The Collaborative Research Center 767 "Controlled Nanosystems: Interaction and Interfacing to the Macroscale" funded by the DFG provides a solid foundation for nanoscale research activities at the University of Konstanz.
The SFB initiative addresses the challenge of achieving a detailed understanding of the interaction of nanostructures, both among themselves and with their macroscopic environment. The common goal is always to precisely control and manipulate the mechanical, optical, electronic, and magnetic properties of nanostructures in order to achieve new functionalities.
To this end, 14 projects in the fields of mechanical, optical, and electronic control of nanostructures are pursued by groups in the Physics and Chemistry departments at the University of Konstanz and of the MPI Solid State Research in Stuttgart. Junior researchers in the SFB are supported by the Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG Nano).
The spokesperson of the SFB 767 is Professor Wolfgang Belzig from the Department of Physics at the University of Konstanz.
Sonderforschungsbereich 1214: Anisotropic Particles as Building Blocks: Tailoring Shape, Interactions and Structures
Nature offers intriguing examples of materials with outstanding performance. Wood and bone are prominent examples. Their properties arise from an ordered arrangement of several submicron phases. A comparable organisation of synthetic matter is far beyond the current state of the art.
The spokesperson of the SFB 1214 is Professor Helmut Cölfen from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Konstanz.
Center for Applied Photonics (CAP)
The Center for Applied Photonics (CAP) provides an interdisciplinary research platform within University of Konstanz. It is supported by the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments. Currently, the centre comprises 15 scientific projects with contributions from Departments of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. CAP focuses on advanced optical systems, concepts and materials with special emphasis on high-tech applications. Via direct collaborations in research and teaching, we are bridging the gap between fundamental science and industrial partners. This combination makes CAP an ideal location to train highly qualified professionals for careers in both companies and academia.