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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.
Alexander Szameit is an Optica Fellow 2024
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 funds two new Research Training Groups in Rostock
On 8 November, the DFG (German Research Foundation) approved two new Research Training Groups (RTG) for the University of Rostock. 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. >> Read more
PELS Award for Marco Liserre's outstanding findings in power electronics
First meeting of EU project Super-HEART in Kiel
Marcus Chromik on climate change, technologies and risk management
Chief Risk Officer and Member of the Board of Managing Directors of Commerzbank AG gave a transfer talk on October 11 at the invitation of Networked Matter and KiNSIS
Climate change, corona crisis, digitalisation surge and cybercrime – the world is changing fundamentally and ever faster, companies and society are facing profound transformations. With “disorder is always on the increase”, Dr Marcus Chromik not only quoted the second law of thermodynamics in his talk, thus building a bridge to his former subject of physics, which he also studied in Kiel, among other universities. He also used this sentence to describe 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.
In his presentation, Chromik 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. “When it comes to investments, we as a bank have to think years into the future. To be able to assess the long-term potential and risks of innovative technological developments, we need real experts,” Chromik said, also addressing the students in the audience. 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 the Networked Matter Excellence Initiative of KiNSIS. Valeria Nicolosi, Professor of Nanomaterials at Trinity College Dublin and also a member of Networked Matter’s SAB, also attended the talk, which was organised jointly by Networked Matter and KiNSIS. Prof. Kai Rossnagel as a member of the KiNSIS Board and Prof. Rainer Adelung as spokesperson of Networked Matter hosted the talk.
Symposium combines materials research on health and energy issues
The KiNSIS symposium “Health Meets Energy” took place from 9 to 10 October at the Wissenschaftszentrum Kiel. Around 50 scientists from interdisciplinary research networks at CAU and the University of Rostock, as well as international experts, discussed synergies between the research fields of health and energy. The 28 lectures covered topics such as materials and concepts for new diagnostic and therapeutic methods, sensors, batteries and the generation of renewable energy. Other topics included data processing, computational methods, network approaches and the use of 3D printing in medical and energy research.
Nano, surface and interface research at the Kiel-based KiNSIS and the Rostock-based Department of Life, Light and Matter (LLM) enables technological innovations such as novel materials and systems that can contribute to solving global challenges such as the spread of diseases or sustainable energy supply in both the energy and health sectors. The challenges in these areas tend to be complex and dynamic, and the materials and systems used therefore need to be considered in their interaction with their environment. Based on the concept of Networked Matter, the members of a joint research initiative from Kiel and Rostock are investigating materials, concepts and methods that are used in both energy and health research. They hope that the synergy effects discussed at the symposium will lead to innovative solutions.
Hybrid aeromaterials for enhanced and rapid volumetric photothermal response
New joint publication!
Conversion of light into heat is essential for a broad range of technologies such as solar thermal heating, catalysis and desalination. Three-dimensional (3D) carbon nanomaterial-based aerogels have shown to hold great promise as photothermal transducer materials. However, till now, their light-to-heat conversion is limited by surface-near absorption, resulting in a strong heat localization only at the illuminated surface region, while most of the aerogel volume remains unused. We present an innovative fabrication concept for highly porous (>99.9%) photothermal hybrid aeromaterials, that enable an ultra-rapid and volumetric photothermal response with an enhancement by a factor of around 2.5 compared to the pristine variant. The hybrid aeromaterial is based on strongly light-scattering framework structures composed of interconnected hollow silicon dioxide (SiO2) microtubes, which are functionalized with extremely low amounts (in order of a few μg cm−3) of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) nanosheets, acting as photothermal agents. Tailoring the density of rGO within the framework structure enables us to control both, light scattering and light absorption, and thus the volumetric photothermal response. We further show that by rapid and repeatable gas activation these transducer materials expand the field of photothermal applications, like untethered light-powered and -controlled microfluidic pumps and soft pneumatic actuators.
