3DMM2O News

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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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