Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS)


Martina Gerken and Christine Selhuber-Unkel both receive an ERC Proof of Concept Grant

Feb 03, 2020

PortraitsThey are investigating new materials for the field of vascular surgeries or optical sensors for point-of-care biomedical diagnostics: For their respective projects, Professor Christine Selhuber-Unkel and Professor Martina Gerken from Kiel University receive an ERC Proof of Concept Grant endowed with 150.000 Euro each. Twice of the seven grants in total for research projects from Germany got to the priority research area Kiel Nano Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS). The funding of the European Research Council (ERC) supports scientiststo explore the innovation potential of their scientific discoveries and bring the results of their frontier research closer to the market. Candidates are required to be already funded with an ERC-Grant which is considered to be one of the highest awards of the European Union for a scientist at the beginning of their career.

Press release Kiel University, 3.2.2020


Sabrina Curtis and Luka Hansen selected for Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2020

Mar 12, 2020

Sabrina Curtis und Luka Hansen660 young scientists from 101 countries are invited to the 70th anniversary of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Among them are the doctoral candidates Sabrina Curtis from Eckhard Quandt’s group “Inorganic Functional Materials”, Institute for Material Science, and Luka Hansen from Holger Kersten’s group “Plasma technology” at the Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics. They will meet around 70 Nobel Laureates during the interdisciplinary meeting from 28 June until 3 July 2020 in Lindau, Germany. More information

Early career researchers elected to the KiNSIS speaker group

Apr 02, 2020

Bahr GruberStarting with the summer semester 2020, the KiNSIS speaker group has been expanded with Andreas Bahr (Nano Engineering) and Manuel Gruber (Nano Physics), two representatives from the young scientists at KiNSIS. Both candidates had previously been elected in an online vote of all members with a simple majority each. Read more

RTG Materials for Brain: Regulating blood flow in vessels

Apr 09, 2020

Zwei ForscherWhy someone develops an aneurysm is still mostly unclear. Doctoral researchers from the fields of Materials Science and Medicine are working together on new treatments to prevent cerebral haemorrhages. Using 3D models, Mariya Pravdivtseva (UKSH, left) and Prasanth Velvaluri (CAU) simulate how their new stents influence blood flow in vessels with aneurysms. In the latest issue of CAU's magazine "Unizeit" they report about their research project within the Research Training Group 2154 "Materials for Brain". Both are supervised in their doctoral degree programmes by Professors Jan-Bernd Hövener (Molecular Imaging North Competence Center, MOIN CC), Olav Jansen (UKSH) and Eckhard Quandt (CAU).

Full article in the "unizeit" from April 4, 2020


Workshop on Biosignals

Apr 20, 2020

Organisers of the WorkshopOn Wednesday the 11.03.2020 the three-day workshop “Innovative Processing of Bioelectrical and Biomagnetical Signals” started at Kiel University. This workshop is a collaboration of the two expert committees “Biosignals” and “Magnetic Methods in Medicine” of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering in the VDE (Verband der Elektrotechnik, Elektronik und Informationstechnik). Researchers working at the interface between medicine and technology were able to present their research during poster sessions and short scientific talks. The subjects included cardiological examinations, possible applications for biomagnetism, methods to analyse movement as well as neurological biosignals. Despite the broad field of discussions, a lively scientific exchange was achieved. In addition to that six junior scientists were honoured by the Young Investigator Award for excellent talks or posters. The event was organised by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schmidt, Prof. Dr. Andreas Bahr and Eric Elzenheimer (all Kiel University).

To the full article on the website of the CRC 1261

Second PhD-generation of the RTG 2154 has started

Apr 29, 2020

Screenshot Kick offOn April 1, 2020, a new group of doctoral students started within the research training group (RTG) "Materials for Brain". 12 PhD students from materials science and (bio)medicine will continue the RTG's research on nano- and micro-scale coatings for implants in their projects. The aim is to use them for the treatment of brain diseases such as epilepsy, aneurysms and tumors, thus opening up perspectives for novel therapies. Research is focusing on the material-controlled drug release, implant interactions as well as suitability of the implants for diagnostics with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Due to the current corona restrictions, the kick-off meeting on April 21 took place virtually via video conference, including a group photo. Rainer Adelung, the new spokesperson of the RTG since April 1, welcomed them together with the other professors and coordinator Tina Kerby. The RTG team introduced itself and the training programme in detail and answered current questions of the participants. They reported on their respective plans and their current (working) situation. The new doctoral students of the international training programme come from Turkey, Spain, Pakistan, India and Germany. Due to the reduced travel possibilities, some of them are currently still in their home countries and hope to come to Kiel during the summer semester to continue their research on site. The majority of the PhD students from the first generation, who started in 2017, will finish their PhD this year.

