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Research training Group "Mass and Symmetries after the Discovery of the Higgs Particle at the LHC" (GRK 2044)


(Spokesperson: Professor Dr. Markus Schumacher, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg)






International Research Training Group "Cold Controlled Ensembles in Physics and Chemistry" (IRTG 2079)

GRK2079.jpgThe tremendous progress in experimental and theoretical atomic, molecular and optical science over the past decades opens today new avenues for tailoring and controlling matter on the quantum level. In this research field, cold and ultracold atomic and molecular systems play a key role in understanding quantum properties and quantum dynamics in well-defined systems.Related research also develops applied aspects for quantum information, metrology and laser applications, and provides far reaching progress in modern technology.

The International Research Training Group (IRTG) CoCo focuses on Cold Controlled Atomic and Molecular Ensembles to study a wide range of phenomena in physics and chemistry. The research program will break new ground in producing and characterizing cooled and trapped atomic and molecular systems and using state selectivity and quantum control to study properties and dynamics of the systems.

(Spokesperson: Professor Dr. Frank Stienkemeier, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Cooperation partner: University of British Columbia, Canada)


International Research Training Group "Soft Matter Science: Concepts for the Design of Functional Materials" (IRTG 1642)

GRK1642.jpgSoft matter science is an interdisciplinary field which draws on knowledge from chemistry, physics, materials science and biology. Therefore, these disciplines are represented in the research and qualification programmes of the IRTG, aiming at providing the doctoral researchers with an overview of the field, which goes beyond the specific area of their PhD thesis. All doctoral projects are elaborated by two supervisors from France and Germany. This allows not only for an international setting of the PhD thesis, but also for access to a larger pool of methods and concepts. The international setting is an added value, both from a cultural point of view and from the point of view of the scientific collaboration between different groups. Moreover, many doctoral projects involve principle investigators from different disciplines, which promotes the interdisciplinarity of the research programme.

The IRTG offers a structured programme for multidisciplinary doctoral research and training in soft matter science, is well integrated into an active scientific and academic environment in the Upper Rhine Valley, and contributes to develop further the network between the participating universities.

(Spokesperson: Professor Dr. Günter Reiter, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Cooperation partner: Université de Strasbourg, France)


Collaborative Research Center "Biological Design and Integrative Structures - Analysis, Simulation and Implementation in Architecture" (SFB-TRR 141)

An important characteristic of natural structures is their multi-layered, hierarchically structured, finely tuned and highly differentiated combination of a few basic molecular components leading to structures that are characterized by multiple networked functions. Recent developments in computational design, simulation and fabrication offer new options for the transfer of these principles to the macro-scale of building construction and other fields of technology. Our aim is not only to increase performance, but also to transfer the inherent ecological properties of natural constructions, i.e. mainly the efficient usage of limited resources and closed material cycles, and thereby to contribute to sustainability in architecture and technology.

(Participation: Professor Dr. Günter Reiter, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Cooperation partners: University Stuttgart, University Tübingen)

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