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  • 03 July 2015

"Nanoswimmers: Designed for speed" Nature Nanotechnology 10, 568 (July 2015).

Debora Schamel Peer Fischer

Bacteria navigate microparticle swarms to target

  • 25 June 2015

Latest publication in Scientific Reports

In the 1966 movie Fantastic Voyage, a submarine complete with crew is shrunk in size so that it can navigate through the human body, enabling the crew to perform surgery in the brain. This scenario remains in the realm of science fiction, and transporting a surgical team to a disease site will certainly remain fiction. Nevertheless, tiny submarines that could navigate through the body could be of great benefit: they could deliver drugs precisely to a target location, without causing side effects and stressing the whole organism.

Metin Sitti Jiang Zhuang


  • 20 June 2015

Alex Solovev, who just left the group as a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow, has been appointed a Professor at Fudan University under the 1000’s talents program. (June, 2015)

Alexander Solovev

Machine Learning for climate research

  • 18 June 2015

Jakob Zscheischler receives Otto Hahn Medal

for his PhD thesis "A global analysis of extreme events and consequences for the terrestrial carbon cycle".

Jakob Zscheischler

Fabian is interviewed by SWR 2 and the lab appears on Indonesian TV

  • 08 June 2015

Fabian Adams starts his project in the group and talks about the potential of miniaturized, minimally invasive medical procedures:

Fabian Adams

Feature Robotics Medical

  • 01 June 2015


Engineers explore ways to take robotics to the limits of size and function. In the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage, scientists at a U.S. laboratory shrink a submarine called Proteus and its human crew to microscopic size and then inject the vessel into an ailing scientist.

Metin Sitti

Featured "Hot Paper"

  • 27 May 2015

Our paper "Dynamic Inclusion Complexes of Metal Nanoparticles Inside Nanocups" is the frontispiece for Ang. Chem. Int. Ed. 54, 6730-6734 (2015).

Mariana Alarcon-Correa Tung Chun Lee Peer Fischer

Dr. Andrew G. Mark awarded with Günter Petzow Prize 2015

  • 13 May 2015

Young scientist honoured for outstanding research in the field of material science

Andrew G. Mark will be awarded this year’s Günter Petzow Prize from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. He will be honoured for his significant contribution to the development of a new nanofabrication technique for manufacturing, precisely and efficiently, hybrid multifunctional nanostructures with diverse 3D shapes.

Andrew Mark

Congratulations Eisenberger scholarship

  • 12 May 2015

Dr. med. Fabian Adams is awarded a Ferdinand-Eisenberger fellowship. The scholarships frees Dr. Adams from his clinical duties (University Clinic, Univ. of Freiburg) so that he can devote the next 12 months to research here at the Micro Nano and Molecular Systems lab.

Fabian Adams