Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS)

Prof. Dr. Christine Selhuber-Unkel

Kaiserstraße 2, R. A-104
Phone: +49 431 880-6198
Telefax: +49 431 880-6290

Biocompatible Nanomaterials
Institute for Materials Science
Faculty of Engineering


»Based on an interdisciplinary approach, I investigate interactions between biological systems and materials. Specifically, my working group deals with mechanisms of cell adhesion on nano structured, (visco)elastic and switchable surfaces, which we investigate with optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM, optical tweezers). Our long term goal is to create artificial materials, which allow us to control the cells’ behavior and to transfer cellular adhesion principles to bioinspired materials.«

Christine Selhuber-Unkel. Since May 2011 professor for Biocompatible Nanomaterials at the Institute for Materials Science at Kiel University. Before (2010-11) junior professor at Kiel University, postdoc (2009-10) at the Institute of Zoology (CAU), postdoc (2007-09, Leopoldina scholarship) at the Niels-Bohr-Institute at Kopenhagen University. In 2006 doctorate in physics at Heidelberg University. ERC Starting Grant (project “CellInspired: Mechanotransduction mediating cell adhesion – towards cell-inspired adaptive materials”) and funding by the German Research Foundation through the Emmy Noether programme (project: “A nanobiophysical approach to elucidate target-cell killing by amoebic parasites”).

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  • 16:15: Time resolved Cathodoluminescence from lifetime measurements to pump-probe luminescence (Dr. Sophie Meuret, CNRS France)
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  • 16:00: Magnetic Particle Imaging - Promises and Challenges of an Emerging Imaging Modality (Prof. Buzug, Director of the Institute of Medical Engineering, Lübeck)
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  • 16:15: Quantum transport in nanostructured graphene (Prof. Antti-Pekka Jauho, DTU Copenhagen)
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  • 16:15: The Magnetism of Single Surface Adsorbed Atoms – Recent Achievements and Future Perspectives (Prof. Dr. Harald Brune, EPFL, Lausanne)
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  • 16:15: Operando high energy surface x-ray diffraction studies of model catalysts and electrodes (Prof. Dr. Edvin Lundgren, Lund University)
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