Major global challenges in health, energy and the environment can be described as the management of dynamic networks with feedback loops and complex non-linear spatial and temporal behaviour. Material solutions to address these challenges have evolved from static to functional materials to the current vision of intelligent matter. However, current materials used in such dynamic networks rarely address and/or respond to the complexity and dynamics of the environment. Networked Matter, itself a novel concept, goes beyond these conventional notions of static, structural material or intelligent matter; the goal of Networked Matter is that matter directly intervenes in a dynamic system to enhance its performance or resilience, or to achieve a specified purpose or objective. In our vision, Networked Matter represents the ultimate form of materials.



Materials in the past have been considered static, ignoring the complex networks surrounding them. Currently, materials that are functional and smart (intelligent materials) are partially connected to their environment. In the future, matter will be brought completely into interaction with the surrounding dynamic network, becoming an inherent part of it as Networked Matter © Kerstin Meurisch, CAU


The latest news within “Networked Matter”.

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Alexander Szameit is an Optica Fellow 2024

The board of Optica, one of the largest globally active societies for the promotion of knowledge in the field of optics and photonics, elected its 2024 Fellow Class. Among them is Alexander Szameit, Professor of Physics at the University of Rostock. Alexander Szameit is working on the physics of light, in particular in order to utilise it in a new type of computer: the optical quantum computer. The Optica Fellowship is reserved for individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of optics and photonics. The Optica Society, founded in 1916, is dedicated to promoting the generation, application, archiving and dissemination of knowledge in optics and photonics worldwide.

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Daniela Berg is one of the "Highly Cited Researchers 2023"

In the list of “Highly Cited Researchers”, the data company Clarivate Analytics lists researchers who are cited particularly frequently in scientific publications and research papers. Daniela Berg, Professor of Neurology at Kiel University since 2016 and Director of the Department of Neurology at the UKSH, Kiel Campus is one of them. Her particular scientific interest is the early detection and prevention of neurodegenerative diseases, especially Parkinson’s disease. Berg’s research focuses on the discovery of biomarkers and imaging techniques that enable early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and an assessment of its progression. 



DFG approves two new Research Training Groups at the University of Rostock

On 8 November, the DFG (German Research Foundation) approved two new Research Training Groups (RTG) for the University of Rostock:  RTG 2901 SYLOBIO “Spektroskopische Methoden für herausfordernde Reduktionsreaktionen – Katalytische Kupplung von CO2” and RTG 2943 SPECTRE “Systemische und lokale Reaktionen bei Unverträglichkeit gegenüber Biomaterialien für Gelenk- und Hautläsionen”. The RTGs within the framework of the Department Life, Light & Matter will be established for a period of four years, starting in spring 2024. They will advance pioneering research projects in the fields of CO2 storage and reduction as well as biomaterials for joint and skin lesions.

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PELS Award for Marco Liserre's outstanding findings in power electronics

Since 2011, the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) has presented the R. David Middlebrook Achievement Award for outstanding research in the technical field of power electronics. This year, the jury honoured Marco Liserre, Professor of Power Electronics at Kiel University (CAU) and Deputy Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology (ISIT) in Itzehoe. He was honoured for his findings on the stability of power grids, which are dominated by power electronics. With his research, Liserre has been helping to optimise the connection of power converters to the electrical grid since 2000, particularly with regard to stability. His modelling approaches are frequently used by grid operators and manufacturers of grid-interactive power converters. Marco Liserre has already received the Eugene Mittelmann Achievement from the IEEE Industrial Electronic Society in 2018. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s leading professional engineering organisation.

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First meeting of EU superconductor project Super-HEART in Kiel

A power failure in a data centre can be devastating: not only is the business disrupted, but important data can be lost. In addition to that data centres are also known for their high energy consumption. The aim of the “Super-HEART” research project is to develop a power supply that can reliably use several sustainable energy sources, such as hydrogen and solar energy, at the same time. The focus is on developing a low-cost transformer that provides a continuous, clean flow of electricity.

In the project Marco Liserre, Head of the Chair of Power Electronics and Rainer Adelung, Head of the Chair of Functional Nanomaterials (both CAU), are collaborating with Valeria Nicolosi, Head of the Chair of Nanomaterials and Advanced Microscopy at the Institute of Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin and also a member of Networked Matter’s SAB. The projects is funded by the European Union with a total of 2.5 million euros from an innovation programme until 2025. It is also supported by the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology (ISIT) in Itzehoe.
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Marcus Chromik on climate change, technologies and risk management

Climate change, corona crisis, digitalisation surge and cybercrime – the world is changing fundamentally and ever faster, companies and society are facing profound transformations. In his talk Dr Marcus Chromik described the challenges of risk management, which he deals with today as Chief Risk Officer and Member of the Board of Managing Directors of Commerzbank AG. He addressed how the “increasing disorder of the world” affects the economy, what tasks and risks companies face and what role banks play in this. For example, by advising and financially supporting companies to reduce their ecological footprint with innovative technologies, to meet EU climate targets and to achieve UN sustainability goals. The greatest risk, however, lies in the complex, not always immediately recognisable interconnections between areas, which in the worst case can stop entire branches of industry – the network effects. Dr Marcus Chromik is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of Networked Matter Excellence Initiative, that organized the talk together with KiNSIS. 

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Scientists from Kiel and Rostock can build on a strong foundation with vibrant transfer networks and exchange between research and interested industrial and business partners. Both universities’ Centres for Entrepreneurship (ZfE) support scientists in every phase of a start-up project. Starting with the evaluation and structuring of ideas and concepts, through to support in the formal and organisational implementation of the business start-up. The University of Rostock Service GmbH and the CAU Innovation GmbH offer decades of experience in the management of research projects and an established network of decision-makers from business and politics. They focus on industrial projects led by University scientists and in particular on increased cooperation with regional industry. Additionally, they support scientists in protecting their inventions and provide information about property rights. 


Oct 19 2023 – Jan 25 2024

Every Thursday, 5:15 – 6:45 pm

Interdisziplinäre Ringvorlesung des SFB 1270 ELAINE

Hörsaal 001 der Fakultät für Informatik und Elektrotechnik, Albert‐Einstein‐Str. 26 in 18059 Rostock

oder online via Zoom.

Information zu den Vorträgen: Flyer_Ringvorlesung_WS23_24

Dec 6, 2023

Workshop on “Aerosol and Health” of Polytechnic University Hong Kong, University of Rostock and Helmholt Zentrum München

Where: Department of Life, Light & Matter, Albert‐Einstein‐Str. 25, 18059 Rostock

Start: 8:30 a.m.

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March 20, 2024

March 20 – 22, 2023

Conference of the Collaborative Research Centre 1270 Electrically Active Implants – ELAINE in Rostock

Abstract submission until October 31, 2023

Please find more information here.

May 23, 2024

May 23 – 24, 2024

International Workshop on Optical Wave & Waveguide Theory and Numerical Modelling – OWTNM 2024, organized by Kiel, Oldenburg & Rostock

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