Hybrid aeromaterials for enhanced and rapid volumetric photothermal response – Lena M. Saure, Niklas Kohlmann, Haoyi Qiu, Shwetha Shetty, Ali Shaygan Nia, Narayanan Ravishankar, Xinliang Feng, Alexander Szameit, Lorenz Kienle, Rainer Adelung & Fabian Schütt
Improved performance of hydrogel actuators
We are hiring!
The Department “Life, Light and Matter” (LL&M) of the Interdisciplinary Faculty of the University of Rostock works closely with the University Medical Center Rostock and the Priority Research Area “Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science” (KiNSIS) of Kiel University to exploit synergies and to identify and develop joint research questions on the topic of networked matter and to bundle them in an overall proposal. We are looking for a research assistant (m/f/d) to coordinate and support the collaboration between the scientists of both research structures.
Deadline for Application: Aug 31, 2023
Summer School on Industrial catalysis applications
From 21 to 25 August 2023, the Summer School “Industrial catalysis applications”, organised by the Baltic Sea Catalysis Institute(“Ostseelehrverbund Katalyse”), took place in the Seeburg on the Kiel Fjord. It is the latest of several joint catalysis institutes of the German Catalysis Society (GeCatS) with the aim of multi-perspective teaching of all aspects of modern catalysis research. For Master’s students and PhD students, a block seminar is offered on an ongoing basis, consisting of two parts and taking place alternately in Kiel and Rostock. The participants of this year’s Summerschool heard speakers from the Universities of Kiel, Rostock, Greifswald Hamburg and the Technical University of Hamburg, the Leibniz Institutes for Catalysis Rostock (LIKAT), and for Plasma Research and Technology e.V. (INP) Greifswald on topics related to the industrial application of catalysis.
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Call for Research Pilot Studies
Call for Research Pilot Studies
The Department “Life, Light and Matter” (LL&M) has launched a call for research pilot studies on Networked Matter topics. The funding supports research ideas and joint projects between scientists from Rostock and Kiel in order to carry out important preliminary work, prepare key projects and further strengthen the cooperation between the research locations. For an application, at least one applicant should be affiliated with the University of Rostock/ University Hospital Rostock (UMR) / Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT Rostock) and one with Kiel University. The financial resources have been provided by the Rectorate of the University of Rostock and by the UMR.
In the first round, the deadline for application is August 31, 2023.
If you are interested or have any questions, please contact:
Dr. Susanne Radloff, Scientific Coordinator LL&M, University of Rostock
Antiviral agent against herpes successful in innovation transfer competition
First the skin tingles, then painful blisters form: Once infected with herpes viruses, the pathogen remains in the body for a lifetime and can lead to repeated infections. Medicines such as zinc ointments alleviate the symptoms, but do not eliminate the virus permanently. Professor Rainer Adelung from Kiel Christian Albrechts University (CAU) has been researching special zinc oxide particles and their possible applications for over ten years. In a cooperation with the Phi-Stone-AG, a spin-off of the CAU, he developed an antiviral agent from the particles that completely immobilises herpes viruses. The Prof. Dr. Werner Petersen Foundation has now awarded the material scientist and the active ingredient manufacturer from Mielkendorf second place in the competition for the Innovation Transfer Prize. With this award, the foundation honours forward-looking products that science and industry in Schleswig-Holstein have developed together. Read more >>
Rainer Adelung receives DGM Prize 2023 by the German Society for Materials Science
The German Society for Materials Science (DGM) has awarded this year’s DGM Prize to Rainer Adelung, Professor of Functional Nanomaterials at CAU. With this award, the DGM honours excellent mid-career researchers for outstanding breakthroughs in materials science and engineering or discoveries that have opened up new fields of research. With his great creativity, Adelung has greatly enriched the field of functional nanomaterials with many innovative material developments, the DGM website states. Particularly noteworthy are his contributions to ultralight frameworks based on tetrapodal zinc oxide and their transfer to a wide range of material classes. His work spans the spectrum from fundamental research into completely new material concepts to industrial implementation in market-ready products. The prize will be presented to the Kiel-based materials scientist at the DGM Day on 7 September 2023 in Frankfurt.
