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Four disciplines united under a single roof

Researchers at the Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN) prepare synthetic materials based on biological models such as addressable nanocontainers or materials that switch their function in response to an external trigger. Besides these fundamental investigations, the high-precision tools required to make and analyze these nanomaterials are developed at the SoN.


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First Münster Symposium on Intelligent Matter 2022

CRC 1459 is hosting its first-ever Münster Symposium on Intelligent Matter on Wednesday the 22nd of June 2022 in the Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN). Renowned scientists will present their latest developments in the field of adaptive and intelligent matter.

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Light show in the lab- CRC Intelligent Matter

Seraphine Wegner is delighted that she can contribute her experience to the CRC and that she can learn new things as a result of the interdisciplinary collaboration. Hence, her team is called “Light-controlled Systems”, and their focus is on the photoswitchability of cells and materials. What this means is that the researchers use light as a stimulus to activate various processes and proteins.
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Scientists receive a boost for research with cutting-edge imaging methods

The German Research Foundation and State of NRW granted Münster University 7.5 million euros for a cryo-electron microscope. The special structural equipment at the SoN, which was inaugurated in 2018, was a prerequisite for the acquisition of the microscope. For example, the floor in the laboratory where the cryogenic electron microscope will be located is almost perfectly vibration-damped.
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Acoustic propulsion of nanomachines depends on their orientation

Johannes Voß and Prof. Raphael Wittkowski from the Institute of Theoretical Physics and the Center for Soft Nanoscience have found answers to central questions which had previously stood in the way of applying acoustic propulsion. The results have been published in the journal “ACS Nano.”
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Researchers examine neurotoxin from a Black Widow

Using cryo-EM, and in collaboration with researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Dortmund and at Jacobs University Bremen, the team of Münster researchers succeeded in explaining the first structure of a latrotoxin.
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Researchers study cosmic expansion using methods from many-body physics

Physicists Michael te Vrugt and Prof. Raphael Wittkowski from the Institute of Theoretical Physics and the Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN) have, together with physicist Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder from the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS), developed a new model.
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