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Conference headerRegistration Deadline for Cluster Conference extended


The registration deadline for the third 3DMM2O Conference – Future 3D Additive Manufacturing has been extended until January 31. The conference on the topic 3D Molecular Systems takes place at Schöntal Monastery near Heilbronn from March 12 to 17. It aims at linking Molecular Materials with 3D Hybrid Organotypic Systems. International experts in the fields of materials, molecular self-assembly, and (bio)nanomaterials design and characterization will give exciting talks and presentations.

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Christine Selhuber-UnkelChristine Selhuber-Unkel elected into acatech


Cluster PI and Executive Board Deputy Christine Selhuber-Unkel has been appointed scientific member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). She was elected into the Academy at the General Assembly based on the strength of her research accomplishments and reputation. Acatech members bring their scientific expertise to bear in advising policy makers and society.

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ExhibitionPermanent Exhibition at IMSEAM


The Cluster of Excellence 3DMM2O will open a permanent exhibition at the Institute for Molecular Systems Engineering and Advanced Materials in February 2023. The exhibition will be officially opened on February 2 with a vernissage for invited guests. With an interactive program, the vernissage organized by Cluster PIs Christine Selhuber-Unkel and Joachim Wittbrodt will provide the opportunity to foster discussions on the Cluster´s state of research.

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Eva BlascoEva Blasco appointed W3 Professor at Heidelberg University


Cluster Principal Investigator Eva Blasco was recently appointed W3 professor by the Heidelberg University. The research of her lab at the Institute for Molecular Systems Engineering and Advanced Materials is located at the interface of organic chemistry, material sciences and optics with a focus on the development of new polymer-based functional materials with application in 4D printing. Her Inaugural Lecture about this topic will be part of our Public Lecture Series and take place on January 11. We congratulate her sincerely and invite everyone to join us on Wednesday!

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Alternatives to Two-Photon-AbsorptionPromising Alternatives to Two-Photon Absorption


In a new Cluster collaboration, first author Young Scientist Vincent Hahn reviews three promising alternatives to Two-Photon Absorption: Upconversion Luminescence, Two-Step Absorption and Triplet–Triplet Annihilation. All of those emerging excitation processes the authors termed “(1+1)-Photon Absorption” allow the use of continuous-wave lasers at much lower peak laser powers and at much lower cost than those typical for Two-Photon Absorption. The paper also sheds light on current challenges and opportunities in 3D Laser Printing based on (1+1)-Photon Absorption as well as future perspectives.

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SEM images of light sheet 3D printed micro objectsVincent Hahn wins the 15th KIT Doctoral Award


Cluster Young Scientist Vincent Hahn is one of the winners of the 15th KIT Doctoral Award of the year 2021/2022 for his efforts on making 3D Laser Micro- and Nanoprinting faster, finer and more affordable. With this award, the KIT honors outstanding doctoral researchers. The award ceremony will be part of the President's Banquet on July 22, 2023. Vincent Hahn conducts his research in the group of PI Martin Wegener at the Institute of Applied Physics. Find all of his fascinating publications on 3D Laser Micro- and Nanoprinting here.

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Exemplary evaluation of printability for FUR and BBZSearch for Alternative Two-Step-Absorption Photoinitiators for 3D Laser Nanoprinting


In a new Cluster publication, first author Cluster Alumnus Maximilian Bojanowski together with Young Scientists Vincent Hahn, Pascal Rietz, Tobias Messer, Julian Brückel and PIs Christopher Barner-Kowolloik, Eva Blasco, Stefan Bräse and Martin Wegener systematically explores alternatives to the few already reported one- and two-color two-step-absorption photoinitiators for 3D laser nanoprinting. The aspect of their work they find most interesting regarding future possibilities is that rotationally locked diketones open the door to depletable two-step absorption initiators. On this basis, inexpensive and compact setups based on continuous-wave lasers come into reach that systematically break the optical diffraction barrier in 3D laser printing.

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Göpfrich and Duarte CamposKerstin Göpfrich and Daniela Duarte Campos receive the ERC Starting Grant 2022


Cluster PIs Kerstin Göpfrich and Daniela Duarte Campos are among the winners of the European Research Council (ERC) 2022 Starting Grant that is being awarded to excellent young scientists for their promising ideas and research projects. With this grant, Prof. Göpfrich funds her project "From engineering to evolution of synthetic cells with RNA origami" and Jun.-Prof. Duarte Campos her research on surgical optogenetic bioprinting of engineered cardiac muscle. The ERC is the premier European funding organisation for excellent frontier research and funds creative researchers of any nationality and age, to run projects based across Europe.

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Christopher Barner-KowollikChristopher Barner-Kowollik awarded with two Medals


Principal Investigator Christopher Barner-Kowollik was awarded the David Craig Medal of the Australian Academy of Science as well as the HG Smith Medal of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for his outstanding research on light as a "molecular surgical tool" for soft matter materials. His work fuses the in-depth understanding of chemical processes that are induced by light with their use to prepare soft matter materials, with applications from 3D printing inks to photodynamic materials. His research at QUT and KIT has enabled new material concepts, for example a dynamic material that is solely stabilised by light, and led to key advances in photochemistry.

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Cluster-LogoNew Public Lecture Series "3DMM2O"


On November 23, our new Public Lecture Series "3D Matter Made to Order" starts with a lecture by Principal Investigator Jochen Wittbrodt about the potential and limitations of Retinal Organoids. Within this series, different Cluster PIs explain the research in their groups and present previous successes to a wider audience. It takes place regularly on Wednesdays at the Centre for Organismal Studies at Heidelberg University from 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm. Participation online is possible after registration on the page linked below.

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Stefanie DehnenStefanie Dehnen becomes new Cluster PI


Prof. Dr. Stefanie Dehnen has been chosen as new Cluster Principal Investigator in Research Thrust A3! Since October 2022 she is Executive Director of the Institute of Nanotechnology (INT) at KIT and head of the research unit "Cluster-Based Materials". From 2006 until 2022 she was Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Marburg. This year she received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize and an ERC Advanced Grant for research on bismuth clusters and also became a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Inorganic Chemistry. We warmly welcome her to our Cluster!

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Kerstin GoepfrichKerstin Göpfrich appointed as Professor at Heidelberg University


Cluster Principal Investigator Kerstin Göpfrich was recently appointed as W3 Professor by the Center for Molecular Biology Heidelberg (ZMBH). She will also be research group leader at the ZMBH with a focus on biophysical engineering of life. We congratulate her sincerely!

