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Joint Cluster of Excellence

Excellence Strategy by the German Federal and State Governments


Cluster Spokespersons

Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener

Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener

Institute of Applied Physics and Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Prof. Dr. Uwe Bunz

Prof. Dr. Uwe Bunz

Institute of Organic Chemistry and Centre for Advanced Materials, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

3D Additive Manufacturing Driven Towards the Molecular Scale

The Cluster of Excellence is a collaboration of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Heidelberg University (Uni HD). It pursues an interdisciplinary approach through conjunction of natural, engineering, and social sciences. 3DMM2O establishes scalable digital 3D Additive Manufacturing transcending from the molecular to the macroscopic scale.

This approach converts digital information into functional materials, devices and systems “made to order.” 3DMM2O creates a powerful technology push and pull by treating molecular materials, technologies and applications as indissolubly intertwined. On the technology side, the scientific challenges are “finer, faster, and more”, i.e., advance molecular materials and technologies in terms of resolution, speed, and multi-material printing by orders of magnitude. On the application side, we aim at functional 3D hybrid optical and electronic systems, 3D artificial materials called metamaterials, and at reconstructing functioning organotypic systems by using 3D scaffolds for cell culture.



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Apply Now: Sommerferienprogramm "3D-Druck"

The Cluster organizes a German language Sommerferienprogramm "3D-Druck" between August 10 and 14. It is aimed at female pupils between 14 and 19 years who are interested in STEM topics. During the program, they will learn all the necessary steps to realize their own ideas in a printed model. Registration is open until July 31.

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Apply Now: MSc in Materials Science & Engineering

From winter semester 2020/21 on, the MSc program Materials Science and Engineering at KIT can be studied in English as well as German. The new English language track is supported by the Cluster. Prospective students can apply for a scholarship until August 31.

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Cluster Publication in Physical Review Letters

The cover of the newly published Physical Review Letters 124 (23) features a three-dimensional network of achiral rods. The figure is from a new paper written by, among others, Cluster Spokesperson and PI Martin Wegener titled "Isotropic Chiral Acoustic Phonons in 3D Quasicrystalline Metamaterials".

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Registration Open: Cluster Conference

Future 3D Additive Manufacturing - The 3DMM2O Conference on 3D Hybrid Organotypic Systems will take place February 28 - March 4, 2021. Registration now open!

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Cluster Publication on Journal Cover

The cover of the newly published ChemistryOpen 5/2020 depicts a successful synthesis of high quality, monolithic UiO‐66‐NH2 MOF thin films on diverse solid substrates detailed in a publication by Postdoc Tawheed Hashem and others, including PI Christof Wöll.

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Advice about the Coronavirus

In view of the current situation, we would like to draw your attention to the recommendations of the KIT in respect to the coronavirus. See also the information by Heidelberg University.

Recommendations of the KIT