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List of ongoing projects focusing on basic research being carried out at the FIT.


Future Field "Adaptive Polymer Materials"



  • Project leader: PD Dr. Karen Lienkamp
  • Period: 01.08.2018 - 31.07.2021
  • Funding: BMBF
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  • Project leader: PD Dr. Karen Lienkamp
  • Period: 01.10.2017 – 30.09.2020
  • Funding: BMBF
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Self-shedding Surfaces

  • Project leader: PD Dr. Karen Lienkamp
  • Period: 01.05.2015 – 30.04.2020
  • Funding: ERC Starting Grant of European Commission
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International Research Training Group (IRTG 1642) “Soft Matter Science: Concepts for the Design of Functional Materials”

  • Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Günter Reiter
  • Duration of 2. period: 01.04.2015 – 30.09.2019
  • Funding: DFG
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  • SoMaS-Teilprojekte am FIT
  1. Controlled deformations and modifications of model and cellular lipid membranes (project description)
  2. Interactions between bio-systems and 3D micro-structured surfaces (project description)
  3. Friction on textured surfaces: Inspiration from insect-plant interactions (project description)
  4. Slippery when wet: Wet adhesion and friction on nano/micro-structured surfaces  (project descrption)
  5. Graphene-induced crystallization of semicrystalline conjugated polymers (project description)
  6. Compartmentalized smart polymer ionic liquids for responsive systems (project descrption)
  7. Multifunctional hybrid polymers for adaptive nanocrystalline multilayer composites (project description)
  8. Linear mechanical and viscoelastic properties of model glass-forming polymer films
  9. Ordering and crystallisation of polymers in quasi-2 dimensions (project description)
  10. Thermodynamics of membranes with complex lipid compositions (project description)
  11. Recognition of synthetic polymers by biological nanopores (project description)



Future Field "Biomimetic and Bio-based Materials"


TimePROSAMAT - Time-Programmed Self-Assemblies and Dynamic Materials

  • Project leader: Prof. Dr. Andreas Walther
  • Period: 01.11.2016 – 31.10.2021
  • Funding: ERC Starting Grant of European Commission
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Energetische Untersuchungen zur induzierten Aufnahme von Partikeln in funktionalisierte, synthetische Membransysteme

  • Project leader: Prof. Dr. Winfried Römer
  • Period: 01.02.2016 – 31.01.2019
  • Funding: DFG (DFG-Geschäftszeichen RO 4341/3-1)
  • Project leader: Dr. Michael Sommer
  • Period: 01.09.2015 – 31.08.2018
  • Funding: DFG (DFG-Geschäftszeichen SO 1213/7-1)
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SFB/TRR 141 "Biological Design and Integrative Structures - Analysis, Simulation and Implementation in Architecture "

  • Spokesperson in Freiburg: Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck
  • Period: 01.10.2014 – 30.06.2019
  • Funding: DFG
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  • TRR141-subprojects in FIT:
  1. Plants and animals as source of inspiration for energy dissipation in load bearing systems and facades (project description)
  2. Inspired by plants and animals: actively actuated rod-shaped structures exhibiting adaptive stiffness and joint-free continuous kinematics (project description)
  3. Kinematics of planar, curved and corrugated plant surfaces as concept generators for deployable systems in architecture (project description)
  4. Branching and axes in selected plant species as concept generators for high load-bearing joints of branched building structures (project description)
  5. Continuous fused deposition modelling of architectural envelopes based on the shell formation of molluscs (project description)
  6. Analysis of Physcomitrella chloroplasts to reveal adaptation principles leading to structural stability at the nano-scale (project description)
  7. Scaling of properties of highly porous biological and biomimetic constructions (project description
  8. Multifunctional simulation of complex biological and biomimetic designs and materials (project description)



Future Field "Energy-Autonomous Microsystems"


Novel thin film composites and co-catalysts for visible light-induced water splitting 

  • Project leader: Prof. Dr. Anna Fischer
  • Period: 01.10.2016 – 01.03.2019
  • Funding: DFG (PP 1613)
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OPoSiT (Fortgeschrittene Optik für Perowskit-Silizium-Tandemsolarzellen)

  • Project leader: Prof. Dr. Stefan Glunz
  • Period: 01.08.2017 – 31.07.2019
  • Funding: DFG
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Nanotomographische Untersuchungen von Lithium-Luft-Batterien

  • Project leader: Dr.-Ing. Simon Thiele
  • Period: 01.03.2017 – 28.02.2019
  • Funding: Humboldt-Forschungsstipendium
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CAPRI - Characterization of probe interactions with brain tissue

  • Project leader: Dr.-Ing. Simon Thiele
  • Period: 01.03.2017 – 31.12.2018
  • Funding: BrainLinks - BrainTools
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Core Facility "Modelling and Simulation of Materials Systems"

Kontrolle des Kraftbereichs von polymeren Kraftsensoren aus massgeschneiderten mechanochromen Copolymernetzwerken

  • Project leader: PD Dr. Michael Walter (DFG-Geschäftszeichen WA 1687/9-1)
  • Period: 01.12.2015 – 30.11.2018
  • Project leader: Dr. Michael Sommer (DFG-Geschäftszeichen SO 1213/7-1)
  • Period: 01.09.2015 – 31.08.2018
  • Funding: DFG
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