Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems – livMatS, for short – is an interdisciplinary research center located at the University of Freiburg, Germany. It is funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation) as a Cluster of Excellence. livMatS develops life-like materials systems inspired by nature. The systems will adapt autonomously to their environment, harvest clean energy from it, and be insensitive to damage or recover from it.
The aim is to achieve artificial materials systems with flexible mechanical, optical, and thermal properties that can change over time in response to different stimuli. To this end, experts from the fields of chemistry, physics, materials and energy research, biology/biomimetics, sustainability research, psychology, philosophy, and (microsystems) engineering closely cooperate within livMatS.
In this virtual tour, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rühe, Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck and Prof. Dr. Peter Woias, Principal Investigators of livMatS, will offer insights into the cluster’s research program on aspects of energy autonomy, adaptivity and longevity of the systems. In addition, videos highlighting some of the cluster’s lab infrastructure will be shown. The tour concludes with breakout sessions whereby attendees can ask specific questions in line with the respective presenter’s area of expertise.
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rühe, Professor for Chemistry and Physics of Interfaces, Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK), University of Freiburg
Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck, Professor for Botany: Functional Morphology and Biomimetics, Botanic Garden, University of Freiburg
Prof. Dr. Peter Woias, Professor for Design of Microsystems, Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK), University of Freiburg