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At the Freiburg Center for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies  the University of Freiburg pools its core competencies in the fields of materials research, physicschemistry, microsystems engineering, polymer sciences, biomimetics and medicine.

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FIT-Building, Main Entrance, © O. Speck

Through cutting edge basic research on interactive materials (“Smart Materials”, “Self-X Materials”) and intelligent systems, a future-oriented research center has been established across disciplines, institutions and borders.

Inspired by the adaptability of biological models, these new materials and systems react to changes in their environment by modifying their properties accordingly. In addition, they can regulate themselves without external energy supply. That way, these smart and adaptive materials are able to constantly adapt their properties to changes in their surroundings and to human needs.  

FIT is based on the Freiburg research association "BioInspired Technologies and Systems" (BITS), in which the materials and life sciences have already joined forces with microsystems technology in 2006. The concept for the Freiburg Center for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies (FIT) emerged from the BITS idea. The new FIT building was approved in 2010 as part of the "Zukunftsoffensive IV Innovation und Exzellenz - materialwissenschaftliche Zentren Baden-Württemberg" and was established in 2012 as a new central resource center at the University of Freiburg.

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