About KiNSIS

KiNSIS (Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science) is the interdisciplinary centre for nano, surface and interface research at Kiel University. KiNSIS forms the organisational unit for researchers from various disciplines such as physics, chemistry, materials science, electrical engineering and life sciences from four Kiel University faculties and external partners. Within the research focus, around 130 members are currently working on a deeper understanding of processes and systems at the nanoscale and possible applications in medicine, energy and information technology.


Technological progress in these areas is based on innovative materials, devices and methods. New findings from nano, surface and interface sciences can be the key to this. KiNSIS members research natural and artificial processes and systems on a nanometre scale to understand the principles by which they function, how they interact with their environment and to what extent findings about them can be applied to current global challenges.

Open exchange and democratic processes are important foundations of KiNSIS. This is not only evident in the way the research focus is organised; KiNSIS is also committed to equal opportunities and recognises the diversity of researchers in terms of gender, age, religion, ethnicity and other aspects.

Current main research areas


Dr. Tina Kerby
KiNSIS Coordination
+49 431 880-6272


Aims and objectives

KiNSIS connects researchers across a variety of disciplines, institutions and career stages. The research focus promotes collaborative research initiatives at the scientific and administrative level, uniting several special research areas and large-scale research projects under its umbrella. KiNSIS provides access to a state-of-the-art research infrastructure with a broad spectrum of methods and promotes activities in the field of technology transfer and outreach. Young scientists are supported with grants for their own projects, prizes and networking events. This dynamic research ecosystem provides necessary conditions and an inspiring environment for excellent science.


Grown base

The KiNSIS network is based on long-term collaborations between scientists from the interdisciplinary nano sciences and surface research. Its beginnings lie in Collaborative Research Centre 677 'Function through Switching', in which switchable molecules were researched and developed from 2007 to 2019. In 2014, KiNSIS was officially set up as the interdisciplinary institution 'Kiel Nanosciences and Surface Research (Kiel, Nano, Surface, and Interface Science)' (see Kiel University statutes by decision of the Senate, dated 12 February 2014). in 2015, KiNSIS drew up a set of Rules of Procedure (Download PDF), which was adopted by the General Meeting on 16 July 2015 (according to § 4 of the statutes).


Open, interdisciplinary, methodologically rich: The network of the priority research area KiNSIS currently connects about 130 members and connects researchers across disciplines, institutions and career stages.




Open exchange and democratic processes are important principles of KiNSIS. The goals and tasks of KiNSIS are discussed, decided and implemented by the Board, the general meeting and the critical friends as an external advisory group.



Vision and Mission

As part of the strategy process, the KiNSIS Board is currently developing vision and mission statements in consultation with the KiNSIS members. The shared values and long-term goals are guidelines for the further development of KiNSIS.


What kinsis stands for

Joint research projects

KiNSIS promotes interdisciplinary collaborative research. KiNSIS members' broad expertise and methodological diversity makes it possible to address scientific issues across disciplinary boundaries and to advance nano, surface and interface research in a sustainable manner.

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Interdisciplinary network

KiNSIS connects researchers across disciplines, institutions and career stages. The network of chemistry, physics, materials science, electrical engineering, pharmacy, medicine as well as mathematics and computer science creates an open and creative environment for new research perspectives.



Individual support for young researchers

KiNSIS supports young researchers with project resources, prizes and events to realise their own projects, expand their scientific network and develop an interdisciplinary research profile.


From the lab to application

Basic research enables fundamentally new knowledge. Nanotechnology can lead to patents and cooperation with companies and start-ups in the fields of energy, health and information technology. KiNSIS supports its members in technology transfer.


For society

Understanding our world better, inspiring tomorrow's professionals, enabling knowledge-based decisions in politics and society. KiNSIS is engaged in an exchange with schools, politicians and the general public on topics and methods of nano science research.