Excellence Strategy: Proposals for Clusters
Heidelberg University has won support for two proposals from the Clusters of Excellence funding line within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the federal and state governments. Following the international review sessions, the Committee of Experts appointed by the Joint Science Conference and the science and research ministers from the federal and state governments selected the “STRUCTURES” and “3D Matter Made to Order” clusters – the latter being conducted jointly with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
STRUCTURES: A unifying approach to emergent phenomena in the physical world, mathematics, and complex data
The STRUCTURES Cluster of Excellence addresses specific, highly topical questions about the formation, role, and detection of structure in a broad range of natural phenomena, from subatomic particles to cosmology, and from fundamental quantum physics to neuroscience. The new concepts and methods explored by the cluster are central for finding structures in large datasets, and for realising new forms of analogue computing. Spokespersons are the Heidelberg scientists Prof. Dr Manfred Salmhofer (Institute for Theoretical Physics), Prof. Dr Anna Wienhard (Mathematical Institute) and Prof. Dr Ralf S. Klessen (Centre for Astronomy).
3D Matter Made to Order
“3D Matter Made to Order”, the joint Cluster of Excellence by the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology and Heidelberg University, pursues a highly interdisciplinary approach combining natural and engineering sciences. The cluster concentrates on three-dimensional additive manufacturing techniques, from the molecular level to macroscopic dimensions. Its vision is the ultimate digitisation of 3D manufacturing and material processing. These methods are to be used to produce components and systems by nanoprinting at maximum process speed and resolution for novel applications in materials and life sciences. The cluster also receives funding from the Carl Zeiss Foundation. Spokespersons are Prof. Dr Martin Wegener (KIT, Institute of Applied Physics / Institute of Nanotechnology) and Prof. Dr Uwe H. F. Bunz (Heidelberg University, Institute of Organic Chemistry).