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