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Zaumseil_and_BauerWe welcome two new Cluster Associate PIs


We warmly welcome Prof. Dr. Jana Zaumseil and Dr. Jens Bauer as new Associate Principal Investigators in our Cluster! Jana Zaumseil is Professor for Applied Physical Chemistry and leads the research group "Nanomaterials for Optoelectronics" at the Heidelberg University. Jens Bauer is leader of the Emmy-Noether research group "Nanoarchitected Metamaterials" at the Institute of Nanotechnology of the KIT. We wish both of them a good start in our Cluster and look forward to productive collaboration.

In light sheet 3D printing, red and blue laser light is used to print objects precisely and quickly on a micrometer scaleLightning fast 3D Microprinting with Two Lasers


In a new Cluster publication published in Nature Photonics, first author Young Scientist Vincent Hahn and his colleagues achieved lightning fast and high-resolution light-sheet 3D microprinting via two-colour two-step absorption. The developed laser printing process can print micrometer-sized parts precisely and in the blink of an eye, made possible by a specially built 3D printer that projects blue and red laser light into a container filled with a liquid resin. PIs Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Wolfgang Wenzel, Eva Blasco & Martin Wegener were also involved in this collaboration of Heidelberg University, KIT and Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

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Network Future3DAMRegistration for the Cluster Conference 2023 now open!


You can now register for the 3DMM2O Conference 2023 – Future 3D Additive Manufacturing with the topic 3D Molecular Systems. It will take place from March 12 to March 17 in the baroque Schöntal Monastery, Germany (near Heilbronn) and aims at providing the latest research developments and future trends in the fields of materials, molecular self-assembly, and (bio)nanomaterials design and characterization. Conference chairs are Franziska Thomas (Heidelberg University) and Stefan Bräse (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology). Early bird tickets are only available in October and November!

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News_PictureNew Cluster Publication about 3D Optomechanical Metamaterials


In a new publication by Cluster Young Scientists Alexander Münchinger and Li-Yun Hsu as well as PIs Eva Blasco and Martin Wegener published in Materials Today, the authors present mechanical metamaterials composed of liquid-crystal elastomers whose director field is arranged into a designed complex three-dimensional pattern during the 3D laser printing process. The presented examples overcome major limitations in responsive mechanical metamaterials and, with further improvements, many more possibilities for stimulus-responsive designed material architectures arise, e.g. optomechanical metamaterials responsive to sun light.

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Eva BlascoEva Blasco receives Ernst Haage Prize


Not long after being awarded with the Dr. Herrmann Schnell Grant, Cluster Principal Investigator Eva Blasco now received the Ernst Haage Prize in Chemistry for her outstanding scientific achievements in the field of design and synthesis of new polymer-based functional materials for applications in 3D and 4D printing. The Ernst Haage Prize is presented by the Ernst Haage Foundation, which is carried by the two Mülheim Max Planck Institutes. The award ceremony will take place on November 4, 2022, during a ceremony at the Mülheim Chemistry Campus of the MPIs for Coal Research and for Chemical Energy Conversion.

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Bragg mirrorHighly Reflecting Mirrors from the Inkjet Printer


First author Cluster Young Scientist Qiaoshuang Zhang together with Cluster PI Uli Lemmer and colleagues demonstrate the first Bragg mirrors fully digitally manufactured by multilayer inkjet printing in a paper published in Advanced Materials. The developed method to print mirrors of variable size with a reflectivity of more than 99 percent enables additive manufacturing for various applications, ranging from microscale photonic elements to enhanced functionality and aesthetics in large-area displays and solar technologies, making inkjet printing a highly competitive candidate for the large-scale fabrication of high-quality Bragg mirrors. 

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Peer_FischerProf. Peer Fischer becomes new Cluster PI


We welcome Prof. Dr. Peer Fischer as new Principal Investigator in the Cluster 3DMM2O. He will contribute his longstanding expertise in the Research Thrusts B1 and C3.

Peer Fischer is Professor of Experimental Physics (Molecular Systems Engineering) and conducts his research at the Institute for Molecular Systems Engineering and Advanced Materials (IMSEAM) of the Heidelberg University. He is also Leader of the Micro Nano and Molecular Systems Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg. Before he moved his labs to Heidelberg University in 2022, he was Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Stuttgart.

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ELI5Explain Like I'm Five: New Video


In the new episode of our video format "Explain Like I'm 5", Cluster Young Scientist Hankun Yang from the Light Technology Institute (LTI) of the KIT explains what an electronic nose is, how it differs from the human nose, and how it can help us sniff out fire or mold. 

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Cover image of the PodcastPodcast "Auf Knopfdruck" launched


Together with the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, the Cluster 3DMM2O has produced a five-part German-language podcast series exploring 3D printing technology and its current and future implications for society. In each episode, science journalist Isabelle Rogge talks to two experts that are working either with or on the technology or explore its societal impact. Some of the topics are 3D printing for future healthcare and opportunities and challenges for more sustainable production.

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Image depicting the construction and fabrication of MetamaterialsNature Portfolio Collection Features Cluster Publications


The editorial team of Nature Communications Engineering recently published a collection of papers on the topic "Mechanical Metamaterials". It features three papers with involvement by Cluster Principal Investigators Martin Wegener as well as Peter Gumbsch: Frenzel et al. (2021), Wang et al. (2022) and Fang et al. (2022).

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Picture_FrenzelKIT Doctoral Award for Tobias Frenzel


Cluster Alumni Tobias Frenzel is one of the recipients of the 14th KIT Doctoral Award. He received the award for his doctoral thesis "On 3D Chiral Mechanical Metamaterials". With the KIT Doctoral Award, the university honors outstanding doctoral researchers, highlighting the great importance of young scientists at KIT. Today, the award was officially presented to him at the President's Banquet.

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Christopher Barner-Kowollik presenting at Future 3D AM 2022Christopher Barner-Kowollik receives EPF Prize 2022


During a special session at the EPF Congress, Principal Investigator Christopher Barner-Kowollik has been awarded the European Polymer Federation Prize 2022. The board of the European Polymer Federation honored Barner-Kowollik's “pioneering work in the field of macromolecular photochemistry enabling unprecedented access to polymer design, spatially resolved interface functionalization and advanced photoresists technology”.

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Portrait image BlascoEva Blasco receives Dr. Herrmann Schnell grant


Principal Investigator Eva Blasco will receive a Dr. Herrmann Schnell grant. With this award, the German Chemical Society (GDCh) honors Blasco's "innovative research work in the highly topical area of functional materials for 3D laser printing and lithography." The prize will be officially awarded during the Biennial Meeting of the GDCh-Division of Macromolecular Chemistry in September.

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Portrait imageCluster Young Scientist invited to Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting


The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings aim at exchange between different generations, cultures and disciplines by bringing together Nobel Laureates and the next generation of leading scientists.This year, the Chemistry meeting takes place from June 26 to July 1. Cluster Young Scientist Clara Vázquez-Martel from the group of Principal Investigator Eva Blasco is one of the participants of this prestigious event.

