Networked Matter

A research collaboration of the universities of Kiel and Rostock

Global challenges in the areas of health, energy and environment can be described as dynamic networks with feedback loops whose behaviour regarding time and space is non-linear. To meet these challenges, innovative materials have been developed; to date, however, their response to the complexity and dynamics of their environment has been negligible. A new unity of material and surrounding network – networked matter – goes beyond conventional notions of static, structural or intelligent matter. Networked matter should be able to intervene directly in a dynamic system to improve its performance or resilience or to achieve a specific goal.
Kiel University and the University of Rostock work on similar research topics – their work is a prime example of interdisciplinary research. The KiNSIS research focus at Kiel University and the Department of Life, Light and Matter (LLM) of the Interdisciplinary Faculty at the University of Rostock – the first of its kind in Germany – together form a powerful, experienced, highly interdisciplinary alliance to effectively find answers to research questions regarding networked matter.

  • Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Rainer Adelung, Kiel University
  • Co-Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Ralf Zimmermann, University of Rostock
  • Co-Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Regine Willumeit-Römer, Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon and Kiel University

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