The livMatS Master Lab Program

The Master Lab is a research-oriented extra-curricular program. It is intended to foster and broaden the research interests of motivated students in livMatS-related study programs.

How does it work?
livMatS principal investigators pose research challenges that students can apply to work on. Successful applicants receive a young researcher grant to work on the research autonomously under scientific guidance from the group. The young researcher grant funds a part-time student contract (HiWi) and research consumables.

In addition to working on current research topics, Master Lab students attend a few sessions on science communications skills (presenting, writing, poster design) and present their research progress/results at the Master Lab colloquium.

How to apply?
The program is open to all University of Freiburg Master's students currently enrolled in livMatS-related study programs from the natural sciencessciences, technical sciences, psychology, sustainability studies or philosophy ethics (Anthropocene).

Find more info on our Career page.

12 Participants in Master Lab 3.0 winter term 2021/22

Below some participant testimonials

Kajal Jain, Embedded Systems Engineering

“Taking part in the livMatS Master Lab taught me many new skills that will be immensely useful in all the next stages of my academic (master thesis, PhD) as well as industrial career.”

Research topic: Towards Experimental Studies of Magnet-Assisted Self-Assembly

Built a semi-autonomous experimental setup using Fusion, Prussa Slicer, Raspberry Pi 3b, PCA9685 Module, Servo Motors, Python Programming Language and Computer Vision Libraries.

Keynaz Kamranikia, Polymer Sciences

"Taking part in the livMatS Master Lab I gained a deeper understanding of my field of study and developed more practical skills as a researcher."

Research topic: Preparation of high-resolution microfluidic chips by micro stereolithography

The goal of this work was to create microfluidic chips with high resolution and big lateral dimension by 3D printing. To achieve this a photoresist was developed to be used for printing bridge structure without blocking the printed channels.

Baris Erol, Sustainable Systems Engineering

“Taking part in the livMatS Master Lab program allowed me to work on a cutting-edge topic with great resources and experienced people. I had a chance to see what the research environment looks like if I want to pursue this field in the future.”

Research topic: Assembling Metamaterials like Jigsaw Puzzles

Demonstrated how the propagation of elastic waves through metamaterial depends on the selected configuration.

5 Participants Master Lab 2.0 winter term 2020/21

Antonia Blunck, Psychology

"Taking part in the Master Lab was a valuable experience that broaden my 'scientific horizon' as I had the opportunity to gain insight into other scientific fields on a very specific level."

Research topic: Cognitive-Affective Mapping (CAM) as a novel research tool

Conducted a psychological-philosophical case study on the Concept of Life in livMatS and the Anthropocene.

Florian Deussen, Chemistry

"Taking part in the Master Lab helped me in growing as a scientist and was a very good experience. I learned a lot and had a very good time."

Research topic: Diazo-crosslinkers for photochemical activation

Investigated and further developed photosensitive crosslinkers. These crosslinkers can be used to form a polymer network and permanently implement desired properties.

James Fisher, Philosophy

"Taking part in the livMatS Master Lab challenged me to find new applications for my philosophical curiosities and allowed me to open up a line of questioning."

Research topic: In artefacts as in life: On the intertwining of technological and ecological complexity in the Anthropocene

Using Niklas Luhmann’s Systems Theory, I attempted to understand how technology could react to the risk associated with the increased complexity of the Anthropocene.

Yu Wang, M.Sc. Sustainable and Functional Materials

"Taking part in the livMatS Master Lab has broadened my perspective on interdisciplinary reaserch .... . The research topic helped me in tackling various real-world challenges and the work in our project group were a great preparation for my career development."

Research topic: Investigation of Capacity Fading of NMC850510 as Cathode Active Materials for Photo-Rechargeable Lithium-Ion-Batteries

Investigated the principle behind the technology “Photorechargeable Lithium-ion-battery for solar energy harvesting and storage”, prepared and conducted measurement methods, and analyzed the compatibility between LIB and photo-batteries.

Amogh Kumar Baranwal, Microsystems Engineering

"Taking part in the livMatS Master Lab has broadened my view on interdisciplinary research and got me excited for a future in academia as a researcher."

Research topic: Studying Triboelectric Properties of Titania Nanotubes Functionalized with APTES

Fabricated titanium nanotubes by anodization in organic electrolytes with fluoride salts. I then characterized these nanotubes with SEM and XRD to determine their composition and structure.

4 Participants Compact Master Lab summer term 2020

Ibrahim Ghanem, M.Sc. Microsystems Engineering

"Taking part in the Master Lab gave me first experience of a scientist‘s life: attending scientific talks, thinking critically, raising questions, discussing ideas, writing about my research and presenting it, appreciating the diversity of scientific disciplines..."

Research topic: Rheology of Actin Networks

Simulated transmission of mechanical signals in actin networks of the cytoskeleton to better understand how those networks work.

Michelle Modert, M.Sc. Biology

"Taking part in the Master Lab obliged me to see my own research from a different perspective."

Research topic: Passion flower tendrils and gelatinous (G) fibre distribution

Investigated the formation and occurrence of G-fibres and their possible contribution to the free coiling mechanism in tendrils of two Passiflora species.

Elena Katharina Hegge, M.Sc. Biology

"Taking part in the Master Lab helped me to learn more in depth about further topics of the research areas and to get new creative ideas for my own research."

Research topic: Functional morphology and biomechanics of touch and wind stimulated leaves of Pilea peperomioides

Analyses of differences between petiole and transition zone of peltate leaves and their thigmomorphogenetic acclimations

Philipp Gaiser, M.Sc. Chemistry

"Taking part in the Master Lab was an interesting experience and getting insight into research projects from different fields of science was very informative."

Research topic: Redox-active Organic Compounds for Triboelectric Nano Generators

Synthesized both thiol functionalized model compounds for the investigation of triboelectric properties on a microscopic level and redox active polymers for application in TENG devices.