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Excellence Strategy: Proposals for Clusters



Heidelberg University enters the competition for the "Clusters of Excellence funding line" within the scope of the "Excellence Strategy by the German federal and state governments" with three full proposals:
„3D Matter Made to Order“ and „Exploring Dark Matter“ as well as „STRUCTURES“ - the first two jointly with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

3D Matter Made to Order (3DMM2O)
Applicant universities Karlsruhe Institute of Technology*
Heidelberg University
Spokespersons Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Institute of Applied Physics/Institute of Nanotechnology)
Prof. Dr. Uwe Bunz, Heidelberg University (Institute of Organic Chemistry)
„3D Matter Made to Order“, the joint initiative by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Heidelberg University, pursues a marked interdisciplinary approach combining natural and engineering sciences. The research cluster focusses on far-reaching 3D additive technologies – from the molecular to the macroscopic scale. That way devices and systems will evolve from multi-material printing at the nanoscale, at maximum speed and resolutions, and create a push and pull for previously inaccessible scientific applications in material and life sciences.

(*managing the funds)


Exploring Dark MatterProperties and Interactions of an Invisible World
Applicant universities Heidelberg University*
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Spokespersons Prof. Dr. Stephanie Hansmann-Menzemer, Heidelberg University (Institute for Physics)
Prof. Dr. Marc Weber, Karlsruhe Insttute of Technology (Institute for Data Processing and Electronics)

With the joint initiative „Exploring Dark Matter“ Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology pursue the research into Dark Matter. 85 percent of the matter content of our Universe is formed by dark matter. It is invisible and its existance is inferred only through its gravitational interactions so far. The research cluster deliberately brings together a diverse community of particle and astroparticle physicists, astrophysicists, cosmologists and engineers aiming to come closer to the solution of one of the greatest mysteries in fundamental science.

(*managing the funds)


STRUCTURES: A unifying approach to emergent phenomena in the physical world, mathematics, and complex data
Applicant university Heidelberg University
Spokespersons Prof. Dr. Manfred Salmhofer (Institute for Theoretical Physics)
Prof. Dr. Anna Wienhard (Mathematical Institute)
Prof. Dr. Ralf S. Klessen (Centre for Astronomy)

The initiative STRUCTURES 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 research cluster are central for finding structures in large datasets, and for realising new forms of analogue computing.


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