, Professor at the Institute for Psychology of the University of Freiburg and Principal Investigator of the Cluster Li…
One Hundred Percent Success

One Hundred Percent Success

Sep 27, 2018
It is a major boost to cutting-edge research in Freiburg: in the current Excellence Strategy competition, scientists at the Univers…