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Screenshot 2022-06-13 120105Publication on Gear-Based Metamaterials


In a new paper published in Nature Materials, researchers including PI Peter Gumbsch show their research on metamaterials that can fully reconfigure their meta-atoms in a wide range, allowing direct access to anisotropies of different types. The approach is based on connecting classical gears, with the gear-based metamaterials providing excellent properties. This allows for metamaterial customization and brings fully programmable materials and adaptive robots within reach.


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Thumbnail of Women in Science video with Principal Investigator Yolita EggelerWomen in Science: New Video


A new episode in the Women in Science video series was recently published. In it, Principal Investigator Yolita Eggeler talks about her research in the fiel of electron microscopy, how it relates to the development of new materials and how she got into science.

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Episode Cover Image"Exzellent Erklärt" episode published


In its most recent episode, the German science podcast "Exzellent erklärt - Spitzenforschung für alle" features the research of the Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order (3DMM2O). In the episode, moderator Larissa Vassilian talks to Cluster Spokesperson and Principal Investigator Jochen Wittbrodt and his doctoral researcher Christina Schlagheck as well as Principal Investigator Peter Gumbsch in order to learn more about the Cluster research in the area of Organoids (Thrust C3) and Metamaterials (Thrust C2).

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Cluster on LinkedInLaunch of Cluster LinkedIn page


The Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order (3DMM2O) now has a LinkedIn page. Follow the page to get all the latest information in your feed and add the Cluster to your profile if you are a member!

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Toast to the Opening by Oliver Kraft (KIT), Anna Müller-Trimbusch (Carl Zeiss Stiftung), Martin Wegener (Cluster Spokesperson KIT), Christine Selhuber-Unkel (Deputy Cluster Spokesperson Uni HD) & Judith Elsner (Managing Director Cluster 3DMM2O)Opening Ceremony of Carl Zeiss Foundation 3D User Lab


On May 5, the Opening Ceremony of the Carl Zeiss Foundation 3D User Lab took place. During the Ceremony, guests from the Carl Zeiss Foundation and the two foundation companies Carl Zeiss AG and SCHOTT AG as well as the members of the Cluster Industry Advisory Board got an insight into the shared infrastructure and the state of research in the Cluster.

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Girls Day at Heidelberg UniversityGirls' Day 2022


The Girls' Day takes place April 27 each year and offers young women the opportunity to learn about career and study opportunities in STEM areas and the trades. This year, the Cluster 3DMM2O was represented with four offers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Heidelberg University.

Group photo of conference Future3DAM 2022Future 3D Additive Manufacturing – The 3DMM2O Conference 2022


After a week of great talks and interesting exchange on the state-of-the-art in 3D Nano- and Micro-Manufacturing, Future 3DAM 2022 has concluded. The Cluster would like to thank all speakers and participants.

The next Future 3D Additive Manufacturing – The 3DMM2O Conference will take place March 12-17 and focus on the topic "3D Molecular Systems".

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Awarding Ceremony for the Best Poster AwardBest Poster Award at Future 3DAM 2022


Congratulations to the four awardees of the Future 3D Additive Manufacturing - The 3DMM2O Conference 2022 Best Poster Award: Clara Vázquez-Martel (Heidelberg University), Julian Hengsteler (ETH Zurich), Li-Yun Hsu (Heidelberg University) and Anna Mauri (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)). The awards were presented by Conference chair Christine Selhuber-Unkel.

The Cluster thanks the Carl Zeiss Foundation for supporting the Best Poster Award through the Carl Zeiss Foundation-Focus@HEiKA.

Image Duarte CamposDaniela Duarte Campos receives BMBF Grant


Principal Investigator Daniela Duarte Campos has been awarded a grant by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for the project “BlindZero” which focuses on irreversible diseases of the human cornea. The projects investigates innovative hydrogels to produce corneas directly on the patient's eye using 3D bioprinting. The “NanoMatFutur” competition supports junior researchers in pursuing ambitious project ideas through innovative research approaches in materials science and materials technology.

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Girls Day BannerGirls' Day Participation


April 28 marks Girls' Day, an opportunity for girls to explore technical careers and study courses. Like last year, the Cluster 3DMM2O offers several workshops for girls interested in a STEM career. The four offers, two at KIT and two at Uni HD, explore the topics 3D printing food, 3D printing for medical research, realizing product ideas with 3D printing, and constructing a gelatinous display. Most of the workshops still have a few places left!

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3D model of a MOF in front of the enzyme MOF flow reactor in the laboratory at the Institute of Functional Interfaces. MOF-based continuous flow enzyme reactor system


As biocatalysts, enzymes accelerate many chemical reactions. Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now incorporated enzymes into metal-organic cages (MOFs). They then demonstrated for the first time that stabilization by these framework structures is sufficient for use of the enzymes in a continuously operated reactor. The authors, including Cluster Postdoctoral Researcher Tawheed Hashem and Principal Investigator Christof Wöll, report in the journal Angewandte Chemie.

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Scheme of the processes in laser printing of platinum.Improved Understanding for 3D Laser Nanoprinting of Metals


When compared to polymer-based 3D Laser Nanoprinting, multi-photon 3D printing of metals is lacking in both structure quality and printing speed. In a new paper published in Laser & Photonics Reviews, Cluster Researchers including Principal Investigators Eva Blasco, Carsten Rockstuhl and Martin Wegener show that light-induced forces onto the nanoparticles play a significant role in the process, thus opening the possibility for further process optimizations and applications.

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Properties of PEGgel3D Printable, Tough and Self-Healing PEGgel


A team including Cluster researchers from the working groups of Principal Investigators Pavel Levkin and Wolfgang Wenzel present a 3D printable polymer gel system (PEGgel) with properties such as high stretchability and toughness, rapid self-healing, and long-term stability under ambient conditions. Soft materials like the reported PEGgel hold promises for broad applications in wearable electronics, soft actuators and robotics. The results are reported in Advanced Materials.

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Cluster Conference 2022 BannerDeadline Extended: Cluster Conference 2022


The registration and abstract submission deadlines for Future 3D Additive Manufacturing – The 3DMM2O Conference 2022: 3D Nano- and Micro-Manufacturing: Technology and Technical Applications have been extended until February 28, 2022. The conference will take place from April 3-8, 2022 in the baroque Schöntal Monastery, Germany (near Heilbronn).

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Photographs of diverse 3D printed structures: a hollow mesh box, a crown, a lattice cube and a gyroidNature Communications Features Cluster Publications


Nature Communications recently updated their themed collection showcasing interdisciplinary papers on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing published in the journal over the past years. It now features three Cluster research publications. In addition to two papers by Cluster PIs already on the list - Gräfe et al. (2018) and Hippler et al. (2019) - it now features "3D printing of inherently nanoporous polymers via polymerization-induced phase separation" by Dong et al. (2021).