Regina Scherließ is the new member of the KiNSIS Board

Jul 07, 2020

Regina ScherließThe members of the KiNSIS have elected Prof. Dr. Regina Scherließ as the new deputy spokesperson for the area of Nano Life Sciences. At the general meeting on 12 June 2020, she presented herself to the members as a candidate; afterwards the vote was carried out online. Scherließ thus succeeds Prof. Dr. Ingolf Cascorbi, who has completed his activities as a deputy spokesperson of KiNSIS after the term of three years. Prof. Dr. Jeffrey McCord (Nano Engineering) and Prof. Dr. Kai Rossnagel (Nano Physics) represent the interests of KiNSIS as spokespersons since 2019. Also last year Prof. Dr. Norbert Stock (Nano Chemistry) was elected as a deputy speaker.

Regina Scherließ has been Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy at the CAU since September 2017 and conducts interdisciplinary research on the development and characterization of drug forms. At KiNSIS she is involved in the GRK 2154 Materials for Brain, among others.

Faculty award for a dissertation from the CRC 677

Jul 23, 2020

Alexander SchlimmFor his outstanding dissertation on functional molecules on gold surfaces, the inorganic chemist Dr. Alexander Schlimm received one of the two Faculty Awards 2019 of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. He completed his Ph.D. supervised by Professor Felix Tuczek within the Collaborative Research Centre 677 "Function by Switching", which was funded by the German Research Foundation DFG from 2007 to 2019. "My work focused on transition metal complexes for the activation of small molecules, as well as photoswitchable molecules, which can also serve as components of ultra-small molecular machines. Using extremely sensitive analytical methods, I was able to investigate adsorbate-substrate interactions in particular," summarises Schlimm. With his results, Schlimm has contributed considerably to a better understanding of such systems. He is thus providing new insights into the field of heterogeneous catalysis and the realisation of molecular electronics. More

New members admitted to KiNSIS in the summer semester 2020

Sep 23, 2020

Four portraits of scientistsAfter the General Assembly in June, the KiNSIS members decided via online voting on the admission of new colleagues. Malte Behrens, Fabio Caruso, Marco Liserre and Alexander Vahl had introduced themselves personally at the meeting and were welcomed to the priority research area after the voting. Malte Behrens and Marco Liserre will present their current research in a lecture at this year's KiNSIS retreat from September 29-30, 2020. More information

Anna McConnell receives first Early Career Award at the KiNSIS Retreat

Oct 02, 2020

award ceremonyFor her particularly innovative and interdisciplinary research on molecular cages Jun-Prof. Dr. Anna McConnell receives the first KiNSIS Early Career Award. The award comes with 5,000 euros, which can be used, for example, for support staff, travel, software or consumables. Prof. Dr. Norbert Stock, who is responsible for the area of Nano Chemistry within the KiNSIS Board, presented McConnell with the prize at this year's KiNSIS retreat, which took place from 29-30 September 2020 at the Nordseeakademie Leck. At the strategic meeting she presented her research and future plans to the about 35 participants. McConnell was also able to convince with a "Micro Proposal" and received additional funding of 2,000 euros. More

Two online events about nano medicine

Oct 27, 2020

Thumbnail VideoThis November and December, the North German Nanotechnology Initiative (NINa e.V.) organises two events in the field of nanomedicine. On 24 November, the online symposium "Corona Vaccine - Impact of Nanotechnology" takes place, organised together with the University of Kiel, the Life Science Nord network, the WTSH (Wirtschaftsförderung und Technologietransfer in Schleswig-Holstein). On 9 December, the online conference "Nano Meets Medicine" will take place, organised in cooperation with the Institute of Medical Engineering at the University of Lübeck, Life Science Nord and the WTSH. The events will be held in English. Please register and stream the free events via Read more

