Central Research Topics

The six departments of Prof. Paul Blom, Prof. Mischa Bonn, Prof. Hans-Jürgen Butt, Prof. Kurt Kremer, Prof. Katharina Landfester and Prof. Tanja Weil conduct research in joint and interdisciplinary projects. Based on the research of the departments, six thematic areas were identified in which the close cooperation is particularly evident. These are in detail:

The challenge here is to produce defect-free, pre-defined materials with high precision and reproducibility. If this synthetic perfection cannot be achieved, the defects can be used to produce properties that cannot be achieved elsewhere. The nitrogen vacuum center in diamond is an atomic defect that makes it possible to detect the smallest magnetic fields by optical readout even in biological environments.   [more]
Many properties of synthetic and biological materials are controlled by interactions and processes over several length and time scales. In our research we meet these challenges by a combination of experimental and theoretical approaches. [more]
Research into nanomaterials, often referred to as nanomedicine, is aimed at developing new materials and technologies for the most sensitive diagnostics possible and for more efficient therapies for numerous diseases. At the MPI-P we produce tailor-made nanomaterials with high precision and functional complexity - taking into account the various interspecific interrelationships. [more]
In the 21st century, modern technologies pose new challenges for research and development, not least with regard to efficiency, sustainability and climate neutrality. This requires existing technologies to be rethought or new scientific effects to be made operational for the market. [more]
Nanoparticles are specifically designed to transport active ingredients to exactly the point in the body where they are needed. To control this targeted delivery, we are investigating at the MPI-P how protein shells are formed around these nanoparticles and how they can be used. [more]
The arrangement of complex, macromolecular structures and their functionalities are based on non-equilibrium processes. These process states typically depend on the formation of the system and are (mostly) not in thermodynamic equilibrium. The goal of our research is to find new experimental techniques and theoretical approaches to characterize, modify and understand these non-equilibrium processes.   [more]
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