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Miniaturized Diffusers Manipulating LightMiniaturization of Diffusers for New Applications


A team of Cluster scientists and researchers of Friedrich Schiller University of Jena succeeded in developing a diffuser, a disk that scatters light, based on silicon nanoparticles. It can be used to specifically control the direction, color, and polarization of light. This novel technology may be used in transparent screens or augmented reality. The results are reported in Advanced Materials.

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Measured and calculated roton dispersions.Directly Observed Roton-Like Dispersion Relations in Metamaterials


A team including Cluster researchers from the working group of Principal Investigator Martin Wegener report the direct experimental observation of roton-like dispersion relations in two different 3D metamaterials under ambient conditions. The results open experimental opportunities to tailor the lowest dispersion branch of 3D metamaterials. Their work builts upon a theoretical framework detailed in June of this year

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Thumbnail ELI5 video with Tobias AbeleExplain Like I'm Five: New Video


In a new ELI5 ("Explain Like I'm 5") video on the Cluster YouTube channel, Cluster Young Scientist Tobias Abele (working group of Principal Investigator Kerstin Göpfrich) explains his research in the field of synthetic biology. The video details a new approach using 3D laser printing directly within a synthetic cell that was published recently in Advanced Materials

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Electron microscope reconstruction of a 3-D nanostructure printed using the two-step method (left) and light microscope image (right).3D Laser Nanoprinters Become Compact


Currently, 3D Laser Printers require big and expensive laser systems. Cluster researchers from KIT and Uni HD now present an approach to use two-step absorption with inexpensive and small, blue laser diodes instead of two-photon absorption to realize smaller, more compact printers. This could pave the way to make 3D laser printing accessible for a wider audience. The paper was published in the journal Nature Photonics.

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Speaker of the first event: Lucie Zilova (left) and Tobias Spratte (right)Event Series "Successes & Challenges" starts at CAM


On November 16, the first "Successes and Challenges" event took place at CAM Heidelberg. Once a month, two presenters report on their successes while also highlighting their challenges to start a collaborative exchange with the audience. The first presenters were Tobias Spratte (AG Selhuber-Unkel) and Cluster Postdoctoral Researcher Lucie Zilova (AG Wittbrodt). The next event will take place on December 14, 03:15 p.m. at CAM and online. 

Portrait photo Martin WegenerCluster Spokesperson recognized as Highly Cited Researcher 2021


Cluster Spokesperson and Principal Investigator Martin Wegener (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) has been recognized as Highly Cited Researchers 2021 by Web of Science in the category 'Cross-Field'. This means that his publications rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year. In order to create the list, Web of Science evaluated research published between 2010 to 2020.

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Photo of PI Jasmin AghassiNew Professorship for Principal Investigator


On October 1, Principal Investigator Jasmin Aghassi was appointed to the W3 professorship "Electronic devices and systems in future technologies" at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (ETIT). In the framework of this new professorship, she will conduct interdisciplinary research into future electronic technology that combines additively manufactured electronic components and silicon systems.

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Thumbnail WiS Video with Kerstin GöpfrichWomen in Science: New Video


A new video in the Cluster's Women in Science series was recently published. In it, Principal Investigator Kerstin Göpfrich talks about her research focus on synthetic cells, how she perceives herself as a Woman in Science and gives advice to young researchers just starting their scientific career.

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3D printed superhydrophobic objectsNew Material for 3D Printing


A new publication by Cluster Young Scientist Zheqin Dong (first author) as well as Principal Investigator Pavel Levkin and other members of his group presents a new materials concept for 3D printing of complex-shaped objects with bulk superhydrophobicity, a property that is desirable for a broad range of applications such as anti-wetting materials for engineering and environmental technologies, microfluidics or medical devices. The paper was published in Advanced Materials.

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New Women in Science Videos released: Svenja de Buhr (left) and Saskia Braun (right)Women in Science: New Videos


In two new Women in Science videos, Young Scientists Svenja de Buhr and Saskia Braun detail their scientific journey. In the video featuring Svenja de Buhr, she talks about how she changed her focus from medical to basic research. In the video featuring Saskia Braun, she explains what fascinates her about her research and how she shares that fascination through science communication. 


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The sensor unit, consisting of a graphene field-effect transistor on which a surface-bonded metal-organic framework is grown.New Molecule Sensor Utilising SURMOFs


Researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Technical University of Darmstadt, including Principal Investigators Wolfgang Wenzel and Christof Wöll, present a novel sensor for gas molecules. Combining a graphene transistor with a customized metal-organic coating (SURMOF), the sensor detects molecules selectively and accurately. SURMOFs are a focus of Thrust A2.

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Thumbnail ELI5 VideosExplain Like I'm Five: New Videos


Two new videos have been released in the Explain Like I'm Five series. In the first one, Saskia Braun explains her research into new materials for 3D Printing and the role chemistry plays for the specific type of 3D Printing she uses. The second video features Johannes Scheiger and Mariia Kuzina as they provide an insight into their recently published research on liquid walls.

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Comparative view of developing retina in fish embryo and organoid from petri dish.Fish Eyes From a Petri Dish


A better understanding of retinal development is key to the goal of Research Thrust C3: creating a re-designed retina using 3D Bioprinting. In a new paper published in eLife, first author Cluster Young Scientist Dr. Lucie Zilova and other members of the group of Principal Investigator Joachim Wittbrodt demonstrate cultivation of complex retinal tissue from embryonic stem cells of bony fishes.

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Thumbnail ELI5 Video with Svenja de BuhrNew Video Format: Explain Like I'm Five


A new video format by the Cluster 3DMM2O aims to make complex scientific topics and questions more approachable. In the Explain Like I'm Five video series, Cluster Young Scientists use simplified explanations and visualizations to explain their research. The series starts with a contribution by Svenja de Buhr on how cells maintain their shape and how they react when subjected to pressure.

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Porous crystalline layers with an internal electric fieldTargeted control of molecular layer properties


A team of researchers that included several Cluster Young Scientists as well as Principal Investigators Carsten Rockstuhl, Wolfgang Wenzel, Stefan Bräse, Petra Tegeder and Christof Wöll has developed a new programmed assembly strategy based on metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) that allows for electric fields to be integrated into crystalline, porous thin films. Their research was published in the journal Advanced Materials.

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Default news imageHector Seminar Pupils Explore 3D Food Printing


On July 7, pupils from course KA 16 of the Hector Seminar explored the versatile possibilities offered by 3D food printers. Under the guidance and supervision of Cluster Young Scientists Saskia Braun, Maximilian Elter, Clara Vázquez-Martel and Pascal Kiefer, they learned the theoretical and practical basics of designing and printing with mashed potatoes, pasta dough and chocolate. 

