Ninety years ago "Ionic Fluids" were seen as lab curiosities. Modern research, however, has shown that these non-molecular "materials" are an independent class of material with novel properties which have a wide range of promising potential applications, fascinating chemists, process engineers, material scientists, physicists, biologists and medics alike. This Priority Programme, based in Erlangen-Nrnberg, will focus on advancing the basic understanding of ionic fluids as well as making these findings available to application in a wide range of areas.
(Coordinator: Prof. Peter Wasserscheid, University of Erlangen-Nrnberg)
"Intelligent hydrogels" can change their volume and other properties in response to external stimuli. This makes them interesting materials for technical, biomedical and scientific applications such as for microvalves, sensors, detectors and for controlled and steady release of drugs in the body. The Priority Programme of the same name determines and models the properties of hydrogels and develops synthesis methods. This is intended to pave the way for internationally leading research in this highly current field of research in Germany.
(Coordinator: Prof. Gabriele Sadowski, University of Dortmund)
"Optimisation processes using partial differential equations" are currently one of the greatest challenges facing applications in industry, business and medicine. The innovative approach taken by mathematicians and engineers in thi
Contact: Dr. Jutta Rateike