Scientists at the Max-Planck Institut (MPI) for intelligent systems in Stuttgart (formerly known as the MPI for Metals Research) are devoted to material sciences. They are interested how materials obtain their macroscopic functions on an atomic, nano and microscopic level. A special focus lies on the nanosciences where magnetic materials and solvents are being studied. Additionally, the interface between nanotechnology and biology is also extensively investigated, for example the behaviour of cells on different surfaces. Many phenomena occur while a distinct material is converted from one condition into another or on the interface between two different materials. To understand what happens at such interfaces might help to produce more robust materials or to equip them with special characteristics.
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