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Cluster PIs Gumbsch (left) and Wöll (right)Cluster PIs Involved in Successful NFDI Consortia


On July 2, the Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz (GWK) decided the inclusion of ten additional consortia within the Nationale Forschungsdateninfrastruktur (NFDI). Among the new consortia supported in this second funding round are NFDI-MatWerk (Materials Science and Engineering) and FAIRmat (Condensed-Matter and Chemical Physics of Solids). Cluster PIs Peter Gumbsch and Ruth Schwaiger are members of NFDI-MatWerk and Christof Wöll is a member of FAIRmat. 

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Free standing 3D liquid wallsFreestanding Walls of Water


A team of researchers that includes Cluster Young Scientist Mariia A. Kuzina and Principal Investigator Pavel A. Levkin presents a new way to contain fluids without a wall using so-called "liquid wells". The authors conclude that the water walls are self-repairing, adaptive and functional, thus displaying properties that are uncommon when it comes to solid walls. Their research was published in the journal Advanced Materials.

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DNA origami attaches to GUVs during light-illuminationBridging Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches in Synthetic Biology


In a new paper published in Nature Communications, a group of researchers including Cluster Young Scientist Kevin Jahnke and Principal Investigators Rasmus R. Schröder, Joachim Spatz and Kerstin Göpfrich demonstrate that the use of top-down engineered bacteria can enhance bottom-up assembled synthetic cells, thus providing a vision to bridge the gap between the two approaches in synthetic biology.

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Screenshot Online CourseLaunch of Research Data Management Online Course


Research Data Management is an important aspect of the research conducted in the Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order (3DMM2O). In order to provide Young Researchers with the necessary tools and knowledge, a recently launched online course by the Cluster introduces good scientific practice of research data handling in an interactive way including practice-oriented examples. 

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Designed elastic metamaterial structure composed of a single linear elastic material.Usage of Rotons in 3D Metamaterials


Researchers led by Principal Investigator Martin Wegener are currently working on using rotons in artificial materials. These metamaterials could in the future manipulate or direct sound waves in a way never achieved before. The researchers report on their work in a paper published in Nature Communications.

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Cluster Conference 2022Register Now for the Cluster Conference 2022!


Registrations for Future 3D Additive Manufacturing - The 3DMM2O Conference 2022: 3D Nano- and Micro-Manufacturing: Technology and Technical Applications are now open! The conference will take place from April 3-8, 2022 in the baroque monastery of Schöntal, Germany (near Heilbronn).

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Biophotonic sensors with integrated Si3N4-organic hybrid (SiNOH) lasersOptical Biosensors for Diagnostics


In a recently published paper, a research team led by Principal Investigator Christian Koos presents optical biosensors that combine Si3N4 sensor circuits with hybrid on-chip organic lasers. The sensors may be used to produce low-cost point-of-care devices, thus enabling early and efficient disease diagnosis as well as other applications in biophotonics.


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Default news imagePhysikalisches Kolloquium with Martin van Hecke


On May 21 at 4 pm, Martin van Hecke (Leiden University & AMOLF Institute Amsterdam) will give an online lecture in the event series Physikalisches Kolloquium of KIT's Department of Physics following an invitation by Cluster Co-Spokesperson Martin Wegener. The topic of the lecture is "Mechanical Metamaterials: Step by Step". Cluster members are invited to take part.

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Screenshot of Paper2020 OMEx Emerging Researcher Prize for Cluster paper


With the Optical Materials Express Emerging Researcher Best Paper Prize, the journal recognizes a student or early-career researcher who is the first author of a paper that a committee of OMEx editors judged to be outstanding. The 2020 prize goes to Simon Woska for his paper "Tunable photonic devices by 3D laser printing of liquid crystal elastomers". The author list includes several Cluster Young Researchers and Principal Investigators. Furthermore, the research was supported by the recently established CZF 3D User Lab.

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Nanoscribe bannerWebinar with Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener


An upcoming live webinar of Two-Photon Polymerization technology manufacturer Nanoscribe will feature Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener as an expert on 3D Microfabrication with highest precision and speed using Two-Photon Polymerization (2PP). The webinar will take place April 13 from 5 to 6 pm (CEST).

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Portrait photoLecture by Prof. Dr. Rainer Herges


Cluster Members are invited to take part in the lecture by Prof. Dr. Rainer Herges (University of Kiel) with the title "Molecular Spin Switching in Solution, Soft Matter and on Surfaces". The event will take place April 21 from 3 to 4 pm (CEST) on Zoom. The access information will be disseminated through internal channels.

Martin Bastmeyer & Joachim WittbrodtInterview with Conference Organizers


Prof. Dr. Martin Bastmeyer (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) and Joachim Wittbrodt (Heidelberg University), the organizers of Future 3D Additive Manufacturing – The 3DMM2O Conference 2021: 3D Hybrid Organotypic Systems, were interviewed by Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg. In the interview, they give an insight into the topics of the Conference.

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Portrait photo Duarte CamposNew Cluster PI: Jun.-Prof. Daniela Duarte Campos


The Cluster 3DMM2O warmly welcomes Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Daniela Duarte Campos as a new PI in Research Thrust C3. Before joining Heidelberg University as a W1 professor recently, Daniela Duarte Campos worked at RWTH Aachen University. Her research focuses on bioprinting and advanced materials for biomedicine.

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Fully printed origami thermoelectric generatorPrinted Thermoelectric Generators


Cluster scientists have developed a mass-producible low-cost fully printed flexible origami thermoelectric generator which is able to power an autonomous weather sensor comprising a Bluetooth module and a power management system. This approach might be a milestone for the use of low-cost TEGs. They present their results in the journal npj Flexible Electronics.

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Face protection masksITAS Event: 3D Printing for the Post-COVID World


The public event "3D Printing for the Post-COVID World" is part of ITAS' international research symposium "Re-imagining the futures of 3D printing in society". It will feature discussions on 3D printing and the accompanying societal changes with internationally renowned experts. The event will take place March 23, 2021 from 6:30 to 8 pm.

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Photographs of diverse 3D printed structuresNew Functional Materials in 3D Printing


Cluster scientists have developed new functional materials to extend the possibilities of 3D Nanoprinting. In a paper published in Nature Communications, they show their results: 3D polymer structures of highly complex geometries and spatially controlled pore sizes from 10 nm to 1000 µm. This new approach extends the scope of applications of 3D printing to hierarchical inherently porous 3D objects.

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IntervieweesInterviews with Carl Zeiss Scholarship holders


The Cluster 3DMM2O has a lot of talented Young Researchers. In order two increase their visibility, we have published two interviews with female Carl Zeiss Foundation Scholarship holders Britta Weidinger (A3) and Tamara Molitor (C3). In the interviews, they talk about their research and the role of the CZF Scholarship Program for their academic career.

