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Research supported and funded by NanoScale is organized in research areas which are combined into 2 larger research divisions, the Center for Supramolecular Interactions (CSI) and the Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS). Each of these research  areas serve as a nucleation point to initiate collaborations for NanoScale research projects.

Structure of the Focus Area NanoScale: 4 research areas are organized in 2 larger reseach divisions. The research areas are linked to 5 collaborative research centers and a Helmholtz Virtual Institute.

Structure of the Focus Area NanoScale: 4 research areas are organized in 2 larger reseach divisions. The research areas are linked to 5 collaborative research centers and a Helmholtz Virtual Institute.

Center for Supramolecular Interactions (CSI)

Research Area "Supramolecular Interactions"

Macromolecules and multi-molecular ensembles are formed and stabilized by noncovalent forces. Such weak interactions allow to generate stable supramolecular structures. Research in this area focusses on functions of such structures and their molecular interactions. Novel structures with their particular new properties promise developing innovative concepts and applications.

Research Area  "Biomembranes"

Cellular membranes are liquid-liquid interfaces structuring cells. Integral membrane proteins of these membranes organize functional biomembrane units structuring and moving the membrane and transporting matter and information across membranes. We aim at the systems biology of biological membranes at the nanoscale with a resolution and complexity enabling generation and control of biomembrane functionality at will. more …

Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS)

Research Area "Hybrid Systems"

Hybrid systems innovatively combine various molecules into nanomaterials. The interactions and functional properties of such molecular combinations are being explored. In unraveling their material properties, exciting physical effects are being explored adn characterized that may allow for example production of miniaturized electronic circuits or of customized surfaces. Of particular interest are molecules that act as molecular switches when excited eletronically, magnetically or photonically (i.e. by light).

Research Area "Nanomedicine"

Nano-structured biocompatible materials hold the promise for novel medical tools (diagnostic agents, medical devices, drugs). According to physiological and medical requirements, chemists synthesize tailor-made molecules, which will show improved detectability, hit their targets better and will have reduced risk of unwanted side effects. The vision of the stream-lined development of nanomedicals will be addressed by a highly integrated collaborative research concept involving chemists, bioscientists, pharmaceutical scientists and physicians. more …