Research associations

SFB 767 

The Collaborative Research Center 767  "Controlled Nanosystems: Interaction and Interfacing to the Macroscale" funded by the DFG is the basis of 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 of the Physics and Chemistry departments of the University of Konstanz and of the MPI Solid State Research in Stuttgart. Young scientists in the SFB are promoted by the Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG Nano). 

The spokesperson of the SFB 767 is Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Belzig from the Department of Physics of the University of Konstanz.


SFB 1214

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 representatives. Their properties arise from an ordered arrangement of several submicron phases. A comparable organization of synthetic matter is far beyond the current state of the art.

The spokesperson of the SFB 1214  is Prof. Dr. Helmut Cölfen from the Department of Chemistry of the University of Konstanz.


Center for Applied Photonics (CAP)

The Center for Applied Photonics (CAP) represents an interdisciplinary research platform within University of Konstanz. It is supported by the Excellence Initiative  of the German federal and state governments. Currently, the center 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 of high-tech applications. Via direct collaborations in research and teaching, we are bridging the gap between fundamental science and industrial partners. This combination turns CAP into an ideal basis to train highly qualified individuals for both companies and academia.