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Image of Christine Selhuber-UnkelNew PI: Prof. Dr. Selhuber-Unkel


The Cluster 3DMM2O warmly welcomes Prof. Dr. Christine Selhuber-Unkel as a new PI. Prof Dr. Selhuber-Unkel is head of the Molecular Systems Engineering research group at the Institute for Molecular Systems Engineering (IMSE) of Heidelberg University and will conduct research in Thrust B1 of the Cluster. Furthermore, she recently received an ERC Consolidator Grant for her project „Photomechanical writing of cell functions“ (PHOTOMECH) which aims at regulating cell functions through external physical forces.

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Portrait Frauke GräterERC Consolidator Grant for PI Frauke Gräter


Cluster Principal Investigator Frauke Gräter receives an ERC Consolidator Grant for her project „Mechanoradicals in Collagen“ (RADICOL), which focuses on radicals caused by excessive mechanical stress on collagen, the protein which provides structural and mechanical stability to the connective tissues in the human body.

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Abstract of the introductory articleFeature Issue in Optical Materials Express


A new feature issue of the journal Optical Materials Express, guest-edited by Cluster PIs Eva Blasco and Martin Wegener as well as SAB member Shoji Maruo, showcases selected latest developments and results in the field of optical 3D printing and its applications in optics and other areas. The virtual feature issue is available on the Optical Materials Express website.

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Doctoral Thesis Prize AwardeeKIT Doctoral Award for Jasmin Busch


Cluster Young Scientist Jasmin Busch is one of the recipients of the 13th KIT Doctoral Award. With the award, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology acknowledges outstanding doctoral researchers, thereby highlighting the great importance of Young Scientists at KIT. We congratulate!

Cluster PIs A. Stephen K. Hashmi and Martin WegenerCluster PIs recognized as "Highly Cited Researchers"


Principal Investigator A. Stephen K. Hashmi (Heidelberg University) and Cluster Spokesperson Martin Wegener (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) have been recognized as Highly Cited Researchers 2020 by Web of Science. This means that their papers rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year. For the current list the authors evaluated publications from 2009 to 2019.

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View of the feature exhibition of the Science Museum London in Antenna - 3D: Printing the future . ITAS Symposium: Re-imagining the futures of 3D printing in society

The Carl Zeiss Foundation Vision Assessment Study is organizing a scientific symposium that will bring together leading experts on 3D printing in the social sciences and humanities to foster the international debate on 3D printing in society. It will take place online March 23 to 24, 2021.

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Physik Journal articleArticle about Cluster in Physik Journal

The November issue of Physik Journal, the member journal of the German Physical Society, features an article on the Cluster 3DMM2O. For the article, Cluster Spokesperson Martin Wegener was interviewed on the goals as well as the current state and research developments of the Cluster. The article is available to all registered pro-physik.de users as well as DPG members.

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Image of Jan KorvinkERC Synergy Grant for PI Jan Korvink

The project "HiSCORE", which aims at developing a method for high-throughput screening using nuclear method resonance, has been selected for funding by the European Research Council in its Synergy Grant scheme. Principal Investigator Jan Korvink will work on the project alongside Benno Meier (KIT) and partners at École normale supérieure and Radboud University.

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SEM image of multi‐material boxing ring microstructure and degradation process over time.Enzyme-Degradeable Photoresist

A new paper published in Advanced Functional Materials, introduces a biocompatible and photocurable resist for scaffold fabrication that can be readily degraded by a certain enzyme. The authors, among them Cluster PIs Eva Blasco, Martin Wegener and Christopher Barner-Kowollik, describe their photoresist as a step towards "enabling 3D tissue constructs to be created to heal patients with tissue loss or to guide tissue regeneration".

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Default image Cluster newsInaugural Meeting of Industry Advisory Board

On October 6, 2020, the Cluster's Industry Advisory Board (IAB) had their inaugural meeting. During the meeting, they elected Kai Keller (Notion Systems) as Chairman and Kenneth Sorensen (Nonpareil Biotechnologies) as Vice Chairman.

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Welcome to Yolita EggelerNew PI in the Cluster: Yolita Eggeler

We warmly welcome Jun.-Prof. Dr. Yolita Eggeler as a new Principal Investigator in Thrust B3 of the Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order.

There is currently an opening for a doctoral researcher in her new research group MNM (Microscopy of Nanoscale Structures & Mechanisms) at the Laboratory for Electron Microscopy (LEM) at KIT. Please see our Opportunities page for more information.

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The hydrogel (yellow) swells and pushes the micro-scaffold (grey) apart – together with the cell-attracting bar (orange). This deforms the cell (green). (Graphics: Marc Hippler, KIT)Microstructures for Cell Stress Testing

Researchers of the Cluster 3DMM2O developed a new method to analyze the impact of external forces on singular cells by creating microstuctures using 3D printing to stretch the cells. The scientists were able to observe how different cells counteract or give in to the pressure.

The paper describing the method was published in the journal Science Advances.

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Color change: The right micro-cylinder printed with the novel photoresist appears white because light is scattered in its sponge-like structure, while the cylinder printed with conventional photoresist appears transparent.New photoresist enables 3D printing of nanoporous structures

In a paper recently published in the journal Advanced Materials, Cluster researchers describe a newly developed photoresist for 3D laser microprinting that can be used for manufacturing nanoporous polymer microstructures. By tuning the writing parameters, the porosity of the printed material can be controlled.

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Logo Nature CommunicationsNature Communications features publications

Nature Communications recently curated a themed collection showcasing interdisciplinary papers on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing published in the journal over the past years. The collection includes two papers by Cluster PIs: "Adding chemically selective subtraction to multi-material 3D additive manufacturing" and "Controlling the shape of 3D microstructures by temperature and light". We congratulate!

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Poster for ITAS event "technik.kontrovers"Event with ITAS: technik.kontrovers

On July 21 at 6 pm, the ITAS event technik.kontrovers "Zukünfte des 3D-Drucks" will take place online. It will feature talks and a discussion on the present and future as well as the social dimension of 3D printing. The information on how to access the event is available on the website of the ITAS.

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Makerspace Logo and Low-poly Carl ZeissWorkshop at ZEISS Makerspace @ KIT

On July 27, the first workshop in the new ZEISS Makerspace @ KIT, located in the ZEISS InnovationHub @ KIT on Campus North, will take place. The Makerspace is a place that provides every interested party with the tools to realize their own ideas e.g. 3D printers or a table saw. 

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Diagram describing the process in the paperNew paper in Advanced Materials

A new Cluster paper, published in the journal Advanced Materials, details water erasable microstructures produced by 3D laser printing. The paper features three Principal Investigators of the Cluster as co-authors: Martin Wegener, Christopher Barner-Kowollik and Eva Blasco.

