COBRA Associate Sees Nanosystems Success
Professor Friedrich Simmel, leader of the Munich BACTOCOM site, has received significant funding to continue the "Nanosystems Initiative Munich - NIM" Cluster of Excellence. This prestigious award will allow NIM to continue for at least another five years within the German Excellence Initiative. The final decisions were made on 15th June, and NIM is one of 43 Centres of Excellence announced. Professor Simmel (Technische Universität München) is co-coordinator of NIM, together with Professor Jochen Feldmann of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
NIM is one of the world’s leading centres for nanoscience, combining the expertise of about 200 scientists from ten institutions in Munich and Augsburg. The field of nanoscience is very broad; within NIM it reaches from information technology to nanoenergy to the life sciences. NIM’s main focus is on nanosystems. While many individual nanoscale building blocks and components have been devised in recent years, little is known about their integration into functional systems working in complex environments. Professor Simmel is working with the BACTOCOM project in this area, developing a prototype biochemical computing framework.
The overall objective of the Cluster of Excellence Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM) in the first funding period was the development, production, and control of artificial and multifunctional nanosystems for information technology, energy conversion and medically relevant technologies. In the future, the integration of these nanosystems into complex and realistic environments will be a central aspect. Within NIM scientists from physics, biophysics, physical chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, biology, electrical engineering, and medicine from the Munich area work together. Through its highly successful work in the first period with more than 1000 scientific publications, the NIM cluster has become an internationally recognized centre for nanoscience. The cluster focuses on five fields of competence: quantum-nano physics, nano-hybrid systems, nanosystems for energy conversion, biomolecular nanosystems and biomedical nanosystems. An important strategic goal of the cluster is to attract outstanding young scientists and provide them with optimal working conditions.
Clusters of Excellence are funded by the German Federal and State Governments as part of the Excellence Initiative. Clusters of Excellence enable the establishment of internationally visible, competitive research and training facilities, thereby enhancing scientific networking and cooperation among the participating institutions. They are intended to form an important part of a university's strategic and thematic planning, significantly raise its profile and reflect its considered long-term priorities. In conjunction with the other two elements of the Excellence Initiative; graduate schools and institutional strategies to promote top-level research, Clusters of Excellence are intended to increase Germany's attraction as a research location in the long term and improve its international competitiveness.
Photograph: Professor Friedrich Simmel For more information on NIM, please see the NIM website »
Contact: Professor Friedrich Simmel simmel (at) tum.de