Laser pulse creates exotic order in quantum material
Water flows, ice is rigid – this clear difference between the liquid and solid state of substances is part of our everyday experience. It follows from the very regular arrangement of atoms and molecules in crystalline solids, which is lost when they melt. Less clear, however, is the structure of “liquid crystals“ – highly interesting states that combine order and disorder in such a way that important applications such as LCDs (liquid crystal displays) are possible.
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Multidisciplinary Sciences in Göttingen, in collaboration with colleagues from Kiel University (CAU), Deutsches Elektronen Sychrotron DESY and University of Göttingen have now successfully created a state in a crystalline material that – similar to the structure of liquid crystals – can be described as neither clearly liquid nor clearly crystalline.
Kiel-Rostock initiative "Networked Matter" is part of an international symposium
The scientists from the Kiel-Rostock Initiative are pleased to be involved in a joint symposium. The Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS) research focus area is organising the 1st International KiNSIS Symposium – Health Meets Energy on October 9 and 10, 2023.
The aim of the Symposium is to bring together scientists from different disciplines on the two intertwined topics of health and energy such as KiNSIS members, members of the Kiel-Rostock joint initiative Networked Matter as well as national and international guests.
Nano, surface and interface sciences are key to innovations in addressing global health and energy challenges. Although these two research areas are very different in application, the concepts, materials, and methods of the two fields are often nearly identical in practice. The compact two-day format aims to inspire each other, discover synergies, and engage in interdisciplinary discussions.
From the lab to the market:
#1 Transfer Day at the CAU
At Kiel University’s 1st Innovation and Transfer Day visitors from the university, science, industry and the public were able to inform themselves about innovative product ideas and support options for starting a business. The exhibition stands, lectures and panel discussions were all about getting into conversation with each other and sharing tips, tricks and experiences about starting a business or collaborating with the industry. The event on June 28, 2023, at the Wissenschaftszentrum Kiel was opened by Schleswig-Holstein’s Minister of Economics Claus Ruhe Madsen and CAU Vice President for Transfer, Prof. Dr. Eckhard Quandt. From the KiNSIS area, the spin-offs PhiStone and Acquandas and an initiative from materials science presented applications from the nanosciences, such as materials and technical processes for medicine or microelectronics.
Materials science at Kiel Week
Meeting scientists and Schleswig-Holstein’s largest university during “Kieler Woche”: At the largest sailing event in Northern Europe, from 17 to 25 June, the CAU offered a varied programme of short lectures, hands-on experiments, sports and language courses with its programme “Kieler Uni Live”. In the Seeburg and in the pavilion village on the Kiellinie, the priority research area KiNSIS presented itself with its own pavilion and the topic “Small things with a big effect – nano research in Kiel”. Scientists from the fields of physics, chemistry, material science and life sciences provided insights into their research and also a foretaste of the science festival “Highlights of Physics”, which will take place in Kiel from 25 to 30 September 2023.
Winners of the Interdisciplinary Innovation Challenge honoured
Strengthening interdisciplinary, innovative ideas or already started projects from the thematic area of “Networked Matter” was the goal of the “Interdisciplinary Innovation Challenge”, launched in spring 2022. A team of scientists of Kiel University and partners could apply for up to 10,000 euros to start an innovative project idea, carry out preliminary work for one’s own funding proposals or get into contact with other working groups. The prerequisite was that the team had to be interdisciplinary and include at least one early career researcher.
Those who even achieved an accepted paper or a filed patent after only one year could also look forward to a “fine wine” – privately sponsored, of course. At the end of the funding period, five projects with successfully published results received a certificate and a prize. Rainer Adelung, Networked Matter, and Kai Rossnagel from the KiNSIS Board, handed over the awards at the KiNSIS general meeting on 16 June 2023.