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Cover of Physical Review Letters 124 (23)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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Portrait of Lecturer Prof. HutmacherOnline Lecture on 3D Printing

On June 3, 2020 at 11 am, Distinguished Professor Dietmar W. Hutmacher (Queensland University of Technology) will give an online talk in our Lecture Series on 3D Printing. His talk is titled "Melt Electro Writing Biomimetic Fibre Network Architectures".

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Staudinger LigationCluster Publication in Chemical Reviews

A new Cluster publication written, among others, by Cluster Postdoc Nicole Jung as well as PIs Ute Schepers and Stefan Bräse was published in highly respected journal Chemical Reviews. The review article describes and discusses types of the Staudinger Ligation and compares them to other bioorthogonal labeling methods.

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Cover of ChemistryOpen 05/2020Cluster 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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Portrait LevkinNew PI: Dr. Pavel Levkin

The Cluster 3DMM2O warmly welcomes PD Dr. Pavel Levkin as a new PI. Dr. Levkin is head of the Biofunctional Materials research group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and will conduct research in Thrust A3 of the Cluster.

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Portrait KemerinkProf. Martijn Kemerink joins Cluster

The Cluster 3DMM2O warmly welcomes Prof. dr. ir. Martijn Kemerink. As Professor at the Centre for Advanced Materials (CAM) at Heidelberg University, he receives start-up investments within the Carl Zeiss Foundation-Focus@HEiKA. He will act as a PI in Thrust C1.

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3DMM2O NewsComparing 3D printing technologies

A new website by Cluster researchers provides a comparison of different 3D printing technologies by speed and voxel size. To keep the comparison updated, visitors can suggest new references to be included in the diagram.

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Twitter logoLaunch of Cluster Twitter account

The Cluster 3DMM2O is now on Twitter. Follow us to get all the latest information about the Cluster and get in contact!

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Conference 3DMM2OCluster Conference 2021

Future 3D Additive Manufacturing - The 3DMM2O Conference on 3D Hybrid Organotypic Systems will take place online March 1-4, 2021. The revised program is now available.

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COVID-19 key visualAdvice 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.

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Color-selective organic light sensors produced by inkjet printing with semiconducting inks.Printable Light Sensors

A new paper, co-written among others by Cluster PIs Schröder, Lemmer and Hernandez-Sosa, introduces printable light sensors that are able to detect colors, thus enabling data transmission by light. They report their results in Advanced Materials.

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News about Cluster ConferenceCANCELLED: Cluster Conference 2020

With regret, the organizers of Future 3D Additive Manufacturing - the 3DMM2O Conference 2020: 3D Hybrid Organotypic Systems have decided to cancel the conference. Further information will follow soon.

News German-Japanese MeetingCANCELLED: German-Japanese Workshop

PLEASE NOTE that the workshop had to be postponed.

On March 4 & 5, the German-Japanese Workshop "Aquatic Materials Made to Order" will take place at Heidelberg University. The workshop is jointly organized by MEXT Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas "Aquatic Functional Materials" and the Cluster 3DMM2O.

News itemCANCELLED: Visiting lectures at KIT

PLEASE NOTE that Daniel Torrent's visit had to be postponed.

Daniel Torrent (Universitat Jaume I, Spain) will be visiting KIT on March 25 & 26. He will give two talks, in each case at 10 am in room 6/1 of the Physics tower (building number 30.23). Torrent's research interests include, among others, optical and acoustic metamaterials.

KIT newsKIT Materials Day 2020

The KIT Materials Center cordially invites scientists interested in materials research at KIT to participate in the Materials Day on March 5, 2020. Online registration is mandatory. PI Jan Korvink will give a short introduction into the Cluster 3DMM2O at around 10:10 am.

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Poster for ITAS event "technik.kontrovers"CANCELLED: Event with ITAS: technik.kontrovers

PLEASE NOTE that the event had to be postponed.

On March 11, 2020 at 6 pm, doctoral researcher Marc Hippler will participate in a public discussion about the present, future and societal dimension of 3D printing alongside Christoph Schneider and Maximilian Roßmann (both ITAS).

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Metamaterial consisting of a complex three-dimensional grid structure on the micrometer scale3D printing system for sub-micron structures at record speed

Researchers of the Cluster develop a new 3D printing system that allows for submicron accuracy at speed. They publish their findings in a special issue of Advanced Functional Materials.

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Deadline for the 2020 conference extendedDeadline Extended: Cluster Conference 2020

The deadline for Future 3D Additive Manufacturing - The 3DMM2O Conference 2020 was just extended to February 29, 2020. The conference will take place from March 29 to April 2, 2020 and focus on 3D Hybrid Organotypic Systems.

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Positions with new PIsPositions with new PIs

The Carl Zeiss Foundation supports doctoral students who want to work with one of our five new Principal Investigators on topics in their fields of research with stipends.

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News itemlivMatS Spokesperson at Materials Colloquium

Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck, vice spokesperson of the Cluster of Excellence "livMatS", will give a talk during the KIT Materials Colloquium on January 14 at 4 pm. Principal Investigator Peter Gumbsch will guide the discussion.The colloquium will take place in the Redtenbacher-Hörsaal on Campus South.

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Cluster of Excellence 3DMM2OPublishing Talk by Advanced Materials Editors

On January 28, there will be a talk on “Publishing advanced materials science” by Advanced Materials editors (Wiley) Jos Lenders and Dimitra Gkogkou. It will take place at KIT (Campus North), Institute of Biological and Chemical Systems (build. 316), room 105 at 9 am.

Portrait GumbschPI Gumbsch new Member of acatech

Principal Investigator Peter Gumbsch was elected as a member by acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering.

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Figure showing a SNOM collectorPaper published in Small

Researchers including Cluster scientists publish a paper in the journal Small describing the fabrication of ultra-compact scanning-probe microscopy engines using 3D printing.

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Portrait ThomasLecture by PI Franziska Thomas

On December 12, 2019, one of our new PIs, Dr. Franziska Thomas, will talk about "Exploring de novo designed protein folding motifs in the development of biomimetic systems and biomaterials" at CAM in Heidelberg.

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Cluster newsNew Cluster PIs

The Cluster 3DMM2O warmly welcomes five new Principal Investigators: Dr. Eva Blasco, Dr. Gerardo Hernández-Sosa, Prof. Dr. Franziska Thomas, Prof. Dr. Jasmin Aghassi, Dr. Kerstin Göpfrich.

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Facebook iconLaunch of Cluster Facebook page

Like our new Facebook page to get the latest information about the Cluster and to find out more about the research that is being conducted by our scientists.

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Conference topic: 3D Hybrid Organotypic SystemsRegistration Open: Cluster Conference 2020

The first conference of the Cluster 3DMM2O will take place from March 29 to April 2, 2020 and focus on 3D Hybrid Organotypic Systems. The deadline for submissions is January 6, 2020!

