Within the Focus Area “Functional Materials at the Nanoscale,” researchers explore the properties of nanoscale systems. The systems range from nanotubes and nanoparticles over macromolecules up to peptides and proteins.
Young and established researchers from the fields of biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, physics, and cell biology work together in joint research projects. They explore molecules, molecular assemblies, and low-dimensional solids from various perspectives and levels of complexity as well as different spatial and temporal resolution. One aim, for example, is to produce functional biomembrane units, which can be used in pharmaceuticals for targeted pinpointing of the substances. Research is also performed on new substrates for tissue regeneration or individual nanosystems for storing and processing information.
The NanoScale Focus Area is integrated in the excellent research networks of the Berlin-Brandenburg region. Researchers from the Focus Area collaborate with the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), both of which are also located in Berlin-Dahlem. There is particularly close collaboration with research groups from non-university research institutions in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. Several institutes of the Max Planck Society, the Fraunhofer Society, the Leibniz Society, and the Helmholtz Society in Berlin, Potsdam, and Teltow are partners of the Focus Area.
Since 2010 several interdisciplinary and inter-institutional externally funded research projects were established through institutional support and funds from the Focus Area. In addition to the existing collaborative research centers SFB 658 and SFB 765, a new one was set up, SFB 958. The Poly4Bio project and the Helmholtz Virtual Institute “Multifunctional Biomaterials for Medicine” emerged in collaboration with Centers of the Helmholtz Association.
Researchers from the NanoScale Focus Area are also involved in the portfolio topic “Technology and Medicine – Multimodal Imaging” of the Helmholtz Association. The Focus Area contributes to the education of early career researchers by providing financial support for young researchers. In addition, it is involved in the creation of the Helmholtz Graduate School in Macromolecular Bioscience for training doctoral candidates.
Through the intensive collaboration of the Focus Area with the participating academic departments at Freie Universität, the young scientists receive comprehensive training. The two structured doctoral programs, Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Science, offer doctoral students the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary networks and provide them with a variety of perspectives. Both of the doctoral programs are under the umbrella of Dahlem Research School (DRS).
Information about the Focus Area is presented in an information brochure.Print versions of all the focus area brochures are available in German and English and can be obtained from the coordinator of NanoScale, the Center for Research Strategy (CRS), or the Office of News and Public Affairs.
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Stephanie Reich
Project Coordinator: Achim Wiedekind, Tel. +49 30 838-56850
Project Administrator: Lisa Hummel
For more information, please see the NanoScale website.