Field of Focus 2: Structure and Pattern Formation in the Material World
This Field of Focus links synthetic chemistry with the physics of complex systems, pure mathematics with theoretical physics, and numerical mathematics with chemistry and physics. It provides the infrastructure required to link the numerous common research interests of the three strong scientific-mathematical disciplines across subject boundaries and aims at understanding common structures on all scales in the material world.
As part of an international collaborative network, the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy will concentrate on the three main subject areas fundamental particles and their interaction, astrophysics and cosmology, and complex quantum systems, but has also ties to biophysics, environmental physics, and physical information technology. In the 2nd funding phase, the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science will continue to integrate its basic and applied subject areas and to intensify its internal, national and international networking.
The Faculty of Chemistry and Geosciences has won international recognition through its fundamental research on catalysis and material research, and the study of molecular structures and functions including their numerical modelling. This research affects related disciplines and creates cross-links to the life sciences and medicine. Physics, chemistry and mathematics have initiated collaborations to establish material sciences as a common subject in Heidelberg.
Institutions established within the Excellence Initiative