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Girl working with 3D printerRegistration Open: Summer Program 2020

Female high school students with an interest in STEM are invited to take part in a week of fascinating insights into the world of 3D Printing. Places are limited!

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Visit of the Rotary ClubVisit by Rotary Club members

On October 26, as part of the 40 year anniversary of the Rotary Club Karlsruhe-Fächerstadt, Rotary Club members visited the Center for Functional Nanostructures at KIT to learn about the research of the Cluster 3DMM2O. 

Porträt KozielskiLecture Series 3DMM2O

Kristen Kozielski will give a talk on "Magnetoelectric materials for wireless neuronal modulation" on November 7, 3.00 pm, in Karlsruhe. The event is open to the public that has previous knowledge of the topic.

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Cover Optics & Photonics News, October 2019Review Article on 3D Laser Nanoprinting

Researchers of the Cluster present a review of the state and potential future of 3D Laser Nanoprinting. The feature article was published in the October 2019 issue of Optics & Photonics News (OPN), the renowned monthly news magazine of The Optical Society.

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Young Scientist Retreat 2019First Young Scientist Retreat of the Cluster

During their first Young Scientist Retreat, the doctoral and postdoctoral researchers of the Cluster 3DMM2O had an productive exchange of ideas and made connections across Thrusts and disciplines. Different team building exercises helped strengthening the group cohesion.

Internal Review 2019First Internal Review and Scientific Advisory Board Meeting

On 23 September 2019, the Cluster met for its first internal review to discuss the progress within the Thrusts. Furthermore, the newly-formed Scientific Advisory Board participated in the review and met up on the following day.

HeKKsagon Working Group 1Cluster PIs participate in HeKKSaGOn Working Group

During the Presidents’ Conference of the German-Japanese University Consortium HeKKSaGOn on 12 and 13 September 2019 in Heidelberg, members of Working Group I - including several Cluster PIs - met up to discuss further research activites.

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News WegenerProf. Dr. Martin Wegener at KIT in the City Hall

On 4 June 2019, Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener gave an introduction into 3D Additive Manufacturing research to the public at the event KIT in the City Hall.

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News PublicationPublication about Mechanical Waves in Metamaterials

Researchers of the Cluster demonstrate polarization rotations during acoustical activity in metamaterials. They present their research in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

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Celebration ExcellenceSuccess within the Excellence Strategy

Both Universities cooperating within the Cluster 3DMM2O were successful in the second funding line of the Excellence Strategy and are awarded the title of University of Excellence.

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News LookKITNew LookKIT features Cluster Research

The magazine LookKIT presents KIT's research to the general public. The current issue features the Cluster 3DMM2O as a key institution within the materials research conducted at the University.

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Special Issue of Advanced MaterialsSpecial Issue of Journal Advanced Materials

A new special issue of the journal Advanced Materials is dedicated to Materials Research at KIT, including the work of several Cluster PIs and their teams.

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Portrait WeinhardtSecond event in Lecture Series

The Cluster's Lecture Series in 3D Printing continues. The second lecture will be presented by Dr. Venera Weinhardt on July 18, 2019, 2.45 pm, in the context of the HEiKA Day 2019 at Heidelberg University.

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Portrait Barner-KowollikBarner-Kowollik elected as Academy of Science Fellow

PI Barner-Kowollik has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science for his significant and lasting impact in the field of soft matter nanotechnology. We congratulate!

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News 3DMM2O3DMM2O @ KIT in the City Hall

The Mayor of Karlsruhe and the President of KIT warmly invite the general public to "KIT in the City Hall" on June 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm. This year, the event is focussed on the topic "New Technologies for the Materials of Tomorrow".

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News 3DMM2OSeminar Announcement

On May 6, there will be a special seminar on “Overcoming the conflict between stiffness and toughness in architected lattices“ by Dr. Jochen Mueller (Harvard University). It takes place at KIT Campus South, Physics building (30.23), in room 6-1 from 10-11 am.

Portraitfoto WegenerPublic Lecture by Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener

On April 9, 2019, Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener gave the inaugural lecture for the Nano Institute of the University of Syndey on the topic "Nano 3D printing: Materials beyond Imagination".

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Cover of Advanced MaterialsPublication about Multimaterial Photoresists

Researchers of the Cluster introduce a platform technology for multimaterial photoresists that can be orthogonally cured by changing the colour of light.

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Lecture SeriesLecture Series in 3D Printing

The Cluster 3D Matter Made to Order presents a lecture series in 3D Printing. The first lecture will be presented by Gerardo Hernández-Sosa on April 16, 2019, 3:15 pm at the InnovationLab Heidelberg.

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3DMM2O LogoWelcome Day

The Cluster 3DMM2O warmly invites its new doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to attend its first Welcome Day on April 16, 2019 in Heidelberg.

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KIT NewsKHYS Research Travel Grant

The Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists financially supports doctoral students and postdocs undertaking three- to six-month research stays abroad. Applications are open until May 5, 2019.

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KIT NewsYoung Investigator Group Preparation Program

YIG Prep Pro focuses on the international recruitment of outstanding early career researchers, in particular one to four years after the completion of their doctorate. Applications are open until March 5, 2019.

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Launch of the Cluster 3DMM2OLaunch of the Cluster 3D Matter Made to Order

The new Cluster explores the possibilities of 3D Additive Manufacturing reaching all the way from the molecular to the macroscopic scale.

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News Material MixPublication about Multimaterial 3D Printing

Researchers of the Cluster 3DMM2O create a new method enabling the production of 3D-printed micro- and nanostructures efficiently and precisely using mixed materials. Their findings are published in Science Advances.

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publication nature communicationPublication about Dynamic 3D Printing

Scientists of the Cluster 3DMM2O develop a new method for producing controllable 3D microstructures. They present their multidisciplinary research in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

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strukturScholarships of Carl Zeiss Foundation

We are happy to announce the call for application for doctoral scholarships as part of the scholarship program funded by Carl Zeiss Foundation in the HEiKA Graduate School on Functional Materials.

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Logo Universität HeidelbergERC Synergy Grants for Heidelberg University

Scientists of Heidelberg University are key participants in two research teams, each of which has obtained an ERC Synergy Grant, a highly-endowed grant from the European Research Council.

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Wegener_HanselkaSuccess for 3DMM2O

We are proud to announce that the Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made To Order was successful within the Excellence Initiative. It will officially be funded starting from January 2019.

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NanoscribePrizeNancoscribe wins State Prize for Young Companies

The jury awarded Nanoscribe for their extraordinary innovations in the field of 3D printing on the microscale as well as their entrepreneurial success.

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Scientists WelcomeNew Scientists Welcome

We are looking for scientists who are passionate about revolutionizing 3D printing.

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