Nanoscience at the Institute for Soft Matter and Functional Materials at the HZB

The work in the Institute is devoted to the basic understanding and possible applications of colloidal and nanoscopic systems, characterized by neutrons, photons and dedicated labs for the profit of its users from soft matter, materials- and life sciences. We provide and develop:

  • top class, dedicated beamlines
  • complex experimental set-ups (neutrons, photons & more)
  • dedicated laboratory infrastructure

Our research activities include:

  • Protein crystallography
  • Mesoporous films and interfaces
  • Synthesis & characterization tailored functionality
  • Proteins at work – real time protein dynamics
  • Lipid assemblies & neurotoxic compounds
  • Bio-lubrication on nm scale – systems under load