Young scientists received awards

Nov 12, 2020

Vahl und JoostFor his dissertation, KiNSIS member and materials scientist Dr.-Ing. Alexander Vahl was awarded one of the Prizes for Young Talents 2019 of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde (DGM) at this year's virtual DGM Day (21 September 2020). Furthermore, Jan-Philip Joost, PhD student in the working group of KiNSIS member Prof. Dr. Michael Bonitz, Static Physics, received one of the "Best Phd student oral contribution Awards" for his presentation at the online conference Graphene 2020 (19-23 October 2020). More information

Dual success for Kiel University and its priority research area KiNSIS

Dec 09, 2020

Nano labAs the German Research Foundation (DFG) announced on Friday, 27 November 2020, it is funding the new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1461 "Neurotronics: Bio-inspired Information Pathways" at Kiel University with around 11.5 million euros. In addition to that, the DFG is extending the CRC 1261 “Magnetoelectric Sensors: From Composite Materials to Biomagnetic Diagnostics”, which started in 2016, by a further four years and approximately 13.5 million euros. The interdisciplinary large-scale research projects on bio-inspired information processing and on magnetic field sensors in medical diagnostics are both located at KiNSIS at Kiel University. The commitments thus strengthen the nanoscience and surface research in Northern Germany and set the course for the future scientific orientation of the biggest university of the state of Schleswig-Holstein. 

"This is a great success for both research networks and Kiel University. The dual commitment of the DFG is clear testament of the top-level research that has been established across different disciplines - congratulations to all the researchers and partner institutions involved", said Professor Simone Fulda, President of Kiel University. "Both major projects offer exciting potential for the future at the interfaces of engineering, biology, and medicine and are important pillars of the foundation of our research in the next round of the German Excellence Strategy," continued Fulda.

Press release Kiel Univerisity, 27.11.2020

Marco Liserre is one of the Highly Cited Researchers 2020

Feb 12, 2021

Marco Liserre(26.11.2020) Once a year, the "Web of Science Group" of the US company Clarivate Analytics analyses the importance of scientists in view of their citation rates. Researchers whose work is cited particularly frequently by their peers are considered to be especially important and influential in their field. The "Highly Cited Researchers" ranking lists researchers who have contributed to several of the top one percent of the most cited publications in their field in the last decade. In 2020, this included 6,167 people, including KiNSIS member Marco Liserre, Professor of Power Electronics at the Faculty of Technology. From Kiel University (CAU), Ralf Baron, Günther Deuschl, Axel Hauschild, Stefan Rose-John and Stefan Schreiber, all from the Faculty of Medicine, also received awards. Read more

Video of the EU project COSMICS shows the research about "spintronics"

Feb 05, 2021

The international research project COSMICS "Concepts and Tools in Molecular Spintronics" is investigating how magnetic molecules can be used, for example, to develop new types of microelectronic components. Next to the working group "Scanning Tunneling Microscopy" of Professor Richard Berndt from Kiel University, five other European partners are involved in the consortium, including universities and research institutions from France, Spain and Denmark. Together with a Danish software company, scientists from physics, theoretical physics and chemistry want to develop a programme to predict the properties of such components. It will be used for both scientific and industrial research. The project will be funded by the European Union from 2017 till 2022 within the framework of the Horizon 2020 research programme with around 3.8 million euros. In their new video, the partners present the "COSMICS" project and the research field of molecular spintronics. It combines molecular electronics, in which molecules serve as components of electronic devices, and spintronics, which uses the electrical and magnetic properties of electrons to process and store information. More information

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  • 14:00: KiNSIS Colloquium: Network Dynamics and Dynamical Networks (Philipp Hövel, University College Cork)
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  • 16:00: Curvilinear magnetism: fundamentals and applications (Denys Makarov, HZDR)
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  • 17:00: Surface Modification for Biomedicine via the Vapor Deposition of Polymers (Karen Gleason, MIT)
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