Science@Sail und Universität im Rathaus
Mit der Kombination Science@Sail und der Universität im Rathaus können die Bürgerinnen im Rahmen der Hanse Sail spannende Einblicke in die aktuelle Wissenschaft bekommen, Experimente erleben und den spannenden Vortrag “Abgasfrei in den Urlaub – Klimaneutrale Schifffahrt bis 2050: Utopie oder reales Ziel?”.
Zeit: 18 Uhr
Ort: Hanse Sail – Bereich neben dem Restaurant CarLo615
In March, the annual meeting of ten German universities conducting research on nuclear magnetic resonance took place at the University of Rostock. The topics ranged from analytics to imaging, and the focus was on understanding and curing diseases as well as developing drugs. The University of Rostock is home to the only nuclear magnetic resonance centre in northern Germany to date with a focus on dynamic nuclear polarisation (DNP) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) solid-state spectroscopy. It is jointly headed by Professor Ralf Ludwig and Professor Björn Corzilius. They use a new nuclear polarisation spectrometer to investigate the structure of proteins, the basis of their research into diseases. Corzilius relies on interdisciplinary cooperation and has now been able to experimentally determine the structure of proteins using NMR spectroscopy by means of the distances between atoms.
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In the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1261 “Magnetoelectric Sensors: From Composite Materials to Biomagnetic Diagnostics”, researchers from the fields of materials science, electrical engineering and medicine are working on sensors that could, for example, improve medical diagnostics. They want to measure magnetic fields generated by the body, which are not distorted by body tissue and can be measured without skin contact. However, the weak signals pose major challenges for sensors and signal processing. In the new podcast “Biomagnetic Sensing” (in German) the scientists explain these special sensors, give insights into their work and the advantages of the CRC format (funded by the German Research Foundation with up to 12 million euros). The audio interviews and film teasers were produced by Liv Schnoor, a student in the Master’s programme “Medienwissenschaft: Film und Fernsehen” at the CAU. Launched in mid-April, one episode per week will be released until the summer. The podcast is available for free on the usual platforms.
Humboldt Research Award Winner Nicola Pugno Visits CAU
Nicola Pugno from the University of Trento, materials scientist and an international expert on the mechanics of bio-inspired nanomaterials, receives one of the prestigious Humboldt Research Awards from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He was nominated by Rainer Adelung, Professor of Functional Nanomaterials, of CAU. The award endowed with 60,000 euros, is linked to a research stay at the CAU to further intensify the researchers’ collaboration. At the lecture and networking evening “KiNSIS meets Humboldt” on 28 March 2023, which KiNSIS hosted together with the Schleswig-Holstein regional group of the German Society of Humboldtians, Pugno gave a first lecture on his research and had a conversation with (young) scientists from various disciplines.
Network meeting between KINSIS and LL&M in Rostock
On 31 March 2023, scientists from the research focus KiNSIS at Kiel University and the Department of Life, Light and Matter at Rostock University met again to discuss joint collaborations and the progress of ongoing projects. The event took place in the new research building of the LL&M Departmentm in Rostock.
Network meeting between researchers from Rostock and Kiel
From 17 to 18 November 2022, researchers from KiNSIS and the University of Rostock met to discuss joint projects and further cooperation at the interfaces of engineering, natural sciences, and medical research. In the historic event centre “Seeburg”, located directly at the Kieler Förde, topics in the fields of energy and medicine were discussed by representatives of the Rostock Department of Life, Light & Matter (LL&M), the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT Rostock), the Rostock University Medical Center (UMR), as well as from the research collaborations CRC (Collaborative Research Centre) 1270 ELAINE and CRC 1477 LiMatI as well as the Research Training Group (RTG) “Imaging of Quantum Systems: Photons, Molecules and Materials”. From Kiel took part the CRC 1461 „Neurotronics“, CRC 1261 „Magnetoelectric Sensors“, Transregio CRC 247 “Heterogeneous Oxidation Catalysis in the Liquid Phase“, RTG 2154 „Materials for Brain“ and the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH), Campus Kiel.
