It’s official: Today, the Science Council approved the University of Freiburg’s proposal for the Freiburg Centre for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies (FIT). The 23-million-euro project can now get underway. The planned interdisciplinary, interinstitutional and transnational centre will become an innovative research institution with a special focus on basic research into interactive materials and intelligent systems.
"By granting funding for the establishment of the university's new centre, the Science Council has recognised the value of our unique combination of interdisciplinary competences in bioinspired materials science and systems research," said the rector of Freiburg University, Prof. Dr. Hans-Jochen Schiewer.
The goal of the basic research concept is to furnish materials with properties that are characteristic of living organisms. These properties include self-regulation, recognition, reaction and interaction abilities, communication, learning aptitude, self-organisation, self-healing and energy autarchy. "The new centre will build new bridges between the materials, biological and engineering sciences. The basic research carried out by the FIT is a future-oriented addition to the Freiburg Materials Research Centre which celebrated its 20th anniversary in June 2010 and is focused on research of practical relevance," said Prof. Schiewer.
The 23-million-euro research building will be erected on the campus of the university's faculty of technology. The completion of the centre is scheduled for 2013 and will provide space for around 150 people. Under the leadership of the faculty of chemistry, pharmacy and the geosciences and the faculty of technology, the faculties of biology, medicine and mathematics/physics will also be integrated into the FIT. Additional partners include the Freiburg Materials Research Centre, the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, the five Fraunhofer Institutes as well as institutes of the Eucor universities. The planned research centre is of major strategic importance for the university and has a crucial influence on the future development of the university's activities in the fields of materials research, synthetic biology, bionics and technology development.
Prof. Dr. Rolf Mülhaupt Director of the Freiburg Materials Research Centre Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry at the University of FreiburgTel.: +49 (0)761/203-6273 E-mail: rolf.muelhaupt(at)makro.uni-freiburg.de
Prof. Dr. Peter WoiasUniversity of Freiburg Faculty of Technology Institute of Microsystems Engineering – IMTEK Tel.: +49 (0)761/203-7490 E-mail: woais(at)imtek.uni-freiburg.de