On 11 October 2007, the Interdisciplinary Faculty was founded in a ceremonial act in the University Church. Professor Udo Kragl, the current Vice Rector for Research and Knowledge Transfer, was elected as the founding dean. With the founding of the Interdisciplinary Faculty, the then Rector of the University of Rostock, Professor Thomas Strothotte, had taken a new path. The model of a virtual faculty, currently unique in Germany, was launched in 2007 with three departments: Life, Light & Matter, Ageing of the Individual and Society, and Maritime Systems. In 2010, another department was added: Knowledge – Culture – Transformation.
From 25 – 30 September 2022, a block seminar on catalysis research took place at the University of Rostock for Master’s students and doctoral candidates, supported by KiNSIS. It was organised as part of the graduate training of the Baltic Sea Catalysis Institute (Ostsee-Lehrverbund Katalyse), one of the regional catalysis institutes supported by the German Catalysis Society (GeCatS). The regional association bundles various competences of catalysis as a cross-sectional key technology, for example for chemical energy storage. The Baltic Sea Catalysis Institute was initiated by working groups from the Universities of Kiel, Rostock and Greifswald as well as the Leibniz Institutes for Catalysis (LIKAT) in Rostock and for Plasma Research and Technology (INP) in Greifswald to promote a fundemental and applied training in the field of catalysis.
The first International Workshop “Bio-inspired Information Pathways” by the CRC 1461 in collaboration with partners from CogniCron, University of Groningen, the Netherlands started on Sep. 5 2022 with an icebreaker event at Kiel University. The event included the remote kick-off talk “Fungal Neuroscience” by Andrew Adamatzki (UWE Bristol), a poster session by doctoral researchers from both the CRC and from Groningen and an exhibition by the SOP of the CRC 1461. A total of 85 participants met and mingled at the event, enganged in discussions at more than 30 presented posters and was pleasantly surprised by a food truck. The SOP-exhibition comprised science outreach materials, such as augmented reality posters and VR-applications, on several research topics of the CRC as well as an insight in the student laboratory program klick!:labor.
Electron Microscopy Center ELMI-MV in Rostock ceremonially opened
With a groundbreaking high-performance microscope, the new ELMI-MV Electron Microscopy Centre was inaugurated today (July 7, 2022) at the University of Rostock. Unique
in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the instrument not only makes individual atoms and molecules visible – rather, it is now possible to follow biological or chemical reactions, such as
cell processes in biological samples, live under the microscope. The new high-end device, which cost 3.6 million euros to acquire and is located in the research building of the Department of Life, Light & Matter, was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and
the University of Rostock. Professor Lorenz Kienle from Kiel University gave the keynote speech at the opening entitled “Elektronenmikroskopie: eine Reise in den Nanokosmos“.
Ralf Zimmermann receives honorary doctorate from the University of Eastern Finland
Professor Ralf Zimmermann, head of the Department of LL&M, is awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Forestry of the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio. The university’s summary reads:
“Professor Ralf Zimmermann at the University of Rostock in Germany has years of experience in active and multidisciplinary collaboration with several University of Eastern Finland research groups. Professor Zimmermann’s field of research is analytical chemistry and he focuses on mass spectrometry in particular. He is also Director of the Joint Mass Spectrometry Centre at Helmholtz Zentrum München. Professor Zimmermann’s research addresses, e.g., the health effects of atmospheric particles.”
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October 11, 3 pm
“Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Risk Management and disruptive technology – What do the banks do, and what does it mean for their customers?”
Dr. Marcus Chromik, Member of the Board of Managing Directors, Chief Risk Officer, Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt/Main
Audimax Kiel University, Lecture Hall H, Christian-Albrechts-Platz 2